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Breakdwon FM M-1 of dead prez vs Don Imus - and Democracy now report and transcript

by Ytzhak Sunday, Apr. 15, 2007 at 1:01 AM
montfu65@hotmail.com

M-1: I'm here to represent for African people. I'm here to represent for hip-hop. I don't have a lot to say, but what I have to say is important. First of all, I would like to pay respect to the father of this culture that I'm a part of, sitting right beside me, Afrika Bambaataa. That's important. That's important, because I think there's a few things that we do know, and what we do know is that the media in this country is an organ of the state and the ruling class state that controls what we're hearing and what we're seeing. I'm clear on that. So it helps me understand our position. It helps me understand that this propaganda is part of a war that also exists against the black and brown community. It's not just a war for oil, it's a war for the minds of our people.


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Breakdwon FM M-1 of dead prez vs Don Imus - and Democracy now report and transcript

http://odeo.com/show/11156593/4/download/BreakdwonFMM-1OfDeadPrezVsDonImus-.mp3

If you missed Fox News yesterday than you missed it when M-1 from dead

prez came on there and shut shit down. It was a beautiful thing and

the only option they had was to try and use Mancow a shock jock, to

try and make jokes after M1 left. Andreas from HipHopdx.com gives th

play by play. Later on had M-1 come on my radio show to expound upon

his points. Yep Fox News picked her wrong dude to mess with..

Davey D

Fox News Picked On The Wrong Negro!

by Andreas Hale

So this Don Imus shit is blowing up right (scary because it's blown up

bigger than the Sean Bell case and somebody died there)? Hip Hop's

detractors have come out in full force acting as if Don Imus was

influenced by Snoop or Too $hort. Every gotdamn hour it's Don Imus and

then something about rap music followed by some shit where they say

"well he said sorry…geeze." The two shouldn't be intertwined in this

instance.

At any rate, the biggest phoney of a news network, Fox News, decided

they needed to attack someone to make their point that hip hop is

fucked up seem that much more vaild. They tried to holler at your boy

Davey D to be on the O'Reilly show but Davey wasn't going for that

shit.

So Neil Cavuto reached out to grab a rapper they could dominate and

apparently the likes of Yung Joc and Young Jeezy were too busy (or too

smart) or something so who did Fox go and get? M-1 from dead prez!

Dude…how stupid do you have to be to challenge someone like M-1 to a

debate? Below I have attached the transcript as M-1 GAVE IT to Cavuto.

He befuddled him to the point where Cavuto had to tap out.

Now here's the funny thing…there is NO TRACE OF THIS ONLINE. Below is

the "transcript" of the interview and it has no trace of M-1 sonning

this cat. I saw it live and you probably won't see it in full again.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200704130001

There's a link to the video and you'll see how it was cut off. The

shit isn't even on Cavuto's foxnews.com page. Gotta love how they

control the masses minds with swift editing tactics.

From the April 12 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:

CAVUTO: M-1, I know that this is not your parent company, but NBC

Universal owns Interscope Records, which has, under its employ, a lot

of rap artists who routinely say stuff like you've just said and

worse. And, NBC is OK with that, not OK with Don Imus making an errant

comment. Do you find that, just as an artist, hypocritical?

M-1: No, I don't find it hypocritical mainly because of our

relationship to the system – our relationship with our oppressor. Once

again, with personal responsibility taken at hand here, we're talking

about rappers who are coerced to say things other than what the

reality of our community is and Mr. Imus, who obviously has said

sentiments that come from his personal beliefs. I think you are

comparing apples and oranges here even when you bring the rap

community into the question. And once -

CAVUTO: No, you know, M-1, I don't think I am. I mean, a ho is a ho,

right? So, if Imus uses the expression and then you use the

expression, you've both said "ho."

M-1: Well, no, I don't -

CAVUTO: Well, you've both said it. So, now, you're saying -

M-1: No, I don't use "ho."

CAVUTO: All right, so -

M-1: I don't say "ho." And that's my point exactly. And even the word

"ho" existed way before 1976, when rap began. "Ho" is a relationship

between the pimp and the pimper, the pimpee, if it may. And so—

CAVUTO: So, there's nothing wrong with Imus saying it, right?

M-1: Well, of course—

CAVUTO: And there's nothing wrong then with rappers - unlike yourself

- saying it, right?

