Tuesday, June 14

AngryindianRadyo-03-12-2011 Examining American Coonery

AngryindianRadyo-03-12-2011 Examining American Coonery
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TheAngryindian and RBG Library editor Bro. Mosi Ngozi invite you to sit in on a special discussion involving a wide range of subjects centred upon the recent passing of two American African social giants: musician / poet Bro. Gil Scott-Heron and Hon. Bro. Elmer 'Geronimo’ Pratt. At issue is the topic of African self-colonialism and how it relates to the political arena of US and international politics. Topics discussed include: the hypocrisy of the Hip-Hop world in claiming Scott-Heron as the 'Godfather of Rap’; mainstream media and African self-colonialism; the announced release of Johannes Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer who was convicted for the shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed African passenger; the rapid decline of the progressive left and the swift rise of the far-right in the US since 2008 and the moral banality of Black conservatives in the 21st century.

This broadcast includes a frank talk about how far the African in American entertainment has come since George W. Johnson, (1846 – 1914) the first American African recording pop star in history who became famous for his hits, 'The Laughing Coon’ and ‘The Whistling Coon’ during the early 1900's. Bro. Johnson, who was born in slavery, made a living basically doing ‘Minstrel’ shows until the trend ended leaving him destitute and psychologically broken. What can we learn in the wake of Gil Scott-Heron’s passing about how we present ourselves in international media? It is possible, and desirable, for the people of the African Diaspora to engineer a tradition of representation that not only disputes the institutionalised racism of the White world, but will accurately reflect our psychic reality and our communal betterment?

Broadcasting Rights: via Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Location Recorded: Everyman Studios, Occupied Aboriginal Territory.

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Notes: Background Vibes are open-source & public domain works provided by the Internet Archive and other "copyleft" or Creative Commons sources.


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