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hip hop is NOT the great redeemer that all these folks are trying to make it out to be.  there i said it!

that’s coming from an original hip hop head who fell in luv with the genre as soon as my ear buds could appreciate music…

i had high hopes for hip hop and still do.  especially when you see how its powerful force has manifested empires in so many facets of global society. it is a voice and i’m a firm believer in speech as a form of true freedom.  but i draw the line in making hip hop into a ‘Savior’.

this week i happened upon a Huff Post article about hip hop as the new spirituality for youth.  the author, Dr. Monica Miller was wrote a commentary on the jay z/kanye video “no church in the wild” and youth finding meaning through the lyrics of hip hop. she finds that for youth “music (hip hop often cited) provides what churches often can’t”.  she states that jay-Z and kanye should get, “an honorary degree in theology”.  MBA’s yes; MDiv, come on now…why?  are they really saying something that transformational? or are we hooked on the swag that makes hip hop so irresistible…

i’m sticking with the essence of hip hop and speaking truth.   hip hop is the new spirituality (?), sending hate mail to dream hampton cause she tweeted about nas getting a ghostwriter (?), defending to the end like it’s all good with hip hop (?).

if you’re talking about underground hip hop, i agree with you. but if you are referring to the mainstream, fast food version served up for the masses; i pass…glorify not please.   Dr. Miller is correct that many youth are listening to, believing in and living their life for hip hop. but that makes me wanna holla false prophet…

the messages in a lot of the songs, videos and overall vibe of mainstream hip hop is NOT COOL. let’s stop kidding ourselves and recognize that a lot of hip hop has corrupted the minds of many young and not-so young people in ways we should not be praising.   those hooks of get ahead by any means, nothing matters but bling, shaking booty is all that counts is NOT the road map to success.

just when i was ready to put away my b-girl kicks, lupe fiasco premiered his new video ‘b@tch bad’ from his upcoming album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.   All I can say is preach Lupe, preach…

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yesterday my boyfriend almost knocked himself off the couch in shock at the curse words jumping off the twitter page of a teen family member.  it’s obvious this teen has no idea people are watching and that some of those people may be college recruits, future employers, and shocker adult family members…

unfortunately that teen is not the only one making crazy bunders on FB, twitter, instagram and all the many other internet sources out there.  my fav is the bigbootygal@soandso email addy that popped into my university inbox.  this unaware student had no clue that her email address might make an ‘impression’ on the professor she was hoping to get an opportunity to work with! i schooled her of course and she quickly got a more suitable address for professional connections.

the reality is it’s not just young people who are making a mess out of social media etiquette.  none of us really have an idea what and how we are supposed to be using the technology. let’s not even go there with folks talking on their cell phones when they clearly shouldNOT…we are all sucked in and getting suckered at the same time.   

where is the manual? why are there no classes?  i really think we need licenses on some of these blogs sites of who can comment and say what.  i’m not the only one ranting.   according to a recent survey conducted by Intel, most Americans feel that tech etiquette is down the tubes.  

so this Fall, i’ve decided to start including tech etiquette as part of my college course syllabi.  might as well start with the next generation to correct this cybercraziness…check my FB status for updates, LOL!

no seriously, i’ll be giving a blog update on tips I give in the class. so stay tuned…

Click below to read more about the Intel survey:

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Our very own sassy.sage (Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace) was recently selected to receive the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Psychology of Women Division.

The award was for her recent publication “Gold diggers, video vixens and jezebels:  Stereotype images and substance use among urban African American girls.” The division selected this writing as making a significant contribution to the field.  

Dr. Wallace takes pride in devoting her scholarship, community activism, and art to addressing the needs of girls and young women.   She was honored at the American Psychological Association convention this month.

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i decided to take a break from cyberspace for an entire month.  it was an impromptu decision that i chose not to announce. i just quietly faded away for some me time and peace.  i did a stay-cation and then spent a week in sedona. that red rock is amazing!!!

four weeks with no blogs, twitter, fb, very limited email…

it was a breathe of fresh air.  

there were times when i wanted to chime into the chatter but silence was golden.  i am back so much more refreshed.  i also found a new perspective on how and when technology will guide me.  

so many of us have gotten sucked into using tech all day, every day.  

i encourage you to go black, even if just for a weekend.  

it’s helpful to know that life in ‘realtime’ is also fascinating, engaging & fun…

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