Day 6

Fight the Power: Rap, Resistance and the Killing of Michael Brown

Rising up against police brutality and social injustice was at the pounding heart of rap music in the late 80s and early 90s, but does rap still have the protest power it once did? Brent spoke to Davey D, a hip-hop historian and journalist, and Tef Poe, a rapper from St. Louis who's been active in the Ferguson demonstrations.
Demonstrators gather along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting of Michael Brown on August 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Protests erupted in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown's violent death. He was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a police officer. The demonstrations shine a harsh light on the tense relationship between police and the black community, a relationship with a volatile history that stretches far beyond Ferguson's borders.

Rising up against police brutality and social injustice was at the pounding heart of rap music in the late 80s and early 90s, but does rap still have the protest power it once did? Brent spoke to Davey D, a hip-hop historian and journalist, and Tef Poe, a rapper from St. Louis who's been active in the Ferguson demonstrations.