The godfather of hip hop has died aged 62. A poet that fused political commentaries of oppresion and hope with blues, soul, jazz and an evolving style of oral overlay.
In the top video, A poem 'Work for peace, The Military and the Monetary' (are turning parts of our planet in to cemetaries)
An explanation of the meaning of his most well known piece ''The revolution will not be televised' is included in the lower video.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom
Vittorio Arrigoni 1975-2011
Pete Postlethwaite died peacefully in hospital yesterday after struggling against cancer for some time. Mr Postlethwaite won Oscar nominations and had mainstream successes with staring roles in Spielberg Films. I will remember him most for his film's 'Brassed off' which inspired a coalfield regeneration programme in the north of England, 'In the name of the father' a film about the incorrect convictions of the 'Guildford Four' and most pertinently for the film 'The Age of Stupid', A future based, mock documentary film showing a future suffering the full effects of man-made climate instability and designed to evoke immediate responses in order to avoid such a deleterious fate.
There is perhaps good reason to be skeptical about the involvement of certain celebrities who become active in campaigns or in political circles. This skepticism clearly need not be directed at Mr Postlethwaite who used his celebrity and time appropriately and effectively, notably marching against the Iraq war in 2003, living in an eco-friendly home, actively involved in the make poverty history campaign, attempted to drop his OBE after the Labour Government backed a new coal-fired power station in south east England and memorably avoided the redcarpet pomp of film premieres arriving for the opening night of 'The age of Stupid' on his bicycle.
Pete Postlethwaite RIP.