The most talked about experience Post-BET Awards 2016 is Jesse Williams acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award. Black America will never forget this one.
The BET Awards Sunday featured tributes to Prince and Muhammad Ali, and a performance by Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. But this year, the actor Jesse Williams commanded the spotlight with an impassioned speech calling for an end to police killings, racial inequality and cultural appropriation.
Bill Maher has the habit of placing rap artists in the idiot chair. Jay Z (video included) is a Maher favorite, yet even Jay Z grows visibly disturbed at some of the Maher character’s comments. Few, however, rise to the challenge as did Killer Mike.
Bill: “What do you say to people who link crime and violence to Hip Hop?”
The lesson began.
Published on May 16, 2015
Killer Mike rose to the challenge in the most glorious fashion possible. He educated, leaving Maher without his usual closing jab. It is about educating liberals that championing selected causes, highlighting African American representation, familiarizing themselves with the African American discourse does not validate their “I am not a racist” card. Their slips are showing.
It is also about educating African American conservatives that Hip Hop has a history, methodology, and civil reason for being that they should embrace or quietly slink away.
Watch Killer Mike takes over Maher’s spotlight. We need more Killer Mikes.
“Hands up don’t shoot. We ain’t got no guns we ain’t got no drugs hands up don’t shoot.” Take a listen to Pearl Star Student, Queen McElrath, showing love and talent for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson.
This is our new bimonthly video series, The Illipsis, written, starring and produced by DJ, video essayist and cultural critic Jay Smooth.In this first episode, Jay deconstructs the history of hip-hop to illuminate how young activists can continue challenging and reshaping the status quo today.