Not all of the French, just the ones like the then-mayor of Paris who made Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen and the Parisian suburbanites who named a street after him. He merely adopts a character, and becomes a tool through which urban angst of the streets is given voice.
Does actor Anthony Hopkins actually eat people with some fava beans and a nice Chianti?
Middle-agers, who grew up on Motown, are hopelessly out-of-touch.
Why if it were today, Smokey Robinson would be doing drive-bys on Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
The Comedy Channel's hip Jon Stewart ridiculed the unhip for their outrage. White House press secretary and apparent rap-o-phile Jay Carney, who hails from the mean streets of the Lawrenceville prep school and Yale -- where he majored in Russian and Eastern European studies -- defended Common as "socially conscious." Common ought not, therefore, be grouped with non-socially conscious rappers -- the gold-chain-wearing, crotch-grabbing, dope-smoking, dope-selling, misogynistic kind who riff about killing cops, hating whites, and fighting the ever-present and all-encompassing racism practiced by The Man.President Barack Obama's White House celebrates open-mindedness and tolerance.For example, Obama just dined with the socially conscious Rev.Unlike Sharpton, Common never called then-New York Mayor David Dinkins, the city's first and only black mayor, a "n--ger whore." Besides, Common and Obama go way back. His daughter is named after Assata Shakur, a black panther formerly known as Joanne Chesimard.They both belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, presided over by the Rev. Shakur was sentenced to life for her role in the execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.