Video: Common Performs Poetry at the White House & The Conservative Backlash That Ensued According To The New York Times (Bonus Video: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head With Fox New’s Bill O’Reilly On The Common Performance & Assata Shakur)


Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Common (previously Common Sense), is an American hip hop artist, and actor.Read More Here…

Common Performs Poetry at the White House

Uploaded by RapUpTVLIVE on May 11, 2011
Amidst controversy from conservatives, Common performed a spoken word piece at the White House in celebration of American poetry and prose.

By inviting Common to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama miss a golden opportunity
BY THOMAS CHATTERTON WILLIAMS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Via: The New York Times

The conservative backlash against the Obama administration’s decision to invite Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., the rapper known as Common, to the White House on Wednesday night for a poetry slam is both overblown and off the mark.

Citing the lyrics of a poem that Common recited during an HBO appearance, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin and even the New Jersey State Police have all joined the chorus of voices depicting the emcee as “dangerous,” “controversial” and a ghetto “radical.” In fact, he is none of these things. Common, a Chicago-native formerly known as Common Sense, is – as far as these things go – a socially conscious lyricist who has toiled in relative obscurity for most of his career and to some degree, still is overshadowed by his far more flamboyant and ignorant colleagues. He is what used to be called a “backpack rapper,” meaning that your white, pot-smoking college roommate would be exponentially more likely to find him interesting than would any gun-toting thug on the street. To criticize him as some diabolical “threat” to God-fearing, law-abiding Americans is both disingenuous and willfully blind to the overall body of his work.

However, there are some real reasons to be disappointed with the White House over this invitation. The truth is that the first black First Family has – or perhaps I should say “had” – an unprecedented opportunity and platform to push black America forward and away from the dumbed-down and omnipresent influence of hip hop music and culture. Michelle Obama could have used the occasion of her highly publicized poetry slam to highlight and promote the work of literary artists who are not part of the hip hop echo chamber. In fact, that is what she did do, but these other artists have been forgotten in the controversy surrounding Common. Why was it necessary to invite him in the first place?

As Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, put it, Common was invited to the event “partly because of his efforts to bring poetry to audiences that don’t get to experience it. And we think that’s a positive thing.” This is a problematic justification for a couple of reasons. Read More Here…

***Bonus***

Part 1: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head Bill O’Reilly

Uploaded by FoxNewsInsider on May 16, 2011
Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Jon Stewart attacked Bill O’Reilly about his objections towards rapper Common’s visit to the White House, being that he wrote a song about a woman who killed a NJ state trooper. Stewart tells O’Reilly that even Bono wrote a song about Leonard Peltier, convicted of killing two FBI agents. Now, that subject gets Bill a little heated.

Part 2: Jon Stewart Goes Head-to-Head With Bill O’Reilly

Uploaded by FoxNewsInsider on May 16, 2011
Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Jon Stewart attacked Bill O’Reilly about his objections towards rapper Common’s visit to the White House, being that he wrote a song about a woman who killed a NJ state trooper. Stewart tells O’Reilly that even Bono wrote a song about Leonard Peltier, convicted of killing two FBI agents. Now, that subject gets Bill a little heated.

Common – A Song For Assata

A Song For Assata by Common. From the 2000 album “Like Water For Chocolate”

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