“MUSIC IS NOT ONLY ART, IT IS ACTIVISM”

“SAME LOVE” by Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis

[Verse 1: Macklemore]

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,

Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.

I told my mom, tears rushing down my face She’s like “Ben, you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, tripping.”

Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she? Bunch of stereotypes all my head.

I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league.”

A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant

For those that like the same sex

Had the characteristics

 The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision

 And you can cured with some treatment and religion

 Man-made rewiring of a pre-disposing

Playing God…Ahh, nah, here we go America the brave still fear what they don’t know and

“God loves all his children” is somehow forgotten

But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago

I don’t know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]

And I can’t change

 Even if I tried

Even if I wanted to

And I can’t change

 Even if I tried

 Even if I wanted to

 My love

 My love

My love

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

She keeps me warm

[Verse 2: Macklemore]

If I was gay, I would think hip pop hates me

Have you read the YouTube comments lately? “Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily

 We become so numb to what we’re saying

 A culture founded from oppression

Yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em

 Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board

A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it

Gay is synonymous with the lesser

It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion

Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment

The same fight that led people to walk out and sit-ins

Its human rights for everybody, there is no difference

Live on! And be yourself!

When I was at church they taught me something else

If you preach hate at a service those words aren’t anointed

That holy water that soak in has been poisoned

 When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless

Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen I might not be the same, but that’s not important

No freedom ‘til we’re equal, damn right that I support it.

[Trombone interlude]

I don’t know

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Macklemore]

We press play, don’t press pause

Progress, March on

With the veil over our eyes

We turn out back on the cause ‘Til the day that my uncles can be united by law

When kids are walking ‘round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart

A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are

And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all But it’s a damn good change us

We have to change us Whatever God you believe in

We come from the same one Strip away the fear

Underneath it’s all the same love

About time that we raised up!

[Hook]

[Outro: Mary Lambert]

Love is patient, love is kind

 Love is patient

 Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

 Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

 Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

 Love is patient (crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

 Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient

 Love is kind

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Activism is not only an onstage way of addressing issues….about airing views. I believe it is also offstage. If it meant being formal, it would be boring. After hearing ‘Same love’ by Macklemore, I knew it was a form of activism more than music itself. Music is art but loses conveying a message out there. But with a more activism tone, I bet the message is meant to hit hard. These days music is not just mere art, it is an instrument to communicate less communicated issues in society. In Macklemore’s song, he talks about homophobia/ homosexuality. About how conservatives think being gay is a random decision and how religion is believed to change one who is homosexual. Without further debating it, religion cannot help but God can. Without any surprises, being gay has been attacked by religious stances. He speaks through this song about how we are all God’s children without predispositions and paraphrasing the Bible, a book written 35 hundreds years ago. He acknowledges the impunities gay people face daily because of who they are and how communities are less accepting. He then equates “homophobia” to other global issues such as racism. The sense in this song, reiterates how being gay and or lesbian is a culture formed from oppression. I have thought to myself that whatever is preached in the house of the Lord, precisely in church, spoken as hate speech loses its functionality, its power and literally promotes voiceless people. He wishes to see others united regardless of same sex qualms and challenges. No matter how it may seem, same love is the same. No matter what religion you may follow or God you believe in, we all are from the same one. Macklemore then says, I can’t change even if I wanted to, even if I tried.

Who could have thought someone would echo such an issue through a song? I mean, this is a real global issue. Presently in Uganda under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni there has been an implementation of the Anti-homosexuality Act previously known and referred to as “Kill the Gay bill” which was passed in its parliament with a death penalty proposal dropped in favour of life prison to people who are homosexual. ‘Draconian measures’ I thought to myself. Why dictate a life of another? Why judge others? I am certainly ‘a nobody’ to ask such questions. I love writing but I think speaking through a song is amazing. I would like speaking through a song, being an activist through music.

JAW-DROPPING ISSUES I FORESEE ABOUT THE DISCOVERIES OF HIV/AIDS AILMENT

There is no functional cure for HIV or AIDS, meaning that there is no procedure or medication which has been scientifically proven to reliably eliminate the virus from a person’s body or reverse the damage to the immune system.

