Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jenna SIx

This piece was inspired by recent events that have been unfolding in Jena, Louisiana. The following is and excerpt taken from

In September 2006, a group of African American high school students in Jena, Louisiana, asked the school for permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shade tree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn't sit beneath the tree. The school said they didn't care where students sat. The next day, students arrived at school to see three nooses (in school colors) hanging from the tree. (Please note, the tree above is not the tree, but a tree at Jena High School.)

The boys who hung the nooses were suspended from school for a few days. The school administration chalked it up as a harmless prank, but Jena's black population didn't take it so lightly. Fights and unrest started breaking out at school. The District Attorney, Reed Walters, was called in to directly address black students at the school and told them all he could "end their life with a stroke of the pen."

Black students were assaulted at white parties. A white man drew a loaded rifle on three black teens at a local convenience store. (They wrestled it from him and ran away.) Someone tried to burn down the school, and on December 4th, a fight broke out that led to six black students being charged with attempted murder. To his word, the D.A. pushed for maximum charges, which carry sentences of eighty years. Four of the six are being tried as adults (ages 17 & 18) and two are juveniles.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

On the other hand...

I recently picked up the new Talib Kweli album Eardrum and if you have not, I recommend you do the same thing. This piece was inspired by a particular verse where Talib had described how his old record label kept trying to categorize him in different Hip Hop genres. Categories such as the "Angry rapper " , " Backpack rapper" or " Conscious rapper". But I feel if you are familiar with his catalog of work you would realize that he is universal, and if I had to classify him ... he would be put in the category of Dope MC.