quote:Originally posted by HeruStar:
When our leaders give us access to positive and forward moving education, maybe then we'll require our artist to have at least a bachelor's degree.
A bachelor's degree is not needed for direction and character. However, leadership with the qualities of insight, empathy, discipline and character is a necessity. This is what our generation lacks.
Ebony, I believe that wisdom, sometimes comes with age....not always. In my humble opinion, wisdom comes from the insightful and sometimes painful practice of developing one's character...consistently.
Right now, the majority of the images the world sees of us are degrading. Point blank. No matter how much good exists, it doesn't get airplay because it's not in the profitable interests of record companies (black and white), nor is it the true interest of the artists. Who, in my opinion seem to express frustration with oppression, but no frustration with the roles they play in the oppression of their own communities. I see leadership placating this mentality, simply because it doesn't know how to relate, which in truth, makes them ineffective. The few "leaders" that speak out about the hip hop culture's failings as well as those who have failed hip hop do little more than talk. If change is to happen the entire culture would have to change and no one seriously wants that to happen, because maybe someone would have to stop smoking blunts, or popping their booty in the air or glorifying guns or speaking sado machistically about harming Black women in particular during sex, or excusing ignorance....or displaying their cartoonish prowess....this wouldn't be, well, fun. What I do believe I hear that is sincere, is the plea to stop the killing, I truly believe that this is an area where our generation wants help but does not truly know how to go about it and their "leadership" is impotent.