American rapper DMX in Washington, D.C. in October 2001. Photo credit: Milka photography from creative commons and Wikimedia.

DMX dies at 50: The struggle of drugs, Hip Hop + the Black community

Rapper DMX succumbs after a drug overdose. His lengthy battle of addiction highlights an issue of drugs in the entertainment industry, and the drug fallout in the Black community.

While we were taping our Weekly Check In, and in the middle of speaking about DMX, we received news of his passing. Our conversation shifted from drugs in the industry, to the larger conversation of drugs in the Black community. More specifically, how crack and other narcotics flooded these communities following two large social activist eras: Civil Rights and the Black Power Movement.

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