M1, R.E.A.C. Hip-Hop Extend Public Invitation to FCC Town Hall Meeting

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prez rapper M1 and R.E.A.C. Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism and Community

through Hip Hop) will address members of the FCC at a town hall meeting/public

hearing Thursday (Oct. 19) on diversity and ownership of the media.Those

slated to attend the gathering include FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan

Adelstein, community leaders, media representatives and concerned citizens.The

meeting comes amid reaction to the recent payola scandal involving Emmis Communications

and Clear Channel Communications, according to R.E.A.C. Hip-Hop spokesperson Rosa

Clemente."We

demand the inclusion of artists whose music would bring a balance to Hip-Hop radio

from pioneering DJs and emcees from the ’70s, through the decades, to today’s

underground and unsigned hit makers and beat makers," said Clemente, who

added that the meeting will focus on ownership. "[We

need to] free Hip-Hop music from greedy corporations who have little care as to

what poison they broadcast into our communities and into the ears of our youth!"

she continued. "No one should have to pay for play! We will no longer tolerate

the racist, sexist and heartless comments made over the last 18 months by shock

jock style morning show hosts."The

meeting — sponsored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition/National Latino

Media Council, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National

Institute for Latino Policy and in partnership with Free Press, a national public

policy group — is the latest in a series of public hearings conducted by the

FCC on issues such as localism, diversity and ownership caps.

The first two

meetings were held Oct. 3 in Los Angeles."Many

feel that lifting ownership caps will result in greater concentration of media

ownership, the loss of local owners and a decline in minority ownership,"

Clemente said. "Critics point to Clear Channel as an example of what happens

when ownership limits are removed. Clear Channel now controls over 1,400 radio

stations and most provide little or no local content.Established

in late January 2005 in response to the "Tsunami Song" scandal at New

York’s Hot 97 FM, R.E.A.C. Hip-Hop aims to encourage and create fair and equal

representation of the diversity of Hip-Hop culture.The

town hall meeting public hearing will take place Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Kaye

Playhouse in Hunter College, East 68th St. (between Park and Lexington Aves.)

in Manhattan.

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