Check out “Shake the Dust” and effort to bring people together through Hip-Hop. Not my personal favourite type of music but if it can bring others together and bring their stories to the world then I fully support it.
Found out about it from the TED talk by Nadia Al-Sakkaf: See Yemen through my eyes. I loved when I heard her talk about “parachute reporting”. She’s so incredibly right. We get short blips of a story through our news, we rarely get the whole story or truly understand the plight of others. In fact I sometimes wonder if we just read/watch/listen to the news so we can know that someone is doing it harder than ourselves and thereby making ourselves feel better for a time?
I know I try to avoid News reporting in traditional media. It is ALL parachute reporting. Get the sound-bite, get the juicy bits and leave out the substance. I’d love to get us back to long-form reporting.
But for now, enjoy “Shake the Dust” and follow their journey. Find joy in the joy of others, not betterment through the misery of others.
Also check out Nadia Al-Sakkaf’s Yemen Times.