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Posted by Robert
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11/20/2003 10:34:30 AM

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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 theHip-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, ³These lyrics are
disgusting, but the oneness of hip-hop culture has transformed many young
people in trailer parks around the country away from their parents¹ old
mindset of white supremacy. We believe Eminem¹s 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.²

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network,
emphasized, ³Hip-hop culture transcends race. We, therefore, must be careful
as to how the race card is played to divide people rather than to encourage
unity in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality for all.²

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