Thursday, November 13, 2014
META Postmodernist Black Revolution
Queer Culture, Gangstas, Lit Kings, Word Pimps
The post Gil Scott Heron revolution emerged as a boom box in the ghettos of New York City urban culture, inside and outside buroughs like the Bronx. With turn tables, dis jockeys spoke a new language. MC's rapped over human beat boxes wearing Kangol hats.
It was an uprising much like the revolutionary turns in the 50's, 60's and 70's that preceded. It had always been a sense of who were we and what did we stand for. What were our rights? What would it take to demand them? Who were the ones to lead the way?
In the Jazz Age we were refined as entertainers. The Duke Ellington's of the world. They fed that innate white sense of endearment. The revolutionary aspect came from what it was we were channeling. What would be deemed as jungle music, given a classical turn. But as the years and decades passed, with each performer we saw spirituality take its toll. That the power of black spirituality as well as sexuality, incorporated with strength in talent and composition can outrightly speak for a generation. From Miles Davis to James Brown, Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner.
The late 60's into the 70's were crucial because were dealing with Woodstock, Vietnam, The Black Panther Party, Blaxploitation films, birth of Long Dong Silver, Angela Davis and Disco. Gil Scot Heron as much as many black revolutionaries emerged from this decade. They were driven by essays on slave narratives, the civil rights, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X among many others. This decade helped in defining the present understanding of the sociopolitical status of the black person from unemployment to imprisonment, how the black person has been denied his right as intellectually free and with that the continuing of enslavement due to the increase of black men sent to jail.
The status of the black man has often on been questioned by the presence of the police. Be it Peter Tosh in Jamaica. Linton Kweisi Johnson in England. Ruby Dee reading off the list of black men killed by the police. In this our new age we are once again confronted with the reality that the black person is not free. How unarmed young black men can be killed with no resolution. The young black man is being denied his freedom. His freedom to be. His freedom to exact a sense of manhood and intelligence. What can be said is that what is being done to further the cause of the young black man with respects to education and employment.
How a group of young black men walking the streets can cause a stir in the heart. Why should that be. Why should they be inspired to behave in such a way. Are they products of a system that fails them, forces them into a life of crime. Once investigated further it can then be revealed this is the system; a white system that keeps governing with an upper hand.
To settle on a deeper meaning it would be one that keeps its black citizens in jail and out of jail, in jail and out of jail. That is the supposition. To be black and walk the streets you are easily on the verge of being approached by the police for questioning.
But this is a new revolution. A Meta Post Modernist Black Revolution. There are divisions of black youth. We have been desensitized by the horror of young black men getting killed by the police. Michael Brown is a hero. His name stands for something. Perhaps a martyr. There has been many others killed but as a name he brings light to what has been a massacre of black youth. It speaks on the future of politics and socio politics, urban politics and situational politics.
The marking of young black men as criminals is the first mistake. The employing black youth as prisoners is then another mistake. This wronging of a society and a race leads to a larger question of survival, monetarily and even intellectually.
Among those who chose a safer path we see the progressiveness in new music and poets. Saul Williams changed the scene in the late 90's with his spoken word. It brought a new voice to poetry. Theater gave way to voices in new actors and actresses. Writers like Zadie Smith with their academic intellect found their way into the mainstream where now we find
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There's a newfound sense of sexuality among young black women who tend to be queer with their septum rings and different hairstyles. They can be inspired by female rappers like Angel Haze and songstress FKA Twigs. A variety of streetwise white girls are drawn to the masculinity of some young black men. Certain sections of certain streets and neighborhoods are governed by gangs.
The black person has been crucial to the birth of a new culture in a modern world for centuries. For now he uses the white affectation and influence to ward off danger. He and she manipulates the greater white culture by accessing themselves as intellectuals be it in education, science and government.
Despite the wrath of poverty and the future of the disappearing middle class, the third to fourth generation of blacks will define a future where they are able to survive by making use of technology and implementing facets of what was once detailed as white circumstance, blonde and blue eyed by tracing their history to a once privileged world where blacks were dominant, making way for a brighter and better world.