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Jackson Asks to Meet Academy President Over Grammy Cuts
NY Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR.

Posted on 01/27/2012 12:03:15 PM PST by don-o

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson has demanded a meeting with the head of the Recording Academy to talk about deep cuts to Grammy Award categories this year that some musicians have complained discriminate against certain ethnic groups.

With the awards ceremony two weeks away, Mr. Jackson expressed his dismay over the cutbacks in a letter to Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and raised the possibility of protests.

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On Thursday night Mr. Jackson told The Associated Press that he wanted “cooperation, not confrontation” with the recording academy, but he also said he would organize a protest of the Feb. 12 ceremony, to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, if talks failed. “We are prepared to work with artists and ministers and activists to occupy at the Grammys so our appeal of consideration of mercy really might be heard,” he said in the statement.

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1 posted on 01/27/2012 12:03:18 PM PST by don-o
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To: don-o

Whew,the polka catagory is safe!


2 posted on 01/27/2012 12:09:27 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: don-o

Reverend Racist is at it again.


3 posted on 01/27/2012 12:11:00 PM PST by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: don-o

He’s really addicted to attention if he’s stooping to this to get it...


4 posted on 01/27/2012 12:14:00 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: don-o

Dear Mr. Jackson,
I’m somewhere between too busy and not interested, to make time for your opportunism and whining.
Sincerely,
All of Us


5 posted on 01/27/2012 12:14:03 PM PST by G Larry (We need Bare Knuckles Newt to fight this battle.)
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To: don-o
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson is going to have a cow when a lily white 23 year old girl from the UK sweeps the Grammys...Kayne West is going to explode. Definitely don't miss this years Grammys!!!


6 posted on 01/27/2012 12:14:34 PM PST by avacado
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To: don-o

They’re what? entitled to these awards? Can the MTA hand them out for subway riders? Its racist if they don’t.


7 posted on 01/27/2012 12:15:11 PM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: don-o

Looks like the race pimp is trolling for extortion dollars again.


8 posted on 01/27/2012 12:16:29 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: don-o
"Mr. Jackson told The Associated Press that he wanted “cooperation, not confrontation” with the recording academy, but he also said he..."

... more than anything, wanted money.

9 posted on 01/27/2012 12:19:57 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: don-o

What? Oh no...don’t tell me they’ve dropped the category “Best Male Vocalist in Uzbek Throat Singing”!


10 posted on 01/27/2012 12:25:48 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: LibFreeUSA

Good name for him. He has made a career of it, and it works, it got one kid of his into Congress and another a good beer distributorship.

It has kept him in new suits all of his life and he doesn’t even have a church.

Does anyone actually watch the Grammy’s?


11 posted on 01/27/2012 12:26:05 PM PST by Venturer
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To: YHAOS

Yo...you guys pay my back child support and I can make this go away.


12 posted on 01/27/2012 12:26:23 PM PST by dogcaller
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To: don-o

Perhaps it’s because “certain groups” wouldn’t know a music note if it hit them in their Cadillac Escalade.

Ooops, didn’t say that.

Move along, move along.


13 posted on 01/27/2012 12:27:23 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: headstamp 2

Looks like the race pimp is trolling for extortion dollars again.

ya, looks like his bank account is running low


14 posted on 01/27/2012 12:29:06 PM PST by molson209
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To: Dr. Ursus

Has anyone done a study on the effect of the music/message of the “cultural” genre on academic performance?


15 posted on 01/27/2012 12:30:09 PM PST by seton89 (Starve the Beast)
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To: dogcaller

LOL!


16 posted on 01/27/2012 12:43:36 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: don-o

Jackson wants discrimination against white people..
Is that racist?...


17 posted on 01/27/2012 1:07:08 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: don-o

I have noticed there is less and less of Jackson since obama got elected. He’s really desperate to take up this “cause”.


18 posted on 01/27/2012 1:19:38 PM PST by Terry Mross (We need a second party.)
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To: Terry Mross

Many rappers have been excluded from the competition now because the category for “stolen songs that have been remixed and make big bucks for me and my homies” has been eliminated.

Islands in the Stream? Gimme a break.


19 posted on 01/27/2012 1:25:07 PM PST by squeegee boy
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20 posted on 01/27/2012 1:27:53 PM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: don-o

Mr G is nominated for a Grammy this year, and even I don’t care if Jackson protests.


21 posted on 01/27/2012 1:54:32 PM PST by Grammy
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To: don-o

There is only one entry in the Cowbell category every year.
Christopher Walken wins it every time. I'm OK with that.

22 posted on 01/27/2012 2:20:39 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Grammy

Congrats!


23 posted on 01/27/2012 2:27:02 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Texan5
He’s really addicted to attention if he’s stooping to this to get it...

And he has been laying low for a long time as well. Something tells me somehow one of his own scams is getting pinched.

24 posted on 01/27/2012 3:43:59 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: don-o

Why is there a Latin Grammys in the first place?


25 posted on 01/27/2012 3:46:03 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Texan5

A protest by Jackson alleging racism.

what a concept.


26 posted on 01/27/2012 5:18:55 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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