Video: Music and Protest in the Trump Era

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Combat Jack podcaster Reggie Osse speaks as Matthew Allen, left, and Wes Jackson look on.

There have always been two kinds of popular music in the United States. There’s the “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-dot Bikini” genus, and the “Fight the Power” genus. The latter might make up no more than 5 percent of all the recorded songs packing our national playlist. But they’re the ones that make music more than just something in the background of your spin class.

With much of the nation, and most of New York, reeling from the political earthquake that was the 2016 election, BkLive welcomed music journalist Matthew Allen, veteran entertainment lawyer and Combat Jack podcaster Reggie Osse and Wes Jackson, president of the Brooklyn Bodega and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop festival to talk about the role of protest music yesterday and tomorrow.

City Limits’ coverage of the intersection of art and policy is supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

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