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New York City’s Power 105.1 Stops Playing Degrading Songs

power105-logo.jpgAccording to the New York Daily News, New York City’s urban radio station, Power 105.1, has announced they will stop playing hip-hop songs with degrading messages and images. The station’s program director, Helen Little, announced the plans on the Ed Lover, Egypt and Donnell Rawlins morning show on April 17. “The station won’t sound that different, because we weren’t playing a lot of that anyway,” Little said. “What we’re doing is holding labels and artists accountable for what they say and how they say it.” Also appearing on Power 105 that day was Rev. Al Sharpton, activist Kevin Powell and the station’s music director, Nadine Santos. The meeting was called in order to discuss the profanity in hip-hop lyrics in light of Don Imus’ racist remarks. “Let’s not get it twisted,” Little said. “This isn’t what hip-hop is about. What Imus said has nothing to do with hip-hop.” Little went on to say, “We’re not saying you can’t make this music, just we won’t play it. Our intention is to encourage people not to talk this way anymore.”

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