Skip to comments.Visiting rapper energizes students
Posted on 02/17/2013 1:20:28 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
There was something special about the energy in Emerson Suites last Thursday as Talib Kweli took up the mic not to rap, as some students had expected, but to discuss the hip-hop industry and the role of the artist in society.
Some students arrived nearly an hour early, worried they wouldnt be able to get a seat, only to walk into an empty Emerson Suites where they camped out with laptops, spreading scarves and jackets across seats to save places for friends. I was one of them, perched amongst a group of girls who, for the most part, knew only that Kweli was a famous rapper easily conflated with his popular contemporary, Lupe Fiasco. As we waited, Wikipedia filled in the blanks.
Evidently Talib means student in Arabic; Kweli Swahili for true. He grew up the son of professors in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In the early 2000s he gained notoriety as half of Black Star, along with MC Mos Def. Eventually boredom gave way to the usual conversations that arise when someone famous is on their way.
A few others sent text messages encouraging friends to come, some with more success than others. As it would turn out, cell phone autocorrect doesnt recognize the name Talib. It wants to change it to Taliban.
Senior Gipsy Fernandez approached the mic frustrated with her generation and eager to move forward.
I dont know if we need another black power movement, or Chicano movement, a womens liberation movement do you think were missing that in our generation? And who do we look to for inspiration?
Kweli was hopeful. The Malcolm Xs, the Stokely Carmichaels
Theyre there in this audience, but it becomes us people older than them to stoke their genius and their creative vibe.(continued)
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We are doomed!
I just spent half an hour reading some of the drivel posted there. What part is satire and what part is insanity? Is there a difference?
Instead of the blind leading the blind you had the dope talking to the dopes.
Kweli was hopeful. The Malcolm Xs, ... Theyre there in this audience, but it becomes us people older than them to stoke their genius”
Genius, eh? These kinds of idiots lionize Yasser Arafat, too.
Here we go. Another youngster writing about their generation and how much they know about everything which is nothing. Go out and really experience a lifetime; then come back.
Sounds like they’re looking for a movement to be involved in for the attention and camaraderie to make themselves feel important not for the actual purpose of supporting a cause they believe in. Without inspiration, passion, and devotion to a cause you believe in it’s just attention whoring which this generation of students and O’ supporters seem to crave so much...
Socialism needs a revolution. The details don’t matter as long as it sows chaos and lets the lowest types grab power. The little people doing the revolting are called “useful idiots” because they’re playing their roles not knowing what they’re really getting.
Funny how the successful under capitolism are promoting an agenda of socialism where the chances of anyone being successful are 0.
Ah, that’s a good point. You mean people like Soros? It’s not so mysterious. These are the ones who will make a smooth transition to socialism, gaining political power on top of economic power. Success in a socialism is based on your rank in government. How many politicians do you think Soros has in his pocket?
There’s something in those comments that desrves attention. I think people, especially young people, are tired of nihlism. Sex and pleasure hasnt lived up to their promise. They yearn for something real. An outbusrt of true passion would do us good. We’re in a fog, a dulldrum. We need revival.
I pity these kids their wilful ignorance. After 13 years in government indoctrination they’re so pliable colleges can teach them anything and they will believe it.
Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael? They’re wholly ignorant of the moral and economic standards that got them America.
Like a “Traveling Preacher” to this crowd; heh.
A revival, as in a return to the ‘60’s? Look how that turned out. They thought they could change the world with enough protests, enough mass consciousness, enough free love. Then came the drugs, the violence born of frustration. The idealism of communism and its dictators. It couldn’t have turned out any other way because you can’t change the world based on a false perception of what it should be. Embracing reality is revival enough in itself.
I may have missed your main point or real intention, but it seems I’m on a roll and can’t stop now.
No. 60’s postmodernism is why we’re all messed up. Biblical revival.