4th of july


DON’T STOP THE MOVEMENT – PARIS

When I was thirteen years old, I was really into hip hop. I had a tape by a rapper named Paris and the album was titled The Devil Made Me Do It.  I remember thinking it was the most violent, dangerous and seditious thing I had ever heard, so needless to say, my adolescent self loved it.  My father found the tape, saw the parental advisory sticker on the cover, the title conjuring images of Satan and listened to a few moments of the first track and immediately decided to confiscate it.  I first tried to steal the tape from my father’s top bureau drawer.  He eventually noticed the tape was missing and questioned me.  I vaguely remember pleading with him that the music represented the violent reality of the violent environment where this poor rapper must have originated.  I was obviously watching far too much MTV and regurgitating what I heard from some talking head.  My father let me have the tape.  I am not sure if I made a successful argument or rather he just didn’t want to hear it anymore.

A few years later, before the 1992 election, Paris released an even more bombastic album titled Sleeping With The Enemy.  The biggest single which garnished much attention was Bush Killa.  The track portrayed a gunman shooting George H. Bush and the nervous record company shelved the album until after the election.

Seventeen years later, I wondered if this enigma named Paris still made music, if he was still as committed to his art and his politics. Here’s what I happily discovered on YouTube.



CAN YOU IDENTIFY PROPAGANDA?



CORPORATE NEWS IS GOVT. PROPAGANDA REPORTED BY MARIONETTE PUNDITS



Don’t Vote?

Don’t vote? What does that imply? Not consenting through ballot to a corrupt system that imposes policy through physical, political, intellectual and economical force?

The first video posted is produced independently and contains an individual named Stefan articulately posing the challenge “don’t vote” with all earnestness. The second video is quite literally a government-produced propaganda piece with giant, Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Annistan and Ashton Kutcher posing the same challenge as the first video, but this time sarcastically.

My question is this: which video is condescending and insulting to your intelligence?  Which video makes you feel suspicious of the producer and speaker’s motivation?  Which one makes you feel truly hopeless politically and which one makes you feel optimistic about humanity and humanity’s future?  Which one makes you want to change your world?

Do not be fearful.  If we speak the truth, if we fill our hearts with love, hope, our minds with knowledge and enlightenment, we have nothing to fear.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Ghandi

“We cannot change the world, we can only change our world.”

Joseph Campbell