Saturday, April 29, 2006

50 Cent Sounds Off About Oprah Winfrey

50 Cent Sounds Off About Oprah Winfrey - AP

Ice Cube Joins Voices Against Oprah - AP

Rap music, to a large degree, encourages behaviors that are not advancing to anyone’s circumstance. So it is not surprising that Oprah Winfrey shies away from providing a supporting platform, through any of her enterprises.

There is very little that is constructive or uplifting about the misogyny, violence, and lawlessness that rap has made its hallmark. Rap music purports to be the voice of youth, while instead giving them an educational excursion into the dangerous world of a small number of extremely disconnected people.

The Black parents of the kids who are rap’s permanent audience are hard-working, law abiding citizens, who are rightly concerned that they represent the most likely victims of Black criminal behavior, espoused in rap lyrics. White parents simply try to patiently wait for their kids to tire of fantasizing the self-destructive approach to living that they hear.

Oprah’s contribution is clear, and the response of the public even more clear. She has not become one of country's most successful and wealthiest citizens because she panders to the negative, but rather because her media messages promotes the positive. Her inclusive endeavors, from the start, treat this country as a whole not as parts. Her ‘crossover’ appeal is so effortless; the word has practically disappeared from our lexicon.

James C. Collier


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