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The voice-chat social platform skyrocketed in popularity last fall, largely due to an influx of Black users. But we’ve heard this song before.

Branded gear and questionable collabs used to make brands seem desperate—now it’s making them cash

Photos: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix, FOX/Getty Images, CBS All Access

Some of the genre’s best and brightest come together to talk about why they made the transition from rap magazines to TV and movies—and how

Outsmarted by savvy internet users, investment institutions rewrote the rules to maintain the status quo

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Just Rankin’ Sh!t

It’s hard to believe these brands are for us, but not by us

Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

5. Wingstop

4. Sally Beauty Supply

3. BET

My documentary ‘SMOKE: Marijuana + Black America’ tracks the recent cannabis boom — and how racism has already crept in

Erik Parker in SMOKE. Photos: courtesy of the author.


It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

Corner Store Chronicles

The sisters who’ve carried on the store their parents built, Cardenas Grocery, adapt and adapt in a community that often forgets them

Illustration: Derrick Dent

Corner Store Chronicles

This San Pablo market and liquor store is vital to the immigrant community it serves

Illustration: Derrick Dent

Corner Store Chronicles

When Carver Neighborhood Market was vandalized earlier this year, patrons rallied to support the grocer that offers fresh produce in one of Atlanta’s food deserts

Illustration: Derrick Dent

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