A Hip Hop Essay: "Am I Going to Die Today?" | Omega

Omékongo Dibinga is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, television talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross-cultural communication at American University.

And yet, despite his accomplisments and standing, he confronts a disturbing question: "With these signs of the times in mind, I wake up every day with one burning question. And it takes me no less than 24 agonizing hours to answer: Am I going to die today?"

Social activism draws its power from many sources. In this remarkable hip-hop commentary from the 2017 Being Fearless Conference, Dibinga demonstrates poignant powers of observation and reflection.

"This is personal," he says, "because I don't want my children to see my face next to the definition of complacency."

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