Being, to “be”, to exist, to survive, to live, to thrive… it’s what most of us find ourselves fighting to do. If you were born in the hood–whether literally or figuratively–the chances of making it out alive is slim, let alone making it out unscathed by the social and political repercussions that find you as its target. They may limit you, but it doesn’t mean we should stop fighting to be free. On this musical episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri challenge you to think beyond the hand that you’ve been dealt to imagine the possibilities–even if you never actually leave the “hood.”

The show starts with a discussion presidential politics and Lupe Fiasco’s beef with D.L. Hughley because he doesn’t vote. You’ll also hear songs by Sharon Jones & The Dapp Kings, Willow Smith, Brother Ali, Bobby “Blue” Bland, UGK, Elvis Presley, and Big K.R.I.T.

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Segment 1

  • Discussion about making up words, and nonsensical lyrics. Ever heard of a Slang-tionary?
  • Discussion about the general election. Cheri’s sick of hearing about it, but looks forward to the October 3rd presidential debate. Heit mentions how the media constantly covers how every little thing that happens will affect the candidates.
  • Discussion about the “47 Percent”–the 47 percent of people who are so poor that they don’t pay income taxes. Mitt Romney’s in trouble for saying that he doesn’t care about this 47 percent of Americans.
  • Discussion about individuals and corporations with negative effective tax rates.
  • Discussion about people downloading bootleg copies of Lupe Fiasco’s latest album. Some people tweeted about downloading it for free, and Lupe even re-tweeted their claims.
  • The fundamental question when it comes to the arts is whether people should be shut out of experiencing various art forms because they cannot afford it. The lack of money shouldn’t stand in a person’s way of being able to enjoy art.
  • Discussion about downloading pirated music.
  • Discussion about Lupe Fiasco’s beef with D.L. Hughley because he doesn’t vote. We talked about how the conflict started in Episode 053: We’ll Get You 2 Crack. Lupe challenged D.L to put up 50K and they could help people right now. He tweeted that he hasn’t heard from D.L. Hughley yet.
  • Every year during Raamadan, Lupe Fiasco gives free meals to people. What is D.L. Hughley doing?
  • Song 1: “100 Days, 100 Nights” – Sharon Jones & The Dapp Kings

    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    And a little more
    Before he knows his own

    You know a man
    Can play the part
    Of a saint
    Just so long
    For a day comes
    When his true, his true self unfolds

    He maybe mellow
    He maybe kind
    Treat you good
    All the time

    But there’s something just beyond what he’s told

    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    And a little more
    Before he knows his own

    Wait a minute
    Maybe I need to slow it down just a little
    Take my time

    I had a man
    Tell me things
    Made me feel
    Just like a queen
    And I thought
    He was the one
    I would hold
    Oh yes I did
    But one day
    I looked around
    That old man
    Was nowhere to be found
    100 days for this heart to unfold

    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    100 days, 100 nights
    To know a man’s heart
    And a little more
    Before he knows his own

    • This song sounds like it was recorded in the 1950s or 1960s, but it was actually recorded in 2006. There are still bands out there making music.
    • The thing that Heit & Cheri liked best was Sharon Jones’ voice. This coupled with the music, would have made a great song with any lyrics.
    • Heit points out that this is a man-bashing song. Cheri explains a different dimension–that “man” can also apply to females in a broader context of the theme of the song.
    • How do you know someone, when at first people try to project an attractive image of themselves? As time moves on, it’s hard to not be you, and that will eventually shows through in their actions. This notion reminds Heit of the quote attributed to Plato, which says, “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
    • Nothing replaces the value of time spent in a relationship–the more time you spend with a person, the more opportunities you have to observe their behaviors.
    • People closest to folks will often know them better than they know themselves.

