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5 Reasons You Love and Hate Local Hip-Hop

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Events    Talent    Opportunity   Accessibility   Community

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Dialogue Resurrected: In The Wake of Jigaboo Jones’ Death

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Never before on HipHopRollCall.com has one show been so important that it warrants a feature article, but when we saw Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? The rules changed, along with the game. The one-man show is a moving, honest and insightful look into the hip-hop industry and race at large. Jeff Campbell, educator, activist and actor is the writer and only actor in the mocumentary. He plays each of the six characters and his endurance and passion is groundbreaking. Of how the idea for Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? Campbell said, “This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for years, but this year it became very important to me that I tell this story and begin this process of creating a new beginning for myself as a performance artist. The timing was right, The question is why is Black Male life so expendable in America and why is Hip Hop not a counter action against the devaluing of Black Male life. ...

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That First Time: Who Killed Jigaboo Jones

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That first time. That first time it was a roller coaster. It was laughter, it was anger for and at the truths, it was that sorrow you’ve felt that rose from the pit of your gut. It was pride. It was reality. It was the first time I ever listened to Hip-Hop. At my most impressionable, at the time in my life where being awkward and not fitting in with my surroundings was my reality, I found H.E.R. Being in Gifted and Talented classes made me THAT Mexican kid surrounded by the bluest eyes and truest lies. Kids raised from the womb for a college career. For the American Dream. Me, sipping kool aide out of used jelly jars. This environment-not being around the kids from the block but kids from the nice areas-made my own peoples disown me. I was “white washed” because mom pushed me to excel academically. I was definitely trying to be white when I started ...

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Confronting Reflections: Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?

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The Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? performance was packed with pleasure and pain. The way Jeff Campbell delivered each character (aside from Jigaboo Jones in death) was playful, almost gleeful really, but the bass line of intensive cultural critique was hard-hitting and relentless. It was like walking through a funhouse to look in one of those mirrors; Maybe this will be fun, right? There’s music and laughter, colorful images and costumes. But it’s not long before a heaviness invades your chest, as you understand the ways in which this was created for your discomfort. You reach the funhouse mirror to you see yourself reflected back. It is indeed your self, but it’s an uglier, more twisted version than you’re familiar with. And sure, maybe it’s not what you always look like, maybe it’s not representative of the whole person that you are…but make no mistake, it is you. Mr. Campbell held this mirror up to his own demons (he’s been forthcoming ...

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Beyond Teachable Moments: Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?

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Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? is a critical examination on the culture of hip-hop. Jeff Campbell created, with his one-man show, a living, breathing think piece aimed at understanding the ills and perils of following your art into a ditch. It’s the story of a long ago organized method of creative exploitation that has taken up space in the rap world. Jigaboo, a less a fictional character and more of an archetype, begins like any well meaning fool. Marching down well intentioned streets of gold and grandeur, he is molded into a classic and historical representation of a minstrel show. A shucking and jiving, jigging character prone to violence and upheaval. Jeff Campbell plays each character that had a role in Jigaboo’s “death,” per se and does so with absolutely brilliant foresight. It was easy to identify with so many aspects of the characters; the professor, with his dubious instructions on how to understand hip-hop, the manager Lefty Caruso with his fast-talking ...

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A Defining Truth: Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw Malcolm X. I’ll never forget the way I felt about my blackness, my history, my oppression and my black divinity. I’ll never forget the first time I experienced The Color Purple. The way that movie and later on the book molded my womanhood. The way it shaped my healing. The way it moved and still moves me to my core. I’ll never forget October 4, 2013 the day I sat in the audience for the opening night of Who Killed Jigaboo Jones? The way every word crept into the nucleus of my politics and stoked the fire that lives there. The way he laid bare his soul and exposed the demons of the community, the nation, Hip Hop and himself. The way he honored the ancestors with the honest and raw expression of his divine truth. From the first scene to the last I was grabbed by the hands of Jeff Campbell’s ...

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Dazed and Confused: Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?

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What I wanna talk about first is the brilliance it takes to run a one man show. Jeff Campbell danced around the stage as if he were singing poetic justice to us all. I heard cackling laughs, sniffles (probably just from me), resounding agreement as if we were in church and a few “Oh no he didn’t just say that! HE DID!” moments. Explaining what the play was about seems like an injustice to the work. I would rather tell you what it has done for me since and what I walked away with. Jeff Campbell sparked interest and concern about the community and the current ways in which we let music define our actions and banish our accountability meters. Why is hip-hop dead? Why are we not holding our leaders and selves accountable? Why did hip-hop change his life and why are kids today lost in a spiraling shit show of booty, hoes, guns and drugs? All relevant questions ...

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Leo: The Lion

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LEO  July 23-August 22 Element: FIRE Color: ORANGE Planet:  The Sun Birthstone: Ruby (July) Peridot (August) The Kings (and Queens) of the Jungle, just know you are not on a Leo’s level.  They strut with an air of royalty about them.  Some see them as smug or boastful others as charismatic and charming.  Either way, you’re right.  Leos are often the center of attention, guaranteed you know their name, even if you don’t know them personally.  They are generous and it pleases them to help other’s shine, sometimes to a fault.  If they respect you, they got you. Whatever you need.  Just don’t fuck ‘em over, that’s something you’ll definitely regret. Their confidence often is perceived as arrogance, but that is not at all the case.  To them it’s about standing their ground and winning it all. One won’t win unless they believe and that is something they never stop doing.  Falls and failures only make them go harder and ...

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Gemini: The Twins

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Gemini  May 21 – June 21 Color: Yellow Represented by The Twins, Gemini  is the 3rd sign of the Zodiac. They are notorious for having two totally different personalities.  Depending on the day, situation, or their company will shape which personality you’ll get to see.  That tag/Emcee/DJ name you know them add…t’s not just a nickname, it truly is their other self. Gemini’s are master communicators and life long students.  Expect them to drop knowledge continually.  They have a way of getting their point across seemingly effortlessly, but don’t doubt their research or the amount of work they put it. They will also manipulate most and any situation in their favor.  Oh, and charm, shoot, they got that shit on lock. Try saying no to a Gemini….bet that answer changes. They also have A.D.D like a mutha. Never expect to keep the attention of one for too long.  If you are able to trap them into convo, you better be ...

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Taurus: Bunch of Bull

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Taurus The Bull  (April 20th –May 21st) Element:  Earth Color: Red Planet:  Venus Birthstone: Diamond (April) Emerald (May) Calm cool and collective is the bull.  Or at least that is how they are perceived to be. They are grounded and practical and seem to not let anything get to them.   But don’t let that demeanor fool you. They are bulls…Lazy, head strong, stubborn, a bit jealous and will charge you if provoked.  They may seem to respect your opinion when really they think you’re doing it all wrong.  A lot of them are extremely talented artist or musicians. That quiet guy with his head always in his sketch book, or the dude over there with the headphones listening to the same beat over and over, it’s likely they are a Taurus. They have the patience and determination to master their craft of choice. They take their time and may not let you in on what they are doing until it ...

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