Is Black Radio Beyond Redemption?

In an entry at The Root DC, blogger Natalie Hopkinson writes that she banned two black radio stations from her home because she grew tired of explaining raunchy lyrics to her children.

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In an entry at The Root DC, blogger Natalie Hopkinson writes that she recently added D.C.'s two FM hip-hop stations to the list of items banned in her house because she grew tired of explaining raunchy lyrics to her children.

... and when I heard the radio ad for The Stadium (yeah, that strip club) for the umpteenth time, I realized that black radio is beyond redemption.

I clearly have nothing against strip clubs, but I’m bringing back the ghost of C. Delores Tucker because, bottom line, my children need to be allowed to be what they are: children. Because at the tender ages of 8 and 11, they have a whole lifetime of gutter street talk, cursing and unsubtle sexual innuendo ahead of them. Because, if they keep getting exposed to this stuff now, going away to college will be anticlimactic.

But they are allowed to listen to the local Top-40 (white) pop station. For a hip-hop fan and certified race woman such as myself, that is the saddest thing to admit. Given the plethora of other choices, Pandora, to iTunes, or satellite radio, I shouldn’t be so bothered by black radio’s descent into the gutter ...

Read Natalie Hopkinson's entire blog entry at The Root DC.

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Natalie Hopkinson is a Washington, D.C.-based author whose current projects deal with the arts, gender and public life. She is the author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. Follow her on Twitter.

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