Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Join The Jena 6 National Walkout On Monday

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, National Hip-Hop Political Convention, Change The Game, and Sankofa Community Empowerment are being joined by Mos Def, Talib Kweli, M-1, Immortal Technique and student leaders from over 50 campuses to call for a National Student Walk-Out to rally and show support for the Jena 6. Wear black.

Here are their demands:

Judge J.P. Mauffray and District Attorney Reed Walters have engaged in a string of egregious actions, the most recent of which was the denial of bail for Mychal Bell on Friday. We call for:

+ All charges against the Jena 6 be dropped.

+ The immediate release of Mychal Bell.

+ The United States Department of Justice to convene an immediate inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrests and prosecutions of the Jena 6.

+ Judge Mauffray to be recused from presiding over Bell ‘s juvenile court hearings or other proceedings.

+ The Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel to investigate Reed Walters for unethical and possibly illegal conduct.

+ The Louisiana Judiciary Commission investigate Judge Mauffray for unethical conduct.

+ The Jena School District superintendent to be removed from office.

If you want to organize and add your school to the list, click here for more info.

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Monday, September 17th, 2007

Kanye With The Lead

Who’s surprised? MTV News’ Shaheem Reid reports that Ye had done almost 800K by Friday, almost a quarter more than 50’s 600K. Reports from the UK have Ye over 50.

In the meantime, 50 seems to be rehearsing his reaction to the final sales tallies here, due Wednesday. He cancelled his European shows, is complaining that Jay-Z’s appearance with Ye on 106+Park upstaged him, and is claiming Def Jam rigged sales. (The back story by LAT’s Chris Lee is here.)

This could be a fun week.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Maryland Legislator :: Whites Should Boycott Sexist Hip-Hop

But wait! It’s not what you think.

Here’s a provocative essay by The Honorable Justin D. Ross, Maryland Delegate (D-Prince Georges Cty.) and–surprise!–hip-hop parent:

In the current debate over whether hip-hop has become degrading to women and harmful to race relations, I’ve heard quite a bit from black activists, some of whom have fought for years against the sort of lyrics I’m writing about, and I’ve gotten several earfuls from black rap artists.

But I haven’t heard a peep from the white fans who essentially underwrite the industry by purchasing more than 70 percent of the rap music in this country, according to Mediamark Research Inc.

I don’t presume to tell any artist, studio executive or record label what to record or not record. But I will presume to ask young white customers: Why are we buying this stuff?

Now it’s still very debatable whether hip-hop is actually purchased in such proportions by whites. (Read Bakari Kitwana’s Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes, And the New Reality of Race in America first, then check this discussion and this discussion. I’ve done a bit of research on this and can say definitively there is no definitive study, there’s still only gut feel.

But no one else has yet said what the Delegate from Maryland has said…

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Showdown Tuesday’s Here

Will ‘Ye shut ’em down? Will 50 be underwater? In the immortal words of Cee-Lo: But who cares?

(For more thorough, often hilarious coverage, check Miss Info’s blog…)

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Monday, September 10th, 2007

The Funniest Piece Yet On YeCent/50West

From our man Jay to the Smooth

What will you do tomorrow?

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