M-1: Well, of course there's something wrong with both of those

relationships. However, what governs that relationship is the

historical relationship of oppression between black people and our

white oppressors in this country, and that's not a racist statement,

that's the reality that we live in.

CAVUTO: But Don Imus wasn't oppressing you or anyone else. He made a

mistaken—maybe a badly phrased comment. He's lost a job on the air as

a result of it. You can continue to make pretty, you know, outlandish

comments for art, whatever you want to call it. It just doesn't seem

right. Does it seem right to you?



http://odeo.com/audio/11156593/view

or

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=15116190&blogID=252947224&Mytoken=8B978898-07B5-4BCF-9F65E95F5BD85A525099591

see also:

Hip Hop Artist M-1 of Dead Prez: "The Media in This Country is an

Organ of the State... It Controls

What We Are Hearing and Seeing"

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/26/1341225

Last week in New York, hundreds of citizens gathered for a town hall

meeting on the future of diversity in the nation's media. Speakers

included several artists and activists from the hip hop community. We

play a speech from M-1 of the rap group dead prez. [includes rush

transcript]

The owners of Fox News are calling on the Federal Communications

Commission to throw out all of its media ownership rules. In a filing

with the FCC, the company said "It is beyond question that regulatory

intervention is no longer necessary to ensure diversity and localism."

Fox joined other large broadcast companies including CBS and the

Tribune Company in calling on the FCC to allow for large media

corporations to greatly increase its holdings.

Monday was the final day to submit comments to the FCC before it

considers changing its media ownership rules. Meanwhile dozens of

public interest groups filed comments arguing that media consolidation

harms the public. The groups included: Common Cause, the Prometheus

Project, Free Press, the Consumers Union, Children's Media Policy

Coalition, The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, the

Rainbow/Push Coalition and Media Alliance.

Last week in New York, hundreds of citizens gathered for a town hall

meeting on the future of diversity in the nation's media. Speakers

included several artists and activists from the hip hop community. One

of them was M-1 of the group dead prez.

* M-1. Hip-hop artist with the group dead prez. He was speaking on

behalf of the REACHip Hop Coalition.

RUSH TRANSCRIPT

This transcript is available free of charge. However, donations help

us provide closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing on our

TV broadcast. Thank you for your generous contribution.

Donate - , , 0, more...

AMY GOODMAN: Juan, a quick question before we wrap up the broadcast. A

few days ago, we ran your testimony in the town hall meeting here in

New York around media consolidation, but there are even further

developments now. Can you talk about what's happening in Univision?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yeah. Well, as some people may be aware, NBC announced

huge cutbacks and layoffs of its network staff and at NBC Universal

about, I think it's 700 jobs, 5% of its workforce. But one of the

things that didn't get much attention is that NBC is planning to shut

down -- NBC owns the Telemundo network, the Spanish-language network,

and it's planning to shut down the news programs, local news programs,

in six major American cities: Phoenix, San Jose, Houston, San Antonio,

and a couple of other -- Denver, as well -- and it is basically

eliminating its local newscast and doing what Sinclair Broadcasting

has done.

It's going to focus -- create a regional news center in Fort Worth,

Texas, and leave only skeleton new staffs in all these major cities.

These are some of the biggest cities in America. And these skeleton

staffs will send to Fort Worth a couple of news stories that will then

be beamed back to those local cities in basically a local news show

that is not local. It's largely canned material. So this is a major,

major impact of consolidation on Spanish-language news. So, in San

Jose, in Phoenix, in Denver, the local Hispanic communities there will

not be receiving locally produced news. And we've got the situation

now that is developing with FOX News. Fox News has called on the FCC

now to eliminate all regulations, of FCC regulations over media

ownership concentration.

AMY GOODMAN: Let's go to the videotape of what happened at the hearing

that took place, where you also spoke. Monday was the final day to

submit comments to the FCC before it considers changing its media

ownership rules. Dozens of public interest groups filed comments

arguing media consolidation harms the public. The groups included

Common Cause, the Prometheus Project, Free Press, the Consumers Union,

Children's Media Policy Coalition, the National Association of Black

Owned Broadcasters, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Media Alliance.

