Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hip-Hop Wraps Around Don Imus Controversy

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Don Imus’ racist rant is nothing but a scratch in the record for one civil rights leader and his lyrical liaisons.

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, the president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, says hip-hop wasn’t affected by Imus’ rant and was around long before any controversy on racial and sexist slurs.

To discuss hip-hop, Chavis gathered lyrical activists Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, and Russell Simmons this past Tuesday (May 24), for Hip-Hop At The Crossroads, a panel discussion on hip-hop in relation to issues like racism, health care, poverty, and violence.

The show, broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, rappped about the vitality of the lyrical art, and how it transcends race and affects social change.

But according to Chavis, the beat is far from over.

He says, “People complain that the lyrics need to be changed, but we’re saying we need to change the social issues the lyrics bear witness to.”

(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2007 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.