Visionary and Visual: Looking Back on “Yes We Can” as Obama’s “I Have a Dream”

January 19, 2009

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

January 19, 2009

Rhetoric holds power. The primal matter of political meaning fused to my consciousness at a very young age, sitting on the living room carpet in my childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio. My folks had an old vinyl record with the landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I wore that thing out sitting on that floor, often crying, often memorizing the words as this audio replica of King spoke them.

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Yes We Can Compilation Marks the Historical Moment

October 30, 2008

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

October 30, 2008

From protesting war to hanging out with world leaders, pop stars pursue an often problematic relationship with politics and politicians. Still, it’s not news to anyone that many of today’s celebrities have lent public support to the historic presidential campaign of the Democratic Senator from Illinois who, according to current polls, is poised to be the first African-American executive of the United States.

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