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Re: “Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticity

If the link referenced in my comment does not hyperlink, you can simply Google ---

"The undeniable truth about Elvis Presley racism and American music history"


It should pop up right away. It was published recently and has nearly 2 million views widely circulated and easy to find

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Posted by soulman on 02/16/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Slim Jesus, Spike Lee and the art of cultural inauthenticity

Part of the problem with most discussions of appropriation is there is little acknowledgement of cultural assimilation yet almost always 100% concentration on appropriation. In some cases what is being called appropriation is indeed NOT "appropriation" but it's "assimilation".

There are many modern artists I could highlight my name, but will go back to the 1950s and use a better example..
Pat Boone - A well-fed, middle class, white guy that never knew hard times, poverty, and no real exposure to black music, yet started covering black artist songs...


Then on the other hand there's Elvis - he knew not only poverty but *extreme* poverty, humble beginnings surrounded by honest exposure to not only hillbilly music but blues and white and black gospel music, going all the way back to his early childhood. As James Brown, Little Richard and BB King all pointed out in interviews over the years "Elvis came by way of that music just as authentically as we did".
Plus he always gave credit to black artists for their influence the same as he gave credit to the white country and pop artists he also admired.
R&B Queen Ruth Brown.. "Elvis did everything the right way, gave respect in his interviews and was a legitimate white artist doing the blues and R&B. He was helping us break down racial barriers"

Little Richard - "Elvis was real. And I thank God for Elvis Presley. He was an integrator"

You see,
Huge difference between the two artists (Pat Boone and Elvis) and it's important people understand the difference, as well as respect the words of our great black legends from the past when having these conversations.

Naming Elvis in these conversations all the time has become almost sport, even though it's inaccurate sloppy history to put him in the same conversation with other appropriators. Yet many modern bloggers and writers do so as if they think they're dropping some knowledge.

All this does is ruins the writers credibility.

Even Chuck D from Public Enemy has long repudiated his anti-Elvis stance that "Elvis was just another cultural thief" to now having "great respect for Elvis" after years ago he started listening to greats like BB King, James Brown, Little Richard, Bobby Blue Bland, Ike Turner... and other greats that knew Elvis personally and they lived that era.

We modern folks living in the new millennium DON'T know more abouy Elvis than the greats from that original era and we need to just accept that and get over our arrogance of trying to pretend we do, by incorrectly labeling Elvis.

If you want to write something that has some punch and is a little unique, be like the writer of the article link below... or members of the R&B community the last few years who have started praising Elvis with newfound respect after researching him better.

There were many appropriators, but Elvis wasn't the one. Many people in modern times have done the research and have admitted they were wrong about Elvis. I submit the bottom link for your reading. I'm most sure it will be an eye opener as it is to many people, and rest assured while you're reading and have an Internet connection you can start to research any of the info given and will find it all checks out.

Appropriation is an important conversation to have, granted, but if we started indicting the wrong people for crimes of appropriation that they're not guilty of, then can't be taken serious with the rest of the conversation.

I mean, is there anyone that really would argue with BB King or James Brown, about whether or not Elvis was an appropriator, if they could go back in time and talk with those guys?
Please. We all know the answer to that.

Even Beyonce and also hiphop artist 50 Cent in recent years have had Elvis' back and tried to school people that disrespected Elvis memory as anything but legitimate.

This article below discusses not only the ongoing belief by many in the modern era that Elvis was some sort of racist, but pertinent to the discussion of "appropriation" it also addresses many conversations from soul, R&B and blues artists that have defended Elvis against claims of appropriation.

Time to get on board the the truth train.

Enjoy the read.

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Posted by soulman on 02/16/2016 at 12:16 PM

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