Monthly Archives: May 2008

Radiohead Asks Prince To Unblock “Creep” Performance At Coachella

After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead’s “Creep” at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn’t be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied — even Radiohead.

All videos of Prince’s unique rendition of Radiohead’s early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn’t Prince’s.
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Kanye West-Flashing Lights Feat. Dwele

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Sean Levert’s Death Due To Natural Causes Says Coroner

*An Ohio coroner ruled Thursday that R&B singer Sean Levert died of natural causes, however, his family believes his death possibly could have been prevented had he been allowed to seek medical attention during the week he was in jail.

Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller’s report indicates no foul play or trauma was involved in Levert’s death, reports the Associated Press. Miller said the artist died from complications of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body’s organs.
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June 6 – 8: National Conference for Media Reform – Learn How Big Media Hurts Hip Hop!

June 6 – 8, 2008 at the Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

June 6-8: National Conference for Media Reform
Big Media Hurts Hip Hop.
Let’s Come Together in Minneapolis.

You know the problem: the same songs on every station – new artists can’t get a break – and if you’ve got something real to say you’re pushed off of the airwaves. Six corporations own most of what you watch, hear and read every day, and not one of them cares about community concerns.

Check out the National Conference for Media Reform, coming to Minneapolis June 6-8. It’s bringing together anyone who’s fed up with Big Media and its effects on music and news – and that means you.

This year’s conference will be incredible. Hip Hop and media justice activists like Rosa Clemente, Davey D and Malkia Cyril join media luminaries like Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffiington and Bill Moyers. Rev. Lennox Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus will be talking about media and the war. “Grouchy” Greg Watkins from AllHipHop.com will be on hand. We’ve also have Andre Banks from ColorofChange.org, Beyond Beats and Rhymes’ Byron Hurt, Lyricist Lounge founder Anthony Marshall, FreeMix Radio founder, Jared Ball; Paul Porter from Industry Ears, and Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon from the Black Agenda Report. The Hip Hop Congress’ Julie Chang-Shulman, Shamako Noble and Willie “J.R.” Flemming will lead a workshop profiling case studies of hip hop organizing on media justice issues. And so much more.

Deadline to register is Sunday, June 1st at 12 midnight. One may also register onsite, upon arrival.

Please visit: www.freepress.net/conference to sign up
NCMR: The National Conference for Media Reform 2008, presented by Free Press

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Book Review: Hiding In Hip Hop by Terrance Dean



Twenty-six years of gangsta rap promoting alpha males from the street meant everything about him and around him was hard, straight and untainted by the feyness of homosexuality, the scourge of hip-hop. Misogyny did not transfer to an intimate love of one’s brother and homophobia kept fake gay male hip-hop wannabes from attempting to pollute the culture. Terrence Dean’s decade-plus career in the entertainment world in various positions with MTV, CNN and a down low network of gay and bisexual men promises to break the calcified image with clueful confessions. The general deception and debauchery of the industry allowed him to present a sexually non-descript exterior by day but accept numerous invitations to down low sex parties from all sorts of men after work. Executives, artists, songwriters and everyday masculine-looking men tryst with him and they all form a chorus with the same words of “sex is great but our secret society must exist to protect our careers and public image.” After so many years of this scenario and a discontented relationship with his Detroit-based family Dean decides to withdraw from the lifestyle for a while to do some self-discovery and he starts a men’s support group. His leadership of the organization Men Empowerment, Inc. lifts his esteem and lands him speaking engagements among hip-hop’s powerful but invisible brokers. Readers will ponder the names of people that Dean describes and sometimes his hints are obvious blog fodder but tips for names that would heat the book up are too general to peg any one person.

Dean locates the origin of the lifestyle to Black communal condemnation of homosexuality starting with the church. But men secretly sleeping with men has gone on since the 17th century and was never relegated to any specific group of men, in fact before Christianity there was no homophobia. The success of the first Black groupie tell-all by Karrine Steffans underscored the rock star status of the men she wrote about and made the public want to know more even while they dissed her. Anticipation around Dean’s title initially caused the same interest but his presence is stronger when he writes about his family relationships. The processes he undergoes in surviving the loss of two brothers and his mother to A.I.D.S., never knowing his dad, having his siblings moved around yet finding comfort in the hands of his grandmother are engrossing and therapeutic. However the lack of a discussion about hip-hop music, its homosocial intersections with homosexuality and the naming of the actual hip-hoppers he bedded does not expose a concealed down low world in hip-hop but keeps it in hiding.

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