#TheRemix host James Braxton Peterson is joined by Drexel University Law Professor Donald Tibbs in a discussion of police violence, viral videos, race, gender and how the criminal justice system is failing communities of color.
'Despite the prominence of visual expression in contemporary hip-hop, many art historians, curators, and critics often frame hip-hop primarily as a musical genre or employ analytical approaches derived from the study of hip-hop's sonic iterations." -- Krista Thompson, Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice (216)
"Marley was perhaps simply finding some quiet time with Kaya -- a chance to recover from assassination attempts, the pressures of balancing his "righteousness" with his growing iconical status and the realities of always (quick shout to Duke Ellington) being on the road. Kaya finds Marley in love -- in love with a thick stiff spliff, some bright mornings, and that lil' gal 'round the way."
Anthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, discusses what Atheists can learn from Hip Hop Culture. Pinn is the author/editor of several books including The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (2014) and Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US.
Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined via Skype by Shana Redmond—Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and Guthrie Ramsey, Jr.–Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.
"While prayer and faith can carry the president's supporters along the road to a better society, his eulogy challenged them to take action. In this way, he insisted on individual responsibility to create a common good. This new social contract must rely on formerly enslaved Africans creating sustainable, global cooperatives with the children of immigrants, new and old."
Rick Famuyiwa's new film Dope is about a Black high-school student who's into 1990s Hip Hop and Japanese comic books. Famuyiwa's calls Dope a celebration of kids whose interests don't fit into pop-culture norms.
The FBI and ATF are now helping investigate a string of fires at black churches in the South since the massacre in Charleston. Joy Reid talks with All in with Chris Hayes about #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches.
In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the release of Public Enemy’s seminal Fear of a Black Planet, students in the “History of Hip-Hop” course, co-taught by Patrick Douthit (9th Wonder) and Mark Anthony Neal, at Duke University were charged with creating digital projects that translated the album’s historical significance into contemporary contexts. In this film short students make connections to the corporate ownership of Black music and Black political resistance. +Patrick Douthit
Perhaps best known for his classic Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools, Jonathan Kozol reads from his first book Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools (1968) as part of NPR's 50 Great Teachers series. In the book Kozol recounts being fired from a Boston school for teaching a Langston Hughes poem.
"Hello Like Before'" is a timeless--reconnecting with a long lost love, both remembering and wondering, with a tinge of hurt and hope. And these were two Grown men singing this song, written and originally recorded by Bill Withers, on his debut on the Columbia label in 1975, after making his name on Clarence Avant's Sussex Label. Jon Lucien's "Rashida" could have been the prequel, especially as Withers' label-mate put his own dark and sexy spin on "Hello Like Before" a year later.