Friday, January 18, 2008




jAY- AND b -King and queen of Hip hop and r&b



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr.- not his most famous but u SHOULD READ!!!

Martin Luther King- Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam

Four years after President John F. Kennedy sent the first American troops into Vietnam, Martin Luther King issued his first public statement on the war. Answering press questions after addressing a Howard University audience on 2 March 1965, King asserted that the war in Vietnam was ‘‘accomplishing nothing’’ and called for a negotiated settlement (Schuette, ‘‘King Preaches on Non-Violence’’).
While King was personally opposed to the war, he was concerned that publicly criticizing U.S. foreign policy would damage his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had been instrumental in passing civil rights legislation, and who had declared in April 1965 that he was willing to negotiate a diplomatic end to the war in Vietnam. Though he avoided condemning the war outright, at the August 1965 annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) convention King called for a halt to bombing in North Vietnam, urged that the United Nations be empowered to mediate the conflict, and told the crowd that ‘‘What is required is a small first step that may establish a new spirit of mutual confidence … a step capable of breaking the cycle of mistrust, violence and war’’ (King, 12 August 1965). He supported Johnson’s calls for diplomatic negotiations and economic development as the beginnings of such a step. Later that year King framed the issue of war in Vietnam as a moral issue: ‘‘as a minister of the gospel,’’ he said, ‘‘I consider war an evil. I must cry out when I see war escalated at any point’’ (‘‘Opposes Vietnam War’’).

Martin Luther King felt as though the war, was a crutch that the gov't used. It was killing many innocent people. I would like to know:
  • What made Mr. King so persistant in speaking up for Americans when, blacks were still being oppressed?

  • What was the Gov't saying?

  • What do you think?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

the state of music

Hip Hop is life, power, and expression. Hip Hop transcends race, class and cultures. It has been the voice for those who have been marginalized and oppressed. It has also been a vehicle for economic self-sufficiency and collective survival.
Today, Hip Hop is a multi-billion dollar industry. However, over the years it has lost its freshness and originality. The art form used to embody beauty, pride and self-respect. Artists like KRS-ONE, PUBLIC ENEMY, TUPAC, RAKIM, AND RUN DMC have enriched the lives of many people.
Presently, the Hip Hop culture is in a state of artistic and spiritual paralysis. Rap music has become shallow and superficial and it resonates with greed, hubris, vanity and violence. The genre is now a shadow of its former self. In Spike Lee's film "Bamboozled," the rappers of today are depicted as being modern day minstrels. In many ways, Mr. Lee is correct. Many rappers have sacrificed their moral and artistic integrity in order to chase the illusion known as "The American Dream." As a result, the Hip Hop culture has become a rebel against its own existence by allowing itself to be controlled and defined by corporate powers, which profit enormously at the expense of the destruction of the Black male image. The corporate stranglehold on Hip Hop is slowly causing its demise.
Sadly, quite a few Hip Hop artists have sold out their souls and their culture in exchange for uncertain riches. In fact, so called "gangsta rap" continues to promote and glorify the most negative and heinous aspects of the ghetto without any positive balances. The images of gangsta rap feed into the racist propaganda notion that Black males have the propensity to commit crime. In 1915, a movie entitled "Birth of a Nation," by D.W. Griffith depicted the Black male as being an ignorant, lazy, over-sexed, buffoonish thug. Unfortunately, Hip Hop has internalized the many negative generalizations which America has created about Blacks. The internalization of these negative stereotypes manifests itself in the forms of self hatred and Black on Black violence. This self hatred can be heard and witnessed in the hedonistic, materialistic, misogynistic, and violent rap lyrics of today.

I also belive that although rappers and artist today dont make the best choices, since when is it up to them to raise children. Yes children are influenced and do watch and imitate. But there is also something called knowing right from wrong which starts with the parents.