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Society, culture and the media that it operates through, can be studied and predicted. That type of stuff is what I’ve been interested in my whole life. The workings of the media and its impact on society has always seemed like the most influential force on modern life to me. The World is headed in a certain direction and there are specific and obvious forces opposed to that progress. However, we can’t go backwards. We must continue forward. With that understanding, why do some keep fighting the idea of change? The most obvious impediment is fear; fear of the other, fear of inadequacy and right now, fear of strong women, which is what I want to discuss real quick.

My core of interests surround Hip Hop, politics, Sci-fi, comics and spirituality, all mixed together. Fortunately we live in a time now, when those aspects of expression are commonplace forms of communication. The topic of strong women intersected on these multiple levels recently when I viewed a reaction to the latest NetFlix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. The YouTuber’s discussion about the flaws of the show included them saying that there were, “too many strong female characters.” They regretted not having a “meek” female role which seemed more ‘realistic’ to them. As a member of the minority community in America, that version of life where “meek” females are the norm, is not my experience. In minority communities, strong female role models have been normal for a long time. This may be the reason most African Americans are not intimidated by Hillary Clinton and made it possible for her to win the Primary election of 2016.

It would be a monumental achievement for the U.S to finally elect a female President. It’s not something to fear. Yet, some men still fear it. In Luke Cage, the title character is confronted by many strong females, but he’s not intimidated by them. He’s attracted to them. Over the past eight years, for better or worse, America has had to confront ideas it feared about racism, implicit bias in law enforcement and the questioning of it’s first African American President’s ‘American-ness’. Right now, the country can continue on a path of evolution and explore the deep questions we have about the role of women in society. We can confront issues of political correctness, body-shaming/objectification, men’s rights, reproductive rights and responsibilities with the right figure head in place as POTUS. That person is Hillary Clinton. The idea that there was any question of whether she is more qualified than Donald Trump or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein is proof that we have an incompetent media which is the main cause for the rise of Donald Trump.

Like I said some months ago, the media prefers suckers, clowns, cowards and cynics to populate the country so that products are easier to sell. An unscrupulous salesman like Trump has no problem cashing in on the “poorly educated” who come to his hate rallies and support him in public or the ones who creep in the shadows believing everything his says. One big reform that will come soon after the election is the one which will replace the old media with something new. For those interested in careers in media, get prepared because the call to replace the useless talking heads will come swiftly. However, its not just the right wing media which needs an overhaul. The left-wing progressive media will also require an overhaul to replace the cynical clowns who rabidly attacked the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton for not being more extreme in their views.

Right now, no one represents and informs the moderate, rational, common-sense approach most Americans live by.

Only the extremes are being served which allows suckers and cowards on the right to join with cynics and clowns on the left in their belief that Hillary Clinton is demon-possessed, criminally sinister or somehow unqualified to be POTUS. This break from reality exists solely because of our incompetent media.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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