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Visiting rapper energizes students
The Ithacan ^ | February 14, 2013 | Taylor Long, Senior Writer

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 wouldn’t 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.

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A few others sent text messages encouraging friends to come, some with more success than others. As it would turn out, cell phone autocorrect doesn’t recognize the name Talib. It wants to change it to Taliban.

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Senior Gipsy Fernandez approached the mic frustrated with her generation and eager to move forward.

“I don’t know if we need another black power movement, or Chicano movement, a women’s liberation movement … do you think we’re missing that in our generation? And who do we look to for inspiration?”

Kweli was hopeful. “The Malcolm Xs, the Stokely Carmichaels … They’re 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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TOPICS: Education; Music/Entertainment; Politics
KEYWORDS: newyork; racialism; rap; revolution
The best absurdist satire is non-fiction, don't you think?
1 posted on 02/17/2013 1:20:39 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
another black power movement, or Chicano movement, a women’s liberation movement … do you think we’re missing that in our generation?

A movement for the sake of a movement. Does there necessarily have to be an underlying cause? As we saw in the occupy movement, apparently not.
2 posted on 02/17/2013 2:21:56 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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?


3 posted on 02/17/2013 2:44:54 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Instead of the blind leading the blind you had the dope talking to the dopes.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 3:01:38 AM PST by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kweli was hopeful. “The Malcolm Xs, ... … They’re 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.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 3:11:58 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
"A movement for the sake of a movement. Does there necessarily have to be an underlying cause? As we saw in the occupy movement, apparently not."

Such movements are usually best confined to special purpose rooms equipped with flushable devices for that sublime moment when said movement has run its course.
6 posted on 02/17/2013 3:48:41 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi
"A movement for the sake of a movement."

Perhaps a little imagery is in order:

7 posted on 02/17/2013 4:05:03 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 4:11:03 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

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...


9 posted on 02/17/2013 4:24:37 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

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.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 4:31:55 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Excellent post. The minute I saw this in the Ithacan I rushed to see if it had already been posted in News/Activism. Alas!
11 posted on 02/17/2013 4:32:21 AM PST by golux
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Funny how the successful under capitolism are promoting an agenda of socialism where the chances of anyone being successful are 0.


12 posted on 02/17/2013 4:38:04 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: ronnie raygun

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?


13 posted on 02/17/2013 4:45:27 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

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.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 4:46:09 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


15 posted on 02/17/2013 4:47:15 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Visiting rapper”

Like a “Traveling Preacher” to this crowd; heh.


16 posted on 02/17/2013 5:02:06 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: demshateGod

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.


17 posted on 02/17/2013 5:04:46 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: demshateGod

I may have missed your main point or real intention, but it seems I’m on a roll and can’t stop now.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 5:20:45 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

No. 60’s postmodernism is why we’re all messed up. Biblical revival.


19 posted on 02/17/2013 7:42:48 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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