A Cultural Manifesto columnist Kyle Long will participate in a panel discussion at The Hall tonight on the intersection of hip-hop, violence and race. Long has been covering those issues frequently in the last few months, with pieces sparked by episodes of violence and accusations of discrimination in Indy's nightlife scene. Panelists for this event also include DJ Limelight, DJ Cash, Chino Dollaz, J Moore, TJ @NOTYOUAVERAGEJEN. Adrianne Slash will moderate. I'll be tweeting the event at @tremendouskat.
Here's a brief roundup of Long's work on the topic in the last few weeks.
On the Broad Ripple of his youth, written a few days after the July 4 shootingAnd, if you'd like to read further, here are a few other pieces on the same topics by other local media outlets:
Sorry state of Indy's race relations surfaces in Broad Ripple media firestorm (Amos Brown for Indianapolis Recorder)
Community furious after DJ is fired in Broad Ripple (Victoria Davis for Indianapolis Recorder)
Communication through radical empathy (Carrie Kirk for Sky Blue Window)
No miracle cures to solving crime (Tim Evans for Indianapolis Star)
Promoter says Broad Ripple DJs not the problem, but part of solution (Sandra Chapman for WTHR)
Enough is enough (Hugh Vandivier for Sky Blue Window)
Dress codes and trouble at the door (Marc Williams for NUVO)
As I'm re-reading these pieces, I'm reminded of a Sky Blue Window piece published this morning by Ben Shine. In it, he quotes a classic This American Life line: "When you talk about music, your face becomes beautiful." As Shine says, "Music, art and culture bring beauty into the world." I've followed the comments made by our readers on Long's pieces eagerly. I've been disappointed (and not surprised) to see that even the most thoughtful pieces about the impact that music and art can make aren't immune to hateful and stereotypical comments about race and class. I'm looking forward to a productive conversation tonight. I'm hoping Indianapolis is ready to listen.
One final note: don't feel like you have to choose between attending this panel and listening to Kyle Long's hour-long show on WFYI's HD-2 channel. It will be rebroadcast on Saturday at 3 p.m.