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A NEW VIDEO PUTS RAP'S ROUGHEST WORDS IN THE MOUTHS OF KIDS

[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.

What is Juneteenth?

..."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..

Kanye West's "New Slaves" Outlook

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When asked: Does this song progress or regress young black America??
My response is this: 
Upon reading the lyrics several times,(although I don't agree with every single point asserted) Kanye West is making some strong arguments about the malpractices of certain institutions that take unfair advantage of 'young black Americans'. Primarily, the industrial prison complex and their acquisition of Black males at high rates. He also raises some points about young Black America's frustration with American racial bias and corporations exploitation of minorities.It's a very interesting song. One that seems to be very rebellious and a counter-attack to Kanye's perception of modern day enslavement practices by groups and organizations. Do I agree if it's a regression or a progression? One can argue on the behalf of both. However, I think if it provides a platform for healthy dialogue about these issues and other matters than I feel it is a step in the right direction .Just my two cents.

-Ty

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