until we institutionalize our own cultural aesthetics we can not win the assault on the black body.
a physicality is needed that is representative of us as a collective, something that is multigenerational and can be passed down to others - hip hop was beginning to piece the various wisdoms together in the late 80s, incorporating stories, heroes, and lessons from the Harlem Ren on up. and this is key for any movement to be successful, from the Mau Maus to the tea party: control your narratives and learn to romanticize them - they told us it was wrong to romanticize africa back then so we stopped to focus on ‘reality’.
but the reality is this: at this point all we control are our words and if we fail at doing that then there is no other mortar available to bind us collectively no matter how fragmented our individual philosophies. all organizations are founded on fragments of various knowledge coming together for common unity and success.
Twitter user @ T_Haley8 (via reverseracism)
I have faith in the youth…especially the ones she influenced. Rip.
there are tons of other creatives already in the wings, the problem is that there are no longer physical, community-based outlets that push these talents forward into the light - nowadays, we become ‘internet famous’ at best, but still remain an unknown entity to the public at large. that’s the destiny of ‘fame’ in the future.
Stromae stumbles about a busy gloomy square in Brussels, mumbling and shouting about his broken heart. It’s hard to miss the 6-foot 5-inch black Belgian who’s maybe 150 pounds and currently soaking wet. For one, he’s 6 foot 5 inches, black and Belgian. Second, he’s sold more than eight million albums and swept the Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammys. He’s screaming because he’s on hidden camera, filming a music video for his wildly successful single “Formidable.” Since, the video has been viewed more than 75 million times.
In Europe, Stromae can stand alone in a Belgian square and know that the world is watching. All the Western world, in fact, except the United States.
Son of a Rwandan father, killed in the Tutsi genocide, and a Belgian mother, Stromae (né Paul Van Haver) has been crowned the voice of the dejected youth of Europe. That’s another way of saying all the youth in Europe. The Eurozone crisis that began in 2009 hit young adults throughout the continent the hardest, with unemployment as high as 50% in some countries. In Spain, more than half of young adults under 25 were jobless in 2012. The country found itself in deep recession during the Eurozone crisis and lost more than 5 million jobs over the next few years. Austere governing resulted in frustrations that became violent protests in places like Belgium, Spain and Greece. And through it all, Stromae’s voice began to rise powerfully above the noise.
the best thing i have watched this year…
Jean Michel Basquiat Documentary - The Radiant Child (by Argus Paul)