Why Jay-Z has no desire to be our generation's Harry Belafonte
A New Model for Civil Rights: Obama at Morehouse — American Dreamers
Catching up on weekday reading…this is a well-written column.
The relationship to capitalism is the fork in the road where Jay-Z and Belafonte will never meet; one man (Jay-Z) cherishes the throne that capitalism made him an heir to whereas the other man (Belafonte) believes the throne itself should be critiqued and transformed (or perhaps even dismantled). This intergenerational debate between two living legends is not merely a personal one; it gets at the heart of what divides the civil rights generation from the hip-hop generation. Where and when, if ever, will the two meet?
I think there is a fundamental difference in how Jay-Z and Belafonte see money, business, and capitalism. I’ll write more on this later. (link TK once I do)
Check out my new post on Medium (the cool new writing platform by the folks that brought you Twitter) about why I think Obama’s Morehouse address—and his speeches emphasizing personal responsibility for black Americans—are more than just mere finger-wagging.
"We enjoyed the fact that we were called to the folk festivals and we got to know Joan Baez, Dylan. We were singing strictly gospel, but then after we started hearing songs that they would sing, we saw that those songs were very fitting for us because they were singing the truth, and truth is gospel."