Jasiri X talks about grassroots activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era at Columbia College in Chicago. (Courtesy Photo Bakari Kitwana/Andrew Bryce Photography) Members of the Black intelligentsia let out a collective victory cry last week when hip-hop artist Lil Wayne lost a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Mountain Dew as a result of lyrics comparing the beating of murdered teenager Emmett Till in 1955 to female genitalia.
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HEAVY D–In this Oct. 1, 2011 photo, rapper Heavy D, also known as Dwight Arrington Myers, performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file) by Ryan McPherson LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop may need a checkup.
TYLER THE CREATOR (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) by Candice Choi AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women.
ROSA CLEMENTE By Charlene Muhammad LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) – Rappers and music audiences appear to be engaged in a battle over freedom of speech and consumerism with a backlash against negative lyrics.
PERFORMS AT HARVARD–Rapper Tyga visiting the set of New.Music.Live. at the MuchMusic HQ in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, file) CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Tyga (TY’-guh) performed at Harvard University despite opposition from critics who signed a petition seeking to keep him away over what they call his “violently misogynistic lyrics.”
RUSSELL SIMMONS LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lil Wayne, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian are all on the same page when it comes…
LIL WAYNE by Dion Rabouin ATLANTA (Real Times News Service)–I’d like to take a moment to remember Lil Wayne. He’s not dead yet, physically speaking, but his brush with death on Friday reminded me of what we’ll be losing if and when he is gone.
LYRICS HURT COMMUNITY–In this Sept. 26, 2012 photo, recording artist Lil Wayne speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New Orleans. (AP…