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Rap Lyrics (#216)

Renee talks with newspaper columnist Betty Baye and radio program director Jay Alexander about the impact that vulgar lyrics and videos have on impressionable young girls, as well as the signals they send to young black men about how to treat black women.

They also discuss shock jock Don Imus’ derogatory comments about a group of female African-American athletes. Baye criticizes journalists with “lazy Rolodex syndrome” who immediately turned to such spokesmen as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for responses to Imus’ comments, and asks why reaction was not sought from black women.

Both panelists also point out that while rap music frequently degrades women, it isn’t representative of the entire African-American culture. Black musicians have created various music styles, but they say it is typically the most vulgar that are most heavily promoted. The panelists blame music industry executives who profit from the glorification of sex, money, and violence by artists on their labels.

Air Dates

Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 3:00/2:00 pm CT on KET

Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 11:30/10:30 am CT on KET2