Bill Cosby has long been instrumental in instilling pride, self-respect and peace in America’s young people.
So it comes as no surprise that he’s now helping rekindle hip-hop’s socially-conscious flame.
Today at 7pm ET, the legendary comedian takes to the Internet with a virtual town-hall meeting that tackles such issues as peer pressure, abuse, education and, last but not least, sexism and violence in rap music.
During the 90-minute special, presented live from NYC and simulcast on BlogTalkRadio, concerned citizens will be invited to voice their opinions and share proposed solutions to the crisis that Bill says “We need to confront now, collectively and individually.”
He’ll also introduce the Cosnarati Band, who will perform tracks from their debut album, Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency.
Two years in the making, State of Emergency adds new meaning to the phrase “message in the music.” The CD is an aural companion to Bill’s 2007 book, Come on People, co-authored with Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint. The project’s 14 tracks “integrate frank, positive messages with a progressive mix of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, pop, funk and rock.” The result is a powerful, cohesive narrative that doesn’t rely on profanity, misogyny, materialism or ego-exercising.
State of Emergency was produced by Bill’s longtime musical colleague, William “Spaceman” Patterson, whose credits include The Cosby Show, Miles Davis, LL Cool J, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys.
“I don’t like referring to the music as ‘clean,'” says Bill, who executive-produced the project and conceived the songs’ story concepts (though does not perform on the album).
“What I like is what you’re not going to do. You’re not going to curse. You’re not going to put women down. You’re not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere.
“And you’re not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that’s the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better.”
To hear the event live on BlogTalkRadio from 7-8:30pm ET, click here.
To learn more about the State of Emergency town hall meeting, click here.
To check out Bill’s Cinchcast posts, click here.