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Role Models and Early Morning Television

After I got back from the gym this morning, I thought I’d see what early morning television had to offer. Mtv had its 21st century edition of Yo! mtv raps or something so I gave that a watch for three or six minutes. Imagine my surprise at the junk being offered our society at six in the morning. It was awful!

There was this horrifying Jennifer Lopez video, filmed under the guise of an audition, which of course gives her an opportunity to prance around Jennifer Beals circa Flashdance style in a leotard and little else. Occasionally wet. Of course.

Then there was this astoundingly bad video in which three or four very attractive women stand in front of a Las Vegas-style sign lit by lightbulbs, reading DAMN. Cue to the rapper, who would say a word or two. Scroll back to the ladies, who harmonize Damn, then rapper repeats Damn, then ladies say Damn again.

Eek.

The one morning’s redemption was a great song called I Can by somebody big but I can’t recall who. Not Nelly. Oh! Nas! It was incredibly motivating yet straightforward, telling girls not to dress slutty and telling youths they can be anything and not to do drugs and remember: Africa was once ruled by kings. Africa is where it all started.

I think it’s a great trend for rap. Come on, role models. Come out, come out.

If the truth is told, the youth can grow

They learn to survive until they gain control

Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes

Read more learn more, change the globe

Ghetto children, do your thing

[ed. note: I see that this video has been released for over two months. Um, I should really try to watch Mtv more often.]

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