Notes from the Revolution. EXEGETIC BATTLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ANTHONY! DAMASIAN “SELL-OUTS” BEWARE!

Dear All,

Anthony has supplied us with more exegetic combinations or the mastery of form and the deformation of masters at works in a battle between Jin that Emcee and Serius Jones.  Warning!  This is not mandatory and this is clip contains what “THE MAN” considers obscene language.   If you feel you might be offended by this clip, you probably shouldn’t watch it (and NO WORRIES).  If you’re interested, it’s the….

Anthony has contextualized the battles for you:

“In these clips Serius Jones demolishes Jin. You should pay attention, also though, to the Black crowd’s emotion.  You will see that Jin loses, in part, because although he displays a certain “shared knowledge” in his race jokes, this (relative lack of) knowledge was not perceived (or decoded) by the crowd which, in turn, did not support Jin.  Jin having lost the support of the Black crowd seems to fold because of this lack of response which, apparently, devastated his confidence.   This goes to show that “shared knowledge” is NOT something you should assume you have (no matter who you are) with most African Americans today.  Jin mistook jokes for shared knowledge (or “dozens for 400 years of cultural encoding for shared knowledge) and was thus EASILY DEVASTATED by Serius.”  This wasn’t a matter of skill.  This wasn’t a matter related to racial essentialism.  But the outcome would no doubt have been different if we really did live in “Post-racial America.”

 

Jin

BATTLES

Serius

Fight Klub – Jin tha Emcee vs. Serius Jones

Fight Klub – Jin that Emcee vs. Serius Jones (part 1 and 2 of 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RecixSk6OGg

To all those who have sent in photos and videos thank you.  I’m going to work them into our ongoing play and my lectures this weekend.  Just remember!  You should read James Baldwin’s “Blues for Mr. Charlie” available free to you through the library computers’ Iris database for Monday’s class. We will finish will Baraka and Baldwin on Monday.  We may even get to see another battle that Jared has shared (GO JARED!).

Enjoy your weekend.  James Baldwin isn’t known for his plays for a god reason, but “Blues for Mr. Charlie” unite Beckett, Brecht, and African American “shared culture” in ways that are quite impressive.

For those who don’t know who “Mr. Charlie” is:  “Mr Charlie” is “shared” slang for what many call “The White Man.”  Also, if you’re willing bring as many digital cameras (cell phones, cameras, web cams, whatever you can spare and tape Monday’s class.  Here’s the hitch, just let your camera record one part of the room.  Then, leave it alone and let it record.  (Point being, I want to have more discussion again, and I don’t want you to be focused on your cameras.  I would urge some of you to focus o something weird.  Like a shoe, or another student, or even a camera.  This is fun!

READ BLUES FOR MR. CHARLIE.  ON WEDNESDAY, We’re done with BARAKA AND BALDWIN, BUT WE”L STILL BE BATTLING!

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

 

“NO, I’M NOT AN AMERICAN.  I’M ONE OF THE TWENTY MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF AMERICANISM.  AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.  DISGUISED HYPOCRISY.  SO I AM NOT STANDNG HERE SPEAKING TO YOU AS A DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, AS AN AMERICAN, OR AS A FLAG SALUTER.  NO, NOT I.  I AM SPEAKING TO YOU AS A VICTIM OF AMERICANISM.  I DON’T SEE AN AMERICAN DREAM.  I SEE AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE.”

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