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March 4th, 2011

WASHINGTON,March 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At tonight's 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, the nation's oldest civil rights organization will team up with some of America's largest corporations to celebrate hip-hop and R&B artists who proudly use the "N" word, refer to women as "bitches" and "whores," glorify violence, misogyny, and drug use.  FedEx, Wells Fargo, Chrysler, Southwest Airlines, McDonalds, Walgreens, Bank of America, and AT&T are among a long list of corporations sponsoring this year's NAACP Image Awards.  In a gesture that has shocked decency advocates, the awards show has nominated artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Diddy Dirty Money, and B.O.B. whose sexually explicit and offensive lyrics are clearly incompatible with the NAACP's mission and the diversity goals of the program's corporate sponsors.

According to Rev. Delman Coates, Organizer of the Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment and Senior Pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD, "It is a complete outrage that the NAACP and some of this country's largest corporations would endorse artists that degrade women, use the "N" word, and promote values that are antithetical to the goals and aspirations of most Americans.  Lyrical content, not commercial success should be the standard by which such nominations and sponsorships are given.  At a time when we have witnessed social and political progress in America, it is disheartening to see established civil rights organizations and leading American corporations promote some of the most stereotypical and offensive images and messages in the popular culture."

Concerns about hip-hop lyrics are not new.  For over 20 years, activists and organizations have challenged derogatory and sexually explicit lyrics.  That fact adds to the bewilderment felt by critics who wonder why NAACP leadership and corporate executives continue to promote artists who glorify drinking and drug use, sexually objectify women, and use derogatory terms that Blacks and women find highly offensive.  Says Coates, "A few years ago, Don Imus lost his job for using language that pales in comparison to the messages conveyed by some of these artists.   The messages of the Image Award nominees are not any more acceptable because they are said by Black artists and celebrated by the NAACP.  These are not images that any respectable civil rights organization or responsible American corporation should endorse.  Tonight's program will have long term implications for the reputation of the NAACP and the corporate brands of the program's sponsors."

The NAACP Image Awards, considered by the NAACP to be a "multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts...as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors," airs tonight March 4, 2011 on Fox.  The Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment is calling on the NAACP to (1) publicly explain how the lyrical content of the nominated artists is consistent with its mission and that of the Image Awards show, (2) make systemic changes to the Image Awards nomination process, and (3) encourage corporate sponsors to be more accountable for the content of the programs they sponsor.

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March 3rd, 2011

I was shopping at the local supermarket where I selected:
A half-gallon of 2% milk
A carton of eggs
A quart of orange juice
A head of lettuce
A 2 lb. can of coffee
A 1 lb. package of bacon

As I was unloading my items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk
standing behind me watched as I placed the items in front of the cashier.
While the cashier was ringing up the purchases, the drunk calmly stated,
'You must be single.'

I was a bit startled by this proclamation, but I was intrigued by the
derelict's intuition, since I indeed had never found Mr. Right.

I looked at the six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual
about my selections that could have tipped off the drunk to my marital
status..

Curiosity getting the better of me, I said, 'Yes you are correct. But how
on earth did you know that?'

The drunk replied, 'Cause you're ugly.'

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March 1st, 2011

WASHINGTON,March 1, 2011  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 20-year campaign to challenge offensive lyrics and derogatory images in urban contemporary music will encounter a monumental setback this Friday, March 4, 2011 during the NAACP's 42nd Annual Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing on Fox.  The nation's oldest civil rights organization has nominated several hip hop artists (Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Diddy Dirty Money, Kanye West, and B.O.B.) whose adult and sexually explicit lyrics have shocked advocates fighting for decency in the music industry.   The Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment is among several organizations that has taken a hard stance against the glorification of lyrical content that promotes violence, demeans and sexually objectives women, promotes drug use and criminal activity, and refers to today's youth as pimps and gangster.  Even more troubling to observers is the fact that the NAACP ceremonially buried the "N" word in July 2007, and yet, many of its Image Award nominees unashamedly use the "N" word and other derogatory and offensive language in their music.

According to Rev. Delman Coates, Organizer of the Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment, and Senior Pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD., this year's Image Award nominations are a travesty and reflect a lack of leadership on such an important cultural issue.  According to Rev. Coates, "We were led to believe that the NAACP's 2007 funeral for the 'N' word was intended to represent a broader stance against the glorification of offensive themes and lyrics in today's popular music, themes that are contrary to the principles and values of the civil rights movement.  It is unconscionable that the NAACP would sully its brand, squander its legacy, and take such a stand contrary to the aspirations and dreams of the mainstream of the African-American community."

According to the NAACP, the Image Awards is a "multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts...as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors."  Despite the commercial success of the nominees in the recording category, it is inconceivable how the NAACP substantiates and justifies such nominations in light of its history, mission, and youth programs.  Says Rev. Coates, "There are serious issues here with these nominations in light of the stated mission of this program.  These nominations represent a lack of vision and a flawed process that must be evaluated and changed.  This Friday's awards show also taints the brands of all of the corporate sponsors associated with this program.  While artists are free to produce their own art, it is not acceptable for public corporations and established civil right organizations to sanction the kinds of lyrics promoted by some of these artists.  The NAACP should be ashamed for not using this platform to profile the numerous positive hip hop/R&B artists that are out there today.  These are the wrong images for a civil rights organization to nominate and endorse."

