9.8.12 Huffington Post Blog by Brother Ali: The Intersection of Homophobia and Hip Hop: Where Tyler Met Frank
"I love hip hop. I use the word "love" here in its full meaning. I am singing in the rain in love with the people, the culture, the expression, the complexity, the genius and the humanity of hip hop. In any loving relationship, we can be challenged, inspired, and at times thoroughly disappointed, but that bond makes us embrace our beloved even while we wrestle with their shortcomings. The wrestling match has become more intense as I grow, at once basking in the glow of oppressed people's genius while cringing to hear hurtful slogans of oppression like fa***t be driven deeper into the collective consciousness. To complicate matters even more, I haven't always been on the right side of that battle."
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