July 13, 2006

Chef Raekwon + P. Wall + Tego Calde El Abayarde = VH1 Doc

Puerto Rico's sickest lyricist, Staten Island's Cuban Link Pie Cooker, and Houston's Grilled up spitter are doing a documentary with VH1 on Sierra Leone's bloody diamond trade. Sohh has the scoop:

For eleven years Sierra Leone was the setting of mass genocide and the horrors that took place between 1991 and 2002 were committed primarily by rebels whose primary funding for their cause was the illegal trading of conflict diamonds, also referred to as "blood" diamonds.

Bling: A Planet Rock will follow Paul Wall, Raekwon and Tego Calederon as they visit mining communities in Sierra Leone, capturing the artist's reactions as they meet local musicians, government officials and children in order to hear the first-hand accounts of the terrible atrocities carried out during the civil war.

As VH1 investigates how hip-hop's demand for "bling" played a role in the war, the film's greatest aim is to raise public awareness about the issue on a global level, helping to educate viewers about ways they can help end the smuggling of blood diamonds. VH1 plans to air the special early in 2007.

Once again Hip Hop steps up to use its power for progressive causes. I'm glad I found some good news amid all this WAR talk.


At 7/14/2006 10:09 PM, Blogger betmo said...

i think that is about time people with some influence started using it for good causes. bono comes to mind for me- because i am a certain age :)- but i think that if more hip hop folks got involved- they could influence many young folks into becoming more civics minded. america's best hope comes from the next generation. they will have to continue the fight to regain our lost civil rights in this country.

At 7/15/2006 11:32 AM, Blogger chico-towner said...

Amen to that!

That's why this website exists and why I blog, to motivate people MY age who also grew up with Hip Hop to exert our collective power for positive change!

Thanks for checking out the site.


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