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Gil Scott Heron’s Death (April 1949-May 2011)

Although many people have been saying that this is simply a rumour, it is in fact true that Gil Scott Heron passed away. He was more than just a musician. In addition Heron was a spoke word poet and author who used his music to get political messages across. His poetic style was one that influenced almost every type and sub genre of Hip Hop ever since his popularity, including those that are popular today.

I was fortunate enough to see him perform in concert not even a year ago last Summer, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Although he had a high association with black militant groups and was arrested on many occasions as a result, I did expect the crowd to be predominantly black. To my surprise the crown consisted of people of every colour, age and background; which just goes to show he was one of many influential artists who was able to bring everyone together with his music and the messages he portrayed.

One thing I’ve been reminded of from his death is to appreciate people while they are still here. One thing that surprised many about his death is that they didn’t expect it to come so soon (he was 62). So whether it’s a celebrity you admire, a family member, peer or close friend, let this be a reminder to you to appreciate those while they are still here. Don’t let it get too late and only realize the significance they had on your life until they’re gone.

For those who are familiar with Gil Scott Heron, you’ll understand what I mean when I say his legacy still lives on. For those who don’t, I suggest you use this an opportunity to listen to some of his songs, as there is a big chance that he had a huge influence on some of the artists you currently listen to. (e.g Kanye West, Common, Eminem)

Right now the circumstances under which he passed away are unknown, I will be sure to update this when I find out

May 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Being Biracial: Videos

Here are the videos I promised about being biracial from a different perspective.
These are from people who see it as negative and [like I mentioned in the post ] deny one side of themselves due to some of the reasons I listed.

Preconceived Notions About Race

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

This one is just shocking
http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh1s789DJjzH2Z3qG5

January 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Being Biracial

Biracial is defined as someone who has parents from two races; for instance they may have a black mother and a white father, or an asian mother and a black father etc. [I’ll mainly be talking about those who are mixed with black and white, but there’ll also be mentions of other mixes]

People are used to being categorized as one race, and in a country like America, there has been rules to keep things that way; the most common being the One Drop Rule. It stated that if you were partially black (whether you’re 1/2, 1/4. 1/8 or even 1/16) you were still considered black. This meant that even if someone looked white but had a black great grandmother, they would be considered black and at the time, not be accepted by the white race [in America] It’s because of such rules that there have been constant debates on what to classify biracial people like Halle Berry, Lou Jing and Barack Obama.

As well as black people having various complexions, certain aspects can come out stronger from one parent, meaning biracial people vary in appearance. Believe it or not, the following people are all of the same mix (one black parent & one white parent):

Jael (ANTM contestant)    Emily King (Singer)

Charley Uchea                                     Slash (Musician)
(Big Brother UK Contestant)

Lenny Kravitz (Singer)              Rashida Jones (Quincy Jones’ daughter)

As you can see, some of them look mixed while others only look black (Charley Uchea) or only look white (Jael or Rashida Jones). Although I’m not biracial myself, I know many people who are. While many of them embrace both of the races, just as many prefer one half of themselves, leading them to be ashamed of the other half if not deny it completely.

This could be for many reasons [not only with those I know, but generally], one is discrimination they face from friends and even family. Many within the black community automatically dislike them for stupid reasons; they assume that those who are biracial think they are better than them because their skin is lighter etc. when most of the time, that is not true.

Many within the white and Asian community don’t approve of biracial people, especially if they’re half black, and they’re not afraid to admit it. That’s how derogatory terms such as “half breed” developed (just look at what happened to Lou Jing)

Another reason is their perceptions of the denied race is based on either a bad experience or stereotypes. Say a biracial girl (black and white) was only in contact with the white side of her family and the only exposure to black people she had was the negative perceptions of us as rapists, gangsters, drug dealers etc. through the media. Not only could she deny her black side, but she may try and do anything she can when she’s older to not associate herself with black people, even if that means talking in a certain way, listening to a certain type of music, or even straightening her hair and bleaching her skin to look more white.

She may even be forced to deny one side. On the Tyra Banks show singer Kimberley Locke spoke about how in High School her black friends tried to make her choose one side of her as they believed she couldn’t be both black and white. Although she refused to choose between the two, that’s unfortunately not the case for many other biracial people in the same position. Many are proud of only one when they really should be proud of both. Being biracial doesn’t make them “dirty” or “unpure”, if anything it makes them more diverse and unique.
If they’re surrounded by those who don’t accept them for who they are, then they’re not the people they should associate with, there are millions of people out there who will embrace their mixed heritage.

