So, I'm using some of kos' pixels to spread awareness of Hip Hop artist Talib Kweli who was in Ferguson until yesterday. I have been following him, among others, on Twitter to get some on the ground reporting.
Kweli is what the industry refers to as a "Conscious Rapper", although he prefers not to wear that mantle. Kweli is just a man, an artist and a citizen. On "Beautiful Struggle", he says":
The first installment of my now miniseries "Kweli in Ferguson" can be found here."Yo, I speak at schools a lot cause they say I'm intelligent
No, it's cause I'm dope, if I was wack I'd be irrelevant"
Follow below the fold for some more Kweli stuff and 2 videos from his appearances on CNN and MSNBC. The video of him
sparring verbally jousting with Don Lemon is a must see!
Let's Start With Some Candy
Like I said, watching this interview is pretty awesome (for me anyway).
I'm sure there are as many opinions about this piece of television as there are viewers/readers. I came across this from a friend on Facebook. The comments are, shall we say, varied. I'll just say that I'm with Kweli on this.
From Kweli Online
There is this from instagram. (I can't embed it, any suggestions?)
A short video with the following description.
"Live from Ferguson right now. We just got threatened for standing. Protection of property over people"
And there is Twitter:
Back in Brooklyn. I love my home. But those young people in #Ferguson gave me life...— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 22, 2014
It wasn't just men that were chased down & tackled like prey. It was women & children too. That's an important detail.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 21, 2014
(re: the Lemon interview)
He filled in last minute for another anchor and he clearly didn't know who I was, which is why he walked over my perspective.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) August 21, 2014
And Kweli On MSNBC
With Jesse Williams on The Reid Report
Kweli's "The Beautiful Struggle"
Yo, I heard it's said the revolution won't be televised
But in the land of milk and honey there's a date you gotta sell it by
Otherwise it just expires and spoils
And these folks jump out the pot when the water too hot
Cause the fire boils inside
You go to church to find you some religion
And all you hear is connivin' and gossip and contradiction and
You try to vote and participate in the government
And the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans
You join an organization that know black history
But ask them how they plan to make money and it's a mystery
Lookin' for the remedy but you can't see what's hurtin' you
The revolution's here, the revolution is personal
They call me the political rapper
Even after I tell 'em I don't fuck with politics
I don't even follow it
I'm on some KRS, Ice Cube, Chris Wallace shit
Main Source, De La Soul, bumpin' "2Pacalypse Now"
So, Thank You Talib Kweli (from me)
I'm just sayin'