Celebrity Basketball Fundraiser with Jadakiss Canceled Due to Protests

jadakiss.jpgJadakiss and D-Block were scheduled to take part in a celebrity fundraising basketball game in Stamford, Conn. on May 19. But the event has now been canceled over fear of violence and protest from community leaders and Black churches. According to The Stamford Advocate, Jere Eaton, a potential presidential candidate for the NAACP’s Stamford branch, emailed community leaders, asking to protest Jadakiss’ appearance due to his lyrical content and criminal behavior. Deborah Sewell, president and chief executive officer of the Yerwood Center, which hosts the event, canceled the basketball game after receiving more than 60 phone calls in protest. “I’m disappointed, because I really felt this would have been a great opportunity for the community to band together and show up in force,” Sewell told The Advocate. “They’ve [Jadakiss and D-Block] always been supportive of the community and they love to play basketball.” But Jere Eaton didn’t share Sewell’s sympathy. “All of these artists are the worst of the worst,” Eaton said in an interview. “They’re criminals, their favorite word is the N-word, and they demean woman by calling them bitches and hoes.” Reverend Tommie Jackson, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, was also one of the community leaders protesting the fundraising event. “The bottom line is we believe that the Yerwood Center needs to raise money,” Jackson said. “But there are better ways of doing it than bringing in Jadakiss.”

  • Rockcity

    wow! so i guess every rapper just attracts violence huh? This latest trend in random no life mutherfuckers beaten down hip hop and hip hop artist is becoming very ridiculous,if they wanna keep violence off the street, they should try goin after real criminals… just a thought

  • DirtDoggy

    Here we go again. What ! do they want to shut down rap so that everyone can go back to husling and robbing ? It will just make kids want to listen to rap more when they think it’s forbiden, these idiots are not helping anything, just making it more popular.

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  • Mpho

    What typa peanutbutter and jelly bullshit is this??, D-Block can’t get a break man.. but fuck it them niggas need to drop tht album and shut down the industry…. hopefully

  • pezee the jeteye

    I second that notion!!!! Thats blasphmy to say kiss’s favorite word is “nigga”!!! If they would actually listen to his music they would now it was “purp”!! LOL!!!

  • mr. jones

    wow first you tell us that rappers are no good and want them to stop promoting violence and sayin the N word…at least u could let us have charities, i mean rappers are trying to do something positive for a chance and they get knocked down by al sharpton and co….

  • rec

    pezee the jeteye Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
    I second that notion!!!! Thats blasphmy to say kiss’s favorite word is “nigga”!!! If they would actually listen to his music they would now it was “purp”!! LOL!!!
    ^^^^
    I always thought kiss’ favorite word was : “Ahhh heinnhhh!”

  • Caine

    ” All of these artists are the worst of the worst” WTF!! Hip Hop has turned into the scapegoat of America. Niggaz can’t even try to give back. Fuck Connecticut anyway – Shout to all my folk in Bridgeport tho!! – They should be honored for them niggaz to come pay homage…

  • Blackgyver

    On the real though…
    I’m a little more than sick of everyone targeting rap music, BUT, what do you expect when you have people in SMACKED DVD showing off they’re hammers and smoking piff and talking reckless? I don’t understand JET pulling Ludacris off the cover, but there is no gray. There’s only black and white. The rap music business is changing right in front of us. I told the artists that I work with that it’s time to adjust the formula. Flippin’ birds and choppin’ O’s (oz) and digital scales… That’s played. People are gonna have to show they’re skills again. Kingdom Come, Hip Hop Is Dead, Be, Late Registration… This is where you’re gonna have to go if you want to be heard on the radio. Be smart. Don’t be afraid of change.

  • Beav

    damn, jada aint even that hard!!!
    u know aint no body gunna go see jada play and start sum shit. hes a weak ass bitch

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  • Cinsere

    I wanna be mad…but do I have a right to be? I mean…I’m in favor of hip hop being more responsible, or balanced, with the energy they put out there…but I’m still a Jada fan, cuz he’s nice with the rhymes. But damn…they are really goin’ HARD at hip hop…and that worries me…cuz soon even those who are talented won’t be able to speak through street poetry without some community leader trying to shut him down. Who’s to say that they won’t do this to Nas next week cuz he says “nigga.” It seems like they’re just gonna start lumping ALL hip hop artists/rappers/MC’s together as degenerate low-lifes, and that’s as ignorant on their part as it was for Imus to lump all of the Rutger girls together as nappy headed hoes.

