Reverend Jesse Jackson Holds Hip-Hop Town Hall Meeting in Chicago

jesse-jackson.jpgYesterday (June 4), Reverend Jesse Jackson held a town hall meeting at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Conference in Chicago called “Hip-Hop: A Dignified Culture or a Degradation Crisis?” According to CBS2 in Chicago, the event focused on the role of woman in hip-hop music and videos. “If you’re talking about one sister, you’re talking about all sisters,” said Dr. Juliana Malveaux, a professor at Belmont University. “Hip hoppers did not start the misogynist degradation of woman, but they can help stop it,” said Jesse Jackson, who called for boycotts and economic consequences in the battle against holding networks and record labels accountable for degrading lyrics. “It never was right and now we have popularized and commercialized degradation.” According to CBS2, BET Chairman and CEO, Debra Lee, tried to deflect the criticism aimed at BET by claiming market demand is the determining factor on what type of songs and videos are played on BET. “I think the real push is going to have to come from the consumers in terms of not supporting artists if they’re upset about it,” Lee said. In the end, Rev. Jesse Jackson said the goal of the meeting was to make sure fans and consumers are mad enough about the state of hip-hop to demand change.

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    US HIP HOP FANS LOVE OUR MUSIC SO WE’RE NOT TRIPPIN!!! IF GONNA GO AFTER HIP HOP U BETTER GO AFTER HOLLYWOOD… U FUCKAZ CANT STOP THIS HIP HOP SHIT NOR HOLLYWOOD SO U MITE AS WELL STOP. WHERE IS UNCLE LUKE AND 2LIVE CREW ALSO N.W.A WHEN WE NEED THEM???????? THEM NIGGAZ HELD THEIR OWN WHEN FUCKAZ TRIED THEM ON THE SAME SHIT. THE FUCKIN GOV COULDNT STOP IT SO WE U JJ AND AL CANT!

  • Worley

    Market demand determines what gets played? Bring back “Uncut.” Bring back “Uncut.” Bring back “Uncut.”

    Also, speaking about one sister means all sisters? BS. When did it become alright to see ourselves as a monolith? You really need to check those that project their racial fantasy about one woman onto all women.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    This dude cant be 4 real… The Rev cheat on my wife wit anoter chick knocked up and try to pay her off so she can keep quite Jesses Jackson? This dude need not to be talking about degrading women because he did it to his wife man him and Fuck boy AL need to take some free advice that im going to give to them. KILL-YO-SELF!! You sell outs.

  • Thaywoodjr

    I’m wit J Reese on this one, the same mofu…going outside his marriage is trying to stop peoples’ feelins’ from getting hurt by some damn words…. words don’t hurt nobody, but the truth does… & if you apply to the words *itch, h0e or N’ga then so be it…

  • traebiz

    First: I don’t need a leader. Especially the ones that have been left in the aftermath of real leaders. Second: Why not use your educated minds and just talk to the rappers without the cameras.Pullin a Delores Tucker gets you no where. Political gain seems the goal for our self appointed leaders.

  • B Seals

    The good Reverend says:

    “If you’re talking about one sister, you’re talking about all sisters.”

    Wrong. Where, suddenly, did men get the idea that all women are one and the same? That’s just as ludicrous as saying that all men are the same, have the same personalities and can be treated in exactly the same way. Since when are women, by their very nature, exempt from any and all criticism?

    If you define a hoe as a woman that has sex for money, and a bitch as a woman who is unnecesarrily mean, then you’d have to agree that there are, in fact, bitches and hoes out there. So how is “talking about one sister” talking about them all?? That’s the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard.

    Jesse Jackson also says: “Hip hoppers did not start the misogynist degradation of woman, but they can help stop it,”

    Wrong again. The simple fact of life is that people do not change unless they want to change. Do you really believe that if all rappers tomorrow self-censor themselves that will defeat degradation of women and gender bias? That’s about as nieve as you can be at that age….

