Phife Dawg's Family Releases a Statement After the A Tribe Called Quest Rapper Dies at 45

Early Wednesday, news broke that A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg had passed at age 45, with the likely cause owing to a long battle with diabetes, and a related kidney transplant from his wife in 2008. Now, the Queens rapper’s family has confirmed and released a statement via his publicist:

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Ava DuVernay and Q-Tip Chatted About Her Art and 'Black Lives Matter'

It’s no secret that Ava DuVernay’s Selma, very likely the most important American movie of 2014, also served as a litmus test for how the Hollywood establishment views racism, how it views women of color directors, and how it views honest art made about black people. (It also further solidified that the Oscars are…