Monthly Archives: November 2008

wildstyle: a series on what next, future political goals

dear readers,

just came back from catching hip hop film classic, wildstyle, at filmfare in the 212. in the house were members of the rock steady crew, grandmaster caz, with a potential lady pink citing.  an incredible short flick on chronicling a samurai sharp yet endearing barbershop battle in which a swahili spitting rapper and lyrically dipped grandmaster caz go toe to toe.

director charlie ahearn, spoke before and after the film.  he offered lively anecdotes and attempts at bigger picture political links between the hip hop generation then and now.  ahearn dominated the mic while the film’s shining stars and culture’s ambassadors kicked it in the audience.

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film review: wildstyle

widlstyle was an uprock of colors, a rainbow of ryhme, and it was earnest. without being wimpy. for the first time, i saw it as a musical. the precedent for award winning broadway hit, the heights.

taking a look at the movie through the eyes of a survey of the gender dynamic circa hip hop’s labor pains reveals (surprise!) that a male dominated hip hop industry isn’t new. but the degree of equal inclusion on the basis of gender in wildstyle, with graf star lady pink and debbie harry both featured in powerful roles, was refreshing.

ladies, am i wrong or have  we been having some DRY times in the music and media industry?

introducing a series on future political goals

is it time to ask ourselves: what are our new thresholds?

i think so. because “yes we can” is only “yes we DID,” in one, albeit important, way.  aside from getting the obama’s in the white house, we are very much a society at “si se puede stage,” still.

im going to be writing a series on prospective political goals, domestic and international. starting from one and going to ten. they’ll drop on saturdays.  here goes number one.

1. bring back the public works projects.

that way you boost morale through beauty, pump money into main street, and support artists. artists cherry humanity’s sundae. decades of steadily drying streams of funding deprive the people of the love we should never have to forget. artists love is real love, it don’t come around during election time, it is a death defying constant. art makes me feel held.  in its grasp i am seen.  and beign an artist is my way of holding you.  so lets bring back the public works projects and freshen up our roads and bridges with murals, brighten the eyes of grade school children with song, quicken the confidence of high school students with dance, challenge the unhindered intelligence of college students to poetry, and nurture our teachers through film, for they are all stars

i think the news should help the nation organize.  so this my version of the news.  come back for more of all the news thats fit to flip.  saturday, installment two in the ten part series.

peace,

roopa singh, jd

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not god

dedication

congratulations to the obama family and us all.  president obama.  words can’t describe.

perhaps now, we pray.  more than ever before.  maybe you pray when you dance.  you pray when you meditate and sit quietly.  focusing on your breath.  and posture.

maybe you pray when you write.  kiss. receive. give

spectrum

best case political scenario:  it was the best of times

we have a charismatic, brilliant, down to earth, benevolent imperial leader.  arts and science supported.  education supported.  the increasing health of humanity supported.

worse case political scenario: it was the worst of times

america has been rebranded///watch out world///red white and blue is back.

prayer

teaching this week has been more of a blessing than i can put words to.  more ancestors alive and dancing that i can explain.  diwali weekend at home meant homemade bread from my fathers hands.  tough love lessons traded with moms.  a neighborhood bar i can go to and know people.  the global slave state’s first black president.  a world rejoices, inside of me and all around me. cypress hill concert and my best slam dancing experience yet.  bodies press and pummel, i let go into the tidal wave.  we cram tight and rap along with gusto to b-real.  a legendary greyhound ride from pittsburgh to new york city the day before the elections.  swimming at the y.  kicked so hard i splashed water two stories high.  friends to succeed and fall with.  a cat to play with.  music to fly through.  a life to lead.

outro

npr reported that today president elect obama hit the gym and wasted no time in planning to establish his administration. seems we should follow the leader.  let’s plan our white house accountability structures.  and challenge ourselves to win the biggest prize of all. 

peace from political poet, professor singh




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