In a recent National Action Network panel discussion on the entertainment industry, two young women had some tough questions for Radio One CEO Alfred C. Liggins III.

During the discussion, Mr. Liggins explained how Radio One came under fire from the community for replacing a gospel station with an all-news network in Houston, Texas, while continuing to broadcast their popular hip hop station. Although Liggins says he wishes he could have kept all of the stations, he has to worry about the company’s bottom line, and hip hop sells.

“I had to explain to them that there is a segment of the population that wants this music—your kids, the young adunts in your family,” Liggins told the crowd.

Liggins explained his decision, by noting that the hip hop station was “the number one station in the market,” and the company makes a lot of money from it.

After hearing Mr. Liggins’ comments, two young ladies—one 12, the other 17—pressed him to justify his position.

The 17-year-old challenged, “You said your radio station plays rap music because it makes money, but drug dealers sell drugs, does that necessarily make it right?”

The other young lady continued, “Rap music makes negative stereotypes in our communities, so we just want to know would you rather play music that degrades us and dumbs our African American people down just to make money?”

Mr. Liggins explained his position by saying that hip hop has created a great deal of economic stimulus for the black community, however he feels the media is to blame for elevating musical artists and entertainers as the most successful members of the African American community.

While many agree with these young ladies’ position, the majority continue to place the blame for the popularity of the negative images in hip hop on consumers. However, imagine if companies took responsibility for the work of their artists and refused to play songs that degrade and disrespect much of its buying audience.

What do you think?

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  • CHE

    As a young Black woman who heard a few rap/ hip hop songs and never purchased a rap/hiphop cd, even the socalled conscious ones, I cant help thinking most Black women as usual are all talk. When the noise dies down it will be back to business as usual, listening to and supporting, all the talk of I love Black men, etc….and wont see whats in front of your faces; So, whatever Black women and good luck to you all -keep waiting for someone to come rescue you.

    Oh, speaking of who invented music, has anyone ever heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe- google her.

    • QoNewC

      Who do black women need to be rescued from? Herself? Her love of degrading music? Her love to be in degrading music videos? Her love for the artists of this degrading music? Does it hurt, deep down inside, that black women actually love the stuff? It makes them happy? It brings them joy and excitement? You can blame black men all you want for the music but put the blame on black women for enjoying so so much.

      There is so much choice out there. How does it feel to know that this is what they choose with such consistency and enthusiasm?

    • CHE


      Since you live in the sewers you assume all Black women do too….I speak for myself…I dont listen to or have ever purchased any of that so called music and I know plenty of other Black women who do not; Unfortunately, some Black women are like you and are extremely male identified and so support their own degredation; That is on them. They will learn or not.

      Do not address me…..I choose to LMAO at you and IGNORE you like the Black men you stan so hard for yet choose not to marry.

    • Kim

      LOL! You hit the nail on the head. I still say she is that Hispanic girl who posted here. I can’t remember her name, but it’s the same old same old. A simple “B” who can’t seem to leave the very people she despises alone.

  • The Comment

    Bravo young ladies! Thank you for representing us well.

  • pinkgirlfluff

    I’m more concerned with how people are raising their children. The same stuff that is heard in rap songs can be heard in how people are referring to each other IRL. I often hear about how vulgar hip hop music yet I hear the same individuals call women they see or know horrible names. Those same people use the n-word. It screams hypocrisy when so many claim to be so ashamed of hip hop yet act out in ugly ways in their everyday interactions with others.

    How about we get ourselves together in our own communities by actually being there for these kids so that they don’t grow up representing their people in a negative light? We can get rid of hip hop but the truth is that it is on reflecting the failures of previous generations. I know we like to glorify the past but something went wrong and until we identify what birthed these ills we cannot cure them or at least make them rare.

    Just a thought. I’m not an expert. Just a regular person.

  • Debbie Clark

    The young ladies were so on point it was pathetic. Whatever the justification for playing hip-hop is, IT IS WRONG!!! How else can we teach our children self-esteem if all they hear is b this and h that and get the money kill this n and that n? PREPOSTEROUS!!!!!!!!!

  • pink

    H: It’s the YOUNG stupid women that don’t get it. Mature women got it a looooonnng time ago!!

    • Rhio2k

      Unfortunately, black women don’t seem to mature these days until they turn around 40. Younger than that and they all seem to have the same mentality as teenagers.

    • tisme

      Rhio2k your hatred of black women is showing.fix that!