Monday, October 01, 2007

Mr. Bomani Armah's name may not be familiar to you at first glance, but if you have been on the internet in the last few months, you should definitely know his music. He the poet behind the controversial "Read A Book" song that left everyone with a blank stare after seeing the video for the first time. While most folks thought the so-called positive message of the record was lost due to the foul language and shocking imagery, Bomani felt that his actions were necessary. Well, in the wake of the Jena 6 movement down in the Louisiana recently, Mr. Armah has written another song to express his feelings about the situation. Don't call him a rapper though, because he considers himself a poet with a hip-hop influence? That's funny, because I always thought that a poet and a rapper were synonymous. Anyway, here is a recent quote taken from an interview conducted by the folks over at Urban Report:

"I made this song, not to highlight the problem. That has already been done by activists, organizations and leaders like Color Of Change, Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Baisden, and countless grassroots activists that aren't getting credit today for the work they put in months ago," Armah said in a statement.

"I made this song, and released it after the recent march out of concern that this movement will die and lack the follow-through and unity we need to make any change in Jena, permanent," he continued. "My job, and that of every one who listens to this song who has a sense of justice and concern for black people, is to make sure that we do what is necessary economically, politically and culturally to support the Jena 6, and all those who were left behind when the march ended and the media and thousands left town.

"The hard work still remains to be done, in Jena, and throughout America, and I'm taking a stand, as an artist, father, husband, son, and brother."

Check out the "Jena 6" track at both of the links below:

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