Friday, November 24, 2006

Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police: It was the WRONG HOUSE!

R.I.P. Kathyrn Johnston

Did the cops actually have to KILL A 92-YEAR OLD WOMAN?

Then come to find out that IT WAS THE WRONG HOUSE?!





Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police
AP November 22, 2006

ATLANTA, Georgia -- The niece of a 92-year-old woman shot to death by police said her aunt likely had reason to shoot three narcotics investigators as they stormed her house.
Police insisted the officers did everything right before entering the home Tuesday evening, despite suggestions from the woman's neighbors and relatives that it was a case of mistaken identity.

The woman, Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time and had lived there for about 17 years, Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said. The officers had a legal warrant, "knocked and announced" before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said.

Sarah Dozier, the niece, told WAGA-TV that there were never drugs at the house.
"My aunt was in good health. I'm sure she panicked when they kicked that door down," Dozier said. "There was no reason they had to go in there and shoot her down like a dog."

(Here's a link to the niece going off.

As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers approached the house about 7 p.m., a woman inside started shooting, striking each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman.
One was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder. The officers were taken to a hospital for treatment, and all three were conscious and alert, police said.
The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a civil rights leader, said Johnston's family deserves an apology.
"Of the police brutality cases we've had, this is the most egregious because of the woman's age," Hutchins said.

Hutchins said he would try to meet with Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington and would also meet with lawyers.


Damn, they're even killing old ladies now...

Racism & Ignorance: You know, I NEVER DID like Kramer or The Seinfeld Show...

Unless you just came back from Mars, you know Michael "Kramer" Richards had a, shall we say, "a minor slip of the tougue."

And yes, I'm being a smartass.

He "apologized" VIA sattelite on Letterman.

But so did Mel Gibson.

Here's some additional news about Kramer. courtesy of


This Wasn't the First Time Kramer Had a Racial Meltdown

by Davey D

By now all of us have heard about or seen the video of the crazed Michael 'Kramer' Richards spewing racial epithets at an LA comedy club. Its got everyone talking including the good folks over at the Luv4self listerve where someone poised the question as to why no one within LA's notorious gangs had not dealt with Kramer since they are so quick to deal with everyone else for seemingly lesser offenses. The question brought to mind something my sister had alerted me too regarding Richards. She told me that 1-This wasn't the first time he had a racial meltdown. The only thing is this time it got caught on tape. 2- In one memorable night some LA gangstas did step to him.

I'm not sure if this story has been put out there, but my sis used to work as a comedian at the Comedy Store and according to her Kramer was a frequent performer. Folks in LA may recall they used to have some sort of Monday night Black comedy night there and on this one evening Kramer came on stage and pulled the same nonsense. He respoonded to a heckler by calling the audience a 'bunch of niggers' and basically went off in a way that as similar to the other night. Mitzy the owner of the Comedy Store shut down his mic and tried to get him off stage as quickly as possible. However, it was too little too late. Some of the gang members in the audience decided they were gonna step to Richards and began to roll up on him. One cat reached into his jacket and was talked out of pulling his piece by another patron who told him it wasn't worth it. However some weren't trying to hear it and went outside to wait on Richards so thy could deal with him.Mitzy asked the security to escort Richards out the club but because of the waiting gang members they all refused to go anywhere near him. Eventually Richards was able to sneak out the club through another entrance.

Believe it or not it wasn't that long after this incident that got him hired by to play Kramer on Seinfeld.. My sis told me that she heard of one other 'Kramer-nigger meltdown' in addition to the one she actually witnessed. Her conclusion is dude has long been a racist and has long had a problem. The main problem is within comedy circles, it's pretty much like the music industry, where its very close knit and you have a lot of folks who are so desperate to get on, that they tolerate all sorts of abuse both from employers and fellow comics especially those who have made it or look like they are gonna make it. Also there's a thin line between being funny and using racial humor to make your point and losing it on stage and making things personal.

Kramers rant was way different then say somebody like an Andrew Dice Clay who may have gotten on stage and make racially charged jokes. Usually folks will stay in character and it will be obvious that they are making jokes even if they are harsh. Dude crossed the line in a big way and anyone defending him is simply trying to hedge their bets and win some ass kissing brownie points from industry gate keepers.

