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Talib Kweli: Question's and Reflections(Part 1)
by Mark Bradleo Yokim Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 at 8:09 AM Garfield; Pittsburgh, PA

With so much happening in the world, artists inspire us to stay postive. For those who couldn't be there on Feb 9th, at the University of Pittsburgh, here is a summary.

As I entered into the room I got a seat up front close to the action. While getting my recording gear together, a little boy approaches me and grabs the microphone. This is what Garahe, who is 4 years old, had to say, "I like him very much and I listen to him on the CD." Garahe then helped me interview a few people before the formal event.

Others had spoke of interest into;" The content of his lyrics are really needed and are relevant."-Ellen, his "insight and perspective"-John, "I wanted to hear what a young african-american brother had to say."-David, "We helped publicize the event,"-Jane, "I heard he was very talented."-Rachel, "I want to hear Talib Kweli speak about Black History."-Vanessa, President of Black Action Society. Thank you Garahe for your help.

I accidentally deleted the lecture on my mini-disc recorder. So here is a brief of the Question and Reflection section of the assembly.

Question deleted

TK: ...Any money that we get at this point is new money. We have to learn how money works, that's revolutionary for us to do. A lot of others have developed themselves economically, to where as they can apply pressure to politicians. There is another reason why it is hard to vote. I think that this was somehting that was misse in the civil rights movement, this is not a direspect at all to the civil rights movement. Because the CRM has put us in this place right now. Now that were are here, what are we going to do with our time and energy. Are we going to keep putting all of our eggs into one basket and trying to force something to work that is obviously not natural. Or are we going to do something that is natural and build for our own and take care of our own.

Freedom: Are you going to make a Black Star II album? (applause)

TK: We got alot of songs. Mos's schedule is very busy and my schedule is very busy. There is never no tension or no nothing, other than, in order for me to do this for a living, I have to do a certain amount of work. In the process we got a lot of songs together. I don't ever want to put out a half-assed project. When we did Black Star, we were together every single day, there was nothing poppin, nothing else going on. If we do a Black Star II album it won't just be for the sake of people clapping because they loved Black Star. It's got to be because the album is real tight.

Anonymous: Feminism in hip-hop: What have you seen in the industry that would combat negative images of women in the art form? Have you seen any music or artists in particular? Who do you think is profiting from these images?

TK: What I have seen that is combating this is men growing up. We live in a country where violence against women is accepted, condoned, and encouraged in many ways. It is not any more in the music than it is on TV or in the schools. As far as yrics, artists have to grow, they have to mature.

Most mysoginistic music that you hear are from people that are teenagers. People who are just young, stupid, and dumb. You have an opportunity to speak to the world, then you hear all this stuff coming out. Then you have an artist like Ice Cube who made a living off of mysoginistic lyrics. Ice Cube was killing everybody; Women, Koreans, Jews, White people. So he go this point, he made his point, he made some beautiful music. He pissed alot of people off. He then became a man. He has a wife and children. He has a film company. He employs a lot of balck women. The music and the image he is putting out is becomig more mature as he matures.

You have an artist like Ludacris, he raps you was a hoe and little bitch. Ludacirs employs more women than any rapper I ever seen. It is art, there is a freedom of expression that he has. There is music that he makes for specific places, like someones truck or a strip club. (Laughter)

(To be continued...)I have to catch a bus.

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