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Watch: Saul Williams on the Children of the Night


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As a filmmaker, Saul Williams is responsible for one of the best visual lessons on staying in school and avoiding crime with Slam, his 1998 masterpiece about a young man…

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As a filmmaker, Saul Williams is responsible for one of the best visual lessons on staying in school and avoiding crime with Slam, his 1998 masterpiece about a young man who managed to make a way out of no way. But in his main role as hip-hop poet, Saul Williams has crafted more commentary on improving the lives of youth with his poem, Children of the Night. Watch this video, listen to his messages, and think about what you can do to save “the little girls of fire wearing pigtails of braided smoke” and the other children like them.


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Rewind: The Price of Dropping Out: Cinema Division


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Your editor will be busy finishing up a project. But you should watch this scene from rapper Saul Williams’ cinematic tour de force, Slam. More than any other movie currently…

Your editor will be busy finishing up a project. But you should watch this scene from rapper Saul Williams’ cinematic tour de force, Slam. More than any other movie currently at Sundance (sorry Waiting for Superman), this movie offers some of the most-compelling lessons on the costs paid by children and society for America’s academic and community failures. Watch, think and take action.


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The Price of Dropping Out: Cinema Division


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As a cinematic enterprise, Slam isn’t exactly Metropolitan or She’s Gotta Have it. But the film, directed by underground rapper Saul Williams, offers some of the most gripping lessons for…

As a cinematic enterprise, Slam isn’t exactly Metropolitan or She’s Gotta Have it. But the film, directed by underground rapper Saul Williams, offers some of the most gripping lessons for young people — especially young black men such as the main character (played by Williams himself) — about the consequences of dropping out from high school. In this scene, Williams’ character receives a lecture from the chief corrections officer of the D.C. jail (in this case, played by the actual chief C.O. himself) about why jail is not the place to be.


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