My biggest concern is over hearing the reaction from some hotel employees as I was checking out of my room in Seattle yesterday. One was Filipino, the other was Mexican and one was an older white woman. The Filipino woman said to her co workers as they were watching CNN 'I don't uinderstand why they're making such a big deal when Black people use the word all the time. She also went on to say she and her girls call each other nigga and its no big deal. Some of her girls are Black and they call her nigger so why is everyone upset', she asked The Mexican cat related the same sentiments by saying 'they are making way too big a deal out of this and people need to stop being sensitive'. The white woman asked how come nobody says anything about all the rappers who use the N word. As they showed the roundtable of leaders, she asked where are all these leaders when these foul mouth rappers keep using the N word.

It something to think about...


Damn Kramer...

Here's another example of hate:


The last time I checked, GOD isn't down with ANY FORM OF GENOCIDE!

When will people learn?

Police Brutality...

Noooo, I'm not talking about in Greensboro (at least not today.).

Watch the footage for yourself...


LA Beatings:

UCLA Cops torture non-threatning citizen:

More Police Brutality:

Here's the article on the UCLA student that got tased for not showing his Student ID.
This article is courtesy of

Americans To Be Tortured For Refusing To Show ID?
Student shocked, tortured for defending constitutional rights

Paul Joseph WatsonPrison Planet
Thursday, November 16, 2006

A horror video that wouldn't look out of place in Maoist China or Nazi Germany shows a student being repeatedly shot with a stun gun by UCLA police for the crime of not showing his ID. As similar cases begin to pile up how long will it be before Americans are routinely tortured for noncompliance and refusing to have their 4th amendment violated?
"A cell phone captured video of a 23-year-old student being administered multiple Taser shocks by UCLA police on Tuesday. The UCLA student was hit with the Taser shocks multiple times while he was in the Powell Library Computer Lab. According to the paper, (Mostafa) Tabatabainejad did not show ID to community service officers who were conducting a random check," reports NBC.

Watch the video above and witness as the cops bark at Tabatabainejad to get to his feet as simultaneously shock him over and over until he begins crying and screaming for them to stop.
Police are given extensive training on the use of stun guns and in most cases that training involves taking a taser shot and feeling the effects. Depending on each individual's physiology, it takes at least a minute to be able to even stand after a single Taser shot. Over a hundred deaths have occurred in America as a result of taser shocks and Taser's own manual discourages repeated shocks, yet the history of their use tells us that police simply administer repeated shocks until "compliance is gained." This is a euphemism for torture.

The video and the eyewitness reports describe multiple taser shots as Tabatabainejad begs and pleads while at one point screaming, "Here's your Patriot Act, here's your f---ing abuse of power."

The officers repeatedly order Tabatabainejad to stand even as they administer further shocks - sending 50,000 volts of current that override the nervous system and temporarily paralyze muscles shooting through his system again and again. He can't stand and the cops know it, they just get off on the maniacal ego power trip of torture and this is why Tabatabainejad is hit again and again despite his screaming and the protests of the onlookers.

This crap is really getting OUT OF HAND!

Those Democracts need to repeal The Patriot Acts!!!


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Saginaw man TASERed at City Council meeting for NOT REMOVING HIS HAT!

I thought that this was BS when I first heard about it.

Unfortunately, it wasn't...

The original link is below with the actual foootage:


Saginaw man TASERed at City Council meeting
Man refused to remove hat, struggled with police

By Terry Camp

SAGINAW (WJRT) - (11/07/06)--Saginaw's City Council meeting featured a shocking incident Monday night. A Saginaw Valley State University student was TASERed after he became unruly after being asked to take off his baseball cap.

There is a new rule at Saginaw City Council meetings. Men are required to take their hats off. Evidently, they are pretty serious about this new rule. The man was wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat. Officer Doug Stacer of the Saginaw Police Department asked him to remove the hat. The man raised his voice and did not remove the hat.

As the officer tried to grab the hat and then tried to grab the man, the man with the hat tried to kick Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff, who was coming to help out. At that point, Stacer TASERed the man, which sends 50,000 volts into a person's body. Cliff and Stacer got help from Saginaw County Sheriff Charles Brown hauling the man off to jail. A few people stood up and watched the event; the meeting resumed a short time later.

The man faces possible charges of alarming and harassing conduct -- a misdemeanor -- and assaulting a police officer. That's a felony. He was not arraigned Tuesday.


You can't even wear A HAT without being tased?!


Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ward Connerly: Traitor to his Own Kind...