“Will finding the vaccine do good or bad?”

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HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that has wide spread infected and affected mankind across the globe since its discovery in the early 20’s until onwards, leaving many to demise. It has been decades since scientists and professionals within the health care industry been conducting research in search of HIV/AIDS ailments. It is not by surprise that if found [HIV/AIDS vaccine], the world will go over the moon, rejoicing and vastly helping those in need. I too, would certainly be happy. There has always been speculations and rumours year in, year out about the HIV/AIDS cure discoveries which will be introduced. Will the vaccine be for the better or for worst? I have had two thoughts and off-cold fears about this. Not to be misunderstood, this does not mean that I do not want the cure to be finally confirmed. That is not what I mean. I have most definitely developed fear more than anything else.

Despite escalating numbers of South Africa’s who are infected as compared to our counter parts in sub-Saharan Africa, the linear and unchanging perceptions in our community about this disease vividly shows ignorance. People know about HIV/AIDS and to an extent, them knowing it can be manageable has not changed their conscious minds towards health and curbing it. The comfort ability in our South African society has led to the involvement or precisely engaging in activities advantaging this illness at the expense of public services that obviously ought to be rendered.

I am not saying citizens infected should not be assisted. What I am saying is, “means to the ends” already made have not shaken our people. For example, teenagers indulge in unprotected sexual contact, even when been taught at school about health related issues and topics including events such as campaigns are conducted by non-governmental organisation with exorbitant sums of money to play a societal role in bringing awareness and speaking in on behave of the vioceless. What then should be done for people to fear for their lives, teach others and learn from other people’s realities about HIV/AIDS?

How then, will people behave once the ailment is found? That does it mean having 5 boyfriends? Neglecting the use of condoms? Not testing anymore? Would this type of behaviour be common still after introducing treatment? I fear that this would be so at the expense of so many who really need this life changing experience of been cured after the fall of millions in our country and generally globally.

There are so much positive results I am already anticipating about the HIV/AIDS ailment but these are outweighed by the negatives. From lay back stereotypical mentalities of “I cannot be cured, so what” attitudes are still growing concurrently. How then will we live with ourselves leading to skilled behavior,preparing, grooming….when attitudes such as “I can now be cured, so what then should I fear” can pop up then?  At a blink of an eye, my hope is highly and significantly to see the world conquering beyond HIV/AIDS, seeing the end of this virus. But with this, I wish to see a very conscious community, one without fear but one which desires to be better at how they do things and how they also influence coming generations. One without fear but one that is responsible, wakeful and vigilant.

The Fine Art of the Skateboard Deck

SKATEBOARDING AND SKATEBOARDS ARE PART OF THE ART FAMILY TOO 🙂

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Skateboards are for skateboarding, which is an art in itself, but the painting and decorating of skateboard decks has become a fascinating subset of contemporary street culture.
The style ranges from spraypainted urban graffiti to 60s-style Op Art to epic, elaborate portraits and landscapes that wouldn’t look out of place on the back of a customised surfing van.
This deck is by a Cape Town artist who calls herself Motel 7, and who got her start painting walls in Woodstock and shacks in Khayelitsha. Her style is Punk Gothic, with a touch of Mexican Día de Muertos and wide-eyed Japanese Manga.
The deck doesn’t have wheels, which is just as well, because otherwise I might be tempted to take it for a ride, and that wouldn’t end well.
Skateboarding, like Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Punk, Southern Rock, and Vinyl Records, is one of those 70s cultural phenomena that just…

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WORLD ACROCITY / BARBARITY (SEMIOTICS: A SYMBOLIC FORM OF EXPRESSION)

Human oppression/ suppression.

Human oppression/ suppression.

