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This weekend will be a historic even for African Americans, hundreds of thousands of African Americans will convene on Washington DC, chocolate city, to celebrate the first inauguration of a black president. Not only will Obama be showcased to the country and the world but so will the African Americans who come to support him. While the vast majority of African Americans will come to peacefully and respectfully celebrate Barack Obama's extraordinary achievement we must do all in our power to make sure that we are represented as the intelligent, loving brave people we are. We can not let a few bad apples spoil the celebration. This is not the Greekfest, Homecoming, or All Star Weekend. Your favorite sports team didn't just won the championship, this is a turning point in American history. Here are some of the rules that we should follow in order to make this a sucessfull inauguration for Obama and African Americans 1. No fighting. If someone steps on your 200 dollar new Barack Obama dunks, let it slide. If you step on someone's shoes, apologize. If you see your cousin Kenny who owes you a hundred bucks and has been ducking you, don't confront him, you'll see him later. Now is not the time. Any fights involving blacks will be blown out of proportion by the media, we don't need to sully the image of black people . 2. No Disrespecting Women. There will be thousands of attractive African American females out there. We should all take Barack Obama's example and treat our women as respectfully as Barack treats Michelle. While it is perfectly fine to approach an attractive woman for conversation, there is no need to be disrespectful about it. Please don't use the b word or h word when approaching females or are in their vicinity. Also we do not need to refer to women's body parts when complimenting them. If a woman has an attractive figure, rather than commenting on their breasts or behind. you can tell her she has a nice physique and obviously takes good care of herself. Under no circumstances should any women be touched or groped. You don't need to grab a woman's arm or any other part of her body to get her attention. If she's interested, she'll talk to you. If a friend of yours is being rude or disrespectful, check him on it. If you try and talk to a woman and she is not interested, that does not mean that she is stuck up, stank, bourgie or a b-word. Perhaps she is already involved or is simply not interested. If a woman is with a man, despite how attractive she may be, there is no excuse to approach or comment about her appearance. if Michelle and Barack walked by would you try and hollar at Michelle or talk about her booty? If someone hollars at your girl, let him know that she is with you politely. If you hollar at someone's girl and she's with some one politely apologize. 3. No Drugs. In my belief there is nothing wrong with smoking marijuana, however many people do. I realize for many there would be nothing better than to be high as Obama takes the oath of office, or to be high during the many celebrations. Still people will be bringing their children and probably don't want their kids inhaling second hand marijuana smoke. Also police will be around and we don't need to give them any more excuses to lock us up. If you do smoke marijuana, try and be as discreet as possible. If necessary you could make marijuana brownies or cookies to provide the same effect without being noticeable or smoke in the comfort of your own hotel room, car or the house of whoever you may be staying with. Read the Rest Here
All this talk of a proportionate response and Israel defending itself seems to be off the mark by the numbers. If a man hits you and you beat up his whole family is that proportionate response? Is shooting a man for throwing a rock at your window defending yourself? Reuters reports that as of today, more than 900 Palestinians have been killed, including 382 civilians. This is comparison to 13 Israeli’s who have been killed, including 3 civilians. It is estimated that 40% of all the Gaza casualties have been civilians . From 2005 through 2007 there were 86 Israeli’s killed, 8 of which were civilians, meaning less than 10% of all Israeli’s killed during the time were civilians. Barack Obama was on ABC’s this week and reiterated his statement “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do everything to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing.”Read The Rest Here
Recently AL Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahri declared that Barack Obama was an house negro and was the opposite of black leader Malcolm X. While many have compared Obama to Martin Luther King, not as many people have noted the differences and similarities between Obama and Malcolm X. Many people may see Malcolm X and Barack Obama as opposites of each other in the sphere of black political figures. While Malcolm pushed for black nationalism, didn't renounce violence, came across as very militant and scared white people, Obama has pushed for an inclusive nation that includes people of all backgrounds, pushed a message of hope and change, and came across as very amiable and acceptable to white people. However the comparison cannot be as cut and dry as that. Are we comparing the militant Nation of Islam disciple Malcolm X who railed against blue eyed devils or the Malcolm X who split with the Nation of Islam and renounced racism and met with Martin Luther King? Even if we were to compare the nation of Islam's Malcolm X to Barack Obama it is hard to cast them as opposites. Obviously one of the main differences between