I was about to turn off my PC when I came across this crap:

Ward Connerly, the California man leading a ballot measure to end most affirmative action in Michigan, accepts Ku Klux Klan support for his position in a video clip posted this week on the Internet.

I thought it was a joke, but sadly it wasn't.

Story courtesy of The Detriot News.


KKK backing welcomed
Prop 2 leader says he'll take support wherever he can get it to end affirmative action.

Ronald J. Hansen / The Detroit News

Ward Connerly, the California man leading a ballot measure to end most affirmative action in Michigan, accepts Ku Klux Klan support for his position in a video clip posted this week on the Internet.

Connerly on Friday defended his remark in a statement, saying he accepts support for banning affirmative action wherever he finds it. He said he does not support hateful activities. But opponents of Connerly's Proposal 2 immediately seized on the clip as a sign that it would satisfy hate groups, not ensure equality.

In the 39-second clip posted on, Mark Bernstein of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission says Connerly's group has no support from notable civil rights groups.
"In fact just to illustrate how extreme and radical this group is," Bernstein says, "the only large organization that's endorsed the MCRI is the Ku Klux Klan."
Then the clip cuts to Connerly.

"If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equality is right, God bless them," Connerly says.

"Thank them for finally reaching the point where logic and reason are being applied, instead of hate."
The clip is taken from an interview for the forthcoming video "Arise: The Battle Over Affirmative Action" by Firelight Media, which has examined and advocated for civil rights in its earlier works. Firelight, which operates in New York and California, said it didn't know how the clip was obtained.

"Every day I average about 12 media interviews," Connerly said in a statement. "During each of these interviews, my message stays the same. Equality before the law should not only be the ideal but the practice of our government regardless of race. "Throughout my life I have made absolutely clear my disdain for the KKK. However, like all Americans, I hope that this group will move beyond its ugly history and agree that equality before the law is the ideal. If they or any group accepts equality for all people, I will be the first to welcome them."

David Waymire, a spokesman for One United Michigan, which supports affirmative action and opposes Proposal 2, doesn't accept Connerly's explanation of his statement. "Do you think anybody really believes the Ku Klux Klan supports equal rights?" Waymire said. "The Klan deserves to be rejected at every turn, not embraced. They have been playing the race card from Day One."

The video clip is only the latest incident linking Connerly or his group, the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, to racial extremists.

Last month, the Grand Rapids Press reported about a photo showing Connerly shaking hands with John Raterink, chairman of the Michigan Council of Conservative Citizens, which is considered a white separatist group.

Connerly said he didn't know Raterink's background when the picture was taken.
"I have nothing but contempt for separatist groups based on race that have done so much to hurt black people throughout American history. Proposal 2 is about equality and fairness, not separation and preferences," he said in his statement.

You can reach Ronald J. Hansen at (313) 222-2019 or


For futher proof, here's "Uncle" Ward in his OWN WORDS.

"Uncle" Ward Connerly: The Worst of ALL The Uncle Toms

Ward Connerly: A F*cking Traitor!!

And I thought Vernon Robinson was bad...

Dems finally showed some guts...

What I really wanted to say is that The Dems are growing their proverbial "balls" back.

That, and people are FINALLY waking to the bullsh*t that Dubya Bush and his Administration have done to the American People.

Dems now have control of The House of Representatives and are on the verge of controling The U.S. Senate. Even if they don't win The Senate, they still picked up enough votes (not counting Lieberman's Independent Senate vote) to make it difficult for The Republicans to run rough-shot over everybody.


The Virginia Senate Election is about to get FUNKY...

Here we go...

I have a prediction:

As you probably know, the Virginia Senate Race for control of The U.S. Senate is about to get REAAAAAAALY FUNKY.
Too close to call? Automatic recount? Fight over control?

I see shades of 2000 Florida and 2004 Ohio.

After watching Hacking Democarcy recently, let's just say I'm alittle worried.

Let's see if I'm right.

Bill Cosby Says 'Turn Off BET' This Time Is He Right?

You go, Cos!

"The Cos" is going off again: Tellin' the truth and layin' it DOWN!

This time it's about BET and it's lack of positive representation in The Black Community.

Read on...

