First we have to give props to Matt Sonzala for doing what so many in his position don't do speak up for the artist in his area and step to an institution that could potentially be a future employer. Matt as well as being the man who heads up the Hip Hop potion of SXSW is first and foremost a radio cat... So while many remain silent, he at least is willing to speak up and call crap, crap..
Seven-hundred people gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center just outside Houston to listen to the message supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR). Warm up speakers included this organizer, representatives of the Guatemalan indigenous population, Latino Disability Group, SEIU and many more. The warm up messages varied from nationalistic cries of OUR LAND to multi-cultural action to popular union chants, but no doubt the crowd was awaiting Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Chicago, who is pushing like hell to pass just comprehensive immigration reform.
Got Soul Sessions Radio is an internet radio station that specializes in urban soul. Romaine Smoots is the marketing director. She talks about Houston's music scene and how Got Soul Sessions has tapped in. She also talks about what the two mayoral candidates need to do if they wish to win over the votes of her listeners. She says be honest and star having more direct conversations.
Shannon Buggs is a journalist and the head of Metafour Houston, a spoke word collective. She talks to us about the vibrant art scene and the progressive political side of Houston. She also weighs in on the upcoming December 12th Mayoral run off between Gene Locke and Annise Parker.
Killer Mike at the Houston TX Ozone Awards on how American rights are being eroded and getting angry enough to fight for true freedom. Speaks on how Hip Hop has overcome and how we as Americans of all colors must now overcome and vote for Barack Obama.
Houston, TX rapper Slim Thug gets political and speaks n the economy, the upcoming election, change and the importance of voting in the 2008 presidential election.
Big Boi urges people to get registered and vote in this historic presidential election. After eight long years it's time for a change!
We sat down w/ Houston Mayor Bill White who is seeking to be the state of Texas' next Senator. He explained why he is the man for the job and why the state of Texas is ready for him. He talked about the role Houston played in Katrina relief efforts and why Texas is on a roll leading the way in the Green economy.