Hip-hop’s big homies make it cool to get old

on Monday, May. 12th

Last week, news that super producer Dr. Dre had become the first hip-hop billionaire surfaced in the form of a jovial (possibly drunken) rant from Tyrese Gibson at a house party with F. Gary Grey and Dr. Dre himself; topped off with a C-Walk for good measure.

In the same week, hip hop mogul P. Diddy is awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his former college, Howard University, and becomes Dr. Combs. Here’s Diddy at the graduation ceremony in a hat and gown accepting the accolade.

So, what do these achievements mean for hip hop?

Well, for me it’s all about the kids. Few rappers from the 90s are still able to tour off of nostalgia, and even fewer remain relevant decades after their “time”. Rap music is an art form that is constantly moulting; ridding itself of old styles and sounds year in and year out. Unless a youngin sees an old school rapper with or behind their favorite artists, they’re just another rich celebrity.

It’s safe to say that no one in 2014 is going to want to rap like Diddy, or even make beats like Dr. Dre (yes, I said it) but now, little swagged-out kids can envision a career that proceeds rap fame after the masses don’t care to hear you rap.

Salute the big homies! Or not. Let us know how you feel leave a comment.

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Youth Radio Podcast: Do Vape Pens Trick Teens?

on Wednesday, Mar. 5th

According to the CDC, the use of e-cigarettes has doubled in popularity among middle and high school students. And now the FDA is considering regulating them as tobacco products. Youth Radio explores what’s attracting young teens to “vaping” and the dangers they might be facing.

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Bop.fm Attempts To Create a Home for Every Song on the Internet

on Tuesday, Mar. 4th

Bop.fm launched out of beta back in December, offering playlists that source songs from multiple music sharing services, including YouTube, SoundCloud, Rdio, Spotify and most recently, Dr. Dre’s Beats.

A fun fact to consider: adding YouTube in Bop.fm’s list of music players means that you will not only get playlists from the unsigned “YouTube famous” artists, but you’ll get a music video and even special live or studio performances thrown in the mix.

The platform also has a player for web publishers that’s currently in use on Rap Genius.

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Youth Radio Podcast: New Tools and Traditions Take Hold in Public School

on Thursday, Sep. 26th

This week on the Youth Radio podcast: As the school year is underway, we explore two classrooms where the teachers are introducing new tools and traditions to the public school system.

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Youth Radio Podcast: How Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Can Pay the Bills

on Monday, Sep. 23rd

Online video sharing site YouTube is this generation’s MTV. Artists like Gotye and PSY have found mainstream success after their videos went viral. Yet the number of cover songs — from toddlers singing The Beatles to teens tackling Led Zeppelin — eclipses original work by a long shot. Between those two extremes is an alternative universe of aspiring professional musicians who use cover songs on YouTube to build fan bases of their own. What these musicians once did for love and fame is starting to pay off in cold, hard cash. Youth Radio’s Noah Nelson reports on the viral cover song business.

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Youth Radio Podcast: Are Millennial Teenagers More Narcissistic?

on Thursday, Sep. 5th

Are teens today more narcissistic than ever before? Some psychologists are pointing to a personality test called the Narcissism Personality Inventory, which seems to indicate that millennials have a historically high sense of self-obsession. But not everyone thinks the test is a great tool to use on teens, who may need an inflated sense of self to protect themselves against the natural pitfalls of puberty.

In this week’s podcast, Youth Radio’s teen reporters turn the lens on themselves as they investigate their own narcissism scores, and interview an expert on what this trend might mean for the success of the next generation.

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Youth Radio Podcast: A Young Musician Learns To Listen From Silence

on Wednesday, Aug. 14th

John Mayer, R. Kelly, and Adele are the most recent additions to a long list of musicians that have had to undergo vocal cord surgery. On this week’s episode, a 21-year-old college student and singer/songwriter tells her story of undergoing vocal cord surgery and vocal rehabilitation over summer break.

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Youth Radio Podcast: Staying Connected In The Cell Phone Age

on Wednesday, Aug. 7th

This week on the Youth Radio podcast – our love affair with cell phones. For many teenagers, they’re a primary mode of connection. But the costs – financial and emotional — can add up fast. We’ll hear how to control your cell phone bill, and how to make the best of your texting faux pas.

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Youth Radio Podcast: The Precedent to Fruitvale Station’s Big Moment

on Wednesday, Jul. 31st

This week on the Youth Radio podcast, Turnstyle News reporter Nishat Kurwa talks with ‘Fruitvale Station’ director Ryan Coogler about the link between the lessons of his film and the story of Trayvon Martin.

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Youth Radio Podcasts: A Critical Look at MOOCs

on Thursday, Jul. 25th

This week on the Youth Radio podcast, we examine a growing trend in higher education: massive open online courses. We talk with a UC professor who currently teaches 4,000 students through free online college course provider, Udacity. In our second segment, we talk with the CEO of Brilliant, a website that challenges students who are accelerating past their school’s lesson plans.

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To Build The VR Education of Tomorrow One Scholar Turns To The Past

There are plenty of folks in the education technology field who are excited about virtual reality as the next great educational tool.



We’re Closer To Our Photorealistic VR Future Than You’d Think (INTERVIEW)

A look into the virtual world of tomorrow with USC researcher Paul Debevec.


Prepare Yourselves For The Personal VR Video Revolution

Virtual Reality is rapidly approaching a watershed moment.

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Spoiler Alert: Hollywood Isn’t Taking Cyber Security Seriously (LA Film Fest)

Tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, squeezed in between movies and red carpet events, a symposium on Cyber Security is being held at the Grammy Museum.

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Rent Video Straight From Social Media Via Gumroad

The people who brought the “Buy Now” button to Twitter are going all-in on film distribution.