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Russell Simmons, The New Tipper Gore

04/24/07
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(SMN) In the wake of radio host Don Imus‘ firing over racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, many activists in the black community have turned their attention to rap's misogynistic lyrics and begun to question what steps the music industry should take to police itself.

Now, Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, on behalf of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, have issued a recommendation that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily censor the "misogynistic" words "bitch and "ho" and the "racially offensive" word "------" from future recordings.

"We recommend the formation of a music industry Coalition on Broadcast Standards, consisting of leading executives from music, radio and television industries," the HHSAN statement continues. "The Coalition would recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards within the industries.[see full story for more] - Click here for the Full Story

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