The original link is here, courtesy of


BETWEEN THE LINES: Turning Off BET -- This Time, Cosby's Right!
By Anthony Asadullah Samad, November 7, 2006

*Comedian/Actor/Philanthropist/Activist and of late, social commentator, Dr. Bill Cosby spoke to almost a thousand people on a Saturday a couple weeks on how we fix public education. That's highly salient issue here in Los Angeles, as it is in almost every major city in America. So when two of the area black school board members (Saundra Davis of Culver City and Marquerite Lamotte of LAUSD) paired with Assistant Superintendent of Pasadena Unified School District and legendary educator extraordinaire, George McKenna to form an African American Educational Civil Rights Agenda, his own words, "wanted to ride on this bus."

Bill Cosby, "America's Dad" turned Black America's most vocal social critic, has pulled no punches on his frustration with the state of Black America. He's done everything one can do to try and change it. He's joked about it. He's role modeled it (in I Spy, the Cosby, Fat Albert, and Little Bill).

He and his wife, Camille, as philanthropists, have thrown millions at it. He's inspired thousand of college graduates to be the best they can be as one of the nation's leading commencement speaker, and lately, he's criticized us for not being the best we can be. If one has earned the right to criticize black America, Cosby has.

But lately, when Bill Cosby speaks, people do one of two things; they listen, or they cringe. Sometimes they do both. His most recent statement at the Maranatha Church in Los Angeles was no less controversial. Cosby said "They (BET-type programming) got you pinned on something called, Bullsh*t." People listened and laughed. People cringed. But this time, Cosby was right.

When Cosby made his famous (or infamous), "These people [lower economic people] are not holding up their end of the bargain (speaking about what many thought was a sweeping indictment of poor people)" speech, at an NAACP commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education in May, 2004, half of Black America screamed bloody murder, and the other half praised Cosby for his straight talk on what we all knew was true.

Critics, with Scholar Michael Eric Dyson leading the discussion, said the discussion should have been held "among family" and not out in public. Dyson took the debate public by writing a bestselling book, Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has The Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?) but Bill Cosby was the lightening rod to make Black America re-evaluate its value system, particularly around education, and supporters challenged him to help address the problem. Cosby has accepted this challenge.

In this latest endeavor, communities are ready to examine this disinvestment in education that black community is experiencing, and Cosby just didn't want call out the problem-he also wants to be part of the solution. For the better part of two hours, Cosby spoke and engaged in a panel discussion with the audience around how we improve black achievement in education. Everything was "honky-dory" until a young lady asked how we can change the mindset of young people when "our culture" are constantly bombarded with programming (she specifically mentioned BET, though the problem is not exclusive to them) that promote negative images and glorify unhealthy lifestyles (sex, drugs, violence and false wealth [immediate gratification]). Cosby reached his hand, like he was waiting for the teacher (moderator LaMotte) to call a student-then he said it, "I'm troubled by this term 'culture.' BET is not our culture. Look, if you don't like what you see, why don't you just turn it off?" Then the rant began, at which Cosby made a very articulate point that what BET (and others promote) is not really our culture-that our culture promotes education and family and progress, but loud music, no father, no education is not part of our culture. Cosby's point was that we can't see it when "they got you pinned on something called 'bullsh*t." He concluded his point that it was time for our children to get with people who want to study (like Asians and other do), instead of engaging in the negative. Cosby was applauded for his analysis, but the local preacher got offended and engaged in a five minute diatribe on respecting "God's House." Cosby apologized, but emphasis he meant what he said. But the point was lost and another controversy about "what Cosby said, again" was all that was reported. It's not fair.

As an aside, we don't need to hold meetings anyplace where we can't have straight-talk among family. While I know this is not necessarily the policy for all churches, this church shouldn't have held the meeting if it couldn't be understood (inferred or stated) that our community is trying to purge ourselves of our sins, and if a curse word comes out, as part of exorcism-then that's part of the process. As much bullsh*t as goes on in half these churches out here, it wasn't the time for the pot to call the kettle, black. If Jesus, himself, came back today and sat in some of these churches on Sunday, he's say, probably after a half of a sermon, "This is some buulllsh*t!!!" And if he went back home and turned his TV on to BET, after about three videos-he would say, This is some buulllsh*t!!! So for Cosby to be admonished at the time, was a bullsh*t moment of all bullsh*t moments. It was a moment where you got to see Cosby's unrestrained passion for the condition of his people, and for a very important point to sink in. It should have been tolerated.

