Words, Poetry and "The Book of HOV"
Ari, this is by far, the greatest of your newsletters! Powerful! In-depth! As Jon Batiste said in your Maverick interview, “You connect, and educate your audience culturally.” Earlier today, my son sent to me a trailer of “The Book of Clarence,” a coming movie for January 2024, with Jay Z (Shawn Carter), as one of the producers. I thought, Beyoncé is ending her tour, as Jay Z is taking the stage, so to speak. A powerhouse couple! Most definitely, he deserves this honor! Others so deserving are Dolly Parton, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry-people who came from humble beginnings, struggled, ascended to the top, and very quietly, give back to their communities and beyond! An excellent, educational read! See you at the BEAT BOP in L.A. next week.🙏🏽
Libraries and schools should embrace the truth always! No part of our history should be eliminated or banned!
Well, Ari, this was fascinating and a lot to digest. I have to tell you until I started watching you(quite a while now) I had never heard of any of these talented people. We imagine ourselves to be “woke”, aware and broadminded. In reality we lack in so many experiences. Even as a youth where I lived the black culture ididn't exist. I never got to experience the culture, the music or for that matter any serious history, very sad , a tremendous loss and cultural disgrace. There was one black boy in my high school!my first black friend happened a my first job, as that friendship was squashed by my boss. It changed my life in an instant. A big awakening in me. I became quite defiant .
I found Jay-Z and his work riviting and I did do the virtual tour of the library, enthralled in the Hov experience.! Wonderful and engrossing. So glad the exhibit has free access to everybody and sorry it will end in Oct.
I have to tell you Ari, one of my favorite segments of the “beat” is Maveriks! All of them have been fantastic, enlightening and inspiring. The talent is mind blowing, their experiences sometimes gut wrenching and scary. THeir success exhilerating! Thank you for sharing. I can't imagine the loss if the tables where turned and I had never gotten to know my favorite artists like Joplin, Dylan, Cash, Lennon an sooo many more. I feel cheated that I have missed all of these wonderful artists you have introduced to me now instead of in my youth, huge loss.
You are brilliant, refreshing & charming. Quite a trifecta, pure magic on every level from your legal breakdowns to your cultural diversity and adventures in music. A gift to the new venue for sure❗️✨💫👏
They spit the rhymes so fast, I can't catch all the lyrics. I'm so glad Ari has taught me to appreciate them better!
Loved the essay Ari I would love to see a similar exhibit for James Baldwin “The Purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers”
I loved this piece! It’s exceptional, powerful and noteworthy! This piece evokes so many emotions. I love HOV DID! I love the way you broke it down. Bravo! You’re a great storyteller, you always leave me with questions to think about. You make a difference Ari. I’m so proud of you, you should be too! When I come back to NYC, my home state, I’d definitely love to go to the Library.
The exhibit is definitely worthwhile! Thank you Ari♥️♍️
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Ari, you have opened a new world to this 65 year old grandmother. I enjoy your segments and now, your newsletters that help me to see more of the world. Love your Mavericks segments. It’s impossible to not learn something from what you bring to MSNBC & ultimately, the world. You are tearing down walls that have separated Americans for generations. You were needed at this moment in history & you’ve stepped up to educate all of us. You are helping to build a better America. Thank you!
What belongs in the library is truth. Of course truth comes in some many flavors we can't just like the taste. Sometimes it's bittersweet, other times it unadulterated and other times it's pure. Regardless it's good to see it in the newsletter in various forms.
I really like that you bridge the music gap for someone like 60s and 70s music an rap and generation of my sons, millennial. I never thought of the verses as poems, but since i write poems, i know that words written should free you and inspire and Jay Z does. I discus not only politics with my son but music too. Because of you i know some of their names, I recognized them on your maverick interview and your friday fallback. I never miss your show, it's automatically set to record. I don't usually isten to rap or hip hop but I do occasionally because of you. I love your newsletter too. Thank you
Wrapping the exterior of the library with his words is breathtaking and kind of brilliant. The library is a haven for our community, and this is another way to honor not only HOV, but those who have lived his words. The special edition library cards are there for the Brooklyn community. Let’s hope that motivates more people to come in and get lost in the stacks. Thanks for the great article Ari. I’ve missed you!
Your mixing of rap and politics never ceases to amaze. Such a thoughtful dive into the parallels between the US laws and his own experiences and why it’s important for access.
Brilliant essay. Thank you.
Jay Z and library was wonderful.
Thank you, Ari. Outstanding poetry and cultural analysis. Take it from a retired AP English teacher: A+.
As a 67 yo white women, I admit I haven't understood Jay Z's music or cultural impact. But your breakdown is a powerful lesson and I really appreciate it! If I was in NYC, your description would definitely get me to the library to see/understand him and his art myself. I hope there are millions like me who will do that for themselves and our diverse society. Thanks Ari!!!
Jay Z is not easy but he really is...opened of my favs ..They lined up to see the titanic sinking, instead they witnessed the Phoenix rising...
Have you interviewed him, do you want to?