    Song 2: “I Am Me” – Willow Smith

    [chorus]
    I’m meee, I’m mee, and that’s all I can be
    I’m meee, I’m eee, it’s my one ability
    I’m free
    And you can’t stop meee,
    I’m free, and that’s all I can be

    Days pass, I’m tryna find who I really am
    I’ve been looking
    People don’t like the way I dress
    So it won’t matter, I’ve been looking
    I’ve done my hair and it’s not just that easy
    I’ve been looking
    Your validation it’s not just that important to me

    [Chorus]
    I’m meee, I’m mee, and that’s all I can be
    I’m meee, I’m eee, it’s my one ability
    I’m free
    And you can’t stop meee,
    I’m free, I’m meee, and that’s all I can be

    Night falls and I find it here I am in peace
    I’ve been looking
    Making friends with spirits lost
    And it sets me free, I’ve been looking
    Express myself cause it’s my liberty
    I’ve been looking
    Your validation it’s not just that important to me

    [Chorus]
    I’m meee, I’m mee, and that’s all I can be
    I’m meee, I’m eee, it’s my one ability
    I’m free
    And you can’t stop meee,
    I’m meee, I’m free, and that’s all I can be

    I am me, I am me, I am me
    I am free, I am free, I am free
    I am me, I am me, I am me
    I am free, I am free, X 2

    Ooooooooooooohhhhhhh

    Create yourself, redo yourself
    Renew yourself
    Be you, do what you do,
    Hold your head up high, everything’s gonna alright
    You’re you, I’m me, let’s livei n harmony
    Coexist with each other, love each other
    Be yourself
    You have to be yourself, be real, be honest
    Cause ain’t nobody got time for that
    They really don’t, so listen to me
    Listen to this song, because this is real facts
    That will help you move along, yeah
    That’s all I wanted to say, so I love you guys so much
    Hope you like the song and you know, yolo, misfits, argh haha.

    • Heit & Cheri like the transition between the talking and singing toward the end of the song. It was almost like she is telling a story about herself, then she breaks it down to quietness and laughter at the end. The song has so many different musical elements that all come together to make a great piece of music.
    • Willow Smith is the 11-year-old daughter of rapper/actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith. She’s never known not being a wealthy child, and the consequences are not the same for her. The way others perceive her really doesn’t have that much bearing on her life. On the other hand, the average person is compelled to conform so that they can be accepted in order to be successful in life.
    • If the playing field was more level, then everyone would be allowed to be themselves without automatic consequences for being different or deviating from social norms.
    • Heit’s favorite lyric is “Your validation it’s not just that important to me.” If you are living for others’ validation and confirmation, you’re not even allowed to be yourself.
    • Discussion about peoples’ desire for approval.
    • Cheri’s favorite line is “And it sets me free, I’ve been looking, Express myself cause it’s my liberty, I’ve been looking.”
    • The fact that she is 11 and addressing this subject is impressive. Even if she doesn’t completely believe it yet, she’s got a great direction.
    • Discussion about the “self talk” that artists often use to talk to themselves (as a form of inspiration) in addition to the message to their audience.
    • Another line that stood out was “You’re you, I’m me, let’s live in harmony
      Coexist with each other, love each other.” Everyone being themselves is what provides the variation that makes it a harmony.
    • Discussion of the lyrics, “Create yourself, Redo yourself, Renew yourself.”

    Song 3: “Only Life I Know” – Brother Ali

    [Hook]
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Hold on, no
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only that I’ll ever know
    And it stressed me so
    Oh God, bless me soul
    Hold on

    [Verse 1]
    Wether it’s the projects or a trailer park mess
    Raggedy the apartment complex
    With a stressed out single mom sitting on the steps
    Waiting on the mailman, looking for a check
    Boys on the corner, pushing out the chest
    Questing for anything that resembles respect
    Young girls swinging their hair with every step
    Looking for affection, settling for sex
    Bodies decorated with tattoos and chains
    Trying to put armor between you and pain
    Wood grain steering wheel, the bass bang
    But not enough to drown out the hatred in your brain
    The only out is smoking out
    Get lean, get wet, get meth, get tore down
    Cause who the hell would want to stick around?
    Put me in a haze, I ain’t never coming out

    [Hook]
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Hold on, no
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only that I’ll ever know
    And it stressed me so
    Oh God, bless me soul
    Hold on

