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America, Growing Up, and Head: #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur @balleralert BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. ⠀⠀⠀ Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.
America, Growing Up, and Head:  #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 21st Anniversary of the Death of
 Tupac Shakur
 @balleralert
BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. ⠀⠀⠀ Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.

BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago toda...

Black Lives Matter, cnn.com, and Future: These South Bronx fourth grade boys are talking about race and Black Lives Matter through theater Art stays imitating life! Success Academy Bronx 2 teacher Sentell Harper has created the spoken-word production entitled Alternative Names for Black Boys featuring boys in his fourth grade class as performers, CNN reports. During the production, six black boys wearing gray hoodies line up and ask the poignant question, “Do you see me?” and repeat it several times. With hoods on their heads, they recite the names of black youth and men killed in police brutality incidents, “Freddie … Michael … Philando … Tamir,” they say. “Eric … Alton … Trayvon … Jordan.” “I got my group of boys together, and I said, ‘Today we’re gonna talk about race,'” Harper said.“And they had so much to say. They started telling me stories about their fathers and their brothers, and about dealing with racism — things that I never knew that these young boys went through.” Harper, who is a black actor and playwright, was inspired by the Danez Smith poem “Alternative Names for Black Boys," and created the five-part performance of the same name. Besides the recitation of names, Harper's production includes Tupac Shakur’s famous poem, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?,” snippets from Langston Hughes’ “Popular Tree” and a monologue addressing future issues of young black boys. “With the killings of black men and boys being in the media, it was really just scary in my world,” Harper said. “I thought about the boys I was teaching … society won’t see them like I see them. Society will only see them as black men.” The production has clearly had a significant impact on the young boys, who unfortunately have to navigate a world where the police see them as a target. “When I do this piece, I’m, like, proving everybody wrong, that I could get an education, and I could go somewhere in my life,” performer Tysean Wheeler said. “We want to prove people wrong about what black men and boys can do, because we might be the future men [that] would [or] could get shot or killed,” another performer Gregory Hannah, added. Harper did initially worry about the subject being too heavy for such young boys, but has experienced an “amazing” response, notably from the performers’
Black Lives Matter, cnn.com, and Future: These South Bronx fourth grade boys are
 talking about race and Black Lives Matter
 through theater
Art stays imitating life! Success Academy Bronx 2 teacher Sentell Harper has created the spoken-word production entitled Alternative Names for Black Boys featuring boys in his fourth grade class as performers, CNN reports. During the production, six black boys wearing gray hoodies line up and ask the poignant question, “Do you see me?” and repeat it several times. With hoods on their heads, they recite the names of black youth and men killed in police brutality incidents, “Freddie … Michael … Philando … Tamir,” they say. “Eric … Alton … Trayvon … Jordan.” “I got my group of boys together, and I said, ‘Today we’re gonna talk about race,'” Harper said.“And they had so much to say. They started telling me stories about their fathers and their brothers, and about dealing with racism — things that I never knew that these young boys went through.” Harper, who is a black actor and playwright, was inspired by the Danez Smith poem “Alternative Names for Black Boys," and created the five-part performance of the same name. Besides the recitation of names, Harper's production includes Tupac Shakur’s famous poem, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?,” snippets from Langston Hughes’ “Popular Tree” and a monologue addressing future issues of young black boys. “With the killings of black men and boys being in the media, it was really just scary in my world,” Harper said. “I thought about the boys I was teaching … society won’t see them like I see them. Society will only see them as black men.” The production has clearly had a significant impact on the young boys, who unfortunately have to navigate a world where the police see them as a target. “When I do this piece, I’m, like, proving everybody wrong, that I could get an education, and I could go somewhere in my life,” performer Tysean Wheeler said. “We want to prove people wrong about what black men and boys can do, because we might be the future men [that] would [or] could get shot or killed,” another performer Gregory Hannah, added. Harper did initially worry about the subject being too heavy for such young boys, but has experienced an “amazing” response, notably from the performers’

Art stays imitating life! Success Academy Bronx 2 teacher Sentell Harper has created the spoken-word production entitled Alternative Names f...

Ariana Grande, Beyonce, and Gif: FANDOMETRICS SIC ATS MUS AC AC ACTS NUSICA <h2>Musical Acts</h2><p><b>Week Ending June 19th, 2017</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBx1">Harry Styles</a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxG"><b>Lorde</b></a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61338WBxH">Selena Gomez</a> <i>+2</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61358WBxJ">Gorillaz</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61368WBxK">Rihanna</a> <i>+8</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61378WBxz">Shawn Mendes</a> <i>+5</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61388WBxM">Niall Horan</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBxP">Camila Cabello</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxu">Halsey</a> <i><i>−5</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61348WBxr">Taylor Swift</a> <i><i>−4</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61358WBxT"><b>Tupac Shakur</b></a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61368WBxp">Beyoncé</a> <i>+8</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61378WBxV">Justin Bieber</a> <i><i>−3</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61388WBxn">Twenty One Pilots</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61398WBxX">Fifth Harmony</a> <i><i>−8</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61308WBxk">One Direction</a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBxZ">Ariana Grande</a> <i><i>−15</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxw">5 Seconds of Summer</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61338WBxb">Katy Perry</a> <i><i>−5</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61348WBxj">Lana Del Rey</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a name moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded names weren’t on the list last week.</i></p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="231" data-orig-width="500" data-tumblr-attribution="lorde-daily:euL47Kc5lLcS2HOQ29CGNQ:ZOE7Kq2MP5KPz"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/771f0c7e8e9c337bcacaabd80e635ac4/tumblr_or3ht7uqjZ1sjgow8o1_500.gif" data-orig-height="231" data-orig-width="500"/></figure>
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<h2>Musical Acts</h2><p><b>Week Ending June 19th, 2017</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBx1">Harry Styles</a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxG"><b>Lorde</b></a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61338WBxH">Selena Gomez</a> <i>+2</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61358WBxJ">Gorillaz</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61368WBxK">Rihanna</a> <i>+8</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61378WBxz">Shawn Mendes</a> <i>+5</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61388WBxM">Niall Horan</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBxP">Camila Cabello</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxu">Halsey</a> <i><i>−5</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61348WBxr">Taylor Swift</a> <i><i>−4</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61358WBxT"><b>Tupac Shakur</b></a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61368WBxp">Beyoncé</a> <i>+8</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61378WBxV">Justin Bieber</a> <i><i>−3</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61388WBxn">Twenty One Pilots</a> <i>+1</i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61398WBxX">Fifth Harmony</a> <i><i>−8</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61308WBxk">One Direction</a></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBxZ">Ariana Grande</a> <i><i>−15</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61328WBxw">5 Seconds of Summer</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61338WBxb">Katy Perry</a> <i><i>−5</i></i></li><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61348WBxj">Lana Del Rey</a> <i><i>−1</i></i></li></ol><p><i>The number in italics indicates how many spots a name moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded names weren’t on the list last week.</i></p><figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="231" data-orig-width="500" data-tumblr-attribution="lorde-daily:euL47Kc5lLcS2HOQ29CGNQ:ZOE7Kq2MP5KPz"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/771f0c7e8e9c337bcacaabd80e635ac4/tumblr_or3ht7uqjZ1sjgow8o1_500.gif" data-orig-height="231" data-orig-width="500"/></figure>

<h2>Musical Acts</h2><p><b>Week Ending June 19th, 2017</b></p><ol><li><a href="http://tumblr.co/61318WBx1">Harry Styles</a></li><li><a href=...