In this episode Kwasi brings back Dutty Bookman to discuss the movement he has helped dub as the Reggae Revival after a panel at SXSW 2027. He also speaks to Koro Fyah of the Bevel Rock camp about his ABC’s at SXSW as well. Bomani interviews the founder of the Uganda’s Bavubuka Foundation, Babaluku, and their chief archivist Gilbert Daniels about Hip-Hop in Uganda and the Lugaflow movement. Bomani and Kwasi also discuss spirituality in independent music, and how the community discusses things like sin. A must listen!
“Until the lions can tell their stories, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” – African Proverb
Tune in next Monday at 10pm on PBS to watch the documentary “Soul Food Junkies” by noted filmmaker Byron Hurt. This isn’t the entire point of this blog post, but I realized after writing half of this post that I was endanger of doing exactly what I am criticizing. Being one of too many current “State of Black Media” watch-dogs who only criticize and don’t promote.
Somewhere in the modern era of black activism we have confused the anti Jim Crow tactics of the Civil Rights era to our concern with black self-image and modern media policing. I get it. We need more stories told by and/or about us that show us in a realistic and thought provoking light. But now the internet has become a great place for pho-activism. Where well-meaning people, trying to protect us from the ire of the ever-present racist eyes and ears of America, engage in “nigger” word counts and decry depictions of any black character that is less than heroic. The problem is, they do this completely out of context. As Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx so simply and necessarily state, the word “nigger” is supposed to make you wince. I understand not liking a film like Django, I don’t understand being offended by it. I’ll let other people like Rodney Barnes, make the pro-Django argument as he did so well in the Huffington Post. Rodney writes,
“Film is an art form. It is a form of expression. And it is a business. And I want my films about my culture to be honest. Not positive or negative, just honest. There are those who feel all slavery-era films should be of the same tone where a gospel choir plays in the background as the noble slave is whipped and defiantly refuses to cry… a story where the prospect of revenge would never enter his mind because he is chiseled and formed from the spirit of Mother Africa.”