Brent Staples, an author, wrote an article called “How Hip-Hop lost its way and betrayed its fans,” (2005) was originally published on the New York Times. Brent argues how rap artists were betrayed by their song lyrics with dealing violence and drugs. Brent supports his explanation by arguing that there’s dangerous myths about race that is targeting African American Teenagers are beset on all sides. To prove this, “People who pay only minimal attention to the rap world may have thought the killings would sober up the rap community.” This means that rap artist have been mentioning a lot of violence in their rap songs which gained of attention to the community. It may be a misunderstanding to the other communities that can be in danger. Another evidence is, “Mr. Jackson is a confessed former drug dealer who seems to revel in the fact that he was shot several times while dealing in Queens.” Brent mentions a popular rapper that was dealing with drugs and doing a “diss” track about to the controversy about him that made him angry. The author writes it in a formal tone for the community to understand the rap artist social issue that expresses themselves through rap and making it into controversy.
Hip Hop was the wildfire that started in the South Bronx and whose flames leapt up around the world crying out for change. James McBride’s Hip Hop Planet focuses on his personal interactions with the development of Hip Hop culture and his changing interpretations of the world wide movement. Many of his encounters and mentions in the text concern young black males and his writing follows an evolution in the representation of this specific social group. He initially portrays them as arrogant, poor, and uneducated but eventually develops their image to include the positive effects of their culture in an attempt to negate their historical misrepresentation.
Is it ever just to ban a book over the inclusion of controversial material? In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote has been an example of a book put under scrutiny for containing controversial content. Although the reasons for the opposition are clear to see in the novel, the complaints toward the book are not substantial enough to ban the book from schools. Capote includes some amounts gore and strong language in the novel, however nothing mature students are not able handle. The novel is based on a murder that occurred in 1959, and it has been speculated that Capote sympathizes with one of the two killers. However this has been highly misinterpreted as Capote is empathizing and not sympathizing. In Cold Blood is a classic piece of American literature that deserves to be apart of the
On February 21, 2017, I attended the documentary film: Blood on the Mountain. This documentary film described the lives of coal miners in West Virginia, it showed the hardships coal miners went through to keep their jobs and their health safe from mining corporations. In relation to my class: Appalachia Studies I understood these hardships, it also made me aware of how these hardships affect the Appalachia region and the families of the coal miners. Despite understanding some of these hardships I will never be able to describe these hardships fully in their entirety, but I can relate these hardships to the course, Appalachia Studies to the best of my abilities.
Hip-hop culture has been the topic of various academic, social, and political discourses. Rap music, in particular, has made its way to mainstream media which is evident in the numerous films and movies that centers on what was once a part of an underground culture. Scholars explain that the popularity of hip-hop in both music and films are partly due to its potential to disseminate information, address an issue, and promote social change. Tinson and McBride (2013), for example, note that hip-hop is a “…form of critical education at the intersection of, and inseparable from political engagement” (1). Scholars further note that hip-hop’s current state “…requires frequent accounting of its engagement with the social, political, and cultural climate
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Often times, when there is conflict that involves violence and threat of personal danger, people tend to become compliant to those who intimidate them instead of holding their ground and acting on their own beliefs and values. Such was the case for the majority of the French nation during the Second World War after Nazi Germany invaded and occupied the country between 1940-1944, only occupying a certain area until 1942 when Germany infiltrated all of France. The Vichy government of France, led by Marshall Philippe Pétain, ended up complying with their occupiers’ orders and signed a law that would allow
Nearly two people die every second. Murders happen every day. There are suicides, unintentional deaths, and homicides. Unsolved homicides leave investigators and the world in discovery to the motive. Two murders occurring around the same time between hip hop artists leaves the world puzzled as to how and why this occurred. The unsolved murders of the two young hip hop legends, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, is truly a mystery of the universe.
Royalty cant buy you loyalty, tell me if I lose everything would you be over me? Hip-Hop, according to Dictionary.com is defined “The popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing and graffity art. Kodak Black, Kevin Gates and Lil Uzi Vert greatly contributes to this genre.
Rap music is an expression of one’s feelings thorough poetry and instrumental. Although it has gained many accomplishments throughout society, it is still one of the most criticized genres of music. Rap music dose not promote violence; it only depicts the destruction that is happening all over America. Music should not be criticized based on its style.
What seems to us now as excessive violence and misogyny in hip hop stems from a culture that has been consumed in a continuous battle against social and economic oppression since its early days. In the beginnings of hip hop, there was an explosion of defiance against the subjugation these artists had to experience on a daily basis. For many artists, rapping about guns and gang life was a reflection of daily life in the ghettos and inner-city housing projects. Not only did rap provide an outlet to voice the struggles of black youth, it also gave them a sense of pride. Before major hip hop groups such as NWA arrived on the scene, people would refuse to admit they were even from Compton. Nowadays, everyone wears the identity with pride. The genre was a testament to triumphing over hardships, to having enough confidence in oneself not to let the world drag you down, and to rising above the struggle, even when things seem hopeless. Violence in rap did not begin as an affective agent that threatened to harm America 's youth; rather, it was the outcry of an already-existing problem from youth whose world views have been shaped by the inequalities and prejudice they have experienced.
This movie was a broad discussion about hip-hop music (or more specifically gangster rap) and what kind of social issues the music not only showcases but seems to promote. The producer of this film, Byron Hunt, interviewed people involved in all aspects of the hip-hop industry, including famous rappers, to try to get to the bottom of this.
In the novel, The Hate U Give, a memorable quote states,“Listen!, The Hate U--the letter U--Give Little Infants F*** Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the a** when we wild out,”(Thomas, 32). If you’re confused and didn’t know what that was, it’s one of Tupac’s well-remembered quotes that is relevant to America’s conversation about race relations and racism. In The Hate U Give, “THUG LIFE” is a relevant theme in the book because it represents a history of racial relations in the U.S., is related to current racial issues that still affect ethnic minorities and the effects of racial injustice towards communities of color decades later.
Aristotle says that the ultimate friendship is that of a good friendship. That is, a friendship between individuals who are good and virtuous. The individuals in this relationship wish goodwill upon each other and are good individuals themselves. He says those who wish goodwill upon their friends only for the sake of their friends having goodwill are the truest of friends. This is a type of friendship that has longevity because “goodness is an enduring thing.” The good friendship has elements of utility and pleasure, but is not based on selfish needs. These types of friendships take time to flourish, but are worth the effort.
Hip hop critics believe that hip hop is a violent subculture and supports crime and violence, but research has shown that there is no direct correlation between the two. One hip-hop artist that goes against this stereotype is Kanye Omari West. Mr. West lyrics allows the listener to understand that you don’t have to rap about having money and cars to get someone’s attention. In Kanye West’s Homecoming, he said, “Reach for the stars, so if you fall you land on the clouds.” This is an influential quote that encourages the listener to reach for their goals, but if you happen to fail on the way it’ll be ok because you have a comfort system to be there for you.
‘Blood In The Mobile’ is a documentary filmed my Danish journalist Frank Poulsen regarding the use of conflict minerals in our mobiles by major phone manufacturing companies. Even though he focuses on Nokia in the movie it is an insight into the use of blood minerals from Congo in all phones of other manufacturing companies as well. The film focuses on whether Nokia has known about this use and still continues to do it and to find a solution to this problem in order to end modern day slavery just so that we can stare at a screen throughout the day. In the documentary Poulsen travels to various destinations including one of the mines in Congo to uncover the harsh truth behind one the most revolutionary modern day inventions and whether its consumption is being used to finance a war...