WHAT’S NEW: Kanye West Occupies Wall Street
As protests continue on Wall Street, musicians, entertainers, and moguls alike show their agreed disgust with the way things are going economically. Kanye West has joined a list of notable celebrities and artists in the “Occupy Wall Street” protest such as Talib Kweli and Mos Def. Russell Simmons caught the Hip-Hop superstar up on the protest and walked him through the site. Russell Simmons tweeted October 10th stating, “ I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd.” Eyewitnesses spoke to Billboard.com describing West and Simmons sitting down and talking with protesters around 2:00pm, with their bodyguards along for the ride. Protestors such as Ben Fellah felt that the response to their attendance was mixed. Some felt like they were attending the protest for an opportunity to appear involved and concerned in the public eye and others felt like that their attendance was genuine. On the other hand, many protestors didn’t notice them at all. Last week, Talib Kweli visited the protest site and performed acapella versions of his new song, “Distraction” and “Thieves in the Night,” with the other half of Black Star, Mos Def, according to HipHopDX.
The “Occupy Wall Street” protest began with a concern, as many of us have, with the current economic climate. A project of “Working America”, people are gathering at Zucotti Park in New York City raging against the machine. With millions of jobs lost, it feels as if the poor are being punished for the greed of the rich. In the climate of a global recession, you can’t help but tip your hat off to the brave individuals willing to take a stand for change. It feels like the 60’s again when the youth expressed their grievances and stood up for what they believed in. It is refreshing to know that such artists as Kanye West, who are doing pretty well financially, understand the importance of such a protest and understand that if the individuals have no jobs, they have no money to purchase the music that is created. As time moves on, it will be interesting to see what other celebrities will provide their voice to this cause. In the meantime, watch the video of Talib Kweli participating in the protest a week ago and learn more about the “Occupy Wall Street” Protest at http://action.workingamerica.org/c/575/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6075 .
(Talib Kweli at Occupy Wall Street Protest via Billboard.com)
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