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Listen, the people in the ghetto have never been the problem. The people in the ghetto don’t make decisions to bulldoze their homes and build freeways through their neighborhoods. The people in the ghetto don’t redline their own neighborhoods. The people in the ghetto don’t deny themselves loans and mortgages. The people in the ghetto don’t cut funding for their children’s schools. The people in the ghetto don’t put more cops in their streets. The people in the ghetto don’t install cameras to monitor themselves 24–7.
—  M.K. Asante Jr, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation

I’m currently reading a great book called It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop: The Rise of the Post Hip-Hop Generation by 29-year-old author, filmmaker, and college professor M.K. Asante, Jr. [who very much may be the next MLK Jr. in my opinion]. It’s about the horrible state of hip-hop today and what can be done to change and improve the future.  I felt like this quote from the book really spoke to me so I made a poster of it.

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CNN African Voices: MK Asante Jr. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

I love this brother. Please watch and be inspired to love yourself, to explore your history, create your future and give back to your community.

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“Godz N The Hood” is from the Ras Kass Barmageddon album and MK Asante’s upcoming Buck: Original Book Soundtrack, new music inspired by his award-winning memoir.

Now I see why reading was illegal for black people during slavery. I discover that I think in words. The more words I know, the more things I can think about. My vocab and thoughts grow together like the stem and petals of a flower. Reading was illegal because if you limit someone’s vocab, you limit their thoughts. They can’t even think of freedom because they don’t have the language to.
—  M.K. Asante, Buck: A Memoir

America is a nation of contradictions. Freedom, on one hand, and slavery on the other. Consider that these words—“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”—were written, signed, and agreed upon by men who captured, bought, sold, and tortured my ancestors. Today America launches attacks on nations, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the name of “freedom and liberation.” As Indian novelist and activist Arundhati Roy writes, “free speech,” “free market,” and the “free world” in America have little to do with actual freedom. On the contrary, these terms grant America:

The freedom to murder, annihilate, and dominate other people. The freedom to finance and sponsor despots and dictators across the world. The freedom to train, arm, and shelter terrorists. The freedom to topple democratically elected governments. The freedom to amass and use weapons of mass destruction—chemical, biological, and nuclear. The freedom to go to war against any country whose government it disagrees with. And, most terrible of all, the freedom to commit these crimes against humanity in the name of “justice,” in the name of “righteousness,” in the name of “freedom.”

In an atmosphere rife with grotesque, state-sponsored contradictions, the fundamental question arises: Who will contradict the state?

[enter the artivist]

—  M.K. Asante Jr, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation
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Gods N The Hood Ras Kass

MK Asante x Talib Kweli Set To Release The Official Soundtrack For “BUCK”

“Award winning author and filmmaker MK Asante has announced a new partnership with Talib Kweli’s Javotti Media for the release of his official soundtrack to his best selling book, Buck. The original soundtrack provides a sonic hip-hop journey through the trials and tribulations MK faced growing up. Based on his memoir, Buck features collaborations with Talib Kweli, Ras Kass, King Mez, and Uzi along with an exclusive recording from the late Dr. Maya Angelou.”

“Buck, the memoir is important not just for it’s scope and passion, but for the author’s refusal to apologize for existing,” says Javotti Media CEO, Talib Kweli. “The accompanying soundtrack allows you to engulf yourself in this world. When you do, you realize that this work of art is not just important, but necessary.” via TheAMGroup

Click on the soundcloud featuring: YOUNG BUCKS x King Mez- CARTER Magazine
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Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder feat. MK Asante & Uzi | Bangers Remix

produced by Nottz

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“Now I see why reading was illegal for Black people during slavery. I discover that I think in words. The more words I know, the more things I can think about… Reading was illegal because if you limit someone’s vocabulary, you limit their thoughts. They can’t even think of freedom because they don’t have the language to.” - MK Asante Musician, Filmmaker, & Professor at Morgan State University.

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