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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Are You Listening Now Mr. Liles?....Crouch was correct in calling your "employees"clowns afterall!!!

I hope our readers were fortunate enough to view Oprah's Townhall special which was originally broadcast a few months ago. I believe a repeat airing was shown sometime last week. Anyway, if anyone is familiar with this terrific episode, there was a point during the show when it appeared that Kevin Liles, former president of Def Jam and present Warner VP and my favorite columnist, Stanley Crouch were about to put on a fisticuff exhibition. Liles feigned indignation regarding Crouch's use of the term "clowns" in reference to today's minstrel rap artists. Crouch in no way called Liles (personally) a clown but he insisted that he was due an apology. Crouch rightfully declined. All I could think about was......imagine being called bitch, ho or nigga, Mr. Liles. What a complete hypocrite. When you read the story below you will see that Crouch was right on target-send in the clowns. Also check out Crouch's Oprah appearance (and the clown reference), courtesy of Youtube:

Oprah, Crouch and the Clowns

Hot beat at rap brunch

Tuesday, June 26th 2007, 4:00 AM


A rappers' brawl sent celebrities scrambling Sunday at Warner Music executive vice president Kevin Liles' Make It Happen Power Brunch.

The pre-BET Awards event at the Sunset Towers Hotel was honoring actress Holly Robinson Peete, among others. Also in the room were guests Ludacris, BET chief Debra Lee, Tatiana Ali, singer Brandy, Nick Cannon and Flava Flav.

According to a witness, a fight broke out between rapper T.I. and Ludacris' manager, Chaka Zulu, around 2 p.m.

"First it was two guys, then it was six guys, then it was 10 guys," said the source, describing how the fight escalated.

"Plates were being smashed, the hotel lost a palm tree. The place got trashed," said the witness.

"T.I. was like a dog in a meathouse. Chaka's shirt got all torn up. As people spilled outside, [onlookers] were asking, 'Who got shot?'"

Yesterday, the alleged parties did not return calls. But a rep for Zulu acknowledged the incident to mtv.com.

Liles' Power Brunch coincides with - but is not connected to - tonight's annual BET Awards.

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