Friday, August 8, 2008

Nas Protests Outside Fox News

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By Laura Leebove and Evan Lucy, Billboard

On the day Nas' untitled Def Jam album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the rapper joined political groups Color of Change and Move On, along with fans and protesters, outside of the Fox News building in New York to protest the network's portrayal of blacks.

Nas briefly spoke to the crowd of nearly 100 people and urged them to "stop the racist smears on the Obamas and black Americans." In his speech, he cited examples of remarks made by Fox reporters that he and supporters found to be racist, including a reference to Michelle Obama as Barack Obama's "baby mama," and a fist bump between the couple as a "terrorist fist jab."

Even though Nas said he supports Obama and his vision, he hasn't officially endorsed the candidate and claims no political party has approached him for further support.

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