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Meet the Palestinian hip-hop artist at the center of Israel’s culture wars

Palestinian-Israeli hip hop artist Tamer Nafar visits his old neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol in the Israeli city of Lod, the inspiration of a semi-autobiographical feature film

January 17, 2017

LOD, Israel — Tamer Nafar fell in love with hip-hop growing up amid the faded public housing blocks and garbage-strewn public parks of Ramat Eshkol, a hardscrabble interethnic neighborhood in the central Israeli city of Lod where life was punctuated by daily spurts of gunfire. At a soccer field near th...

In ‘Nobody’s Smiling,’ Common Addresses The Violence That Has Been Ripping Through His Native Chicago

February 6, 2015

By Gerrick D. Kennedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Common has already lighted up the awards season with his powerful perseverance anthem “Glory.” Taken from the historical drama “Selma,” the single he created with R&B singer John Legend that connects past injustice with present unrest has taken the ...

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