May 14, 2007 |
Facing fierce criticism of sexist and depraved rap lyrics, top music industry executives planned a private meeting. They would discuss the issue, they said, and "announce initiatives" at a news conference afterward. That was three weeks ago. The session with the media was canceled without explanation, and ever since, music's gatekeepers have been silent. Leaders of the four major record companies, which control nearly 90% of the market, may fear cracking the door to censorship.
May 3, 2007 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a protest today in New York in an effort to pressure major music companies into banning three pejorative words, including the one that forced shock jock Don Imus off the airwaves. Supporting the campaign to clean up rap lyrics is hip-hop pioneer and mogul Russell Simmons, who co-founded Def Jam Recordings and founded Russell Simmons Music Group.
April 20, 2007 |
In the wake of Don Imus' firing for his on-air slur about the Rutgers women's basketball team, a high-powered group of music industry executives met privately this week to discuss sexist and misogynistic rap lyrics. During the furor that led to Imus' fall last week from his talk-radio perch, many of his critics carped as well about offensive language in rap music.
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January 14, 2003 |
So check it. On the white board in a Crenshaw High School classroom were the words: "Man vs. Ho." English teacher Patrick Camangian wrote the phrase to get his students talking about the lyrics by the late Tupac Shakur: "Blaze up, gettin' with hos through my pager." It worked. A lively discussion ensued about sexism, racism and how degrading terms such as "ho" -- slang for whore -- can be used to dehumanize and divide people. In hip-hop terms, the students were feelin' it.
October 6, 2000 |
Allen Iverson apologized Thursday to gays and women who might be offended by the lyrics on his new rap album. The album by the Philadelphia 76er star, "Non-Fiction," has been criticized in newspapers, and discussion about it has dominated sports radio shows. Though fellow hip-hop artists and rap-music critics say Iverson's lyrics are typical of the music style, columnists and radio hosts have criticized Iverson's lyrics for giving the team a bad reputation and presenting a poor image for fans.
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April 25, 1999 |
Students at the Nativity School in downtown Los Angeles rhymed their way through a phonics lesson the other day. "Give me some work that'll challenge me/I can't be happy with a B," chanted the students, guided by their visiting instructor, Lindamichellebaron. (She merged the letters in her name, itself an exercise in phonics, she says.) This is not quite phonics the way most adults remember it.