  • Hustla 24/7

    All of these artists are the worst of the worst,” Eaton said in an interview. “They’re criminals, their favorite word is the N-word, and they demean woman by calling them bitches and hoes.” Reverend Tommie Jackson, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, was also one of the community leaders protesting the fundraising event. “The bottom line is we believe that the Yerwood Center needs to raise money,” Jackson said. “But there are better ways of doing it than bringing in Jadakiss.”

    After he said that, this same pastor is probably off to go cheat on his wife or gamble or take the churches money and but himself a car or some shit. If they going to go that far with this and blame every rapper for everything, then I think that all pastors and priests are cheaters and child molesters. I mean WTF, I’ve passed blunts with church folk. Holla!

  • Rodney M. Gray

    As a soon to be 35 year-old, I really don’t listen to hip hop that much anymore, but there are certain artists/groups that I like and Jadakiss and D Block happens to fall in that few. That being said, I can’t believe our leaders won’t let Jada and D Block raise money for a good cause. Are you kidding me? And how do they propose to raise money for this center? Please wake up people. We can’t get ahead unless we’re on the same page working toward the same goal.

  • boss

    this is a joke.
    bryant gumble ass niggas.

  • J.R.O.

    See, all those lyrics. It’s like a dude is saying how criminal they are/been… only in rhymes. Regular people probably aren’t going to fuck with someone that says things like Kiss and them.

  • Caine

    Mane dis shit is just entertainment. We rap about what we see, what we been through, what our homies been through, real life. If the shit wasn’t happenin we would prolly rap about Roses and Tulips and shit. Fuck da government, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Dat Jazz Mothafucka, and everymothafuckinbody else who hate what they can’t understand!

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    they probably gonna go get somebody real respectable…like the surreal life’s ron jeremy

  • http://www.myspace.com/ceo_philosophy SkyWalker

    Damn aint dat some bullshit, howcums every real hip hop act attracts violence…man these niggas cant get a fuckin breack!!!

  • http://xxlmag Kane Corleone

    Its funny when a Reverand finds it hard to accept a sinner or sinners,they said blues ,rock &roll all were the devils music all loved by a younger generation,and they wonder why young dont respect the church or elders

  • Tank – Philly

    Pastors and Politicians…interesting mix. Pastors are busy denouncing rap lyrics as off base when they don’t even tell their people who they really are. What were our ancestors studying (religion) before slavery and christianity.
    The other guy is trying to win an election to the NAACP…surprise, surprise he is speaking out against rap lyrics. Everyone needs to wake up and figure out who is really doing the pimpin’ and degrading.

  • dmajor

    man fuck dat bitch. D-BLOCK!

  • That989nigga

    This shit is startin to get on my nerves.. its basicly discrimination because of a couple words ppl say.. some one could easily say that “thug” or “gangster” is offensive.. they dont get that it doesnt apply to all ppl..

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TonyBee

    See this sh– gotta stop,for the last time I say hip-hop need to raise the F— up. Let this old bastards see and feel the strength of rap.We need to do a hip-hop walk on Washington FoREEl.

  • calimovement

    haha ninja

  • Shady 1st Lady

    Dam they be hatin Jada. Can’t stand to see a black dude from the hood doing big things na-talkin bout? Hold ya head my dude. Tee

  • JA

    MAN I THINK THATS A BUNCH OF BS U CAN DO WHAT U DO AND STILL DO GOOD IN THE COMMUNITY THEY AINT SELLING ROCK ON THE CORNER THEY MAKING MUSIC

  • http://myspace.com/gopentertainment Sayso is Donny Slaughter

    All tha Stone Casters, muphuckin’ hypocritses!!! Jumpin’ on Rev. Al’s bandwagon, they ain’t probably neva heard a dayum Jada song, and they wanna protest, well, lets see whut they do or who they protest behind this Playstation killing??? I guess they gonna blame rap for that too huh!?!?!?

  • GTeach

    protests = only makes hip hop stronger.

  • john cochran

    Either let us rap or we’ll be the kids snatchin ya wife’s purse.

  • J.R.O.

    TONYBEE,
    Yeah, we should. But, we’d probably find somehow to fuck it up.

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    BLACKGYVER- YOU GOT THE RIGHT IDEA.