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Rap vs O’Reilly and Fox News…Round 4

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2008 by EyanJ

If you can’t see the video because your job has it blocked *which is fine…you should be working ANYdamnWAY*, Mr. Illmatic and hooked up with ColorOfChange.org to deliver a petition with 620,000 signatures to Fox News and Bill “I Just Beat a Sexual Harrassment Case Because I Was Trying To Phone Bone A Coworker..and I Even Offered To Buy Her Sex Toys” O’Reilly in protest of their racist, sexist and fear mongering brand of “journalism.” 620,000 signatures is a LOT of people to sign a petition, online or not. I mean damn, that’s a helluva lot of online traffic and a HELL of a lot of Bic pens that lost their lives in the name of protest. Let’s have a moment of silence for those server racks and ink cartridges. WE MAJOR!!! *see what I just did there? HA!*

And now on to my problem with Color of Change reaching out to Nas of all the damn rappers on the face of the Earth.  Oochie Wally and You Owe Me. Yeah, I said it. Oochie frickin Wally and You Owe Me. Regardless of how much A&R and label pressure *not to mention how many times he makes a Black Girl Lost or If I Ruled The World type track* Nas had to include those songs on their respected albums…he still had them circulating on MTV and BET.  It’s not like those jawns were slow to bubble either. They spent a significant amount of time in the top 20 countdowns during their prime. I’m not even going to mention the fact that Nas has a new album out which needs promotion. From what I can tell from the youtube video, Nas only made one reference to the album.  I’m sure Billy will have his researchers and stat trackers count how many times Nas has said “nigga” and made derogatory terms towards women in his songs.

I’d really like organizations to stop using rappers/actors as spokespeople for your causes. I understand y’all may share views with said rapper/actor/athlete…they’re still an entertainer. Go find yourself an educator or author. Go find yourself a CEO or a college student to put a face to your cause. As a 28 year old black man in the United States…I can remember Belly. I can remember the Oochie Wally video. I can remember when several members of the Dallas Cowboys got popped for coke. I can also remember when Bill Cosby stopped being Cliff Huxtable and he became William Cosby…the man that cheated on Camille. I can also remember when most of the programs on TV were suitable to watch at any time of the day. There was no Maury. There was no Jerry. There was only Phil Donahue and Oprah.  Children these days don’t have those kinds of memories. All they know is 50 Cent, Heath Ledger dying of an overdose, Cita’s World on BET, and “reality” television. I’m charging people that want to make a change to bring back the school book fair. Library trips. Finding guest speakers to come to your middle/high school that have actually GONE from ashy to classy by means of an education or the drive to succeed.

Once we’re gone, the kids these days will have to deal with another Bill O’Reilly and they won’t be armed with the weapons they need to take him down if all they can remember is Ocho Cinco doing a river dance in the endzone after a score.

Oh, and I’d like to big up ColorOfChange.org for at least making the attempt.

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