Really saddened by a lot of the responses (and lack of response) to Trayvon Martin’s murder and the lack of prosecution of his killer. A lot of us allow our white privilege to blind us and even make us bitter to the idea of racial equity. It’s not about guilt, it’s about taking responsibility for the fact that our society unjustly favors us to the detriment and sometimes death of others. This isn’t an isolated tragedy between two individuals. Our society has a legacy of hatred, suspicion and devaluing of non white people. Our grandparents lynched black people publicly (not even 100 yrs ago) and were never prosecuted. In our own generation we’ve killed Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo (the list goes on and on) without justice. Now this man shot and killed an innocent boy who’s blackness made him suspicious and he’s walking around free right now. The reality is that literally any black kid could’ve been in that place and time doing nothing wrong and be dead right now with no justice for his killer. This is who we are, but its not who we need to be.
— Brother Ali
I use vulnerability as a tool to express my truth. And that’s been something that I have always done, that’s just the type of writing that I enjoy, it’s the type of artist I like listening to. You get a real genuine sense of who they are. And those are the songs that I tend to write. I think that it connects me with the music that I make because in the process of writing I’m figuring out who I am on a deeper level. And I think that the fanbase and that other people can resonate with it because hopefully you shed a little bit of light on potentially their experience or articulated something that they’ve gone through in their life.
[Real talk. I’ve always admired and respected songwriters who aren’t afraid to show their vulnerability and put it all out there. In addition to Macklemore, some other MCs that come to mind are Brother Ali, Murs, and Kiwi. It’s easier said than done, but it’s something that I strive to do as well.]
The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.
— Paulo Coelho (via creatingaquietmind)
The MLK that’s never quoted.
To all the folks out there, and especially my fellow organizers, this is exactly why I don’t like using the term “black propaganda" in reference to false or misleading information. Malcolm X also shared the same sentiment [I know I’m showing a movie clip, but you can find it in his speeches as well as his autobiography].
We can say that it’s just a word or a term, but what defines our world and the way we communicate with each other? Words and terms.
I think music is timeless. It shouldn’t have a shelf life or disc life or deadline…it’s about the LIFELINE for me.
— Erykah Badu (via djphatrick)
Create now. Worry later.