SHUT EM' DOWN!
Artists and Activists United for Peace (AAUP) is a Black-led alliance of many different organizations and individuals of progressive mind, spirit and cultural diversity with one common vision: to bring attention to the continued oppression of peoples of color.
Please visit www.aaupcoalition.org for more information, or call 212-545-4178
In response to the recent airing of a racist, sexist and hate-filled parody of the "We Are the World" instrumental --originally produced by Quincy Jones for the starving in Africa-- aimed at the victims of the recent Tsunami tragedy in Sri Lanka- the AAUPC (Artists and Activists United for Peace Coalition) is calling for a boycott of Hot 97. The song was played several times during the Miss Jones Morning show. Miss Jones and several of her colleagues participated in the making and performance of the song.
Says Nana Soul, spokeswoman and co-founder of the AAUPC, "We are calling on all people of good will to Turn-off and Tune out Hot 97 and send a message to its sponsors and supporters that they will be wasting their money advertising on a station no one is listening to."
Here are the lyrics that are causing a storm of problems for The Emmis Corporation, the owners of Hot 97:
There was a time when the sun was shining bright
And all at once you could hear the screaming
So now you're screwed, it's the tsunami
The Immigrant Solidarity Network, which brought this issue to the attention of the AAUPC and is working side by side with them, has compiled and made available to the public a list of Hot 97's sponsors, and urges everyone to write letters of protest.
"Hot 97 is no longer serving the public interest.
On this basis we may be going to the Federal Government for resolution,"
says legal consultant and founder of The People's Advocacy Group (PAG),
Sonny B. Southerland who has signed on his organization The People's Advocacy
Group to assist the people in toppling what he calls a media giant.