Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Obama's Thoughts on Hip Hop

We ran across a great video from Hip Hop for Obama's myspace page. Thanks Jin! Your stuff is always on point!

I want to share this video with our readers. I love the entire video, but I want to specifically ask our readers to pay particular attention to what Obama says at marker 4:30 when he gives his thoughts on Hip Hop.

"The question is, what's the content, what's the message...I understand folks want to be rooted in the community, and they want to be down. What I always say is, is that, hip hop is not just a mirror of what is, it should also be a reflection of what can be...

Imagine something different. Imagine communities that aren’t torn up by violence. Imagine that we’re respecting our women. Imagine communities where knowledge and reading and academic excellence are valued, communities where fathers are doing right by their kids.

Art can’t just be a rearview mirror. It should have a headlight on there pointing to where we need to go." - Barack Obama

To view video click here