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STATEMENT FROM THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT ACTION NETWORK IN REGARD TO EMINEM
The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, the largest national coalition of hip-hop artists and record company executives, is issuing the following statement in regard to the latest controversy surrounding Eminem. The mission of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is to support the evolution of hip-hop culture and the empowerment of millions of youth in the United States and throughout the world. The recently released tape of recorded tracks by Eminem making racially disparaging remarks concerning black women is regrettable and disturbing. Russell Simmons, Chairman of the HSAN, stated, “These lyrics are disgusting, but the oneness of hip-hop culture has transformed many young people in trailer parks around the country away from their parents’ old mindset of white supremacy. We believe Eminem’s apology is sincere and forthright. He continues not only to be an icon of hip-hop, but also has evolved into a good soldier who gives back money,time and energy to the community, encouraging this generation of youth to reach their highest aspirations.”
Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, emphasized, “Hip-hop culture transcends race. We, therefore, must be careful as tohow the race card is played to divide people ratherthan to encourage unity in the struggle for freedom,justice and equality for all.”