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03.13.03 09:22 PM

no love for hip-hop

I think jimi izrael has his finger on the pulse with this one. Given that both Stephen Talty, author of Mulatto America: At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture - A Social History , and Todd Boyd, author of The New HNIC: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop, seem to believe that for youth who have become the hip-hop generation, The Civil Rights Movement doesn't mean a lot. Instead of the elders, who helped many young'ins reap the benefits they so boldly enjoy (floss) today, dissing hip-hop they should either confront it in an open forum, or do the each-one-teach-one move, or better yet join forces with some of today's young protestors, who happen to be members of the so-called hip-hop generation. izrael, who writes the "What It Iz" column for who had "Stop Dissing Hip-Hop Nation," published in the LA Times today says, "I can't understand why the civil rights illuminati wake up only long enough to scold the young people." He closes with, "What's wrong, Mrs. Parks (respectfully), is that the hip generation gots love for you, but you gots no love for us." The message is clear. And it's real. Another version of this commentary ran on AlterNet today as "Rosa Parks: No Love for the Hip-Hop Generation." If you read izrael's latest column on Africana, he feels the hip-hop generation doesn't know a damn thing about activism, and that folks like Russell Simmons and Kevin Powell are definitely not in a position to lead them. My question to that one is, then who should they listen to? If the old guard ain't teaching, then who? And who are the right people to teach the hip-hop generation about organizing? Then again, the real question could be: Should the old skool sit down and shut up, or should they pass the torch, and do it properly?

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