Despite Probable Sales Hit, Kanye Did America A Service

Jim Derogatis of The Chicago Sun-Times weighed in on Kanye West’s controversial comments about the media and President Bush in his column Monday. “Unlike Public Enemy, which was famously criticized for embracing some of the anti-Semitic views of the Nation of Islam, West’s beliefs reflect those of millions of mainstream Americans strong on family values, the merits of hard work and Christian teachings,” he writes. “Indeed, the message of ‘Jesus Walks’, the phenomenal hit from his 2004 album ‘The College Dropout’, is that anything is possible with the help of Christ, a theme that allies him with many of Bush’s core supporters. But Friday, West’s statements were much closer to those being made by critics of the Bush administration from across the racial and political spectra. And while he is being criticized by many on the right — and will no doubt pay a price with some lost album sales and less radio play in more conservative markets — he did Americans a service by putting the issue on the table for national debate.”

Chuck D Writes ‘Katrina’ Song

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has written a new song addressing the natural disaster in New Orleans, Alabama, Mississippi and the issues that surround the region ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. In “Hell No We Ain’t Alright,” Chuck D sends a barbed message to government officials, the media, the military and even the Hip-Hop nation. Check out the track’s lyrics from AllHipHop.com.

PBS 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour

Public Enemy rapper Chuck D attended the PBS 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday (July 13) in Beverly Hills, California. Chuck D is the host and narrator of ‘Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest.’ Check out pictures from GettyImages.

Chuck D Hosts New Air America Show Kicking Off Tonight

On The Real, A new weekly socio-cultural talk show airing on Air America Radio, hosted by hip hop culture icon Chuck D and co-hosted by Giana Garel, will examine the hot button issues of the day from an entirely different ethnic/cultural viewpoint, while incorporating an international perspective into the mix. Made up of frank discussions about regional and global politics, the social influence of the world of entertainment, and authors and artists devoted to topics that are usually trapped under the radar, On The Real will embrace modern technology to take the show beyond the radio waves, to rebroadcast, podcast and even syndicate in print. The show’s first guest will be Jamie Foxx and will air Sunday at 11PM-1AM ET. Check it out on your local Air America radio station or online at airamericaradio.com.

On TV: Flavor Flav, Chingy, Ludacris

Rappers on television this week include Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav, who appears on ‘The View’ with Brigitte Nielsen; Ludacris, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday; and Chingy & Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who appear on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Thursday.

Chuck D In Cannes

Public Enemy’s Chuck D posed for photographers during the MIDEM 2005 in Cannes, France on Monday (January 24).

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Flavor Flav At NA’s New Year’s Bash

Flavor Flav of Public Enemy was on hand for Noel Ashman, Chris Noth and Jesse Bradford Present New Years Eve 2005 Party at NA Night Club on Friday (December 31) in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.

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