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July 16, 2007
Mr. Bill Geddie
320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Dear Mr. Geddie:
I challenge Barbara Walters and you, the producers of the View, as well as Elizabeth Hasselbeck to explain your blatant distortion of the facts that National Action Network and I have been inconsistent in attacking people on the N word, the B word, and the H word. I can only assume that you did not bother to research your statement or are intentionally trying to miscast our work. For the record in my 2003 book Al on America I dedicated a whole chapter to Hip-Hop, condemning Hip-Hop artists for using those exact three words.
Secondly, I convened the first Hip-Hop summit taking a very public stance that was widely covered in the media both nationally and locally. Thirdly, I picketed the movie Barbershop for desecrating Rosa Parks, a position that was covered by ABC Networks and many others. Fourthly, I have written numerous op-ed pieces for the New York Daily News and others about the N word and how Blacks must stop using it. Fifth, on my syndicated show which is broadcast in 40 markets and that I tape from the ABC studios, I have had hip hop artists on and debated them and condemned them as late a week ago. Sixth, I appeared recently on Oprah Winfrey's show opposing the Hip-Hop artists as Russell Simmons and others sat in the audience having to defend themselves against our position which was also carried by ABC. Seventh, at our recent NAN national convention that was widely covered by all newspapers, we withdrew an award for L.A. Reid, a Black music executive because he had co-authored songs with the “Ho” word, and we had a public forum on the words with hundreds of Black kids and formed a Decency Initiative to follow up with Blacks and others that use the terms N, B and H. Eighth, the Decency Initiative and I led a march of hundreds outside of the four major companies on May 3, calling upon on them to remove those words from their artists, most of them Black. Ninth, the Decency Initiative and I went into Detroit holding the same public forum in late May. Tenth, the Decency Initiative marched upon Viacom, the owners of BET, and even addressed their stockholders on this issue. Eleventh, the Decency Initiative and I have called for a 20-city vigil across the country outside of music and black radio stations to protest the use of the N word B word and H word. To say that we should include Heineken in our protests may be so though we were not aware of this situation because the terms N, B and H are not in the Heineken commercial as it was in the language of TMZ.com's Roboho statement and Imus's Nappy Headed Ho statement so it wasn't as obvious. But to distort the fact that we don't go after Blacks is something to be corrected and you should be more responsible. The Decency Initiative has been so effective that on ABC's Good Morning America on June 18th, the Ferticks a set of quadruplets praised the work that the Initiative has done and announced nationally that they are members.
I expect to hear from you soon,
Reverend Al Sharpton
The Decency Initiative is active nationwide and has staged rallies in more than 20 cities.
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BLACK ENTERPRISE OWNER AND PUBLISHER PULLS THE PLUG
ON EDDIE GRIFFIN FOR USING THE "N" WORD
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BLACK ENTERPRISE OWNER AND PUBLISHER PULLS THE PLUG ON EDDIE GRIFFIN FOR USING THE "N" WORD AT SOLD-OUT CONCERT & REV. AL SHARPTON APPLAUDS STRONG STANCE IN SUPPORT OF HIS DECENCY EFFORTS
LEGENDARY HIP-HOP ARTIST MASTER P TO BE AN IN-STUDIO GUEST ON REV. AL SHARPTON’S NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW THIS WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS HIS FIRST ALL-POSITIVE ALBUM HE MADE WITH HIS SON ROMEO
New York, NY (Tuesday, September 4, 2007) --Black Enterprise Magazine held their 14th annual Golf & Tennis Challenge in Miami over the Labor Day Weekend and headlining the sold out event was comedian Eddie Griffin who got on stage to a sold-out audience and repeatedly used the "N" word while saying: "Why are some black leaders telling us to stop using the N word?" Suddenly the microphone failed and Earl Graves, owner and publisher of Black Enterprise, came on stage with the plug in his hand and said: "We at Black Enterprise will not allow our culture to go backwards.
Black Enterprise stands for decency, black culture and dignity and we will pay Mr. Griffin all that we owe him but we will not allow him to finish the show if that’s the way he’s going to talk." The entire crowd gave Mr. Graves a standing ovation.
Rev. Al Sharpton preached at the event the following day and applauded Mr. Graves for his strong stance on behalf of Black people and expressed gratitude that the nation’s preeminent magazine for African-Americans stands behind the efforts of National Action Network in getting rid of the "N" word.
In continuation of his efforts to clean up the entertainment industry and get rid of racism and misogyny, this Wednesday, Rev. Al Sharpton’s in-studio guest will be legendary hip-hop artist Master P who was humble enough to recognize he was once part of the problem and decided to become part of the Solution by Taking a Stand.
Master P/Romeo(Miller Boyz) are releasing the 1st Father/Son Positive Street Rap album 'Hip Hop History' on Sept 4 in all Wal-Mart stores.
Master P credits Rev. Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey for convincing him that he needed to clean up his act.
Media is welcome to attend the live in-studio interview this Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 2:30 p.m. ABC Studios – 125 West End Avenue @ 65th. Media that would like to attend must submit names in advance.
Since April, the Decency Initiative, in collaboration with thousands of activists across the nation, has demanded that the music recording industry eliminate the use of the offensive words "nigga," "bitch," and "ho" in all recordings.
No other ethnic group is subjected to denigration for profit by the music industry and the Decency Initiative has continued to demand a universal standard of respect, particularly for all women and African Americans.
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