"You Call That A Concert?" Dispute Continues

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10-15-09 at 10:26 P.M.
FAMU Students continued to voice their concerns over the lack of variety in this year's homecoming concert lineup at a meeting Thursday night.

Outspoken students and alumni are upset over the message the artists selected for this year's concert is giving to the community and alumni across the nation.

Some say the explicit lyrics, demeaning words against women and rapping about drugs and violence is not the message they want to send to the youth and those looking at the university's actions.

"I think there needs to be a balance to what the students want. Of course we could have more positive artists, but at the same time if there's a deman for it, it just like anybody who knows about business, supply and demand," says FAMU student Andy Sthilaire.

"We pay our activities and service fees for them to come and we're not even going to see them because we don't even enjoy those rappers," says FAMU student, Ayanna Martinez.

Organizers say the promoter was supposed to be at the debate to voice his opinions and SGA officials were invited, but no one showed up.

Student Affairs officials told us Wednesday it's too late to make changes this year, but say they're open to discuss it for the 2010 concert.

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10-14-09 at 10;30 P.M.
Florida A&M takes pride in it's diverse student population, but some say that's the very thing it's lacking in this year's homecoming concert lineup.

Some students and alumni have now created FAMU People's Coalition, a group voicing its distaste for the artists' explicit and often demeaning lyrics.

"We are very concerned that we are sending a message to the next generation that we condone these artists and the messages that they send," says Terrance McNeil of FAMU People's Coalition.
While some students say these big headliners will bring in the numbers.

"They're trying to make the environment happy and if that's what they're going to listen to, that's what they're going to bring. I don't really think there's going to be any changes," says FAMU student Joanna St. Jacques.

Others seem to agree that a more diverse taste in music is needed in Rattler Country.

"Most people do naturally think that we just like hip hop artists and I think that alot of students here actually listen to all types of music. We are diverse," says Shantayvia Barrington.

"I know that every single person that's on the poll, there's no one coming to the concert. So I don't think they even tried to get our opinions out there," says FAMU student, Tnijah Smith.

FAMU officials say they're willing to discuss making changes in the future, but it's too late for this year.

"We understand their concerns, but to approach us on the 11th hour. Contracts have been signed, the venue has been secured," says FAMU Dean of students, Henry Kirby.

Some of the confirmed artists are: Plies, Lil Webbie, Young Cash, Ace Hood, Hurricane Chris, Ice Berg, Black Dada, Dukwon and Midget Mac.

Gucci Mane was also a headliner, but won't be able to make the concert because he has a mandatory court appearance.

Gucci Mane has also already been banned from performing at North Carolina A&T homecoming this year.

FAMU's Homecoming will be October 24 against Norfolk (Va.) State University.

For more information, go to: http://www.petitionfamuconcert.blogspot.com/

There facebook page, titled "You Call That A Concert?" is here:
http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=srp&sfxp=&q=you+call+that+a+concert#/group.php?gid=151297353281&ref=search&sid=5208616.292174561..1
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10-13-09 at 10:30 P.M.
A group of FAMU students and alumni are voicing their distaste for the university's homecoming lineup, including one rapper who goes by Gucci Mane, who won't be able to make the concert because of legal issues.

Members of FAMU People's Coalition say the concert's artists are not a representation of the diverse student body and say they don't agree with the derogatory and often violent lyrics.

"It seems that they have artists that only cater to a certain audience. And the thing about that is, the material that these artists have are simply not bringing the sort of message that we think are healthy for our university environment," says FAMU student Sean Blackmon.

"There are so many different people here are Florida A&M that we have different tastes and the artists that have been welcomed these previous years aren't exactly what we want," says FAMU student Nuekeller Hardy.

Member say they hope to have a thousand signatures by Thursday when they'll meet up with university and homecoming officials.

Students and alumni are encouraged to come to Thursday's meeting at 7 P.M. at FAMU's Pharmacy Building in Room 102.

The group says they don't want to change the concert but do want an alternative solution offered to the students.

Some of the confirmed artists are: Plies, Lil Webbie, Young Cash, Ace Hood, Hurricane Chris, Ice Berg, Black Dada, Dukwon and Midget Mac.

Gucci Mane was also a headliner, but won't be able to make the concert because he has a mandatory court appearance.

Gucci Mane has also already been banned from performing at North Carolina A&T homecoming this year.

FAMU's Homecoming will be October 24 against Norfolk (Va.) State University.

For more information, go to: http://www.petitionfamuconcert.blogspot.com/

There facebook page, titled "You Call That A Concert?" is here:
http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=srp&sfxp=&q=you+call+that+a+concert#/group.php?gid=151297353281&ref=search&sid=5208616.292174561..1



 

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