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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sharpton, Hip-Hop Execs. Clash Over Rap Lyrics

"After Rev. Al Sharpton cancelled plans yesterday to honor Island Def Jam CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid at a charity dinner because he feels the label releases offensive Rap music, Universal Music Group allegedly asked that its $15,000 donation to Sharpton's event be returned. The New York Post reported yesterday that Sharpton 'suspended' the planned James Brown award for Reid because he handles a stable of foul-mouthed singers, and Sharpton believed the recognition would have been inappropriate and hypocritical in the wake of his criticism of the racially insensitive comments made by Don Imus. The Post says that associates of Reid then contacted Sharpton's organization, the National Action Network, to have their contribution returned, as Universal is the parent company to Island Def Jam. However, a Universal spokesman denied that the company asked for its money back and said there are no hard feelings over Sharpton's withdrawing the award."

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