"We gonna make it"

The new single from Rebel Diaz, my favorite hip hop group in the US – and they’re all born and raised in Chicago! For those of you outside the US, Chicago is known for its workers’ movements, basketball, hip hop and Italian beef sandwiches.

Photostory: Hip-hop for Gaza

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10464.shtml

In the aftermath of Israel’s three weeks of attacks on the Gaza Strip earlier this year, a group of young students, activists, artists and professionals from Chicago formed the Gaza Aid Project (GAP) to support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

On 12 April 2009 GAP brought together world-renowned hip-hop artists to Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium to perform in solidarity with Gaza. The event — titled Roots of Resistance — aimed to raise funds and gather support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, brought out a diverse crowd of hundreds from around the city.

DAM's Suhell Nafar performs. (image: matthew cassel)
DAM's Suhell Nafar performs. (image: matthew cassel)
Shadia Mansour. (image: matthew cassel)
Shadia Mansour. (image: matthew cassel)
Dead Prez's M1 performs "Hip Hop" alongside Mohammed al-Farra and the other performers at the end of the concert. (image: matthew cassel)
Dead Prez's M1 performs "Hip Hop" alongside Mohammed al-Farra and the other performers at the end of the concert. (image: matthew cassel)

Sudanese hip hop in Cairo

A young Sudanese rap group called Blackshine. Here a couple of their members pose for a photo after a performance backstage.

It shocked me to see these young Sudanese rappers performing in their Obama t-shirts (the group is about four or five members, some not pictured). What does Obama mean for Sudan or Egypt or anywhere else? Do people really know? I don’t really know, but I am pessimistic that there will be a┬ánoticeable┬áchange around the world when Bush hands over the keys to the White House to Obama next month. What people everywhere do seem to understand is that what the US does affects everywhere in our world, and it is certainly nice to see Bush replaced by a man with a history much different than his predecessors.