Kea Sokun and Long Putheara, two young rappers from Cambodia, have been sentenced to prison time for lyrics that allegedly incited violent crimes. Sokun was given a year and a half in jail, while Putheara was given five months.
Cambodian Rappers Given Prison Time For Rhymes
Kea Sokun, 23 years old, and Long Putheara, 18, were both convicted of incitement through their raps. They are two of the latest in a string of Cambodian activists and protesters who have been arrested and jailed basically for opposing the government.
In the latest development in a long season of repression in Cambodia, a court has convicted two rappers of incitement for writing lyrics that referenced social justice and the loss of territory to Vietnam.
Songs Were About Social Injustice
The two songs in question — “Khmer Land” and “Sad Race” — were politically conscious songs that simply shined a light on social injustices, according to Sokun’s father. “The songs were educational and just remind youths to be loving of own nation,” Kea Phal said.
Diddy Launches Black Political Party
Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy wants to see a major change – now. The hip-hop mogul recently came forward to announce he’s launching a Black political party made up of both Republican and Democratic elected officials.
“Things have got too serious. It would be irresponsible of me to have us hold our vote hostage. But it would also be irresponsible of me to let this moment go by and not make sure going forward we are doing what it takes to own our politics. … We need to get Biden in and hold him accountable. Trump has taken things too far. As Black people, we aren’t even a topic of real discussion. We can no longer stand for doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. That’s insanity! It’s time we unify. … So, I’m launching one of the boldest things I’ve ever launched. I’m launching a Black political party with some young Black elected officials and activists. It’s called @OurBlackParty , it doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat…” -Diddy’s Twitter
Kamala Harris Gets ELLE Magazine Cover
Prior to the election, United States Vice President Kamala Harris raised eyebrows after landing on the cover of ELLE Magazine. Within her feature, Harris spoke on the importance of justice and equality in today’s world.
“As November 3rd looms, vice presidential nominee @kamalaharris is urging Americans to feel hopeful. “Optimism is the fuel driving every fight I’ve been in,” she tells Ashley C. Ford @smashfizzle in ELLE’s November issue. “The motivation comes from believing in what can be unburdened by what has been. John Lewis, the dearly departed, like many others shed blood on that bridge. Because he really believed in what could be. It will often feel like [we are only] against something, but the motivation that carries us through, with any longevity, is knowing what we’re fighting for.” For our latest issue, the woman who could be vice president discusses her historic journey and the fight for justice and freedom. Click the link in bio for the full cover story.” -ELLE’s Instagram