Figure 1: Human Oppression

The description of the signs (signifier) in the contents of the photograph is a giant human leg which has suppressed the back of and /or on another human being leaning forward. This is a male figure, stretching his hands out and stands on the tips of his toes with left leg, while his right leg is one top of a small man leaning forward on his back. The man appearing twice the size of that of the one on top is also putting his right leg foot on the man appearing on the image very small. The first man from the bottom of the image is suppressed by the man who is bigger than him; however the size of these men is not the same, with one being big, the other bigger and the other appearing as the biggest. These men are also standing on the tip of their toes on their left feet. Another signifier in the image is the non-flat ground on which they are all standing. This surface is a v-shaped steep. The background of the image has horizontal and whirls-like strokes.he medium of the semiotic art piece is a visual sign of a photograph, which is a human photograph, which originates from an individual visual designer. The analysis’s purpose is to unravel the way in which a genre creates meaning and to understand its interpretation of the image.

The image modality conveys itself as being the reality, it covers social reality. The everyday world circumstance conveys, on a denotative meaning an oppressed generation from the young to the old, which can be economically, psychological, culturally, socially and politically. Judgments made are that oppression could affect others who are unconscious about it and emanates from older generations to the younger generations (the 1st to the 4th). Its connotative meaning would probably be one of human elevation whereby top personnels in the political arena or corporate world line their pockets at the expense of others (personal rule) and use the authoritative style of ruling or rather in simplicity, oppress others because of their present capabilities and how society see them.

From a semiotic point of view, analysing this image has meant or revealed to me [the writer] some sort of the socio economic stances/depiction of society, however, the vivid reality of those in power and those who are not. It significantly aligns the social, economic and political differences and therefore the classification of the weak or the powerful, the top or the bottom, the haves or the have-nots, the rich or the poor and lastly, importantly how we people in society will never be on par. “Par”, the state of being essentially equal or equivalent is realistically or merely impossible. This image calls on so many questions such as those related to human equality, stratification, social divisions, classifications, inferiority/ superiority, human oppression, subjugation and other matters that have kept tumultuous  conversations and debates going on amongst critiques and scholars pertaining the ranking and disadvantages and the impacts of (socio-economic) differences in communities. All in all, this image echoes the voices of the oppressed.

“IS THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION INDEED FREE”?

Censorship, like many out and in the information dissemination industry dislike and question, has caught my attention. For the past few months I have sort to meditate on what censorship really means and what Section 16 (Freedom of expression) embedded in the South African constitution implies. These questions are posed on two counts, firstly, what is that, that I am permitted not to write about and secondly, is the freedom of expression that we are given really free?

I signed up for a blog for over 6 months and for that period I had not found my feet into using it. I believe it is in the nature of every humankind to be curious, however, question, argue and counter argue. To air out views. Withstanding this, still, I found myself swimming in a pool of confusion on why exactly am I challenged by what I seemingly and aspiringly would love doing for the rest of my live. That is, expression oneself or rather to put words in black and white. As much as writing excites me, I lost it. For that period I reluctantly found myself cornered in whether writing was for me. I resorted back and forth to studying more on censorship and constitutional statutes.

I then later discovered that there was one reason behind my issues with expressing my thoughts, that is simply my conscious mind and the fear that boggled my thoughts when I thought how some topics can be detrimental in my own capacity from the workplace, future opportunities and so forth. Exemplie gratia, I would hear people always give advances as to how it is important to write “appropriately” so as not to dent your image negatively and how some writing pieces can get you kicked off work. This at the back of mind meant what I have termed “conscious writing with hides”. This is writing with fear of the “what-ifs”.

On the question of what exactly is correct and incorrect to publish has been daunting for me. Section 16 of the Constitution of South Africa states that I quote: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.” The word “impart”, simply meaning to tell or inform or making known of that which was not known. This gives us the approval to tell our stories, to be opinionated. Further on within this statute, I quote: “The right in subsection:

(1) does not extend to propaganda for war; incitement of imminent violence; or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.” This then outlines well the barriers of imparting this information.

I must acknowledge that it is of vital importance to articulate oneself well when writing off and online and maintaining a digital/virtual image. This statute is also important in a democratic dispensation and has being used several times to defend certain views, which to some extent, have been shunned and regarded as detrimental to the writer/ producer. My ideal democracy is one where I will write and argue my opinions and views without being stressed by a societal judgment and fearing for my future as a young aspiring journalist and a novice writer. From my own perceptions, I feel that the freedom of expression is not entirely free.