Citizens gathered here in New York at a town hall meeting on the

future of diversity in the nation's media. Among those who spoke were

activists from the hip-hop community. One of them was M-1 from the

group dead prez.

M-1: I'm here to represent for African people. I'm here to

represent for hip-hop. I don't have a lot to say, but what I have to

say is important. First of all, I would like to pay respect to the

father of this culture that I'm a part of, sitting right beside me,

Afrika Bambaataa. That's important. That's important, because I think

there's a few things that we do know, and what we do know is that the

media in this country is an organ of the state and the ruling class

state that controls what we're hearing and what we're seeing. I'm

clear on that. So it helps me understand our position. It helps me

understand that this propaganda is part of a war that also exists

against the black and brown community. It's not just a war for oil,

it's a war for the minds of our people.

And I've been a part of this. My group, dead prez, has been

existing in the hip-hop industry for about twelve years now, and I got

an incredible education to understand what it takes for the voice of

the people to be heard, because ultimately that's what we're trying to

do, is let the people's voice be heard, chiming in live from Brixton,

where I'm just in from, and Mexico City, 25 million people. The voice

of our people here is extinguished. We are voiceless. The image that's

being reported to the people outside of America about what's going on

here is false. It's just like my brother Omawale reported from the

Grassroots Artists Movement, and I'm here to balance the scales. And

it's only free voices that will be able to balance the scales.

Serious. I'm a citizen of [inaudible].

I'm here to say that we're sick and tired of not having voices

that reflect exactly our reality in our community. We're are sick and

tired of that. And we're also sick and tired of being bombarded with

senseless and useless and meaningless messages that don't do anything

but drive forward this capitalist machine and get us to spend more and

more. That's not what we want to hear. That's not what we want to

hear.

I work for the people. The streets is my office. I put my ear to

the ground, and I hear our movement. That's not being reported on the

radio. It's not what's being seen on the TV. That's what I do, you

know, as a social animal. And right now, I'm here to say that the word

for today is "self-determination." That's what we need:

self-determination. That's what -- inside this meeting, outside this

meeting, over our lives, and it's being reflected in what's happening

to our brains.

What would Huey say? On the 40th anniversary of the Black

Panther Party, what would Huey P. Newton say? "Community control."

Just like my partner here said. If we ain't talking about complete

community control, if we're not about the people being able to govern

the voices that's coming into our community -- our elders, our

ancestors, our leaders. Like we say in hip-hop, let the poppers pop

and the breakers break. In other words, let the leaders lead, and let

that be the filter for what's being heard in our community, the real

that need to be heard in our community. And, you know, basically I'm

gonna put it like that.

Shout out to the Grassroots Artists Movement, which is an

organization that's -- a union that's unionizing in hip-hop to fight

for the ownership of our art and our culture. And either that or turn

off the radio. Turn off that bull----. Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: M-1 of dead prez, testifying at the town hall meeting on

media diversity and ownership in New York.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, and this continues with the News Corp., as I

mentioned before, the owners of Fox News are calling on the Federal

Communication Commission to throw out all of its media ownership

rules. In a filing with the FCC, the company said, quote, "It is

beyond question that regulatory intervention is no longer necessary to

ensure diversity and localism." FOX joined other large broadcast

companies, including CBS and the Tribune Company, in calling on the

FCC to allow for large media corporations to greatly increase their

holdings.

And, you know, this is -- part of the problem is, I was mentioning

with the NBC-Telemundo thing, when NBC took over Telemundo several

years ago, they promised the FCC that the merger was going to allow

them to provide resources to expand news coverage for the

Spanish-speaking community in the United States. And now, six years

later, what they're doing is they're basically dismantling the little

local news coverage that there was. And the thing is, as has been

pointed out by several Latino organizations in the past week, if this

is good, this kind of regional broadcasting that NBC is creating, why

isn't it doing it for its English-language programming? Why isn't it

shutting down the news operations of NBC in Boston, in Philadelphia

and Hartford and doing a regional newscast from New York City, and

then beaming into the local news to all those cities? Because localism

is a clear requirement of FCC laws, that local broadcast stations must

provide local services. And so this mass production of news is a

critical question now.

AMY GOODMAN: And we should say, Juan, the NAHJ, National Association

of Hispanic Journalists, is very involved with this, in protesting

this, and you're the past president of that national association.

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