XXL Magazine

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Syreeta Gates Chronicles Hip Hop Journalism History in 'Write On!'

Gates created a Kickstarter campaign to fund her documentary on the reporters and critics who influenced hip hop culture and music journalism. 

Kendrick Lamar's Reaction to Police Brutality: 'Rage Is The Perfect Word for It'

In XXL’s latest issue,  the superstar speaks candidly about his own experiences with state violence. 

XXL Unveils the 2015 Freshman Class of Rising MCs

Buzzworthy MCs DeJ Loaf and Fetty Wap join G-Unit affiliate Kidd Kidd and seven others on XXL magazine’s list this year. 

Who's Responsible When Media Shows Black Men Perpetuating Misogyny? [Reader Forum]

Colorlines.com readers weigh in on Too $hort, Chris Brown, and the society in which their careers exist.

Too $hort Calls XXL Video Debacle a Blessing in Disguise

Bad publicity, an enlightening conversation with activist dream hampton and “karma” produce an a-ha! moment for the rapper who instructed middle school boys to “turn out” their female classmates.

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

Ways to regroup and do better after the debacle of Too $hort’s violent, rape-celebrating XXL.com video.

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

Close to 47,000 members of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online black civil rights organization, have signed a petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor Vanessa Satten.

XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten Issues Non-Apology Statement for Publishing Too $hort Video

Satten isn’t saying sorry.

Petition Calling on XXL Mag. to Fire Editor Surpasses Signature Goal

Just before 10:00am this morning the petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten reached its goal of getting 1,000 signatures.

Hundreds Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor After Too Short Sparks 'Rape' Talk

“We are appalled that this video was disseminated, further contributing to a culture of sexual violence,” say organizers calling on XXL Mag’s publisher to fire the editor.