politics Tag

Hip Hop Fans-I have a question for you

Fellow hip hop fans, what blog, radio show, video, or journalist outlet that regularly talks about hip hop culture would you like to see address what is happening in Palestine, The Sudan, Congo? I mean, there are hip hop artists making songs about this shit!

Shout to Hard Knock Radio who I’ve heard speak on it , who else? #hiphopculture #hiphopmusic #hiphopjournalism I’ve seen The Breakfast club have on Marc Lamont Hill who is outspoken in his support for Palestinian rights. But I’ve also seen them have on a pro-israeli speaker. At this point, with a budget in the literal millions to market and shape public opinion from US controlled outlets to super bowl ads-we’ve heard enough disnformation from Israel. Not nearly enough Palestinian voices. What about Sudanese or Congo MC’s? We havent heard much highlighting of them either.

Some blogs to consider, some of which who’ve touched on it, but many who have not: Complex, Hip Hop DX, Thizzler, WaxPoetics, Rap Radar, Drink Champs, Okay Player, World Star, Hot 97, Dead End Hip Hop, 247 Hip hop, who else? I’m talking about radio, blogs, Podcasts, Influencer pages, etc.

My Point: Hip hop fans could argue that cats dont know enough about what is happening to speak on it. You could argue that the industry has squeezed activism or political threat out of hip hop. But, for those who see what is happening with these wars, climate change, gentrification, etc I think we owe it to uplift. Highlight knowledge, game, news, critical thought, and hip hop artists who are speaking on it whether they’re 16 or 56 so at least newer generations can be aware of what is happening. I mean, we who are from inner cities and places of income inequality are the ones who birthed this culture. Are artists scared of speaking out? Are there none left who will speak up?

Dig this? Check out Hard Knock Radio on KPFA (my local station) or Marc Lamont Hill’s YouTube Channel.

Laura Briggs – Taking Children


Just heard Laura on KPFA’s Against the Grain talking about her new book and a life of study relating to US policy, immigration, and terrorism against people of color in the US and abroad. Her new book “Taking Children-A history of American Terror” ties together what Black and Native folks have been saying and a lot of her own research about how the US has used taking children or separating them from their families as a tool of war/terrorism. One of the reasons things like critical race theory and ethnic studies are banned is because they are not just about a diversity of race or painting a we are the world picture, they talk about speaking truth to power and that means examining the United States past and how it directly relates to the present. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Peep game
Dig this? Check out this video by Vox Media about Indigenous boarding schools or this trailer about Indigenous filmmaker Merata Mita

Sunrise Movement Postcard


This is a sketch for a recent postcard illustration I completed for the Sunrise Movement, which is a group of young activists who push democratic candidates forward on issues such as environmental activism or justice. They’re running a postcard campaign to send postcards encouraging young people to vote. Myself and several other artists such as Micah Bizant, Jess X Snow, Studio Listo, and more.
So they did a run of 100k and they all sold out in the first day. Now, they’re going for 1 Mil. If you want one to send, or learn more, follow them and..
Check out some process art below. 

Dig this? Did you see my piece for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote?

Stuff I’ve been listening to: 7 (Podcasts)

These are some of the best podcasts I’ve been listening to while working. Please listen too and share with your folks. You can listen while you drive, at your desk, or while you travel.

Publishing and people of color experiences both good and bad.

Radio Ambulante showcases stories from all over Latin America.It is primarily in spanish, but i’m posting an english one for you bilinguals out there.

Gina BytheWood Prince directed “Love & Basketball” , “Disappearing Acts”, and most recently “Beyond the Lights” and on this podcast Ava DuVernay interviews many different black film makers

Fanbros is an awesome podcast that blends comics, politics, film, hip hop, culture, and blerds and its awesome

This one is from my brother from another mother, writer/professor Simon Abromowitsch
There are others like This American Life and PRI too that i love, but go searching to see what you can find!

woops, forgot about SIDEBAR also a Blerd space w/ interviews with various illustrators from many different genres.