Steve Biko is still relevant in the 21st century, his words have echoed and have been heard by today’s youth. Student and youth movements centralised around black consciousness are still present. These movements revolve around the same concept as Biko’s, they’re just done a bit differently due to massive technological and pop culture influences.
The image of men and women wearing animal skin covering only their nether regions and tribal dancing in a circle around a big fire is the idea that foreigners expected when they visualised Africa. Rest assured, they were wrong.
Horrific images of gashes, dripping blood and teens with blades and knives in their hands flood the internet. Ladies and gentlemen, this is all part of the ‘#CutForBieber’ trending Twitter topic, originally started by users on 4Chan to encourage Justin Bieber’s fanbase, more commonly known as ‘Beliebers’, to cut themselves.
I’m no music critic, but I’ve been around long enough to notice how modern artists are influenced by older artists and incorporate their styles and techniques into contemporary music. There’s a big difference between influence and imitation, but where do we draw the line in terms of what is considered as ‘drawing reference from’ or being a plain old copycat?