Stolen Property | THE HARLEM SHAKE

Blogger, Rashad J. Smith 

The Black Culture is pure and rich.
The creative minds of those before our time created opportunities where non existed, in every facet of art and education.
Fashion, music, cuisine, language, and rhythmic movements are amongst the many art forms created and perfected by Blacks.
 Most recently, The Harlem Shake has been added to the list of stolen property.


MSNBC’S Melissa Harris-Perry addresses the issue  in a 4 minute Jaunty video with historical context, authentic comparisons, and clarifying THE REAL HARLEM SHAKE:

Black History Spotlight: The Poetry of Langston Hughes

Emerging during the Harlem Renaissance to great acclaim and controversy, Langston Hughes was one of the most important literary voices of the 20th century.

At a time when the Black intelligentsia stressed “talented tenths” and “putting our best foot forward,” Hughes’ work was steeped in the experiences of the the working class, and was a celebration of our nuances and complexities. He believed in the idea that “black is beautiful” at a time where it was very controversial to do so.

But I’m sure you knew that already. So we won’t bore you with an overwrought biography.

Instead, honor his legacy today by checking out a few of his classic poems below, read by the man himself.

Self Determination: What I learned on the Subway at 2am

With the recent celebration of Kwanzaa, I am reinvigorated with hope as I learn to internalize the principles each day offered. I couldn’t help but place special emphasis on the principle Kujichagulia (Self Determination) which means, “To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves in order to stand up for ourselves.”

During my time in New York City, I learned a lot about this concept, both in reaching back into our history as well as by opening my mind and heart to the brothers and sisters that exemplify this principle around me:

While I was riding the D train back to Harlem, a few brothers came on board around Jay Street selling

What It Means to be in ASAP’S Country

The stories of living in America, as told by Black folks, often expresses discontent with its living conditions, but we love America just as much as we feel that it does us wrong. Hip-Hop keeps alive this Black narrative of cultural-nationalism or locale-nationalism, of love for and pride in American land ties. Every Hip-Hop artist, especially Black ones, has a debut appearance that is inseparable from allusions to their original slum. For his latest single “Peso”, new artist ASAP Rocky assures that no audience member would be confused as to where he came from. Harlem pleases him aesthetically unlike any other borough, Harlem symbolizes ASAP’s comfort zone, and it is the institution that informs his lifestyle. The Black, the American of African descent, has a country that anchors the Black’s identity.