WBEZ | Christopher Stevens http://www.wbez.org/tags/christopher-stevens Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hip-hop artist remembers Libyan ambassador http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/chicago-hip-hop-artist-remembers-libyan-ambassador-102383 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6273_P1040324-scr_0.JPG" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Khaled M (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>People around the world, incuding Chicagoans, are mourning the death of <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-libya-usa-attack-idUSBRE88B0EI20120912">Christopher Stevens</a>, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://thisiskhaledm.com/">Khaled M </a>is a Chicago-based hip-hop artist and the son of Libyan exiles who fled the country in the 1970s.&nbsp;He went to Libya for the first time last December, after the fall of Moammar Ghadafi. That&#39;s when he met Christopher Stevens.</p><p>&quot;He was a very cheerful, positive, sincere fellow. You could tell he really wanted to embrace the Libyan culture.&quot;</p><p>Stevens wasn&rsquo;t yet the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, but he already had a high profile in the country. &quot;As&nbsp;far as I know all Libyans embraced him and loved him, Khaled said, adding &quot;He was definitely a charismatic guy.&quot;</p><p>Khaled says Stevens practiced what he calls the &ldquo;rawest&rdquo; form of democracy. He would take meals with locals and attend their weddings and funerals, so many Libyans are especially outraged by his death.</p><p>&quot;For this to happen not just to Libyans but to guests, to Americans who were in Libya is just a big embarrassment, a stain on our history.&quot;</p><p>Khaled fears Steven&rsquo;s death might derail Libya&rsquo;s progess.</p><p>&quot;He&rsquo;ll be a very hard ambassador to replace.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/chicago-hip-hop-artist-remembers-libyan-ambassador-102383