Lupe Fiasco on AJStream Speaks on #Occupy

Education, Music & Hip-Hop, Politics

Lupe Fiasco on AJStream – Speaks on Occupy

 

Lupe Fiasco was recently on The Stream, which is a  daily television show and web community created by Al Jazeera English. In this episode, Lupe Fiasco shares his thoughts on the Occupy movement. For those who didn’t know, Lupe Fiasco is not only an incredibly talented Hip Hop artist, he is one of the United States’ most outspoken celebrity activists. Amazingly, Lupe Fiasco is proving to the music industry and other artists that your art can have strong political and social overtones and still be commercially viable. As the Occupy movements continue to galvanize support around the nation and the globe, it is important that we pay attention to Lupe’s thoughts and insights on the movement. I hope you find this show informative and empowering.

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Bring Your A Game – Documentary

African American, African American, Culture, Education, Films, History, Race, Race, Uncategorized


Bring Your A Game

Bring Your A Game, released in 2009 and directed by Mario Van Peebles, is a motivational documentary about the realities facing America’s inner city youth. The great thing about this documentary is not that it features the likes of, Geoffrey Canada, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube, Sean Combs and others, but that it provides constructive solutions to the problems facing America’s inner city youth. The solution is bringing your A game through education. If you work with young people, or are a young person yourself, take twenty minutes to watch this film and be inspired.

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DJ Cool Cook’s Song of the Week

Music & Hip-Hop

Lupe Fiasco performing at the Mile High Music ...

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Lupe Fiasco  “All Black Everything

This song is off of Chicago native Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers  album (2011). The lyrics are listed below the embedded YouTube video to assist the listener. This is work of art is my favorite song off of the Lasers album. Despite Lupe Fiasco’s critical acclaim and commercial successes with songs like Kick Push and Superstar off of his Food & Liquor  (2006) and The Cool (2007) albums, he has created numerous other tracks that analyze society, history, culture, psychology and politics. “All Black Everything” is a perfect example of not only Lupe Fiasco’s lyrical dexterity and poetic abilities but of his highly intellectual perspective on the world now, yesterday and of tomorrow.

Interestingly, Hip-Hop artists are frequently criticized for their violent, criminal, misogynistic, and homophobic messages. Lupe Fiasco is clearly at the vanguard of Hip-Hop music, thought and culture and this song highlights that despite the problematic elements of Hip-Hop, there still is a vibrant, progressive and transformative element that rises above the negativity to help inspire, motivate and educate not only the youth but the elders as well. I have enjoyed sharing this track with people my age, younger than me and my elders. The analyses have varied but overall this song created a much needed dialogue for us all. All Black Everything…Share your thoughts and post a comment…Enjoy!

Lyrics:[Hook]
You would never know
If you could ever be
If you never try
You would never see
Stayed in Africa
We ain’t never leave
So there were no slaves in our history
Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he
See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything

[Lupe Fiasco-Verse 1]
Uh, and we ain’t get exploited
White man ain’t feared so he did not destroy it
We ain’t work for free, see they had to employ it
Built it up together so we equally appointed
First 400 years, see we actually enjoyed it
Constitution written by the W.E.B. Du Bois
Were no reconstructions, civil war got avoided
Little black sambo grows up to be a lawyer
Extra extra on the news stands
Black woman voted head of Ku Klux Klan
Malcolm Little dies as a old man
Martin Luther King read the eulogy for him
Followed by bill o’reilly who read from the Quran
President bush sends condolences from Iran
Where fox news reports live
That Ahmadinejad wins Mandela peace prize

Lyrics:[Hook]
You would never know
If you could ever be
If you never try
You would never see
Stayed in Africa
We ain’t never leave
So there were no slaves in our history
Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he
See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything

[Lupe Fiasco-Verse 2]
Uh, and it ain’t no projects
Keepin it real is not an understood concept
Yea, complexions not a contest
Cuz racism has no context
Hip-hop ain’t got a section called conscious
Everybody rappin like crack never happened
Crips never occurred nor bloods to attack them
Matter a fact no hood to attack in
Somalia is a great place to relax in
Fred Astaire was the first to do a backspin
The rat pack was cool group of black men
That inspired the five white guys called the jacksons
Eminem fitted in but then again he inspired a black rapper tryin to mimic him
And thats a really rose up out of michigan, the sign of white rapper by the name of 50 cent

Lyrics:[Hook]
You would never know
If you could ever be
If you never try
You would never see
Stayed in Africa
We ain’t never leave
So there were no slaves in our history
Were no slave ships, were no misery, call me crazy, or isn’t he
See I fell asleep and I had a dream, it was all black everything

[Lupe Fiasco-Verse 3]
Uh, and I know it’s just a fantasy
I cordially invite you to ask why can’t it be
Now we can do nothing bout the past
But we can do something about the future that we have
We can make fast or we can make it last
Every woman queenin’ and every man a kingin’
When those color lines come we can’t seen between
We just close our eyes till its all black everything