This past week was probably one of the most sad and violent weeks of 2016. First off, there were the bombings in Brussels, which is a city in Belgium, which claimed the lives of 35 people and injured over 250. ISIS claimed responsibility and it was linked to the same group that carried out the Paris attacks. Secondly there was the death of Toronto mayor Rob Ford after his long battle with cancer. Personally it affected me greatly because I’ve met him before he became mayor and got to see what a kind person he is. He had done great things for the city of Toronto and the citizens who do not have a voice. Sadly during his term as mayor, he got more attention for the wrongs in his life rather than the good things he had done but he will always be appreciated as a down to earth and fearless person who just wanted fairness and equality.

We talked about culture appropriation and culture vultures in popular media. We talked about the difference between being inspired by other cultures or artists, vs. flat-out stealing. We talked about some musicians who have taken another artists work and claimed it as their own, rather than giving credit where credit is due. One controversy that is currently surrounding Toronto’s Hip-Hop scene is the feud between Toronto rapper Mo-G and the OVO (Octobers Very Own) music group that was primarily features Drake. Mo-G felt like he did not get the proper compensation for the work he did for OVO and he feels like drake and his crews are “culture vultures”. To conclude the show, we had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Horace Campbell. Dr. Campbell is a professor of African American studies and Political Science at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. We had a small conversation about the colonization of African nations and other nations.

Dr. Horace Campbell has a lecture on Thursday March 24th at the William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks St, Toronto ON). He will be lecturing about Challenges for the Black Community in Higher Education in Canada: Lessons of the Transitional Year Programme. It begins at 6:30pm and it is a free event.

Thanks to all the listeners! Make sure to tune in next week for another great show.

By: Alex Ndungu
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