A fun and fiery barbershop conversation with ‘Killer Mike’ and 6 friends

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(CNN) I’m ill of experts.

Don’t get me incorrect. I enjoy the visitors I have on every day. I like their energy and smarts and sass. I’m ill of experts due to the fact that they do not constantly have their ears to the ground. They do not constantly have their finger on the pulse of America. Much of them are getting their talking points straight from the projects. (That’s excellent– we have to understand exactly what each prospect is thinking/doing/arguing daily.)
      But often, these experts are not relaxing the table, the laundromats, the drug store checkout lines and listening. I wished to pay attention to genuine Americans with genuine problems.
      I wished to particularly concentrate on the effect of the black vote. In 2012, African-Americans voted at a greater rate than non-Hispanic whites for the very first time because the Census Bureau began reported ballot rates for the qualified person population in 1996. I wished to discover folks with various political viewpoints however who would feel comfy to speak easily. I didn’t desire talking points. No sugarcoating. I desired a wise, substantive discussion.
      So a couple of weeks back, I made a single telephone call– to rapper/activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render.

      Killer Mike (due to the fact that he prefers to “eliminate microphones”) and I satisfied a couple of years back in our home town of Atlanta. We were presented by a shared good friend, and after Ferguson occurred, I welcomed him on my program. He discussed being a black daddy in this nation (and his policeman papa), why his rhymes converge with politics and the factor he and his other half Shay purchased a hair salon. (He wishes to return to his roots in Atlanta, use young black guys and empower them to accomplish more.)
      Back to Mike which call a couple of weeks earlier. I understood Mike had access to an enjoyable, fiery and rather spiritual area in his neighborhood: a hair salon . And I sensed he had good friends– from varied political backgrounds– who would not be electronic camera shy.
      Our group consisted of: Taj Anwar Baoll, a firemen and city farmer; Shelly Winters, a Harlem local who is totally supporting Donald Trump; Jamida Orange, whose daddy marched with Dr. Martin Luther King; Kalonji Changa, a grassroots activist and regional leader who will not be voting on the nationwide level this year; and Christine White, a lawyer who is all in for Hillary Clinton. And, naturally, Mike, a previous Bernie Sanders advocate who (and I do not believe he’ll mind my stating this) dropped tears when Bernie bailed out.
      My takeaways– this group watches out for both Trump and Clinton. They think the Democrats do often take their elect given. And in spite of the reality that pictures of the very first household happily await their houses, as one lady put it– “we’ve definitely offered President Obama a pass!”
      Our discussion ended with all 6 discussing to me why they feel empowered– or as Taj put it, “woke”– in 2016.
      Our discussion on (and off) video camera was helpful– not to point out revitalizing. No politicos or experts here. Simply Americans with a genuine duty: pulling the levers in less than 8 weeks.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/13/politics/barbershop-debate-killer-mike-brooke-baldwin/index.html