We can hold up Bob Johnson as a black billionaire, but we can't continue to ignore the vehicle he created to make all that money, has been a leading vehicle in the promotion of filth and degregation of a whole race of people. "Backwater culture" has been mainstreamed because of BET. Instead of advancing programming to counter the music piece, we've witnessed to "commoditization of the filth" (as Maulana Karenga once said), where now Viacom is the "pusher" and Bob Johnson is counting his billions. Black people want to see themselves on television and in high places of the dominant culture, but we can play more than the buffoon, the dancing fool, the jiggabo, the gansta, the pranksta, the bumpshaker, the babymaker, the pimp, the preacher (the false prophet, y'all) and the outcasts of society. It's time we get back to making doctors, lawyers, teachers, real preachers, business folk with principle, homeowners, fathers and mothers. The common link in all of the above is knowledge (education) and wisdom (an experienced life).

This is where Black America needs to go, and we need to have this conversation every chance we get, wherever we can have it. Naw, I don't give a sh*t what anybody says.

This time, Cosby is right.

Anthony Asadullah Samad is a national columnist, managing director of the Urban Issues Forum ( and author of 50 Years After Brown: The State of Black Equality In America. He can be reached at


Keep doin' what you're doin', Cos!

The City Council vs. SOBs: Here we go again...

Sexually Oriented Businesses are now called SOBs...

Nice, huh?

I'm sure that The City Council wanted a double-meaning for that (It doesn't take a genius to figure out what the other SOB means.).

The Federal Court has already said that the rules only apply to new businesses, but The Council wants to waste time going through this all over again.

Here are the actual documents from The City Council's second go-round below:

The original documents and entire minutes of the recent council meeting are here.

Pg. 44 of report

Pg. 45 of report

Pg. 46 of report

Pg. 47 of report

Pg. 48 of report

All The City Council has to do is let the law stand for any new adult businesses that open up.

As The Troublemaker Ben Holder himself said, the city lost it the first time, and they'll lose the appeal.
I tell you what City Council, instead on trying to destroy exisiting, tax-paying businesses, why don't you explain to Greensboro residents again why we are going to spend over $400,000.00 on a PRIVATE PARK that we, the residents, can get kicked out of?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Tough Luck, Vern...

Time to go home, "Uncle" Vern.

I don't believe that some people actually voted for this hate-mongering, Uncle Tom, Jesse Helms right-wing wanna-be.

How many districts did he try to run in before settling in on Miller's district?

You're outta here, bub!

Vern & Jesse sittin' in a tree...

Aren't they cute?


Vernon Robinson is BAD for North Carolina. Look in the mirror, bub...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Adult Businesses in Greensboro are here to stay...

Thanks to Ben Holder for finding this.

It's a link to the federal courts final ruling on whether adult businesses in Greensboro, NC can stay where they are instead of moving into the city's designated "red-light zones."

I was wondering what happened about this situation and now I know.

This has been going on since 1995 and now it seems it's finally over.

11 years over this crap!

If the city had only applied this to NEW adult businesses instead of trying to destroy the "grandfather clause" it would have probably been successful.

Politicans never learn...

The Secret: You Gotta Watch It!!

I received this courtesy of one of my Myspace friends.

You need to watch this vid!!

I just finished watching it and I'm going to use it's teachings to really create my own universe!

The Secret

For the first time in history, some of the world's leading scientists, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret that utterly transformed the lives of every person who ever knew it... Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein. Now YOU will know The Secret. And it can change your life forever.

"It's like 'What the Bleep?' but without all the lies and bad science!"
- Haywood Jablomi

The link to google is here if the above vid doesn't work:

Check it out!!!

What's "The Secret" you may ask?

The Law of Attraction!!
What's that?
Watch the vid!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

America: Freedom to Fascism, WHOA!!

You have to see this documentary!

America: Freedom to Fascism is one of the best documentaries out there. It was made by Aaron Russo, the same guy that produced Eddie Murphy's "Trading Places" back in the day.

The trailer to this doc is below:

It's on google video FOR FREE!!!


Diebold demands HBO cancel film on voting machines...

I recorded the program they're talking about in the article last night while at work. Actually, I'm surprised HBO even aired the documentary. I recommend that everyone watch "Hacking Democracy" while it's still on HBO.


