Thursday, February 05, 2009

More Resistance...

Arrested Development is a great example of the "conscious" or "resistance" music of the 90s. I was a student at Savannah State back then majoring in English. I was fired up! It was all about "Blackness," identity, and joining some militant campus organization. Back then, I remember having a t-shirt that read, "The Blacker the College, The Sweeter the Knowledge." Ahhh...those were the days. Power to the People!

10 comments:

Fly Girl said...

Those were the days! My fave tee was "It's a Black Thing, You Wouldn't Understand."

Christina said...

Yes, I remember. "Speech" was a hometown hero! I kid you not Stephen, there is a coffee shop here that is named "coffee makes you black". I go there once or twice a week to grab a cup and head to the train. Every time I open the door the owner yells, "coffee makes ya what? And in my shy voice I yell- BLACK! : )
Needless to say I dig the pride.

Emil said...

Not only all that, but good music too!

Stephen Bess said...

Flygirl-
I still have that slogan on a button. :)

Christina-
lol! I've never heard of something so funny. Wow!

Emil-
True. We used to jam to this and few of there other hits.

Crankyputz said...

Glad you took the softer/sweeter route

lyre said...

ALUM! My favorite picture of me is with a frizzed out FRO with a comb stuck smack dab in the middle with a red black and green teeshirt on. But I was c/o '78!

Deb S. said...

Word!

get zapped said...

Great post, Bess. Although the people aren't walking around with chains around their wrists, there are still some invisible ones that need to be broken. As well as our personal chains, keeping us from being fully realized. Thanks for sharing the wonderful video.

Peace.

poeticpin said...

I agree with Get Zapped. As Bob Marley sang "emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, non but our selves can free our minds" ...

One love

Lyrically speaking said...

When the video first came out, I couldn't stop singing the lyrics and watching the video made me proud of my black heritage...thanks for sharing and bringing back some sweet memories. You took me to another place...a game of horseshoe...wow...that's way back. An ultimate treat.

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