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tv   Hip Hop and Civil Rights  CSPAN  August 21, 2016 10:00pm-10:13pm EDT

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whoever the next person will be, i would like to you build off of something that the person before said. so, you know, whatever it is, you say, oh, when you said this, made me think of this. perfect. so starting off with why you do hat you do and why these conversations are so important you know,sonally, is, the first time my mother was a one an airplane was way ticket from new delhi, chicago, illinois. she was there to go meet my dad, arranged marriage supposed to be her knight and shining armor. she went over there and i always my dad had a small studio apartment with two roommates, a loneliness.d
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[laughter] it was tough. within -- don't laugh at my parents, mike. sorry. [laughter] >> within two weeks of their marriage my dad, who was trying to law school, was beaten on the streets of chicago, dragged across the street, the basement of that studio apartment and my mom found him like that. parents as born, my said we're going to get out of the united states, we're going o go back to india, and raise our son in india, and then within a few months they were going ver mind, we're back to the united states. and when they came, my dad came suitcase.ll and that suitcase was filled with merchandise that he had from different markets, and he unzipped -- he took the suitcase, took it on a and did his first ever trade show, and when he did his were show my mom and i pacing back and forth waiting for him to come back. back, he en he came still had the suitcase in his hand. like, damn it.
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i thought this time was going to going to be different. and i remember this, there is one moment in your life you remember, it's the first time you see your parents cry. my dad unzipped the suitcase and it.re was nothing in and he and my mom cried and said, everything is going to be okay. we're going to be all right. entrepreneur. an he is an entrepreneur, but he wouldn't call himself that. do what i do is i believe there are people who fight poverty and can out of poverty through true entrepreneurship. say i don't le who know if poor communities are ready to be entrepreneurs, then know what an t entrepreneur is, because poor ommunities is where entrepreneurship lives. that's why i do with what i do. if that resonates would love for to
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join. >> it hits me really hard i started writing poetry when i was 7 and i started poetry because the adults didn't want to answer my seeking , and i was answers, and i was telling, works heresister who with the tangerine? what's her name? a tour of the useum, i did not anticipate being so moved. i think david and i were talking the space. and it drew up so many things for me and so i started writing a way to deal with my pain and frustration, and also o express my politics, and the people in my community, working class black community, did not mail he idea of 8-year-old. [laughter] >> and my grandfather, who was
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south, bunky, anybody?, what, no? [laughter] >> it made him nervous because stories of what happened to him as a black man and he did to me sothat to happen at 9 years old he sat me down story of malcolm x and martin luther king, and or me the only theme was death and assassination, so i was programmed at an early age to be uiet and if you're going to talk, talk at home. and that he gave me permission to say hatever i wanted him.ctly to [laughter] >> nobody else. it did liberate me in a sense me e was a man giving permission to be strong, but not needed it d where i most. and so poetry was my only outlet kept me sane, as a sense overly mpathic,
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emotional black, dark-skinned impacted by trauma to this day, when had mad daddy had his ecause daddy issues, and my mom did not know how to emote. loved.as i was loved, like that deep country love, so it was very me.using for so poetry became my freedom. you know, le always, i see people from college, i went to hour and they laugh you still rapping? like they just think it's cute, ase it's funny or it's silly hell. and they don't understand that his rhyme, this microphone, this mike, is my liberation. it's my freedom. nd still, when i'm the most freestyle. and i pass that to young people and artists and hoods around the world. we talk about my travels here with an 18-year-old sister and
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me.it was so significant to as we talked i realized, she got oh, you're sionate, igal the next time i go. that were saying something resonated with you. > both of you, the entrepreneurship, but also how your voice in words. school, had rejected right? to it.t relate it was boring and it was racist, and it was a lot of things about like, i'm as just just here wasting my time and energy. in ninthf my teachers, grade, this is how backwards it had nevernth grade, i eard of malcolm x, black panther party. or none of the victorious side
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culture, right? always rapped? and she was like you're always rapping, but what about?u talking [laughter] >> you know? challenge.gave me a she was like, i'm going to give these, these books. t was like some brown leather ebony books. she was like soak that up, in my anguage i'm saying -- i forgot what she said, but she was like soak that up and if you can rhyme about black history, i'll let you perform at black history assembly in the racist county i up in. wakulla county. short, that weekend, i get my beats and i'm looking through and i'm learning about and, it's just
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explaining everything that we've been going through. hy my mom would say, tell the insurance man i ain't home. explained what "n" means, i pour of that, and so all of that into that song and the song ended up being called i could get," because that's how i was feeling, and i assembly, g at the nd the racist principal comes on the stage while i'm spitting and turned my mike offer, turned just violate, nd nd he was like, you can't say that. and the whole student body was it., we're not having windows broke. couple of jaw bones out of place. went outside and it was like this, but it was all of it local news or whatever, was the churches, the nation of
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the , all the people from community came, and, at that really wrote the verse to be able to say my other rap, my big daddy came rap. what iput me -- you know mean? it put me in the million-dollar overe struggle for control the black history community by students and the community and that's what put me on the path what i say on the mike is related to our community's struggles, and that ou can learn even when you disengage from the school system. [applause] >> book tv is live beginning at 7:00 p.m. eastern at politics pros bookstore in washington. "race in america," panel and ssion with authors educators about race relations, examining the relationship police and the african-american community. network's --
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