This past week, rap moguls Rick Ross and Lil Wayne have been on the covers of urban magazines and blogs for more than just their hottest single. For years, women’s rights groups and civil organizations have berated over the stereotypical images and offensive lyrics that has been argued to cripple Black America and most importantly, the youth. Recently, Ross’s distasteful word play alluding to rape cost him an endorsement deal with Reebok and Lil Wayne’s offensive lyrics regarding Emmett Till has his family pushing to have Wayne’s endorsers, Mt. Dew, follow suit.
This has been going on for years. Why now? Did their lyrics really cross the line? Or are we all just being too literal? On tonight’s radio show, The Launch Party, we discuss Sex, Drugs and Hip Hop with Gordon Braxton.
Gordon Braxton is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2008 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He started speaking on sexual violence prevention as an undergraduate peer educator and then spent the first decade of his professional career working as a public speaker and a prevention specialist on college campuses. Today, he continues the work by moderating a new blog called alliedthought.com which encourages discussion on fostering non-traditional allies to stand in solidarity with survivors against sexual violence.
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A mathematician, engineer and PR pro were interviewing for the same job (hard to believe, I know)
The mathematician was first up, and the interviewer asked him, “How much is 2 + 2?”
Stunned at such an easy question he quickly replies “2 + 2 equals 4.” And with that, the interviewer dismisses him.
The engineer comes in and is presented with the same question. She goes over to the whiteboard and begins a lengthy explanation discussing sines and cosines, velocity and other matters before concluding, “So as you work the equation to completion, it becomes clear that 2 + 2 equals 4.” Again, the interviewer dismisses the candidate.
Finally, the PR pro comes in. The interviewer repeats the question. “How much is 2 + 2?”
The PR guy gets up, closes the office door, looks around the room, then leans in to the interview and responds, “How much do you want it to be?”
For the month of February we are highlighting empowering women in PR! Last week, we looked at some of the most memorable moments of the Superbowl with the good, the bad and the ugly of the IPR Report! Then we chatted with Nicole Garner, CEO of ATL’s The Garner Circle PR. Learn more about her site at www.thegarnercircle.com
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