Diebold demands HBO cancel film on voting machines
Bloomberg News November 1, 2006

Diebold Inc. demanded that cable network HBO cancel a documentary that questions the integrity of its voting machines, calling the program inaccurate and unfair. The program, "Hacking Democracy," is scheduled to debut on Nov. 2, five days before the 2006 U.S. midterm elections. The film claims Diebold voting machines aren't tamper-proof and can be manipulated to change voting results.

"Hacking Democracy" is "replete with material examples of inaccurate reporting," Diebold Election System President David Byrd said in a letter to HBO President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht posted on Diebold's Web site. Short of pulling the film, the Oct. 30 letter asks for disclaimers to be aired and for HBO to post Diebold's response on its Web site.
Inaccuracies in the film include the assertion that Diebold, whose election systems unit is based in Allen, Texas, tabulated more than 40 percent of the votes cast in the 2000 presidential election, according to Byrd's letter.

Byrd's letter said Diebold wasn't in the electronic voting business in 2000, when disputes over ballots in Florida delayed President Bush's victory for more than a month and raised questions about the reliability of electronic voting machines. "We stand by the film," HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson said in an interview. "We have no intention of withdrawing it from our schedule. It appears that the film Diebold is responding to is not the film HBO is airing." HBO is a unit of Time Warner Inc.

David Bear, a spokesman for Diebold, said the company bought another firm, Global Elections, in 2002 that served about 8 percent of balloting in 2000, including voters in Florida. The company, which hasn't seen the film, based its complaints on material from the HBO Web site, he said. This is Diebold's second defense of its system since last month. On Sept. 26, Byrd wrote to Jann Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, saying a story written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., "Will the Next Election Be Hacked?" was "error- riddled" and that readers "deserve a better researched and reported article."

The documentary is based on the work of Bev Harris of Renton, founder of, which monitors election accuracy. Harris says on the HBO Web site that she found "secret program files" used by Diebold for its electronic voting machines. Harris copied them and distributed the programs to others as a way to show the vulnerability of a system designed to safeguard voting, according to the Web site. Byrd's letter didn't question how Harris found the material. He said the filmmakers' "material errors and material misrepresentations are so egregious that HBO should pull the documentary."

Shares of New York-based Time Warner, the world's largest media company, gained 7 cents to $20.01 by 4 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Diebold, based in North Canton, Ohio, fell 14 cents to $43.68


Is someone getting nervous about the documentary?

Hip Hop's Hang Low Image...

Here's a great article on the state of Hip Hop today. While I don't agree that Hip Hop is dead (Check out any underground artist on the college campuses and on Myspace.), the corporate media-managers need to allow ALL forms of rap (not just "gangsta rap") to play on it's managed companies, be it TV, radio, or whatever.

The original link is below:


PAUL PORTER: Hip Hop's Hang Low Image
(November 2, 2006)

*Hip hop the musical art form of self-expression is dead. Long gone are the lyricists, replaced with the lyrically challenged, pumping materialism, hate, sex and stupidity daily to millions. Perception is everything and America's corporate minds once again have found a way to control hip hop and who and what you hear and see. Control the media and you will control the messenger.

History has proven time and time again the 'what you see is what you get' philosophy. Hip hop images are now carefully managed, produced and marketed. Television, news, film, radio and video dictate similar themes; perception is everything.

A recent football brawl between the University of Miami and Florida International received a blitz of national media attention. Miami and FIU rosters both have predominantly black student athletes. The consistent images of black on black violence aired hundreds of times on television. On the same day, Dartmouth and Holy Cross had a similar football brawl but it never made national news? Of course, both teams are predominantly white at superior learning institutions. Is it skin color, winning percentage that made one story larger than the other? Or is it the gate keepers of corporately owned media picking and choosing what you see?

Music has always played a key role in shaping minds and attitudes. Black America's obsession with song started unifying minds during slavery. Slave owners could see the musical talent of their herds of black sheep and featured a select few to entertain with song and dance. Not much has changed in the way of music or media in America since then. The record industry is the new 'master,' now the vehicle being that of hip hop awarding recording deals to one hit wonder teens, touting them shamelessly like Motown featured Michael Jackson.

Geffen Records signed a fifteen year-old rapper named Jibbs from St. Louis. Jibbs first single "Chain Hang Low" was a huge success receiving major airplay from pop radio, MTV and BET. Jibbs ringtone also reached platinum status (over one million) but his first week sales on his CD were only 46,000. Is this another example of radio not getting it right? A fifteen year old spitting lyrics on huge chains? Is that real hip hop or simply controlling its content?

