The Balance Of Our Tour: Everything Is Both Different And The Same

The Balance Of Our Tour: Everything Is Both Different And The Same

By Liza Smith

After 21 days on the road, 2557 miles driven and countless cafeteria meals — things are both different and the same. For example, before the tour our van was just another rental car with nothing unique about it. We returned it well used, more fragrant (!) and with a new name: the planet of Tranquilandia.

Drop Beats Not BombsMaybe more importantly, when the tour started the entire country was waiting with baited breath for the results of the election. Now we know that Obama will be our next USpresident. According to most people I’ve talked to, this means that some positive changes are likely to come about, but that we are not going to see an overhaul of the entire world order. Before the tour, political hip hop from Detroit had nothing to do with youth resistance in Colombia. Now Invincible’s rhymes and Paula’s stories of creative resistance are flowing together — in people’s imaginations, thoughts and maybe even dreams. And yet, there is

still war in Colombia, displacement in Detroit and a poverty draft of young people of color and the poor.
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