...The dramatist, novelist and poet, Amiri Baraka was one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. Rest in peace Mr. Baraka.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9puaImr6Bo&w=560&h=315] Created by Jimmy Smith II and Jarrel Smith of L.A.-based agencyAmusement Park, "Kids" is a video that shows a bunch of children parroting the language of rap songs. It is by no means the first project whose thesis statement is "Won't somebody think of the children!" but it manages to raise the issue in a way that represents the pervasiveness of radio rap's negative aspects. The video doesn't just call out foul language or drug use, but the thick layer of misogyny and other questionable attitudes that envelope so many songs.
..."When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Orders, Number 3 and thus emancipating the slaves of Texas on June 19, 1865, he had no idea that he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “Nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States." Read more here from this great article..