The block parties, graffiti art, rapping, disc jockeying and diverse forms of dancing built Hip Hop by the black youth. They expressed their feelings, thoughts, but most importantly the problems they had to face, which were related to their race, gender and social positions. The rights that were given to black people during and after the Civil Rights Movement left the following generations at a lack of how to continue the fight for black rights. Hip Hop gave them this platform and with the usage of black nationalism, Hip Hop can explore the challenges that confront American-Americans in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. In the 1990’s Hip Hop lived its prime, sub genres started to appear and famous groups, MCs led the whole community, providing a voice to a group of people trying to deliver their message.
Hip Hop music influence on modern society. Introduction Hip-hop music was initially developed in the late 1970s, only few people knew about its existence as it was created in the most unprivileged districts of New York City in America by African-American citizens. Hip-hop is not a bunch of entertaining words but a poetic language about issues around us, and movement within a culture interrelating ethnicities. The messages of rap music/hip hop tells stories of how life is in the streets dealing with drugs, crime, and violence. Most messages are a reflection of how the youth feels about the system, the police.
(Wahl, 1999) As new black artists began creating music leading into the 80s, historical events were beginning to allow artists to use music as a platform to discuss social and political injustice in ways that had never been seen before. One specific gangster rap group, N.W.A (Niggaz Wit Attitudes), used this so-called platform to shed light on the injustices of a black man living in the city of Compton in the most raw and purest way possible. (Wahl, 1999) During the late 1980s, Compton was often seen as a city of violence and even got the label of the most dangerous city in America throughout the nation. As a result, police brutality became a significant issue throughout the city and groups like N.W.A saw this as an opportunity to use a spotlight to discuss adversities
Destruction, poverty, and violence are just a few examples of discrimination that the Black community had to go through during the 1960-1980’s , and are all similar issues portrayed in the films “Black Power Mixtape” and “Do The Right Thing”. Both films have their own story, but both reflect on the racial injustice Black citizens faced, while also educating viewers on the violence that occurred during that time through riots, and police brutality. Each film comments on African American experiences of racial injustice by telling a story of pride and power, while also demonstrating destruction, brutality, and violence throughout the Black community. The famous film directed by Spike Lee “Do The Right Thing”, focuses on racially diverse individuals who live and work in a lower class neighborhood in Brooklyn,
I have recently read your article “Hip Hop Planet” where you discussed the global impact of hip hop. During your introduction, you expressed your nightmare where it revealed your fears, and values. You evinced that rap, which changed the world, now rules the world which left you feeling behind and uncomfortable; a stranger to it. You experienced a nightmare vision where your daughter fell in love and married a stereotypical thuggish rapper, which caused you to rethink your ideas of hip hop. You experienced hip hop right as it started to originate, and as a result, unknowingly influenced you throughout the rest of your life.
For documentary film maker DJ Scripz, making connections within the Haitian community is important. His film, The Haitian Polo Documentary by DJ Scripz, tells the real stories of Haitian immigrants who fled their home nation during the ‘80s and ‘90s to relocate in Brooklyn, NY, only to be met with the tumult and violence that was plaguing the city at the time. While the most significant feat for Haitians growing up in ‘80s and ‘90s Brooklyn was to be accepted into urban America, DJ Scripz refocuses on making connections across the Haitian community to explore the collective experiences of young Haitian immigrants and to preserve their memories in history. Aside from the making of the documentary, one way that DJ Scripz is embarking on exploring
The Identity of the African American Culture The play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom highlights some of the reason African American lost their connection to the culture they once had. The play talks of the influence of different culture and how the melting pot may have caused the loss of African culture in the west. But among all the confusion the African-American has kept their love in of art and has overcome many of hardship to keep an identity in the American culture; the play itself shows this through its characters, plot and diction. This why Ma Rainey’s black bottom has such a powerful spotlight put on it and its way of telling the its story. We start with the very important and always needed the characters of the story.
