Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Speaks on Eric Garner, Ferguson, 'Upheaval From A Global Perspective'

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Hip-Hop vocalist Mos Def (aka. Dante Smith) performs during Day 2 of The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 3, 2009 in Austin, Texas.

"Where are we? We’re at critical time. We’re at watershed moment for humanity," says Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, delivering a nearly four minute thought piece on the this country's state of affairs and the continued killing of unarmed African Americans by police and otherwise. 

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The statement, called "Thoughts On The Upheaval From A Global Perspective," comes from Bey as he resides in South Africa and looks at his unsettled homeland following two grand jury's decisions to not indict white police officers charged with killing two unarmed black males -- Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. 

He goes on, "I read somewhere that in order for an arrow to fly the bow has to be drawn back. There’s some pressure involved and I think we’re all feeling that pressure. Some of us are more aware of it than others. Some of us are trying to drown it out. But we all feel it one way or another in indelible ways in these times and days."

Listen to it here, via Stop Being Famous:


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