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Friday, March 19, 2004

Speed bump
The Boston Globe's Renee Graham starts some serious beef with 50 Cent over his comments in Playboy:
"It's about 50 Cent proving yet again that he's a detriment to the public image of African-American manhood. And yes, the evocation of race is intentional. Since his debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " dropped a year ago, 50 Cent has parlayed every toxic stereotype of black men into chart-topping success. He's a misogynist. He's a gun-happy fool doing his part to extol black-on-black violence. He's a cartoon character playing into white society's fears and fascinations with the perceived black urban male menace. Without anything new or interesting to say, his whole shtick consists of presenting himself as a violent, destructive force and cold-hearted pimp, whose primary power is scaring the mess out of people."

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