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Rev. Al Sharpton Calls On FCC For Action After Violent Incidents Involving Radio

The Reverend Al Sharpton

plans to ask the United States’ Federal Communications Commission to issue a

90-day television/radio ban on any artist that is engaged in violent altercations.

Sharpton told The New York

Daily News that airwaves were being used to romanticize urban violence.

"There has to be a

way to step in and regulate what’s going on with the airwaves and with violence,"

Sharpton said yesterday (March 6).

Sharpton’s comments come

after crew members of chart topping rapper’s 50 Cent and Game were involved

in a shooting in front of radio station Hot 97 last Monday (Feb. 28).

The incident occurred the

same day Lil’ Kim’s federal perjury trial commenced for a similar shooting in

front of the same radio station on 2001.

Both 50 Cent and Game appeared

on rival New York radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105 at the same time Monday,

speaking about the growing tensions between the two rappers.

Police say The Game and

his cohorts went to Hot 97 to confront 50 Cent, after the Queens rapper announced

on the air that he was kicking Game out of his G-Unit group.

While 50 Cent was on the

air when the shooting occurred, police believe a member from his G-Unit entourage

shot a man affiliated with Game named Kevin Reed.

Police are seeking to question

Game, Reed and others in Game’s entourage in relation to the shooting.

50 Cent recently stated

on Hot 97’s "Street Soldiers" radio show that he wanted to resolve

his dispute with The Game, but would carry on his grudge against South Bronx

rapper Fat Joe and Yonkers native Jadakiss.

50’s latest album The

Massacre is expected to move over 1,000,000 units the first week in stores,

while Game’s major label debut The Documentary has moved over 500,000

copies since its January release.

"We may not be able

to stop people from shooting, but we can stop people from profiting from the

violence," Sharpton said. "You can’t deal with this on an artist-by-artist

basis. I’m not going to become a mediator between artists. This is a recurring

problem."

The Daily News said Sharpton

is crafting a letter that will be sent to the FCC.

In the letter, Sharpton

said a response to the violence should be as loud as the outcry against Janet

Jackson’s infamous breast incident during last year’s Super Bowl.

"I recall the outrage

that the FCC and others displayed in response to the Super Bowl performance

of Janet Jackson," Sharpton wrote. "Yet, when acts of violence happen

around radio stations that actually have caused bloodshed, there has been a

strange and disturbing silence from all quarters."

Hot 97 has been criticized

and accused of creating havoc in the rap community by some activists.

Last week, over 200 people

protested the station in New York’s Union Square over remarks that morning radio

show host Miss Jones made about Asian-Americans after the December 2004 tsunami

that killed almost 200,000 people.

They also protested

the latest violent incident at the station as well.

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