the two is the places and eras they grew up in. Malcolm X grew up in a time of segregation, police brutality, lynchings, and Jim Crow laws. These circumstances did a lot to shape his world view. As someone whose father was killed by the KKK and whose world views were shaped by the NOI, Malcolm had a lot of hostility towards white people and America in general. Barack Obama grew up in the multi-racial society of Hawaii and later in equally diverse, Indonesia, where he was minority in more ways than one, being both American and of African blood. It wasn't until Malcolm X went on a pilgrimage to Mecca that he abandoned the principles of racism upon meeting people of all colors who prayed to the same God as him and saw that they were good and decent people. Barack Obama grew up within that same diversity, with two white grandparents and a white mother who helped raise him, as well as with people from all sorts of backgrounds so he probably came to the realization of the futility of racism earlier in life. However even the militant Nation of Islam has endorsed Obama. Farrakhan has spoken very kindly of Obama, even referring to him as the Messiah and the hope of the entire world. With the leading figure for black nationalism in America praising the man who is now the President of the country he once demonized, the black nationalism of Malcolm X may have been replaced by inclusion in the greater United States of America. This is not to say that the struggle is over, but that it has taken a different form and philosophy. Obviously Obama's message of hope, unity and diversity counters against Malcolm X's 'blue eyed devil rhetoric.' However the views that Malcolm X had after leaving the Nation of Islam are more in line with Obama's. Here are some quotes from Malcolm after his epiphany of race in Mecca. I realized racism isn't just a black and white problem. It's brought bloodbaths to about every nation on earth at one time or another. In many parts of the African continent I saw white students helping black people. Something like this kills a lot of argument. I did many things as a [Black] Muslim that I'm sorry for now. I was a zombie then like all [Black] Muslims I was hypnotized, pointed in a certain direction and told to march. I am not a racist.... In the past I permitted myself to be used...to make sweeping indictments of all white people, the entire white race and these generalizations have caused injuries to some whites who perhaps did not deserve to be hurt. Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as a result of my recent pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true...Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenants of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people. The last lines that Malcolm X said sound like something out of the declaration of independence or a Barack Obama speech. Here Malcolm, like Obama and MLK is tracing his struggle to himself and black people in general to n American struggle, a struggle based on the same principles that America was founded on. Many people have compared Obama to Martin Luther King. People have compared King to Obama on their similarities but most often compare King and X on their differences. Despite the fact that they employed different tactics and rhetoric, in many ways King and X had the same goals. Here are some things that X had to say regarding King I'll say nothing against him. At one time the whites in the United States called him a racialist, and extremist, and a Communist. Then the Black Muslims came along and the whites thanked the Lord for Martin Luther King. Dr. King wants the same thing I want -- freedom! Read The Rest Here
Given that the government is bailing out failed companies like AIG, Morgan Stanley and is considering bailing out Ford and General Motors shouldn't they consider bailing out some the ailing Hip Hop companies.
Shouldn't Ray Benzino and the Source be entitled to some of the $700 billion? Shouldn't Master P get some money to rebuild his struggling No Limit Records? If Damon Dash was given one billion dollars surely he could make another Hov and go back to being the mega mogul he was 8 years ago.
If the Hip Hop industry fails it could have disastrous effects on the economy. When Hip Hop record labels start going out of business not only will rappers be out of jobs but so will managers, bodyguards, stylists, publicists, deejays, entourage members, A&R's, and other label people.
If Hip Hop were to cease to be economically viable, it could have a domino effect on the whole economy. If rappers were to no longer have money other sectors like the strip club industry, the tacky platinum chain industry, and the rims industry would also go under. Rap magazines such as XXL, Ozone, The Source, and Vibe would all go out of business as would countless Hip Hop websites and blogs. If Hip Hop dies what would happen to all the radio stations where hip hop lives?
Hip Hop is definitely at a tipping point now. Even the once financial giant of G-Unit is forced to cut back product and lay off workers.If 50 Cent doesn't receive some money from the government its very possible that we may never hear another Tony Yayo or Loyd Banks album.
Many people would argue that rappers and Hip Hop moguls have lived in material excess beyond their means, been arrogant and greedy, all while not being creative, innovative or even efficient. This may be true but so have the CEOs of Wall St. and Detroit. For years Morgan Stanley, Merryl Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bros. have been giving large bonuses and salaries to their top level executives.Read The Rest Here