The Enough Is Enough Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment is (1) calling for the NAACP to publicly explain how the lyrical content of the nominated artists is consistent with its mission and that of the Image Awards show, (2) calling for corporate sponsors of the NAACP Image Awards (FedEX, Well Fargo, Walgreens, Chrysler, UAW, Bank of America, Southwest Airlines, Ford Motor Company, AT&T, etc.) to explain why they are sponsoring a program that endorses such lyrical content, (3) calling on all citizens to contact the NAACP and awards show sponsors to express their outrage about these nominations, and (4) calling on other civil rights organizations and leaders to take a public stance against the NAACP's endorsement of such lyrical content.


Web Site: http://www.EnoughisEnoughCampaign.com

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February 25th, 2011

The World Famous SuperFriends X BamaLoveSoul Present The Sound of Love. Anthony David was recently featured on 106 & Park and is one of the few artists that Michelle Obama says she carries around on her iPod. Anthony David and friends describe the mixtape in this video. You can download it for free HERE. This is not just a compilation, but more of a re-imagining from a DJ's perspective. Check it out.

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February 18th, 2011

Don't know if I'm really feelin Wiz, but apparently he's hot right now. Gonna give this a listen and see if anything pops out at me.

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February 2nd, 2011

Based on this case, Google created 100 “synthetic queries” and monitored them closely. These are things a person would probably never search for. Mostly, stuff like [hiybbprqag]. For these queries, they inserted pretty much random sites as the top result. Within a couple of weeks of starting this experiment, Google’s fake results started appearing in Bing.

I once heard a story about cheating on a test. The teacher asked to speak with two students about a recent test. It seemed one of them was cheating. Because of past tests, the teacher already knew who the culprit was. You see, one student had a bad habit of writing "I Don't Know" for answers they couldn't figure out.

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January 31st, 2011

After being alerted that her daughter hadn't made it to school, Alex's mother Jeannie drove out to find the wreck of the truck. "Although no other vehicles were involved, Alex was not alone," she writes on the Foundation's official website. "The cell phone on which she had sent and receive over 10,000 text messages in the weeks preceding her accident was with her."

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Awwwww! MySpace Misses Me!

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Date: Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Where have you been?
To: Rahsheen Porter


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January 27th, 2011

Outrage After Mother Sentenced to Prison for Sending Her Children to Better Public School

Black Alliance for Educational Options Leaders Issue Call for More School Choice in Ohio

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Kevin P. Chavous, today joined with BAEO's president, Kenneth Campbell, in denouncing the conviction of Akron mother Kelley Williams-Bolar. Ms. Williams-Bolar was convicted and sentenced to prison for sending her children to a better public school. Mr. Chavous and Mr. Campbell today issued the following statement:

"We are outraged at the circumstances that led to the prosecution and conviction of Kelley Williams-Bolar. As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal, Williams-Bolar was found guilty and sentenced severely for an act that defied the strict letter of the law but does not defy reason. She sent her daughters to schools outside her district of residence.

Ohio law says that if you live in Akron, you must send your children to your neighborhood school, even if it is a failing school and regardless of whether you feel your child would get a better education and stand a better chance of success elsewhere. The law says you're stuck--unless you're wealthy enough to opt out or fortunate enough to get into a high-performing charter school or to get selected for one of only 14,000 EdChoice scholarships available state-wide.

Williams-Bolar is not wealthy, so paying private school tuition for her two children was not an option, nor could she afford to move out of public housing and into a district with better schools. To be fair, Ohio has done more than most states in terms of providing options for parents whose children need better educational opportunities.  But clearly, more could and should be done.  In far too many states, however, these parents have no choice at all.  It is high time we change the laws that force low-income and working-class families to choose between playing by the rules and doing what's best for their children.

Earlier this month, our nation honored the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and this week, BAEO joins families, educators, and advocacy groups coast to coast in celebrating National School Choice Week. The Williams-Bolar case is a sober reminder that Dr. King's dream remains unrealized, and parental choice is the most pressing civil rights issue of our time. Every child deserves access to a quality education, and as Dr. King said, we must act with the fierce urgency of now.

Today, Kelley Williams-Bolar is serving a jail sentence for pursuing a better educational option for her daughters. Meanwhile, her children must--like thousands of other low-income students of color--endure a sentence of their own: consignment to unsafe, underperforming schools in close proximity to their homes, year after year. There is no justice here."

For more information on BAEO visit www.baeo.org.

SOURCE  Black Alliance for Educational Options

Black Alliance for Educational Options

CONTACT: Andrew Campanella, +1-202-276-1303, andrew@ccgstrategies.com

Web Site: http://www.baeo.org

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Profile: African-American News

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Black family wealth being significantly lower than that of white families (due to slavery and Jim Crow) reminds us that had Ms. Williams-Bolar been a wealthy woman from the suburbs, it is highly unlikely that she would have been used as an example by the court. I am compelled to believe that the prosecutor would have used his discretion to keep this incident from permanently staining her record and would not have forced this law-abiding mother to endure the dehumanization of walking around in a dirty jailhouse jump suit for nearly two weeks.

Secondly, most white Americans don't have to break the law in order to get their children access to a good education. But millions of Americans, disproportionately those of color, are being forced to jump the legal fence to sneak their kids into quality academic programs. Having a decent, safe venue of education should be a fundamental American right, not something we have to break the law in order to receive. While it might have been illegal for Ms. Williams-Bolar to fight for her kids to get into a good school, we must remember that it was also once illegal for slaves to learn how to read. My point is that legality is not always the same as morality, so the argument that she's wrong because she broke the law is simply invalid.

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