In this video below, Min. Louis Farrakhan makes an interesting set of points about the state of black males and hip hop in America. Farrakhan speaks about the late, great Malcolm X, and how many of the hip-hop artists today carry the essence of Malcolm in their blood. Farrakhan mentions that Malcolm started off as a pimp, a drug dealer and a crook, eventually rising to become one of the greatest thinkers, leaders and teachers in the history of the world.
Farrakhan uses rappers like 50 Cent as a prime example. Many rappers are able to influence millions of people very easily, and carry a degree of intelligence, charisma, and vision that leads to them being celebrated around the world. Farrakhan accurately states that the power possessed by these artists can be just as easily used for good as it is for evil.
I agree with Minister Farrakhan entirely. When you consider the early life of Malcolm, we see the danger of a powerful black man when he is at his worst. You see a man who was so beaten and poisoned by the sting of racism that he hated himself and was a danger to those around him. He engaged in consistent acts of self-degradation and destruction and ended up in prison as a result.
When you consider the message that many hip hop artists promote to young black men, it is a message that is just as powerful as Malcolm’s, only pointed in the wrong direction. It is one that promotes the excessive use of drugs/alcohol, irresponsible sexual choices, violence against one another, financial irresponsibility and all the other tools for self-destruction. If you’re doing at least three things every week that could put you in prison or the morgue, then you’re probably going to find yourself in one of those two places. It is only through enlightened iterventio that this energy can be redirected and positioned for empowerment the same way that it was in the life of Malcolm X.
Men like Louis Farrakhan are very important to the state of the black male in America in the same way that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad impacted Malcolm. The power of the hip hop artist must be redirected like a nuclear warhead that must stop being aimed at your own country. Lil Wayne, arguably the most powerful megapastor in America, must be encouraged to understand that the power to destroy can also be used to build. Also like Malcolm X, this power can be used to break barriers that seek to maintain black male oppression.
As Minister Farrakhan plans to walk through the streets of Chicago protesting the violence that is killing our kids in droves, I support him. I also support the idea of approaching hip hop artists in the name of love and encouraging them to do what they can to help the men who look just like them. Others have trained us to kill one another, but we must remember that we can love one another just as easily and it love requires the same amount of energy as hate.
I AGREE WITH THE MINISTER. MUCH LUV, MZ TEFLON
Real talk,we as black men have more power than we know.The Freemason video was good too.Peace and blessings to The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
hmmmmmm indeed I feel him on that
@ sheed thank you:)
@Raisingdastakes: That was the most insightful passage I have read today... "Thank You!!". Also, BIG UPS to you for presenting this, because it's most definitely something today's youth--particularly young black and hispanic males--NEED TO HEAR!!! Stop the senseless violence, or become another statistic...either of the coroner or the Warden...Life is FULL of choices...
I see where he comin from
FARRAKHAN IS RIGHT ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS...I ONLY HOPE SOMEONE WILL TAKE THEIR FAME TO DO GREATER RATHER THAN HOLLA "I GOT MONEY NIGGA"
I agree with the honorable minister louis Farrakhan, we need our own stuff to put out our own message to save our own- who is our own?? the same people the minister was talking about as far as the rappers having a billion people in there hand --thats who Im talking about- and that group of people is nations of all colors.
Good Post @ Raisndstakes!!!!!
I can listen to this guy all day everyday
All praises is due to ALLAH! may Allah continue to bless the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in resurrecting our people mentally. We need to stop thinking like slaves and rise into the thinking of GOD...If you really want to learn about true history and the interpitation of the Bible and Holy Quran and the reality of GOD get the message to the blackman in America by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for starters.
I THINK THE MINISTER IS JUST TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH..HE ACKNOWLEDGES THE POWER HIP HOP HAS ON THIS GENERATION AND THEY NEED TO USE IT IN A MORE POSITIVE LIGHT. POWER COMES WITH NUMBERS..WE HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH ENTERTAINERS TO TAKE A STAND ON THE IMAGE HIP HOP HAS BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE COLLECTIVELY. I SEE A LOT OF COMMENTS CONCERNING THE MINISTER AND MALCOLM X I MEAN READ THE BOOK THINK ABOUT IT..RESEARCH IT WE ARE ALWAYS TAKING THE BLAME FOR OUR LEADERS BEING ASSASSINATION'S BUT LOOK AT THE INFILTRATION AND HOW WE ARE PLAYED AGAINST EACH OTHER..IT IS WAY BIGGER THAN THAT. WE DO NOT MASTERMIND KEY ASSASSINATION..JUST THIS BS THAT HAPPENS ON THE STREETS EVERY FREAKING DAY AND THAT MESS IS NOT "STRATEGICALLY" THOUGHT OUT..THAT IS SOME WANNA BE GANGSTER THUG SHIT. PERIOD