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    State Dept. Webcast Features Guest Who Called Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice 'Uncle Toms'
    7:49 AM, JAN 31, 2014 • BY JERYL BIER

    The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, a founding member of the hip hop group the Fugees, to discuss "how rap and hip hop have increased social awareness of the African-American experience — and raised even broader issues in contemporary society." Some of Michel's more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.'s music ambassador on a government-sponsored webcast representing America to the world.

    In 2008, Michel was interviewed by Katie Halper about Michel's documentary Skid Row, which chronicles the rapper/filmmaker's experiences "undercover for 9 days and nights as a homeless person in downtown LA's notorious Skid Row." Michel lamented in the interview that the "African-American generation is lost. They're not being represented correctly." He found fault with Bill Cosby and Oprah for just "point[ing] fingers." He called Michael Jordan a "sell-out." But he saved his harshest words for some well-known black conservatives as he contrasted them with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama:

    Somebody said to me you only like Obama because he's black. Well I can think of a couple black people I wouldn't vote for. I'm not into black power. And on the other end of the spectrum, you got the Uncle Toms, the Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice ... I'm not into that either. Obama is a uniter. He's perfectly comfortable with the skin he's in. He's not gonna sell out. That's a man of great principle.
    Michel added, "By the way, I don't formally support Obama. I just want people to know I really like him." However, according to the Washington Free Beacon, Michel did go on become an Obama supporter, was a White House guest, and even became a founding member of Organizing for Action with a $20,000 donation.

    Besides Barack Obama, Michel noted in the interview some other African-Americans he admires:

    I love Cornel West. I respect him. But a black kid on the street don't have a clue who he is. Look, When Muhammed Ali came out ... the reason he's "the people's champ" ... is because he was defiant, he went against the U.S. government when they wanted to ship him to Vietnam. And he stood by it and people stood by him.
    The Washington Free Beacon also noted some of Michel's remarks about his experiences in Somali in 2009 when he was filming a yet-unfinished documentary about Somali pirates and his ship was hijacked by those very pirates. Michel seemed to blame the U.S. Navy Seal rescuers for fueling anti-American sentiment:

    Pirates invaded the ship he was on, the Maersk Alabama, during filming and took the ship’s captain hostage.

    The captain was rescued by Navy SEAL snipers, who shot three pirates in the process.

    Pras explained in an interview with CNN, that the Navy SEAL rescue actually foiled his plans to meet with the pirates, because it created anti-American sentiment amongst the pirates.

    “We were supposed to actually meet with a couple of the pirates, but the capture happened so we had to retreat,” Pras said. “It has gotten worse because, you know, they rescued the captain, but then they shot three pirates, so now it’s a whole anti-American sentiment going on right now.”...

    “They feel compelled to protect what they feel like is their waters,” Pras said. “They feel like the ships that are coming through are polluting the water and affecting their fishing industry. They feel like this has been going on for centuries, and they feel like they are taking matters into their own hands.”

    “They have a compelling argument,” he concluded.
    It's like we've given up in terms of culture.

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    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

  • #2
    Originally posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It's like we've given up in terms of culture.
    More like we've given up on common freaking sense.

    Pras explained in an interview with CNN, that the Navy SEAL rescue actually foiled his plans to meet with the pirates, because it created anti-American sentiment amongst the pirates.


    Seriously?
    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Adam View Post
      More like we've given up on common freaking sense.





      Seriously?
      Well, we've only been fighting freaking pirates for over 200 years now.

      Pirates don't care about ocean eco-systems, their entire economy runs off booty.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        Oh, that he would have been stranded in Somali.

        Interesting article but unfortunately not really anything new when it comes to the left denigrating conservative blacks. There were a couple of his mindless ponderations that made me chuckle though..

        "Obama is a uniter. He's perfectly comfortable with the skin he's in."



        "They (Somali pirates) feel compelled to protect what they feel like is their waters,” Pras said. “They feel like the ships that are coming through are polluting the water and affecting their fishing industry. They feel like this has been going on for centuries, and they feel like they are taking matters into their own hands."

        “They have a compelling argument,” he concluded.
        Count the "feels".
        May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
        Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
        And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
        may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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        • #5
          how rap and hip hop have increased social awareness of the African-American experience

          Rather difficult to decipher that from the barrage of fwords and nwords.
          The year's at the spring
          And day's at the morn;
          Morning's at seven;
          The hill-side's dew-pearled;
          The lark's on the wing;
          The snail's on the thorn:
          God's in his heaven—
          All's right with the world!

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