    [Verse 2]
    They just wanna get you in the system, stick you into prison
    List you in the military ship you to the desert
    Pigs don’t exist for you to make a decent living
    But we got three illegal wars to shoot the pigs from
    Keep stressing marvels and personal decisions
    Tell me what’s marvel about these conditions
    Who decided you don’t got enough to teach children?
    Stay spending billions, on stadiums and prisons
    How many roles can folks really choose?
    When you’re oppressed only three lead to you
    First one is follow the rules and stay in school
    Be the square dude, that society approves
    Get a little job or a shitty appartment
    Sub-prime mortgage in a failing house market
    The after your life dedication and hardship
    You died just as poor as you was when you started
    Fuck that, what’s up with the second option?
    You could always hit the corner and try to get it popping
    Get fast guap when you’re out dropping and clocking
    But, chances are that you’ll probably die violent
    The best hope that you got is getting knocked
    And end up with a job in a prison metal shop
    They ain’t paying nothing but three hots and a cotch
    Don’t you know that’s the biggest hustle they got?
    Or door three you can get on that welfare
    But they ain’t trying to help, they’ll put you in hell there
    Give you just enough so you’re not gonna starve
    And constantly harass you while you’re looking for a job
    Do lock up and someone that got you to punch a clock
    And they found about it and your check is getting dot
    Can’t win for losing, dehumanizing
    You’ll never get caught up, you caught up in a cycle

    [Hook]
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only one that I’ll ever know
    Feeling extra low
    Please let me go
    Hold on, no
    (It’s my life)
    Yeah, the only that I’ll ever know
    And it stressed me so
    Oh God, bless me soul
    Hold on


    brother ali mourning in america and dreaming in color

    • Brother Ali is Muslim, who also happens to be both legally blind and albino.
    • Discussion of the song that Brother Ali did with Immortal Technique, called “Civil War.”
    • Brother Ali’s new album is called “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.”
    • In this song, he touched on just about every social condition facing the country’s poor, whether in the projects on in the trailer park, or anywhere else.
    • You come away from this song schooled about the limited options available to the masses of poor people.
    • Discussion of the significance of the line, “You died just as poor as you was when you started.” This is in contrast to the rich, who in every generation become more and more rich.
    • Discussion about it being the exception for a person to escape the hood. Most remain there and die there, just as they were born there.
    • The illusion perpetrated upon the people is that everyone has the same chances and options for success.
    • Discussion about the tenacity of the youth, and how it feeds into wanting to try as hard as possible to make it out of the hood.
    • Discussion about people affected by Hurricane Katrina who lost homes they had worked their lives to own. They worked all their lives for the home because of the propaganda sold to their generation.
    • There have only been 44 presidents. You have a better chance of becoming an NBA star than becoming president of the United States. Yet, parents discourage people from trying to play professional ball. Melissa Harris-Perry pointed this out in one of her lectures.
    • Discussion about the military options presented in the song.
    • Cheri liked the lines:

      Keep stressing morals and personal decisions
      Tell me what’s morals about these conditions
      Who decided you don’t got enough to teach children?
      Stay spending billions, on stadiums and prisons
      How many roles can folks really choose?

    • If survival is your reality, there are some things that you never get the opportunity to contemplate. You may have to do something that is considered immoral in order to survive. Do you choose being “moral” over eating and having basic needs met.
    • Discussion of the lyrics, “Can’t win for losing, dehumanizing. You’ll never get caught up, you caught up in a cycle.”
    • Discussion of the lyrics, “Bodies decorated with tattoos and chains. Trying to put armor between you and pain.” This falls along the ideas of trying to be someone else–making it look like someone other than who you are.
    • Discussion about people who get tattoos with meaning–ones that reflect the conditions in which they live.
    • Discussion about a website dedicated to telling people what their tattoos of Chinese characters really mean.

    Song 4: “Years of Tears to Go” – Bobby “Blue” Bland

    Oh Lawd, Oh Lawd
    When I wake up in the morning,
    I say a little prayer,
    Lord give me the strength to go on,
    I can’t make it by myself,
    Today I lost my job,
    And when I get home I got a family to tell,
    Lawd have mercy on me,
    I need it more than anybody else

    Chorus:
    Years of tears,
    I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go,
    I don’t worry about tomorrow,
    What waits for me I already know,
    If I could see into my future, Oh I’m sure for me that it would show
    I’ve got years of tears, oh Lawd, to go

    My baby need clothes,
    Oh we run out of food,
    To some people life has been so sweet,
    To me it’s been so cruel,
    I say “Baby we gonna make it,”
    But in my heart I don’t see how,
    It’s the same sad situation day in, day out

