First, some context. Among other things, I teach Media Literacy. My class has looked at still images, advertisements, and moving images. In anticipation of a television unit, I asked my students to tell me what shows they liked, so I could decide which episodes we might watch in class. Since my taste in shows is limited to what we can stream on Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Netflix, I knew what I liked wasn’t in line with what they liked. One student, tongue in cheek, suggested The Boondocks.
I’d never seen it, so I went home and gave it a whir. If you’ve never seen it, it is an extremely irreverent in your face look at African Americans. Originally a comic strip, it is often voiced by famous African Americans, and is blisteringly sarcastic about rap culture, the “n” word, education in America, white privilege, and more. (See, Josh? I’m hooked on watching it now.) Needless to say, although I find it hilarious and uncomfortable all at the same time, there is almost no way I can show an entire episode in class.
But the theme song: the theme song is amazing. It’s beautiful poetry wrapped in a rap lyric. Here it is, below, in the Season 1 intro:
So in the spirit of #AprilBlogADay, and since I can’t get the lyrics out of my head, I’m going to try my own remix of this song.
Bright blues inspiration
lights the dark.
An inner visual has begun
a promise built,
a story sparked.
A stone solider son
the bullet for
the ballot box.