Media radio, television and film still answer ultimately to white owners. Although the land of the free boasts the "American dream," which is merely a carefully controlled mix of government and wealth controlled media. Hollywood has shaped the minds of a nation. Ask any American Indian how westerners have portrayed this nation's original inhabitants. How does the government and our education system still celebrate Columbus Day as if America was a uninhabited land?

Commercialized hip hop is today's vehicle portraying young African Americans as a modern day minstrel show. The constant barrage of materialism is too much for young minds to process while adults profit. Many of today's hip hop stars vilified MC Hammer as a commercial sell out, although Hammer shared his wealth by employing over one hundred African Americans. Hip hop since that time has quickly turned into a Madison Avenue endorsement soundtrack, selling cars, clothes, alcohol and bling. Corporate America is playing hip hop like a new board game, a living "black monopoly" carefully censored and corrupted.

Controlling hip hop's voice creates wealth and defuses the original source of lyrical power, strength, struggle and unity. Although slavery has long been outlawed, corporate imaging continues as Americas power structure. Attaining freedom took centuries and garnering wealth and equality for black America is not a story you will ever see on BET. When Bob Johnson launched BET in 1980 it was never embraced by corporate advertisers. As BET continued to build with "the more you watch the less you'll learn" programming it was ultimately bought by Viacom, the parent company of MTV and VH1. Since then BET has proudly targeted teens with an abundance of negative images.

Hip hop is a multi billion dollar industry without one owner of African descent. Yes, of course hip hop's mainstream decapitating culture pays relative wealth to a select few Stepin Fetchit type characters. But if you're waiting for Russell Simmons, Puffy or Jay-Z to speak up on hip hop's abrupt change, don't hold your breath. In today's culture, money in the hands of a select few silences the empowerment of the masses. Hip hop is the ghetto's new Amerikkkan dream replacing sports with a laundry list of young one hit wonders.

In American history not one musical genre has delivered more materialism, sex, violence and misogyny than hip hop. And the most powerful aspect in this analysis is those who profit are disproportionately white, who continue daily breaking federal law. Pay for play(payola) is against the law and now widely proven. CBS Radio the nations third largest radio broadcaster recently settled a New York state payola probe for two million dollars.

Hip hop's largest names are never mentioned in Hewlett Packard television adds. You will never read about Sumner Redstone, Jimmy Iovine, Edgar Bronfman or Lowry Mays when it comes to hip hop. Don't label me a racist because the list of black names that remain shut in the industry are also inexcusable.

Corporate America has paid top dollar to buy the public airwaves and the voices that lead the sheep. In urban radio, local programming quickly turned to national syndication. No other format in music radio has higher a percentage of syndication than black targeted formats. By not only limiting the ownership ratio by limiting the voices, issues like payola or degenerative hip hop will never be discussed. Unfortunately, Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Michael Baisden and Al Sharpton broadcast daily on conglomerates that profit hip hop. Free speech is not an option if you continue to work in corporate America. American voices are often controlled like radio play lists.

If you ever listen to the radio or watched a music video, you have been lied to for years. The illegal practice of payola has created music's largest stars. Corporately controlled venom that effectively killed hip hop. I am sure you have questioned the constant barrage of limited themes and lyrics. Hip hop has been stuck for close to a decade with hand picked stars and images. Record companies have been telling radio and video outlets for years what and when to play a song or video.

It has been relatively easy to brainwash black America. Twenty years after "The Cosby Show" reached number one on network television, Viacom's VH1 has Flavor Flav as the number one series for African Americans. Cosby's outrage on black America fell on mainly deaf ears already manipulated and controlled after decades of negative processing.

The pay for play system is quite effective targeting youth like Ronald McDonald hooked children on fast food. The same sorry songs from coast to coast over and over again, but once again black America continues to roll over without a fight. You will never hear a payola story on the radio or see it on TV because the corporate gate keepers own that too.

In 2004, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer launched a state wide payola probe. The investigation has finally connected the dots. Records and radio have been breaking federal law for decades and Spitzer has all the proof. After the four major record distribution companies settled for millions on October 19Th, Spitzer's office announced a settlement with CBS Radio.

The FCC have failed to pursue prosecution on a national level stuck in a political quagmire.

Paul Porter


I couldn't have said it better myself...