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Abd Al Malik, a Rapper, Pushes for a New French Identity of Inclusion

Abd Al Malik, a Rapper, Pushes for a New French Identity of Inclusion | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

IN his early life, before he left the violent projects of Strasbourg, before he was acclaimed as a rapper and a poet, Abd Al Malik was a confusion of identities — “schizophrenic,” he says. A Catholic altar boy turned Muslim proselyte, he was at once thug and scholar, dealing hashish and reading philosophy, picking pockets after Sunday Mass.

 

As a teenager, he lost friends to heroin, murder and suicide; rattled and angry, he sought explanations in “On the Shortness of Life,” by the Greek thinker Seneca. At 16, Mr. Malik says, he renounced crime, burned everything he had bought with “dirty money” and fell in with a rigid Muslim sect. Later he gravitated to Sufism, the mystical strain of Islam.

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“There’s really a lag between how France sees itself and what France really is,” he said, speaking with the same precise syllables and crisp consonants that distinguish his music. “So long as we haven’t realized that diversity is part of French identity, at a certain point we’re telling ourselves that a Frenchman, after all, is a white man, Christian, who’s between 25 and 45. And everything that doesn’t fit that description is tossed aside.”

 

France is “not capable of recognizing, directly, her own children,” he said. “From my point of view, this is our country’s major problem.”

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“Dr. Dia” says Hip-Hop is More than just Lyrics – It’s Therapy

“Dr. Dia” says Hip-Hop is More than just Lyrics – It’s Therapy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

 “Dr. Dia” is a Hip Hop scholar who holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She has a lifelong relationship with the Hip Hop culture and is fascinated with its ability to not only express emotion, but heal and ultimately transform lives.

 

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Globalization: preventing the sameness of the world

This video, animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz–leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on ‘globalization’ and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls “multi-kontra culture.” This video with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan is the newest manifestation of Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.

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