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Comment Archives: stories: Voices: A Cultural Manifesto

Re: “DJ Rasul talks lynching in popular music

@ Amy Bays: The lyric you referenced from 'Watch the Throne' states "this is something like a holocaust / millions of our people lost." Which can be interpreted as comparing the Black experience in America to the Jewish holocaust in Nazi Germany. While you may not agree with the point being made in that line, I don't find the lyric to be flippant or insensitive in the same way that I do Lil Wayne's verse which creates a crude sexual metaphor out of the brutal murder of a 14 year old boy.

I appreciate your comment though, and I think Professor Rasul Mowatt indirectly addressed the crux of the problem with the lyric you referenced with this statement from our interview: "you and I are not Jewish. If we go to Auschwitz we have to accept it for what it is. We can't associate it with a plantation house during slavery to make sense of it. No, I need to accept it for what it is. Sometimes it's more comfortable for us to create metaphors than to really deal with the issue."

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Posted by Kyle Long on 03/13/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “DJ Rasul talks lynching in popular music

" If someone used the Jewish Holocaust in Nazi Germany in such a flippant manner, it might end their career." Really? Have you ever heard of a little album called Watch The Throne? You might want to listen to Jay Z and Kanye West's song "Who Gon' Stop Me". I'm sorry but you bring in a professor/dj and you yourself act like you know everything about music and yet you don't reference THAT Kanye West song?

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Posted by Amy Bays on 03/13/2015 at 3:45 AM

Re: “DJ Rasul talks lynching in popular music

Thank you for this informative article.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 03/12/2015 at 11:16 PM

Re: “The story behind "Strange Fruit's" writer

Thank you for this great article.

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Posted by Annette Grande Magjuka on 02/22/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Limelight on nightlife

Court is a real coo guy, and as i see he is real smart...

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Posted by Roshad Allen on 01/19/2015 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Limelight on nightlife

Good read.

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Posted by Sean Stuart on 01/15/2015 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Lessons from the Riot Grrrls

Kathleen and Bikini Kill and RiotGrrrl are essential elements to my philosophy as well. ;)

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Posted by DJ Shiva on 11/12/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Spotlight on women317

Dope read

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Posted by Too Black on 10/31/2014 at 3:07 PM

Re: “DJ Shiva, on equality

Addendum: I would like to add that the reason I say that it's not women's job to fix this, is because we are not the ones with the power in this industry dynamic. Asking those with the least amount of power to fix the problems that keep them with the least amount of power is not a workable solution.

There are more women than ever making music and DJing and being a part of electronic music, but we're still not seeing large numbers of women at the top. And that's the part that is up to promoters and labels to help with: seek out talent, look outside of your peer group (which, if you're male, is just more likely to be made up of men), and realize that larger societal biases affect our perception of talent and competence to a negative degree. Intentionally work to fix this and don't think it will just fix itself, because it hasn't and it won't.

There are some great suggestions at www.diversifyourmusic.com. :)

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Posted by DJ Shiva on 10/23/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Six picks for Lotus Fest this weekend

Is there a way to subscribe to to this show as a podcast?

Posted by Katie on 09/22/2014 at 2:55 AM

Re: “Racism in Indy's nightlife scene

I wonder if these stupid club owners realize the number of Arabian Gulf students in Indianapolis who are eager to spend money at their clubs.

Posted by Bookmom on 08/17/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “More thoughts on Broad Ripple

If you look back to the early 80's the same forces to be, tried and eventually succeeded to run the punk rockers and rock and roll types out of their precious village! Today is really no different. I feel it is not racially motivated, but what they deem as troublemakers. There are more problems today in that area than there ever was with any primarily white rock and rollers.

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Posted by marvinpgoldstein on 08/08/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “More thoughts on Broad Ripple

It is hard to believe that in 2014, people still have this discriminating mind set, towards blacks, or any ethnic group. Violence in this city has clearly not been limited to any specific group or race.

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Posted by JLSmith1095 on 08/07/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Meditation on art & violence

Without any question, I am so impressed by this young man's heart and passion for the arts, cultures, and mankind. I consider it a privilege that he is my cousin.

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Posted by Chyril Purcell Hoke on 07/24/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Meditation on art & violence

Also check out this Deepak Chopra vids www.timeless-u.com

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Posted by John Craft on 07/24/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Meditation on art & violence

I believe Falun Gong with its health positive benefits and respect for truth compassion and tolerance has a lot to offer. People should give it a go. :)

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Posted by Neil Woodrow on 07/24/2014 at 2:56 AM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

Have lived in BR for 20 years 2 blocks from the Ave. and no problem other than the noise and trash some days. Would not live anywhere else. Who wants to go up North to live in wooonderland with nuts hiding in their castles. There is no violence in BR; the violence is everywhere there is a crowd of inebriated gun toting fools; its is a few blocks of BR only a few hours mainly on weekends. The neighborhood is wonderful with people that know each other, the Monon, the canal, walk to everything including parks nature preserve, a river, a creek that makes you feel you are in the mountains. No other place in IN with this vitality.

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Posted by jim on 07/12/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

This is an absurd article. I was told once not to pass out or hang up flyers FOR MY YARD SALE on Broad Ripple Ave. You know what I didn't do afterwards? Argue. You know what I also didn't do? Shoot anyone.

You can't pass out DJ flyers? Get the hell over it.
Somebody BUMPS INTO YOU? Don't pull out your gun and open fire. Have some self control and restraint.

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Posted by Lee on 07/09/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

I'm pretty sure everyone is thinking the same things. Hood-rats!

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Posted by Darren on 07/09/2014 at 7:57 AM

Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

Money will dictate the lt solution. If the people who come in and buy condos, eat at fancy restaurants, and spend at high-end retailers stop coming, either the village will go the way of Castleton or the developers/politicians will squeeze out the hip-hop (victim/scapegoat/culprit/however you view it). We are a young family in two of Indy's fastest growing companies and have had a gun pulled on us in broad daylight in BR. Our own patience gave out- we're looking to buy north, now. If people like us, people who actually spend money in the Village day AND night, start feeling like it's not worth it to play pioneer on the urban frontier, stuff's going to fall out the bottom fast. We'll still come visit, just like we have since we were teenagers, but the gun violence leaves us feeling like it's no longer smart to stay in the city, as bad as that sounds. Our children come first.

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Posted by frustratedbrmom on 07/08/2014 at 5:02 PM

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