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The Lessons of Lupe Fiasco
The Programming Board has invited Lupe Fiasco to play Green Key weekend — an inspired choice that will change the tone of debate on campus. Not.
Watch the below video to learn that we live in a society that is racist, misogynistic, impedes free speech, allows violence against women, permits the oppression of Palestinians in Gaza, unjustly blamed 9/11 on Muslims, conducts a fraudulent war on terror, unfairly cuts budgets, and allows income inequality. In short, the usual litany of accusations against awful White Men. How about an original thought from the administration for a change?
All that tired rhetoric at a cost to the College of only $130,000 (note: that’s the Programming Board’s total Green Key concert budget).
Addendum: The Review has a good piece on its website on Lupe Fiasco and the machinations of the Programming Board. A fair portion of the piece is devoted to contrasting PB and Friday Night Rock. FNR’s Venue Manager Jordan Kastrinsky ‘16 commented:
“If Friday Night Rock had picked out the show, I can guarantee you it would not have been Lupe Fiasco and Aer. Lupe got critically destroyed at several Ivy League schools.”
Indeed, Lupe Fiasco - who has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards - received negative reviews from his performance at Columbia University’s April 12 Bacchanal. David Ecker of The Columbia Spectator’s music blog Slightly Off Key noted that “unfortunately for all those attending Bacchanal, passion was painfully absent from Lupe Fiasco’s set. He seemed content to let his DJ serve as the evening’s main musical entertainment while selectively doubling only some of his most well-known lines. In some ways, it was like watching a cover band, except that in this case the record was doing most of the covering. Lupe seemed far more passionate when calling the female members of the audience ‘bitches’ and calling out Columbia students for being ‘trust-fund kids’ than he was while actually performing his songs.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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