In case it ever gets lost in the frothing and bubbling confusion of our 24-hour news media’s raving: Colin Kaepernick’s personal act of protest was about, specifically, the seemingly unaddressed killings of unarmed blacks at the hands of police. Continue reading The NFL Tried to Co-opt Kaepernick’s Protest and Only Incited War
At the top of the year, following our country’s traditional and orderly exchange of power, T.I. took the opportunity to address the hip hop nation and the world at large about our and its future in a series of letters. So, in case you weren’t listening… Continue reading The Open Letters About ‘US’ — By T.I.
Last night’s B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards carried a strong theme of unity and protest throughout. Nowhere was this theme more emotional than when Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. performed his spoken word piece that has since made the rounds on the Internet this morning. Continue reading Watch Big K.R.I.T.’s Stirring BET Hip Hop Awards Performance!
Just in case people forgot that Nick actually has bars, he decided to step in and close the book on the Oscar issues.
Now, by “close the book” I don’t mean that we shouldn’t talk about the issues anymore.
But this is about how the black community should move forward. Continue reading #DontBeDistracted — Nick Cannon closes door on Oscar controversy
The November issue of Urbanite Baltimore ran a gripping piece on the life and death of Freddie Gray, looking into who he was…and why he ran. Continue reading The Running Man — Freddie Gray’s harried life was too typical of young black men in Baltimore.
Last week, thousands of supporters and activists of all races met at the nation’s capital for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.
And although the eras are different, one thing that remains the same is the fiery emotion of protest shared by both eras.
Another is that both eras have soundtracks. Continue reading Kendrick Lamar and reigniting the fire of protest music