    [Chorus]

    Oh Lord, somebody!
    I’ve got years of tears, oh Lawd, to go

    [Chorus x2]

    • Discussion about the blues. If you really wanna have a song you can feel depressed to, this one is it!
    • Bobby “Blue” Bland’s voice is raspy and it even sounds painful. His delivery is so believable. It sounds like his life has been more bad than good. Guess that’s why they call it the blues.
    • Discussion about how the inspiration to write comes so often from unhappiness.
    • One thing that is unique about the hood is that people will come up to you and start unloading all of their problems to a total stranger.
    • Life can be so hard, and that condition is one that gives people the need to purge those feelings. This is why some of the best writings are the ones that express pain and sadness.
    • Cheri’s favorite lines were:

      “Lord give me the strength to go on,
      I can’t make it by myself,”

      AND

      “Lawd have mercy on me,
      I need it more than anybody else.”


      When you are going through something these lines speak to how people feel like their situation is exceptionally bad. Also, these likes speak to how people look outside of themselves in desperate circumstances.
    • Heit’s favorite lines were:

      “Today I lost my job,
      And when I get home I got a family to tell,”

      AND

      “I say ‘Baby we gonna make it,’
      But in my heart I don’t see how,
      It’s the same sad situation day in, day out.”

      He is taking the role of reassuring his wife, even though he doesn’t believe what he is telling her. He just doesn’t want her to worry.

    • Discussion about the burden of men who take responsibility for caring for the family during tough economic times.
    • Discussion about Jack Bauer, of the TV drama 24, saving the world, yet not having a chance to let his feelings out and cry at the end of a very bad day:
    • The guitar sound in the song was wonderful, in addition to the rest of the dramatic music. Heit says he’s gonna learn to play the guitar, and sing a song like this.

    Song 5: “Hi-Life” – UGK

    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life
    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life, mmm
    (Hi life, mmm)

    I’m tired livin’ fucked up, tired of livin’ bad
    Tired of hearing grandma tellin’ me
    When you gonna go to church Chad
    Now I’m tryin’ to live up to the image

    That she would want me to be
    But I got one foot in the street
    And every week I flip a Ki
    I never wanted to be a G

    But niggas depend on me
    It ain’t safe to hit I-10
    So niggas fear with me

    And all the niggas that I went to school wit
    Got cool wit, went to fool wit
    I dealt selling that white shit
    Pushin’ cocaine, niggas holding pistols

    Dependant on the game
    What ya want me to do?
    It’s like somebody cut my throat
    Got 20,000 dollar tryin’ to turn it to a hundred

    And ain’t nobody got no dough
    So niggas came to smoke, bad habits do exist
    And if this bitch came thinking to ease my mind
    By sucking my dick

    Bitch make up for a minute ’cause that ship never lasts
    In 1996 niggas is dyin’ from layin’ on that ass
    First Magic Johnson got it, then Eazy-E died
    And you wonder why yo’ niggas out there smokin’ fry

    I wish that I could tell you, I wore a rubber every time
    But if I told you that nigga you know that I be lyin’
    And I’ve been fucking pussy since the tender age of nine
    It’s gettin’ to be a full-time job just tryin’ to stay alive

    And Crackers tend to smirk
    Offended by the weed smoke comin’ off my shirt
    But still I puts in work and front for my folks
    ‘Cause where I come from nigga, family just ain’t no joke

    Now D be gettin’ married and Edgar on the boat
    But what about Baby Doe, some say that nigga’s selling dope
    And you know that I ain’t lyin’, that just how family talk
    But what you gonna do when the Devil poke you with his fork

    And everybody sittin’ in the pulpit ain’t saved
    Most preachers are false prophets
    Fuckin’ hoes and gettin’ paid, I’m lookin’ for the

    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life
    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life, mmm
    (Hi life, mmm)

    You only got one life to live
    That’s all they give you to do it
    You could bullshit your way through it
    Or stay true, it can be complicated

    ‘Cause niggas be gettin’ shot in the cross
    People and names get lost
    The people in the lane get tossed
    The streets’ll eat your ass alive

    Take your positions with pistols, bare hands and knives
    And nobody’s surprised if somebody
    Don’t survive the dusk to see dawn
    It’s treacherous how we was left to die

    On the streets that we be on
    Motherfuckers sleepin’ on them corners that you pee on
    Probably ’cause society felt they didn’t belong
    Now who in the fuck made it this way for us?

