Take Back Our Music Campaign 2007 Hip Hop Songwriting Contest

The Take Back the Music Campaign is Sponsored by Essence has been going strong since 2005. Who says we haven't been screaming about misogyny in music. This campaign is two year old.
According to their site, their goals are to:

  • provide a platform for discussion about popular music’s more extreme images of Black women;
  • explore the effects of such imagery on our children, especially our girls;
  • seek greater balance in how Black women—and Black men—are portrayed in popular music and culture;
  • encourage readers to examine their own attitudes on the subject;
  • promote artists who deliver positive alternatives so that readers can vote with their dollars;
  • give readers a blueprint for how they, too, can get involved in our campaign in whatever ways make sense for them.
When you get a chance, drop by. They even have a songwriting competition.

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Check out the Rap Mainfesto at Take Our Music Forward. They are calling for a boycott of Universal Music AND demanding that large music corporations take a pledge to diversify their executive positions. Here is why:

  • "In 1999, UMG pledged to ban sexually graphic and violent images in their music as a result of pressure from concerned citizens. The company quickly went back on this promise when it added Def Jam to its holdings, and has since actively promoted explicit sex and violence in its rap music and videos."

This is not an assault on Black culture.

This is not an assault on rap artists.

This is not an assault on women who choose to appear in rap videos.

This is an all out consumer assault on mainstream music corporations that are censoring Black artistry by signing and promoting only a certain flavor of rap music.
From Take Our Music Forward

The Rally is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at noon in Santa Monica. You can find more information here.
If you are in the Santa Monica Area and don't have plans, you ought it check it out.

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