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08.05.05 07:06 PM

08.05.05 - friday roundup - blog links in a day

We on Award Tour with Lynne my femme
Goin' each and every blog with the keys replacing pens

I don't get to keep up with the blogs all that often, far too many in my bloglines to do so (and well the business and personal lives tend to take precedence). Nowadays I'm thinking about making a point every Friday to point out the clever, interesting, humorous, informative, witty, and whatnot, posts that I come across.

Joe Twist breaks down what's hip

Hashim's other blog (probably like his 5th or something) hiphopblogger names the A-List hip-hop bloggers - he names, in no particular order, Byron Crawford, Kevin Scott, Hashim Warren, Jay Smooth, Clyde Smith. Of course I won't mention that he left out a couple (so no I won't name them). And c'mon couldn't you even try to name at least one female? (And don't think that's a call for you to name me, b/c I know my content is not strictly hip-hop.

Nicole of thehotnessgrrl blog chops it up with Greg Tate, Chris Jackson, and Havelock Nelson about writers, the profession of writing, and literature in general

which brings me to...

Mark Anthony Neal's post about Bakari Kitwana, Political Writing and the Harlem Book Fair

and by the way, Ronn points us to c-span video clips of the Harlem Book Fair

also now just coming across Keith's Hustle & Flow review, which I concur with wholeheartedly. In fact, in an interview with a Dutch reporter this week, I said some of the very same things. At first she expected more of a feminist read from me, but when she heard my overall opinion of the film - the humanness, the way in which each character was empowered - etc. she got my drift. More important, I was able to explain that hip-hop, or rap music more pointedly, does not exist in a vacuum. Surely we've all heard of the corporate thug? And how about the political pimp? How is it that we make concessions for one and not the other?

The fact remains, Hustle & Flow is a powerful movie. It's not just a glimpse at black culture, or pimp culture, or rap culture, you best believe it makes a provocative cultural statement about the American psyche. I only wish that when the mainstream reads cultural products such as these, that it looks beyond the color of the actors and/or director and instead at the underlying issues presented.

Sounds like I'm on to another post. A little something like - Why Can't Black Film just be Film?

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