    I’m not going to speak on this issue again on this website, but I’ll say this for any who’ll read and ponder the idea, that if you are negatively affected by a word, no matter what it is, the person to change is not the speaker of the word, but yourself. That change creates a strong character. That change is something practical, that you can do, while changing others is impossible. That’s just the facts. Whether we as a people want to admit it or not.

  • monique

    Them lames been trying to shut down rap since it got started. So now they tryinna use this Imus sh%t? We still gonna buy that shit. They kids still gonna buy it.

  • http://www.vitwearinc.com Ayigansta

    WHAT DO WE DO TO DESERVE SUCH MORONIC LEADERS?

    Debra lee of BET know about business.
    She knows that no MORAL CRUSADE deserves the sacrifice OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE. Because what moral for someone can be immoral for another but what financial independence to someone is mathematically financial independence to everybody else.
    But our dumb ineffective DUO of political jocks want to choose MORAL NON SENSE OVER Financial Independence. And they wonder why people think they a pair of clowns. Niggas, you old school losers didn’t raise the generation that followed you. You were too busy on some I Have A Dream Shit when the Supremacist were sending drugs to destroy your community
    Now the kids create they own future by flipping the bad and your jealous losers moronic asses are talking about “If you’re talking about one sister, you’re talking about all sisters,”
    It’s the worse nonsense of the century.
    A punk ass hoe that ain’t doing shit but sucking dicks to collect child support on 8 different daddies is the same as a hard working sister who wakes up every morning at 5 O’clock to go to work and take care her kids without waiting for no man to take of her?
    So according to our geniuses-in-charges all black women are: “punk ass hoe that ain’t doing shit but sucking dicks to collect child support on 8 different daddies”
    WTF?
    It’s time to take those ineffective buncha losers down. They have their run and it ain’t shit. Take the battle to them the hard way. Make them understand that the Hip Hop generation can hurt them if they keep coming with those retarded strategies which are going to destroy, for the sake of appearing to be fair to White America, the only legal way the Abandoned Nation is trying to survive.
    FUCK AL SHARPTON AND FUCK JESSIE JACKSON!
    AND FUCK WHO EVER IS BACKROLLING THIS DIMWITTED STRATEGY.

  • http://www.vitwearinc.com Ayigansta

    Y’ALL NIGGAS STOP ARGUING WITH THOSE OLD SCHOOL LASY ASSES WHO NEVER RED ANY BOOK ON STRATEGY.
    IT’S MORE IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO APPEAR FAIR TODON IMUS THAN TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY’S SELF RELIANCE.
    IT’S WAR NOW.
    HIT HEM HARD IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO ILLEGAL WAYZ.

  • http://www.vitwearinc.com Ayigansta

    IF IT DON’T MAKE A $ IT DON’T MAKE SENSE

    Anything that doesn’t make economic sense doesn’t make sense cuz when the economy is bad nothing matters.
    Everybody becomes a rat, bitch, hoe and do anything to get that money anyway.
    Changing Rap to fit an agenda that has nothing to do with Rap economics is a recipe for disaster.
    I hope no one with a lil’ sense ain’t trying to listen to those old fools who don’t understand that it take a lot energy to create. And create something that don’t fuel your means of creation -meaning giving the people what the people wants- takes creative energy and business drive outta you.
    Talib Kwely and Common and Mos Def and all them lunatics “Conscious Rappers” are nice but they ain’t selling shit. And if you don’t sell shit you don’t even have the means to keep on being nice.

  • Jason Murk

    Females degrade themselves by making songs about how good their pussy is, lettin niggas “make it rain” on em in rap videos, selling themselves on the corner, sucking off my entire team for free, etc.

    Calling one female a bitch does not degrade all women, nor does it mean all women are bitches, as calling one woman a genius does not make all women winners of the nobel prize.

    We need new black leadership. No one is going to listen to an adulter about how not to degrade women.

    And who would listen to Al Sharpton about black empowerment when that nigga perms his hair in order to look more like a white girl? We need new black leadership.