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Critical Thinker: Mos Def

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Brittany Taylor

on 30 April 2014

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Transcript of Critical Thinker: Mos Def

Dante Terrell Smith
December 11, 1973
Brooklyn, New York
Sheron Smith & Abdul Rahman
Philippa Schuyler Middle School
Talent Unlimited High School
Maria Yepes (1996-2006)
Alana Wyatt (2005-2006)
Jauhara Smith & Chandani Smith
You Take the Kids
The Cosby Mysteries
Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam (2002 - 2007)

God Bless the Child
Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Brown Sugar
Something The Lord Made
Be Kind Rewind
Next Day Air
Works: Acting
Rose above violent circumstances in Brooklyn, choosing to enlighten those around him rather than help further destruction.

"My work is a reflection of the human condition," says Mos Def. "I don't want to hurt anybody. I don't want to mislead people. I want to tell the truth. All my songs are not happy. Some of them are even aggressive—some may say mean, but we all experience these feelings in life. I'm just being honest about what I feel and what sounds and ideas were motivating me at the time."
Critical Thinker
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Brittany Taylor
Works: Music
"Founding father" of conscious rap
500 Most Influential Muslims (2011)
Nkiru Center for Education and Culture
Social Activist:
Guantanamo force feeding (2013)
Urban Thermo Dynamics
Black Star

Black on Both Sides
New Danger
The Magic
The Ecstatic
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