The destinies of blacks living in America, however, took a long time and a lot of effort in order to change. Towards the end of the twentieth century, the civil rights movement – a struggle for African Americans to achieve rights equal to those of whites including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as rights to vote- helped change their destinies. August Wilson, a well-known playwright during this time period, was famous for his plays such as Fences and The Piano Lesson. His plays are based off of his own experiences and explore a century’s worth of African American struggle and triumph. One of his plays, Fences, is about four generations of black Americans and how they have passed on a legacy of morals, mores, attitude, responsibility, and patterns.
In conducting our research, we discovered that modern poetry originates in North America, United States to be more specific. Even though these poets were spoken word poets, their poetry was resistance poetry and an expression of rebellion. As we noted before that the origins of this contemporary form of performance poetry is found in oral tradition of African Americans, the descendants of the African slaves. We also discovered that the poets of the 1950s and 1970s used their poetry as a voice to express the needs of the black American people. Contemporary spoken word poetry started in America, in the 1950s as an underground political movement.
According to Tero Liukkonen, a critic, James Baldwin’s writing is known for his “sexual and personal identity and civil rights struggles in the United States” which is evident in his short story Sonny’s Blues. It presents suffering and survival within the black community and throughout the characters family as well. Sonny’s Blues takes place in Harlem, New York in 1950’s were the Narrator, an unnamed character, as well as his older brother Sonny, tells the story. Characters like the Narrator, Sonny and their mother are strongly impacted by the pain of their families suffering. Throughout the short story, each character understands his/her own suffering and plan to attain a better life.
Living in the ghettos of West Baltimore has many rough patches, no matter what time period or era the person lives in. Both Coates and the young characters in the show, The Wire, grew up in West Baltimore where, to survive, people had to look out for themselves. There are a few instances in the memoir, The Beautiful Struggle, that are similar to some of the scenes in The Wire. These similarities will prove that Coates and some of the characters in the show faced the same struggles while growing up in the same area although the growing up took place in different time periods. In early parts of the memoir, Coates discusses how he was jumped by some boys because he was on the wrong side of town.
In this song rapper Lil Boosie is conveying what it was like growing up in the inner city of Baton Rouge Louisiana. This song points to the strains of growing up in an unstable home full of drug use and domestic violence. Along with the implications of an unstable home life, this song sheds light on also growing up in a crime ridden, drug infested, and violent community. As a young man growing up in this community Lil Boosie had no positive male role models at home so he turned to the streets and in a sense became a product of his environment. Also encomposed in this song are the strains of losing your friends to gun violence and
In the past, hip hop told a life story with a funky beat. Some artists told a story about how life was rough when growing up, how they didn’t have a dad, how their mother had to raise them alone, how tough it was growing up in the ghetto, and how they made it out of that area alright. Since then, hip hop has resorted to degrade women and the police with a materialistic focus on money and drugs. Within the last decade, hip hop has changed dramatically for the worse. Hip hop’s received a bad reputation within the last decade.
The U.S. has been influenced by different cultures, trends, and movements. For instance, protest movements and hip hop have been used by African Americans as an avenue to tackle social injustices and other issues. South central L.A. chief rapper of the group N.W.A (Nig*** with Attitude), Ice Cube, seems to have firsthand experience about the hardships of the ghettos. According to the rapper, if one sits calmly at night, he or she is more likely to hear nothing but gunfire, which he has heard so much in his neighborhood (1). At night helicopters are always flying with their spotlight on, looking for someone.
There are many people in this lifetime that have experienced discrimination, but today I decided to do my cultural interview on my boyfriend .Terrell Rainey is an African American male, born April 8, 1996 born in Decatur Georgia. I decided to interview on him because of his traumatizing childhood and his drive to overcome poverty .The interview consisted of a series of question that give a brief description of his background and perception on discrimination. The Cultural interview started off with an introduction of who he was and the purpose of the activity. The first question I asked was what is your definition of discrimination? He stated that discrimination is prejudice treatment against a different race, sex, or age.