Monday, June 12, 2017

Travis Scott - 'Birds in the Trap' (Short Film)

Monday, May 1, 2017

J. Cole: '4 Your Eyez Only' - a Dreamville Film

Elon Musk's TED Talk 2017 (Full Interview)

The serial entrepreneur took part in an engaging 40-minute interview with TED's Chris Anderson on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. Here's Elon Musk talking about the Boring Company, SpaceX, Tesla, hyperloop, Donald Trump, and more.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA'

Monday, March 13, 2017

Chance the Rapper Talks His Grammys Win, His Daughter, and Upcoming Album | The Complex Cover

In this revealing interview, the Chicago MC describes becoming a father and the birth of his first child. He says that the process "opened [his] eyes to understanding the other side of death." Chance also reflects on his trailblazing path through the music industry and his ambitious plans for his next album.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Exclusive Interview: Noah Caine

I consider myself a fan of Hip-Hop. Not rap music but Hip-Hop. At 31 I can say that I remember when the culture was about story-telling – or at least being that window to the world these artists were coming from – whether good or bad, it was real. I say this to say that I’m also proud of how Hip-Hop has evolved today. Without evolving most things will die or become irrelevant, that’s just the law of the universe.

Some people would argue that Hip-Hop is more creative today. I would disagree. I think most people confuse diversity with creativity. Artists today just want to be different from another artist. Whether their music makes sense or reflects the realities that they’re coming from seems to be an after-thought nowadays. I think a true measure of creativity in Hip-Hop is finding new ways to tell the same story. When we look at the rise in police killings of minorities in the US, the rise in incarceration rates and the rise in racial and religious tensions (not just in the US but all over the world), Hip-Hop’s role is more important now than its has been for the past 30 years. Artists do not have to be labeled a “conscious rappers” to make people think and reflect about he world they live in. I think artists just need to realize the power they have to influence people – for good or for bad. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have proven that you can be a thoughtful rapper and still be successful. If you pay attention to their music, they’re not rapping about anything new. They’re telling stories that have been told for decades but in a new and creative way.

Another such artist is Noah Caine hailing from Queens, New York. I’m lucky to personally know Noah for nearly a decade. We were college classmates in New York. What’s ironic is that I didn’t know Noah was a Hip-Hop artist until we both left college and went our separate ways. We have kept in touch on a regular basis throughout these years and I decided to sit down and have a chat with him about his music, life and thoughts on the world today. Read the interview below:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

AFFORD Africa Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator Competition

Since its formation 15 years ago, AFFORD Africa has put the issue of migration and development on the policy agenda. It has developed knowledge and expertise on issues impacting on the African diaspora such as remittances, brain drain, skills transfers, etc. It has worked with the African diaspora in the UK and uses its expertise on the diaspora and its relationship to development in providing consultancy services to various organizations. I attended one of their Diaspora Enterprise Accelerator Competition Roadshow events at SOAS University last week.