I’m here in Washington DC having a blast at the 2009 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency.  On Monday night I saw Wynton Marsalis give a speech at Americans for the Arts’ 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.  I was infuriated by what amounted to his condemnation of the artistry of hip hop so much so that I became a guest blogger at blackademics.org, which is moderated by Beast emcee, Pierce Freelon.

You can read my article and participate in the discussion here:

http://blackademics.org/2009/03/30/black-music-ambassador-falls-short-on-hip-hop/

***UPDATE 04/10/09***

Here is the video of the lecture in question.  An amazing performance, but an unfortunate slight to an important genre.