1. tballardbrown:

“…pardon me if I remain skeptical of those who would have us believe that Jay-Z and West make revolutionary art. Do they make music that is fun to dance to and contains occasional references to politics? Absolutely. But if they are revolutionaries, then let us marvel at what a difference 50 years makes: Hampton and Newton wielded guns in the name of class war, while today’s black militants are millionaires with music-video budgets who film fake revolutions in places where real revolutions once took place.” 
—Cord Jefferson, via Gawker’s What’s 50 Grand to a Revolutionary Like Me?: Watch the Throne and the New Black Power

    tballardbrown:

    “…pardon me if I remain skeptical of those who would have us believe that Jay-Z and West make revolutionary art. Do they make music that is fun to dance to and contains occasional references to politics? Absolutely. But if they are revolutionaries, then let us marvel at what a difference 50 years makes: Hampton and Newton wielded guns in the name of class war, while today’s black militants are millionaires with music-video budgets who film fake revolutions in places where real revolutions once took place.” 

    —Cord Jefferson, via Gawker’s What’s 50 Grand to a Revolutionary Like Me?: Watch the Throne and the New Black Power

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