    Got all these little niggas slangin’ that yay
    Because it ain’t like they make high levels gain able
    And that punk piece of American pie just ain’t obtainable
    So how can I substain a full life before death

    Man, I’m left out here to make it by my goddamn self
    Now c’mon, who gives a damn
    When you can’t afford the turkey or ham
    Livin’ off of Raemon Noodles, beef jerky, and Spam

    Now that’s sad, but that’s a fact of life
    All I can see in front of me is up for grabs
    Come off that slab
    ‘Cause poverty will push a nigga over that brink

    Over the edge especially if you don’t know your ledge
    So instead of being without, I’m hustling
    Tryin’ to get through these ungodly days
    Thinkin’ of ways to get the fuck outta this maze

    A man will commit a crime ’cause a fuckin’ crime pays
    I’m going through a phase you don’t grow out
    Until there’s a reason a mother fuckers gots to pour out
    His 40 on the curb, disturbed and left with no doubt in his mind

    But still sometimes he don’t know why he walkin’
    Around just hopin’, he can get one more try to make it
    It’s bullshit he going through but yo, he gots to take it
    You can’t fake it, to get that hi life

    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life
    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life, mmm
    (Hi life, mmm)

    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life
    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life, mmm
    (Hi life, mmm)

    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life
    Hi life, we livin’ that hi life, mmm
    (Hi life, mmm)

    • This song is like traditional blues, but with a twist.
    • This is Heit’s favorite UGK song, because it explains everything and the music is great.
    • Cheri likes the theme of God, church, and it’s place within the social culture. There are things that the church fails to address.
    • Discussion about the notion of “generation gaps” and the older generations’ selective amnesia when it comes to the things they did in their youth. People have always had sex and done drugs.
    • Discussion about the section of the song that focuses on HIV and AIDS.
    • Discussion of the media’s role in the way that the different generations view HIV and AIDS.
    • Discussion about drug-resistant gonorrhea.
    • Cheri’s favorite line from the song was:

      Tryin’ to get through these ungodly days
      Thinkin’ of ways to get the fuck outta this maze
      A man will commit a crime ’cause a fuckin’ crime pays


      The assumption is that people committing crimes are bad people with no morals, who just want to do illegal things.
    • Heit points out the lines, “It ain’t like they make higher levels gainable, and that quote piece of American pie just ain’t obtainable.”
    • What does “Hi” in the hook refer to? It probably means being high on drugs, but could also be an element of sarcasm, with the understanding that people in the described conditions are leading anything BUT a high life.
    • Discussion about how the altered state of mind that happens with drug use is needed to switch up the mindset as a coping mechanism.
    • Discussion about how guardians don’t get bragging rights on their drug-dealing children. It does, however, take a special skillset to survive and do well in the drug game.
    • Discussion of having the appearance of living the “hi life,” and that due to their limited options, they have hit their ceiling.

    Song 6: “In the Ghetto” – Elvis Presley

    As the snow flies
    On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’
    A poor little baby child is born
    In the ghetto

    And his mama cries
    Cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need
    It’s another hungry mouth to feed
    In the ghetto

    People, don’t you understand
    The child needs a helping hand
    Or he’ll grow to be an angry young man some day
    Take a look at you and me,
    Are we too blind to see,
    Do we simply turn our heads

    And look the other way
    Well the world turns
    And a hungry little boy with a runny nose
    Plays in the street as the cold wind blows
    In the ghetto

    And his hunger burns
    So he starts to roam the streets at night
    And he learns how to steal
    And he learns how to fight
    In the ghetto

    Then one night in desperation
    A young man breaks away
    He buys a gun, steals a car,
    Tries to run, but he don’t get far
    And his mama cries
    As a crowd gathers ’round an angry young man
    Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
    In the ghetto

    As her young man dies,
    On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’,
    Another little baby child is born
    In the ghetto
    And his mama cries

