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Hip Hop on the Down Low


Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Lou in Allies, IMPACT Video, Uncategorized, Youth Blog. No Comments

The Center on Halsted in Chicago continued its SpeakOUT Series with 5 local LGBTQ hip hop artists talking about what it’s like to be queer in hip hop. Emcee Sage Morgan-Hubbard, IMPACT’s very own Lou Bigelow, local performers Charity Taitt and Emanuel Vinson, and hip hop star Tim’m West present the power and complexity of changing culture and making your voice heard.

“It’s sometimes really small acts of courage,” West said. “It’s very powerful for somebody to see two brothers on the South Side holding hands… Sometimes we think politics has to be a protest, but [it] can be deciding you’re not going to leave your lover behind when you go back home for the holidays anymore.”

“Rosa [Parks] didn’t wait for them to say, ‘It’s okay for you to sit in the front,'” West said. “At some point, you just have to take those steps.”

Check out the rest of this article in the Windy City Times.

Here’s Lou’s rap, “We’re all just human”:





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