The Last Poets

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The Last Poets

Postby lotus » Sat May 19, 2018 9:32 am

The Last Poets: the hip-hop forefathers who gave black America its voice

It is half a century since the Last Poets stood in Harlem,
uttered their first words in public,
and created the blueprint for hip-hop.

In the early 70s, when the Last Poets’ first album began to attain popularity, Oyewole was in prison.
He had been studying at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and robbed a local Ku Klux Klan meeting.
“I have a strong distaste for guns now,” he says. “But back then I treated my .38 Special like it was my wallet.”

At an intimate open house session, they explain why their revolutionary words are still needed ... -its-voice
“A poem should have the touch ... the way sunlight falls on Braille.” .......silent lotus
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Re: The Last Poets

Postby Jackie » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:42 am

“People say we started rap and hip-hop, but what we really got going is poetry. We put poetry on blast.”

This Guardian article relates to Mac's discussion question about whether poetry—or poets—should have a moral compass. Perhaps the question comes up only when poetry is driven by themes of human nature and interpreting society, which is what hip-hop and rap commentary is all about.

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