    • When it comes to the music business as a whole, Elvis basically raped Black culture and got rich from it. Nevertheless, this is a pretty good song.
    • Cheri liked the song, but felt that there were some stereotypical elements: 1) The presence of no man, and 2) The reference to the boy with the runny nose.
    • Discussion of the conditions that ultimately lead to the death of the young man.
    • Discussion about the assumption that the police killed the young man, although there is no mention of whom killed him.
    • Discussion of the line, “On a cold and gray Chicago mornin’.”
    • Heit’s favorite lines were:

      “And his hunger burns
      So he starts to roam the streets at night
      And he learns how to steal
      And he learns how to fight
      In the ghetto”


      He was trying to find a way out of that life or trying to put food on a spoon.
    • The fundamental part of human beings is this will to survive. His lack is his motivation. His desperate move came from his circumstances.

    Song 7: “2000 and BEYOND” – Big K.R.I.T.

    2000 and beyond
    2000 and beyond
    2000 and beyond

    Tricks and hoes, bitches and stripper poles
    shake it for dollar signs, let me see from behind
    the ghetto’s a fairytale, pimps and jazzlebells
    dealers with chrome rims with products for you to sell
    chemistry in the kitchen, alleys with rubber in it
    tires go round and round, windows heavy tinted
    cush is in the inside, pull me over
    now they talkin bout a k9. black man face dine
    charge it to game, bums warm their weary souls over open flames
    junkie caint find god watch him find his vein
    preacher walk by like he aint seen a thang
    pass the collection plate
    niggas thought thangs was gonna change on election day
    healthcare H1N1 they was sprayed
    got me scared to hit the block
    wear my flag as a mask tote a glock, in 2000 and beyond

    in 2000 and beyond
    in 2000 and beyond

    post on, scrape dollars and the last of their income tax
    on impalas whips, ???, church gives awards to the best dress
    [ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/2000-beyond-lyrics-big-krit.html ]
    have to drive a bentley, got me thinkin, i was the less blessed
    cause i let a middleman, he was cappin wit em askin
    i dont understand, how you fit that many rings on a helping hand
    tired of deception, but i pay his tuition cause im tryna get to heaven
    aint it crazy, scared to have a baby
    how can i protect it from the same streets that made me
    concrete gladiator blood shed overflowin
    in real life some places russlle crow will never go
    pimp tyte flossin, look at what it cost me
    peace of mind no sleep late night tossin and turnin
    waitin on the end, pray to god forgive me for my sins, in 2000 and beyond

    in 2000 and beyond
    in 2000 and beyond

    as a child i was cold with a chip on my shoulder
    grandma told me becareful cause ther’re sharks in the water
    they will kill you, let the good lord steal you
    dont worry bout the government
    cause baby they dont feel you
    martin luther king had dream, we was right there
    i wonder what he saw when up and had nightmares
    quite scared, all the work he had done
    couldnt stop what we’ve become, in 2000 and beyond

    • Big K.R.I.T. was heavily influenced by Pimp C. You can hear it in his flow–the way he raps.
    • People cheat themselves when they choose not to listen to different genres. Big K.R.I.T said a whole lot in this song.
    • Discussion of the mention of the income tax check, and it serving as a poor person’s savings plan.
    • We have focused on social responsibility consistently for the past few months, and Heit was reminded of this when he heard the lyrics, “How you fit that many rings on a helping hand?” The guy is a preacher and he is supposed to be helping people and you’re just adorned with jewelry.
    • Discussion about pulpit pimps.
    • Cheri’s favorite line is, “Niggas thought thangs was gonna change on election day, healthcare H1N1 nasal spray.”
    • Heit’s favorite line is, “Junkie can’t find God, watch him find his vein. Preacher walk by like he aint seen a thang. Pass the collection plate.”
    • Is there too much pressure put on preachers–like they should fix all things for their congregation? The church should be providing assistance to its members who have needs. They should be held to a higher level of expectation
    • Another line that stood out was, “Martin Luther King had dream, we was right there
      I wonder what he saw when he up and had nightmares.” Some of the songs we listened to today describe nightmares.
    • Discussion about the need to highlight the problems in society. Things will never be addressed if we just bury our heads in the sand and ignore this.
    • All of these songs describe the desire to be one’s authentic self, to survive, and the wish that things weren’t the way they are.