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Can Hip-Hop Handle Lil B’s ‘I’m Gay’ Album?

by Ann Powers and Tavia Nyong'o the prolific, Internet-obsessed Bay Area rapper, announced at Coachella that he would call his next album I'm Gay – a provocation that extends past the comfort zones of many rap fans. Lil B is known for assuming alternate identities (previous releases includ... Read more...

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Who?!?!?: The “Legend” Of Johnny Rebel

Johnny Rebel is the pseudonym of Cajun country musician Clifford Joseph Trahan (born October 3, 1938), also known as Pee Wee Trahan. Trahan has used this pseudonym most notably on racist recordings issued in the 1960s on J. D. "Jay" Miller's Reb Rebel label of Crowley, Louisiana. Johnny Rebel is ... Read more...

Who?!?!: Sarah Baartman (Saartjie Baartman, Hottentot Venus):The Origin Of “Video Vixen”

Sarah Baartman (1789-1815), also known as Saartjie Baartman or the Hottentot Venus, was an African woman who became a sideshow in London and Paris. She was almost completely naked and had a very large behind, even for the part of Africa she came from – near Cape Town in South Africa. Those wh... Read more...