Tuesday, February 28, 2006
When Logan's Run becomes a reality.....
First let me state that I may have to contribute several entries based along a common theme....aging. American culture treats age as if it's a disease as opposed to a part of the cycle of life. More specifically, I must address how many African-Americans approach age. If anyone is familiar with Logan's Run, a 1976 sci-fi film my parents took yours truly to see as a child, it essentially told the story of a Utopian society in which its citizens were not allowed to live beyond thirty years of age. America appears to be mimicking Logan's premise with expert precision. The photograph of R & B LEGENDS Keith Sweat and Guy frontman, Aaron Hall serves as a perfect example of my case study. Anyone who is familiar with Purple Rain should also be no stranger to the group who are funk incarnate....The Time.
Now you are probably asking where am I going with this. Well...when can we stop with joking about the inevitable? Tupac and Biggie wished they could have seen 30. Age and wisdom can usually help a person with such a wish. The photo of Keith and Aaron was from a gossip blog that basically joked about how these two have become "the old men in the club." What overlord makes the decision that something or someone is officially old or outdated? In some African-American circles a song that was released in 2002 can be considered "old school." Heck if you don't believe me, check out BET's 106 and Park for confirmation. I have an idea...let's change our language. Maybe the Time is a legendary act instead of old school one. I think the Stones have achieved that level of respect in the White world. Get this...I think the Stones actually have fifteen-year-old fans. Perhaps in my version of Utopia, Slim Thug might live long enough to have a career as relevant as Mr. Sweat's. One can only dream.
Posted by desmond burton at 9:08 PM