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EXCLUSIVE: Sway Talks The Black Panthers, Beyonce’s “Formation,” & Donald Trump (Video)

(AllHipHop News) Raised against Oakland’s revolutionary backdrop, Sway Calloway, has earned professional distinction as one of Hip-Hop’s most respected cultural critics. Recently, AllHipHop exclusively learned his stance on the Black Panthers, the country’s reactions to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time show, and the subject of Donald Trump protesting Bey’s provocative imagery.

Honesty wrapped his words as he explained his perception of the Panthers. “People tend to perpetuate a lot of the negatives that took place with that organization. And every organization may have that, but the Panthers did a lot of empowerment for Black folks. It made people proud to be Black in a time where the country wasn’t really celebrating that,” he said.

To delve deeper into the discussion he then added, “I think Rudy Giuliani’s and Donald Trump’s — and whomever’s — protest of Beyoncé’s performance is great! I think that’s excellent; keep talking about it.” The Hip-Hop expert praised B for having cultivated the courage to take a stand.

[ALSO READ: Bye, B: Florida Cops Protest “Formation,” Won’t Work Beyoncé Concert?]

“Good for Beyoncé. That’s an entertaining song, but she found a way, through imaging to really stir things up and become a disruptor, Sway stated, “She doesn’t have to do that. She could have done something lollipop. And I appreciate that. That makes her a Revolutionary. You put it all on the line when you go against the status quo.”

Viewed as a catalyst for continued debate, Sway believes “this conversation is only going to extend the conversation that we’ve been needing to have for decades.”

It’s great that Beyonce used the biggest platform in entertainment to make folks talk about something that they’d otherwise like to sweep under the rug. Finally a smile lifted the edges of his mouth. He then shared, “I’m enjoying it. I get to talk about it on my radio show every morning. It’s cool.

Check out the full clip to get the details on Sway’s film projects, The Cycle. The narrative film — which was complete the day before Michael Brown lost his life to police violence — tackles the tough topic of “the disparity and the relationship between police and officers and our communities.”

People are quick to stop talking, but it’s important that we continue to talk. – Sway

  • Sway paid his dues & now he can’t lose!

    • Q.

      Sway’s been down like four flats for Hip-Hop, since Day One, on the righteous tip…for over 20 years strong. Can’t say that about many DJs/hosts in the industry.

  • Sway is dead on. Keep talking about it White America. Beyoncé has so much money that you can’t f*ck with her.

    {in Dave Chappelle voice}

    “We should’ve never gave you n*ggas money!”

  • DrakeDoesn’tWrite

    Sway still doing it man lol.

  • Q.

    Personally, I thought B’s “pro-Black” gesture at the halftime show in in the video was lightweight, but it got the white supremacists in a tizzy, so a little went a long way. I’d like to see how committed she is to the struggle, with a strong follow-up.

    • disqus_lcLBazVyTd

      that show was cool but i wanna see Yonce in the trenches now

      • Q.

        Me too…I won’t hold my breath though.

      • jazzoh

        I don’t I, prefer she goes back to doing what she been doing and sing them to sleep again. I appreciate her statement but she need to get low now and regroup nothing worse than a telegraphed punch…….chess…. she need to maintain her position…I think expecting her to go full revolutionary right now is short sighted. She let me know its in her and I’m good with that for now. She has inspired many who are ready for the trenches right now…..always protect the queen chess reference fyi

      • disqus_lcLBazVyTd

        i feel you

  • ytgarner

    “A little bit of Knowledge is Dangerous”


  • jazzoh

    I think that song was perfectly done no issue with it. No one else could have had the impact she did. If you look at peoples musical taste right now, if she would have went full xclan or Paris (for those that know) it would not have hurt like it did. What made it that much sweeter is she didn’t comprise anything,it could have been another survivor or bootylicious just with some additives we collectively needed to be reminded of and she didn’t have to do it. Maximum respect! Wouldn’t call myself a fan per se but got to give it when due…..

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