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Posts Tagged ‘Chuck D’

LA Weekly Reporter Becomes Chuck D’s Public Enemy

Last Friday, LA Weekly city chronicler Dennis Romero posted a preview item about “Occupy Skid Row,” a free Sunday concert event in downtown LA organized by Public Enemy.

In his piece, Romero noted that the event lacked proper permitting for a concert performance and also questioned the happening’s confusing connection to the broader Occupy movement. Supporters of PE front man Chuck D, as well as D himself, did not take kindly to the tone of the article. This afternoon, after six updates to the original article, various reader comments and some angry back-and-forth tweets, Romero sums up the brouhaha that ensued and this final Twitter volley:

After Chuck D accused me of being a tool of corporate media, I had to point out that he had hired a lying corporate publicist and is, as far as we can tell, a member of the so-called 1 percent of American income-earners that are the ire of the Occupy nation.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Chuck D’s South African Tirade

On tour with Public Enemy in Cape Town, South Africa, 50-year-old rap music pioneer Chuck D let loose recently via an email to’s Chuck Creekmur and Davey D. With his permission, the email was reprinted today on the website and it’s well worth reading.

The basic gist of D’s rant is that the U.S. has allowed rampant commercialism to supplant art form originality. He writes:

The world has parity now and has surpassed the USA in ALL of the basic fundamentals of HIP-HOP – TURNTABLISM, BREAKING, GRAFFITI, and now EMCEEING… The “arrogant” American comes in blackface, but if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass or even ass for that sake.

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