Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Fox keeps feeding us toxins..."

Nas is having a busy month. Recently it was reported that the rapper had inked a partnership with Fila to help design an 80’s inspired clothing line. Today it was announced that Nas’ current album, Untitled, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. However, the number one album in the country wasn’t what the hype was about for the Queens rapper. Today he and political organization, ColorOfChange, protested in front of Fox News headquarters in New York. Their gripe with the station came from what they see as a, “long racist smear campaign against the Obama family.”

The racism Fox is being accused of comes from some controversial references to Barack and Michelle Obama. Anchor Bill O’Reilly casually used the term “lynching party” when he was talking about some of the attacks on Michelle Obama’s character. Fox also had an on-screen graphic referring to her as “Baracks baby mama.” The most recent problem came when Fox anchors constantly referred to the couples “terrorist fist jab” (they just gave each other a pound…some dap…an innocent gesture).

ColorOfChange connected with Nas after reading the lyrics to his song Sly Fox, which ironically speaks about the racist propaganda that they too had accused the network of. Today they got together with Nas, and hand delivered 620,127 signatures that demanded that Fox president, Roger Ailes “find a solution to address racial stereotyping and hate mongering before it hits the airwaves.” The petitions were rejected, but The Colbert Report, which airs on Comedy Central, will accept them.

No word on what The Colbert Report has in store for the petition. In the meantime check out Sly Fox, from the new Nas album, Untitled.
Sly Fox - NaS


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