In less than 140 characters, Rock captured the ethos of one of the most commonly emailed historical narratives in the black community – Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” In order to fully appreciate the humor, irony and the pain of Independence Day for those of us descended from slaves, I do suggest you read Douglass’ classic speech. As many of my colleagues have pointed out, the speech puts into to bold relief the ignorance of Americans who expect America’s second and third class citizens to celebrate ideals to which they have been systematically denied. For those that think that life is all good for black folk in the 21st century please check – life expectancy, wealth, infant mortality, chronic disease, access to health care, violent death, incarceration, lending practices, police brutality, and/or capitol punishment – see how these things vary by race.
besties sharing a drink, an outfit, a groove, and a love of tats ;)
Just watched this SJ vid of Ms. Hill…
She’s blessed to have both talents of singing and spitting. However, IMHO, I believe she should give up the former due to the weathering of her voice and start kicking some new shit. Because, despite the fact that she is probably the illest female emcee, there’s only so many years you can keep performing the same two albums (The Score and MisEducation).
A Jersey Girl
I am such a fan of this little girl. To be 16 years old and stand next to Jennifer Holliday and hold your own is amazing talent. And Ms. Holliday was not letting it be forgotten that this is still her song. :)
I don’t go crazy over these shows (in fact I rarely watch them), but the first time I heard Jessica sing I knew she is going to be a star. Bummed she didn’t win, but pray she has a successful life - not just a career in the often blinding limelight.