Hip-Hop vs. America II

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Last night I watched the second installment of BET’s Hip-Hop vs. America II: Where Did the Love Go? It was a panel discussion about the roots of misogyny in hip-hop. The behavior of some of the panelists is, in my not so humble opinion, a part of the problem. Far from criticizing BET, I want to congratulate them for attempting to address a very serious issue. I don’t really approve of panel discussions outside of an academic setting because they rarely spawn any action. Basically I think that panel discussions encourage reaction and not action. But that is a different gripe.

Let me start with this. There were two panels. Each consisted of men and women. The first panel featured Michael Eric Dyson and others. But the one panelist that really stood out to me was David Banner. I really respect David Banner for his community activism. But that brother came onto the stage with a chip on his shoulder. Perhaps he saw Hip-Hop vs. America I and didn’t want to look/sound like Nelly and T.I. But he wound up sounding very bitter about how his work was going unseen and undiscussed. If you’re that bitter about it, don’t do the so-called “right thing”. Do what you want and leave the real work to the rest of us.

The panelist that stood out in the second group was Reverend Rivers. I’m not exactly sure who he is but yeah. He and David Banner stood out for similar reasons. When men were talking, they were relaxed and listening but the both of them would talk loudly over any woman that tried to speak. The particular incident that sticks out in my mind involves Reverend Rivers. He sat patiently while Kevin Powell was speaking but when Professor Lacewell tried to voice her opinion, he continuously cut her off and talked over her.

That just made me wonder. A few of the panelists talked about how there are no female voices in hip-hop so women aren’t able to express themselves in the genre and then two black leaders wouldn’t let Black women express themselves in a discussion about the problem. If Black men don’t respect Black women’s opinions, why should anyone else?


2 Responses to “Hip-Hop vs. America II”

  1. June 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    damn good point.

    “if black men don’t respect black women’s opinions, who else will?”

  2. 2 Et Cetera
    June 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you! Thanks for reading!

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