How Hip Hop destroyed Black Power

by Min. Paul Scott

FNV - From the moment Stokley Carmichael (Kwame Ture) grabbed the mic and yelled Black Power! the phrase has struck fear in the heart of white America. Not that they were overly concerned that we posed some sort of military or economic threat, as the white power structure had those two options on "lock," but the possibility that the phrase would galvanize the masses of Black youth to action. Motivating them to do more than get their groove on Saturday night and their praise on Sunday morning sent chills up the spines of those who had a vested interest in holding the Black community down. Something had to be done to destroy this uncompromising desire for FREEDOM, JUSTICE and EQUALITY.

The blackploitation movies of the '70s were a good try as they served as a funkier alternative to the Black Nationalist struggle. However, even the pimps and pushers were Struggling against "the man." Also, during that period, the blood of the Black Panthers and our other martyrs was still fresh on the pavements of many neighborhoods of Black America.

So the weapon of choice was a movement of young Black teenagers who had developed a system of organization that could do anything from educate children about the historical struggle of African people to turning the deadliest gang rivalry into a break dance competition.

First, the power structure tried to ban rap music altogether by strengthening indecency laws in states where rappers performed and forcing them to place parental guidance stickers on their albums. But the contradiction of having those who have robbed, killed and murdered every culture on the planet serving as morality police was too much to swallow. Also problematic was the fact that to them the members of 2 Live Crew and Public Enemy were interchangeable.

So they fell back on their old standard "if you can't beat them, corrupt them." It was not an overnight hostile takeover but a slow, cunning infiltration, kind of like the annoying scratchy throat that you ignore until it has you sick in bed for two weeks. By then it is too late.

What arose was a Hip Hop nation that held no allegiance to the Black Nation, as the Hip Hop nation was all inclusive, and anyone regardless of race, class, religion or political views where anyone who had 15 dollars to buy a CD and could imitate the style of dress from glossy magazine covers could be down.

There is a saying in Afrocentric circles that when the European missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land, and when they left, we had the Bible and they had the land. In terms of Hip Hop, when the white missionaries in the form of corporate executives came to the 'hood, they had the 20-inch rims and Courvoisier and we had the music; when they left, we had the rims and Courvoisier and they had the music. We traded our dashikis for Rockawear, our African medallions for platinum chains and our souls for a moment to shine in front of white America. As it is said, we crossed over and couldn't get black. Black Power became an example of racism in reverse, and a term that should have gone out with the Afro pick.

Hip Hop should serve as the background music for the Black Nation and should be heard pumpin' through speakers at every uprising, protest, or demonstration.

However, the forces which control Hip Hop have taken measures to make sure that the Hip Hop Nation and the Black Power Nation never unite. While most rappers would swear on their mammas' graves that they are in control of their Hip Hop destinies, I cannot help but think that behind the back stage curtain at every rap concert is an old white "Wizard of the 'hood" carefully manipulating the lives of our children.

What we have here is a failure to communicate; a conversation that never happened. A dialogue between the Black Nation and the Hip Hop Nation has been skillfully blocked by the white power structure. While talk shows often pit Harvard educated, middle class journalist Bob Smith against straight up gangsta MC Cut Throat, I have yet to see a debate between "MC Cut Throat" and straight up Black militant, revolutionary "Bro. Shaka Zulu."

We must not be afraid of alienating our children (as many of them cannot become more alienated, anyway) by engaging them to observe Hip Hop against the back drop of the struggle for Black LIBERATION. As many of them pride themselves on being the "realist" and shocking white America with their lyrics that talk loud and say nothing, we must teach them of the ancestors who were really controversial and were rewarded with a bullet in the head or noose around their necks and not heavy rotation on a radio station.

We must not be afraid to use the term "anti-afrikanism" in describing some of the disrespect that white corporate America gives us in the guise of entertainment. While it may be too early to grill Lil Bow Wow on his views on the mental genocide of Afrikan people, it is not only proper; but also our responsibility, to engage 30-something-year-old Black men on their views on colonialism. If they are able to tell our children about the correct way to sell crack or murder another Black man, the issue of white supremacy should not intimidate them in the least.

