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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Reverend Hot Comb's Capitulation

I was perusing today's New York Daily News and in the Rush & Molloy gossip section, they are reporting that although Reverend Sharpton (hence the "hot comb" reference) is claiming to pursue a campaign against minstrel/misogynistic hip hop, he may also find himself in a compromising position as he may be receiving money from hip hop. I'm really shocked at this allegation. Really. And I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you guys also. Check out the article in question below:

Tuesday, April 17th
2007, 4:00 AM
Rush & Molloy: They didn't mind him scolding Don Imus, but
hip hop's moguls are bristling now that Rev. Al Sharpton is telling them to
watch their mouths."

They didn't mind him scolding Don Imus, but hip hop's moguls are bristling now that Rev. Al Sharpton is telling them to watch their mouths.As he prepares to welcome Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Eliot Spitzer to this week's National Action Network convention, Sharpton tells us he plans to use the four-day conclave to deliver a thundering jeremiad against offensive rap.
"We're going to warn the music industry they're next," says Shapton. "I'm going to tell them my momma wasn't no ho, and my daughters ain't no bitches!"

But don't expect the music men to sit still for his sermon. Even as Sharpton kicks off his convention tomorrow morning, Jay-Z, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri and other urban-music honchos will be huddling at a meeting that Hip Hop Summit Action Network heads Russell Simmons and Benjamin Chavis are having at the home of Warner Music CEO Lyor
Cohen. Also expected are top execs like Chris Lighty, Steve Stoute, Craig
Kallman, Kevin Lyles and Steve Rifkind.

"Some of these people see Sharpton as an opportunist," says one source involved in the planning. "He's crying about rap lyrics. At the same time, he's calling all the major music labels to get them to donate $50,000 apiece for a table at his convention tribute to [Island Def Jam chief] L.A. Reid."
Simmons denies the meeting is in response to Sharpton.

"The Rev and I may disagree on this one," he told us yesterday from Chicago, where he and Chavis had debated Sharpton and Daily News columnist Stanley Crouch on "Oprah." "But we need talk about mentorship - not censorship.

"I'm not saying all rap is good. But most of what I hear from
rappers is an honest depiction of what they know. The poet is just reflecting
the truth of society. "If [Sharpton's] convention creates an environment to
help artists take personal responsibility, then that's good. It's creative

Simmons says his group had bought two tables at the L.A. Reid
gala, "but maybe we'll give them back to the Rev and he can sell them."
Adds Chavis: "Stanley Crouch can sit at both of them by himself."

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