Get Woke with @Raheem_Devaughn and @WesFelton’s “The Great Debate: Vol. 1” by Dr. John Hamilton

By Dr. John Hamilton

The soulful crooner Raheem DeVaughn and the poet, Wes Felton have returned with a mixtape titled The Great Debate: Vol. 1. If you don’t know, this is one of my best collaborations. I have been a fan since I first heard their initial effort as the group CrossRhodes. As I have evolved, a majority of the hip-hop I listen to becomes more politically aware and socially conscious. CrossRhodes provides this awareness and consciousness.

DeVaughn and Felton gives a wakeup call to become better and reflect our true greatness. After you read the CrossRhodes Manifesto, check out the video of “Footprints on the Moon” as sing and rap about Negus. Dr. Spruill and I believe you will want more. Tell us what you think and support these brothers.

CrossRhodes Manifesto:

The intersection of our vision, dreams, beliefs and reality. We are taking back the linage of what they have stolen. We also acknowledge our immediate ancestors who used the Rhodes piano to create soul music.

Our logo captures the intersection of 4 elements of life for what it means to be human, men, Black, fathers, lovers, believers in God and artists.

1.The gun reflects the fact that we see our art and community at the Crossrhodes of both the living and dying by the gun which is reflected in both the growing BLM movement about violence against our community and the continued work we have to do about the violence we inflict on each other in our community.

2.The heart reflects the love which is at the root of our music and the movement we are building as men who love, feel, care and struggle.

3.The fist reflects the beauty and power of our commitment to our struggle. We understand that we come from a long tradition of elder and ancestor artists. A legacy which we have an obligation to continue, transform, and pass on to the next generation.

4.The microphone reflects our art, culture and music which when crossed with love and consciousness is what can use to teach, heal and rebuild our community.

– Minister of Domestic and International Information of The CrossRhodes


Originally published at on December 7, 2016.

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