Although many would like to write off the age of Black Consciousness as a lost era, if you walk outside on a warm summer night, after the last video has played on BET, if you listen closely, you can still hear the voices of the ancestors shouting black power, Black Power, BLACK POWER!

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But really it is African Power as Stokley Carmichael (Kwame Ture) had also progressed to saying. Black is a colour, African is land, history ,and culture!
Egungun, Egungun ni t'aiye ati jo! Ancestos, Ancestors come to earth and dance! "I'm sick of the war and the civilization that created it. Let's look to our dreams, and the magical; to the creations of the so-called primitive peoples for new inspirations." - Jaques Vache and Andre Breton "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." -John Maynard "You know that in our country there were even matriarchal societies where women were the most important element. On the Bijagos islands they had queens. They were not queens because they were the daughters of kings. They had queens succeeding queens. The religious leaders were women too..." -- Amilcar Cabral, Return to the Source, 1973
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I agree, eccept I think Kanye has some issues and his mind might not be "liberated" like the other folks mentioned...

Kayne West has a new line of jewelry coming out. The main jewelry piece he's promoting is this:



A White/blonde/blue eyed Jesus!!

I guess the image of his slave master/colonizer/oppressor is the same image as his savior/God. I could have sworn Yeshua(Jesus) would have been against stealing our mother land's natural resources and exploiting our brothers and sisters in the process...but then again, I didn't know Yeshua was Nordic!

African-Americans have not yet learned that no other people have continued worshipping another's God, especially their slave master's god or gods and freed themselves from cultural and physical genocide. Why should Africans and African-Americans be the only exception to this historic reality.
Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
I agree, eccept I think Kanye has some issues and his mind might not be "liberated" like the other folks mentioned...

Kayne West has a new line of jewelry coming out. The main jewelry piece he's promoting is this:

http://www.allhiphop.com/CelebImages/flicks_jesuskanye.gif

A White/blonde/blue eyed Jesus!!


Eek This is hideous!!!Eek
I just don't get the fascination with Kanye West that some people have. Some of his lyrics are substantive, but not that impressive IMHO. I think someone posted this link before, but if you want to check out some positive rappers, musicians, and spoken word artists, I would suggest some of those affiliated with AWOL Magazine and the Revolutionary Artists Workshop.AWOL Objector
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
I agree, eccept I think Kanye has some issues and his mind might not be "liberated" like the other folks mentioned...


The brother had sooo much promise...

In the words of the rock group Queen: "...another one bites the dust..."
kresge,
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EekThis is hideous!!! Eek

Isn't it! I think the big buzz/fascination with Kanye West is because everyone else in the mainstream is so bad that it makes him sound so good...And thanks for the link!


AudioGuy,
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In the words of the rock group Queen: "...another one bites the dust..."

LOL...the brother did have a lot of promise. He is talented, just not quite conscious...yet...I always have hope our people will see the light...hopefully sooner than later. I always wonder though...would he have even got signed to Rockafella unless he had this mentality...They aren't a bunch of social activists(to say the least)...

Just to make our collective stomaches turn some more...I saw him in an interview about this "Jesus piece" on the tell-lie-vision and he proudly proclaimed it was his idea to use porcelain for Jesus' skin so the colour and texture could look more "realistic"...like his real skin looked...

HOW SCARY IS THAT?!

Now we all know why he said in the song "Jesus Walks"...

"I'm not here to argue about his facial features."
-Kanye West

For real? We would have never known!
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
_Just to make our collective stomaches turn some more...I saw him in an interview about this "Jesus piece" on the tell-lie-vision and he proudly proclaimed it was his idea to use porcelain for Jesus' skin so the colour and texture could look more "realistic"...like his real skin looked..._

HOW SCARY IS THAT?!



"...DAMN... DAMN... DAMN..."

-Florida Evans (Good Times)

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