Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Hip-Hop Activism Looks Back and Ahead
As we come to the end of a tumultuous political year, and look ahead to 2006, here's a good piece sizing up the state of hip-hop activism, by Maria Luisa Tucker at Alternet.

Here also is an interview with BAYLOC's Troy Nkrumah, now the National Hip-Hop Political Convention's Internal Chair. The NHHPC is gearing up for the summer of 2006, when the Convention will be held in Chicago.

One thing I wanted to pull out from Troy is this point which I think is especially resonant when we look at last year and the road ahead...:

"See, the problem with hip-hop activism is that too many people look to the artists as the political voice of hip-hop, and that is 100% wrong. Artists are artists. They are not necessarily activist. With the exception of a few, the artists that many look at as the political conscience of hip-hop, are not themselves organizers. Most are not involved with political organizations, thus they are not accountable to anyone other than themselves or their record label.

If you examine the history of political movements and their leadership in this country, you will find that the leaders are always part of something bigger. They don’t stand alone. They always have an organization behind them. You name the leader and I bet you that you cannot find one that was not part of a larger body. With hip-hop we make the mistake too often of looking at artists as leaders. We do so because they have the microphone and everyone’s attention, but that’s a major mistake since they lack the political education and organizing experience that is required of a political leader."


Point is: if we want a political movement, we need to build the one that we want, not wait for artists or celebrities.

Click here for the rest of Troy's interview.

posted by Zentronix @ 3:04 PM   2 comments links to this post

2 Comments:

At 11/17/05, 7:15 PM, Blogger beez said...

Yeha, so why aren't you the leader Jeff? I mean that bit is aimed at all of us and I feel as obligated to be that guy as anyone else. So why not you? I'm saying, if we aren't waiting for an artist to be the man then who are we waiting for?

I'm really not trying to be a cock I'm just trying to say, your book is like a promise that one of us will be that dude, who is it supposed to be if not you? We must preserve the dust.

 
At 11/18/05, 7:57 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

We are all those people. Each of us has to step up in our own way. That's what makes a movement, not a charismatic leader.

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

 

Previous posts
Zigaboo Modeliste and The Meters Are Back! (w/Bonu...
Worst Look Of The Year
Behind the Beat
Post-Crunk Shakes Its Laffy Taffy
Konono Can't Stop
Paris Is Burning
Rumors of Jay-Z Buying The Source Circulating Agai...
Hip-Hop Voters May Swing Mayor's Election In Detro...
Defend New Orleans
Hyphy vs. Thizzin'


select * from pages where handle = "BlogLinks" #content#

Archives
June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
 

Email list

Add me to the Can't Stop Won't Stop email list, an irregular update of what's new in our world:

Submit