Where did this Jay Z documentary come from? It seemed to just pop up out of nowhere. Or is it just me? Was my head in the sand? Well, anyway, anything that says “unauthorized” gets my attention. I wanna know, what is their take on this? I mean, I know it is still subjective, but at least it is not created by the person who is the subject matter. Unlike Beyonce’s self-directed documentary, we may see and hear some things that Jay wouldn’t necessarily approve of or appreciate. And that makes for good Internet! So off we go, let the trumpets blow, but hold on because the driver of the mission is NOT Jay Z.
From watching the trailer, I see that Dame and Jaz-O are interviewed. I’m sure their opinions and versions of the story differ from the official party line. But the documentary looks pretty much complimentary, aiming to show “how hip-hop’s most successful rapper of the past two decades reached the top.”
What do you guys think? Leave a comment after you’ve watched it and give us your review.
This is actually a roundtable discussion, sans the actual table, between five people, but I couldn’t fit all that into a headline. Talib Kweli engages with HUFF POST LIVE hostÂ Marc Lamont Hill. News & Lifestyle Editor of Ebony.comJamilah Lemeiux, Washington Post Columist Rahiel Tesfamariam and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist and Activist Rosa Clemente, as they discuss the recent controversial statements made by Rick Ross, being called “rape lyrics”, Lil Wayne’s“Emmett Till” reference and even Beyonce’s lyrics in her new song “Bow Down”. This is not “Street Soldiers” on HOT97. This is a sophisticated conversation between a group of educated intellectuals. Kwelirepresents Hip Hop and himself very well as heÂ presents his case for critique of Ross and any artists who are miguided from a place of love and wanting them to change, rather than demonizing them as monsters.
There is plenty of debate as the five ask and attempt to answer “when do words cross the line and should lyrics be policed?” I must say this is one of the most intelligent healthy debates on the subject I have ever heard. Watching this video is definitely a good place for this discussion to start in our own lives, with our own friends and family, especially among the youth population who are heavy consumers of all of these artists’ music and are trying to come to grips with the lyrics as they figure out what is right and wrong, themselves. I salute all involved in making this, including Huffington Post. Share this and get the conversations started in your own community.
â€œMy Brooklynâ€ follows the filmmakerâ€™s journey, as a Brooklyn â€œgentrifier,â€ to understand the forces dramatically reshaping New York City.
This movie touches very close to my heart and soul. I was born and raised in Downtown Brooklyn. I grew up on Dean Street between 3rd and 4th Aveneues. When my parents divorced my mother moved to Wykoff and Bond St., while my father bought a house in nearby Park Slope. At that time my mother had a small business on Atlantic Avenue.Â Growing up my friends from Ft. Greene, Bed Stuy, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights all met up and spent a lot of time at Albee Square Mall, on Fulton Street. So this is my neighborhood.
Over the last 10 years I have witnessed a battle for property rights, seen people’s homes seized by the government under immenent domain laws, stores get priced out of neighborhoods and huge corporations and developers build skyscrapers with luxury condos for millionaires to live in, while displacing the community that was here. Much of this is being done to make way for the Atlantic Yards project, which is building a stadium to house the Nets basketball team in Brooklyn. A lot of us were rooting for that to happen. Hometown hero Jay-Z even got involved, investing in the project and promoting it heavily. So what’s wrong with that, you say? What’s wrong with corporations taking over and making money in Brooklyn? Why is it a bad thing that luxury condos mean that more millionaires will be living among us? Wont that be good for the local economy? Wont it create jobs?
Well, that is the argument that Mayor Bloomberg and the investors are making. To hear the flipside of this argument, check out the videos below, which include excerpts of local residents expressing their concerns, their hopes for the neighborhoods they live in and how the development is impacting the block. Smif N Wessun’s own General Steele is one of the residents talking about the issue.
This is 2-minute trailer for the documentary My Brooklyn by Kelly Anderson and Allison Lirish Dean. For more info visitÂ mybrooklynmovie.com. The documentary is currently in progress and will be finished in 2012.
* Watch 2 more videos on the subject with interviews from Downtown Brooklyn residents on both sides of the issue (including General Steele) nafter the jump! (more…)
The event was sponsored by Hennessy who was also celebrating their 1st year anniversary of Hennessy Black. Guests are always treated to a very special surprise and this year it was no different. New Edition & Doug E Fresh performed for the anxious crowd to capped off the night. Check out video footage of the group performing below!