Does the French cognac brand love Black people as much as we love it?

Special limited edition bottles of Hennessy cognac bottles.

A bottle of Hennessy has appeared throughout every celebratory experience of my young adult life, from family reunions to college acceptances and kickbacks. I’ve dubbed it “the unofficial spirit of Black people” Hennessy, to us, is more than brown liquor or even a symbol of prosperity. …

Rap duo The Outfit, TX aims to drag Dallas out of Houston and Atlanta’s shadows — and get the national attention the city deserves

“In Texas, our OGs put us in a precarious division, because they was so autonomous,” rapper Mel says on the phone from Maryland. Half of Dallas duo The Outfit, TX (TOTX), he’s fresh off stage after performing an opening set for YelaWolf’s national tour. …

“Boycott the Grammys”. 30 years ago, hip-hop’s forefathers organized a collective strike against The Recording Academy due to the institution’s mistreatment of the genre’s first rap nominees — DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, J.J. Fad, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, and Salt-N-Pepa. Spearheaded by Russell Simmons’ Def…

2020 Presidential Candidate Julian Castro’s campaign manager speaks of the glass ceiling for people of color, her own backlash, and community-building

Maya Rupert is making history. As the third Black woman to manage a presidential campaign — working for Julian Castro, the first Latinx presidential candidate — she’s laying the foundation for a new generation of Black women and girls to authentically be themselves in electoral politics. Rupert’s presence in our…

I have begun to believe that my Ivy League degree is bullshit. In fact, I would argue against the held belief that graduating from one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education is the nation’s ultimate gag. …

Word Count: 651 words /Written: February 13, 2017

Yesterday night, Beyoncé continued the legacy of black women used the arts to reflect the life of being a black woman in the United States where their efforts aren’t valued or recognized. Black female artists infuse the cultural traditions of African spirituality…

Taylor Crumpton

Taylor Crumpton is a music, pop culture and politics writer transplanted in Oakland, originally from Dallas. taylorcrumpton.com

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