January 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of A Single Story

The video that inspired my last post:

January 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Being Veggie: Not As Hard As It May Seem

I originally became vegetarian for a temporary amount of time. At the time I didn’t know much about why people turned vegetarian, so I took the time to look more into it. I was shocked at what I found. While I learnt new things, I was also reminded of things I had heard of before.

For instance, the way animals were treated in slaughterhouses. As ignorant as this may sound, I had no idea that it was as bad as it is now. I also looked at health and environmental reasons for turning vegetarian and was surprised at how much energy the human race simply uses for meat. I could go into more detail on these, but I believe the reasons are better explained on things such as the PETA website [I’ll put links at the end of this post].

The reasons for me turning vegetarian were also more personal. I felt that by continuing to eat meat knowing the information that I just found out, I would only be a hypocrite. Unless you don’t know by now, hypocrites are one thing that annoy me as they tend to have a lot of double standards. I don’t want to be one of those people. Even if I didn’t openly express my views against animal slaughtering, I would still feel guilty in my mind if I continued to eat meat. Which is why I stopped.

A lot of misconceptions on vegetarians is mainly based on one thing…ignorance. People generally don’t know much about what or how vegetarians eat or why they chose that lifestyle, so when stereotypes are bought out about it, they are normally easily believed. This level of ignorance is a problem, as it makes some people out there stick to their own narrows views about the whole thing rather than learn more on the subject. My own personal experience is when I tried to tell some people I know about the process of getting meat, and even showed them pictures. They were clearly disgusted by what they saw, and expressed how they didn’t want to hear anymore as they believed I was trying to make them vegetarian too, when that wasn’t the case. I was simply explaining to them where there meat came from and how it got on their plates. This hypocrisy I explained before also extends to people like them, the ones who have a rough idea of the process, are disgusted from it yet still choose to support that by continuing to eat it [due to what the media tells them].

There was a point when I thought I could never be vegetarian because I thought I wouldn’t like it and that it would be too difficult. Despite this, I thought I should at least try it before coming to a judgement. It turns out that since being a vegetarian, I’ve had much more of a healthier lifestyle. My diet’s more balanced, I seem to have more energy, and any chances of me having major health problems such as cancer have been reduced. I also prefer it (despite what I thought about it before).

I’m not saying that everyone should be vegetarian. As much as it would make things better for people’s health and the environment, I can’t change the way everyone eats. However, I do encourage everyone to try it and increase their knowledge of vegetarianism before they come to the harsh judgements and thought that they have. Below is a few of the websites I found my information from. There’s also a video that made me realize why I should turn vegetarian.

Meet Your Meat

 

Cruelty to Animals
http://www.goveg.com/factoryFarming.asp

How Being Vegetarian Is Better For Your Health
http://www.goveg.com/healthConcerns.asp

How Vegetarianism It Benefial To The Environment
http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp

November 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

BBC Question Time [Last Night]

Here’s the first part of last night’s Question time for anyone who missed it.

I’ll write a post about it later, but for now, I’ll leave you the video on how the BNP leader Nick Griffin made a prat of himself on National TV.

October 23, 2009 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Michael’s Dead Wtf?!

For anyone who’s watched TV, read a newspaper or listened to the radio recently would have heard abhttps://i1.wp.com/graphics.sonybmg.com.au/gallery/medium/MichaelJackson68229.jpgout Michael Jackson’s death on Thursday morning due to Cardiac arrest. Honestly, it hasn’t hit me yet. As stupid as it may sound, I’m still thinking that he’ll perform in London in July and I’m still wondering what his next album would sound like [as stupid as it sounds =/]. I know I’m speaking for alot of people when I say that not only will he be missed by his family and his friends, but also by all the fans he had across the globe.

Now I’ve watched a few videos and read a few articles about his death, and while they all are written by people that will miss him and are sad to know he’s dead, the comments for some of them are from people who STILL feel the need to criticize and say bad things about him for all the things he apparently did. Don’t these people have a heart? I don’t care what he was accused of or how bankrupt he may have been etc. It doesn’t change the fact that he was a LEGEND. For instance, with the whole child molestation thing; if he really did it, then why was he found innocent due to lack of evidence?!

Anyway, that isn’t the point [if anything, I’ll talk about that in another post], the point is, he will be missed by A LOT of people, me being one of them. And while he may be dead, is music, his dance moves, and the charity work he did lives on.

Rest In Peace Michael <3.

June 27, 2009 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

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