It was inevitable that Hip-Hop would begin to take a hit on the content of it's lyrics and the imagery which is being perpetrated by it's most popular artists. As soon as Don Imus blamed Hip-Hop for his language, the spotlight instantly left Imus and fell on Hip-Hop.
Delores Tucker (R.I.P) and Essence Magazine has been at the forefront of this matter for awhile now, but with the Imus factor being added in a lot of new faces joined the debate such as Oprah Winfrey and the federal government.
Although this debate continues to rage on maybe '08 will see real dialogue take place between the opposing sides. I, personally, am not for censorship, but I do believe that we need to have and demand balance in our music and the images we see of Black Women. So hopefully in the next year we will see more progress in that direction.
3. The Emergence of Black Blog Power
Fed up with the lack of attention that our stories receive from mainstream media, we decided to take matters into our own hands and tell our own stories. From social issues to entertainment, we are at the forefront when it comes to reporting our stories. Blogs like Concreteloop, Afrobella, Bossip, and the Afrospear Think Tank have led the way when it comes to pushing our stories to the forefront. No where was this new emerging power more evident than in story no. 2.
2. The Jena Six
Who would have ever thought that a small town in Louisana could mobilize an entire country of African Americans? Well, that was exactly what happened when six black students at the local high school in Jena were charged with attempted murder for a school yard fight.
African Americans took to the streets and internet and made the world listen and hear the story of these six young black men. We decided that we were not going to take it anymore and this time we meant business.
And the No. 1 Story is:
So who ever thought they would see the day that there would be a person of color that actually had a chance to become the President of the United States of America. Call me a skeptic, but I never thought I would see the day. I mean let's be real here. This is the same country that gave us the Jena Six. But along comes Barack Obama, a first term senator from Illinois, who actually has a legitimate chance at being the first black to become President of this country. No matter your politics of what you may believe in, you have to admit that it would be wonderful to see a black person sitting in a house [the White House] that was built by slaves.
So I say more power to this brother and I truly wish him nothing but the best. I can't wait to see what '08 has in store for this brother.