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The rap duo Dead Prez is set to appear in their first televised concert set to take place June 9th.
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Posted by Dave
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4/24/2006 9:39:54 AM

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In this day and age where the music industry actively promotes artists who happily celebrate narcotics, gun violence and misogyny as lyrical content to fuel billion dollar sales, there is one Hip Hop group willing to go in another direction for the community of people they represent. And now dead prez (M-1 and stic.man) will get its first televised concert special as Starz InBlack takes a bold step in spreading the group's fiery cultural perspective to the masses.

The revolution will be televised at 10 p.m., et/pt on Friday, June 9, 2006, with the airing of "Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop," a Starz InBlack Original production. At last, their voice will be heard by millions.

"Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop" is more than just a concert documentary; it brings attention to the inadequacies of the public education system, minority entrepreneurship, and social revolution. Taped in San Francisco, Calif., "Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop" is a one-hour analysis on the state of Black America. The documentary is infused with dialog and interviews not only from dead prez but also from Kamel Bell, owner of Ankh Marketing and son of incarcerated Black Panther Herman Bell, Fred Hampton, Jr., son of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton, Bay-area rapper Ise Lyfe, Hip Hop activist/radio personality Davey D and performances of some of dead prez' most potent songs from their highly charged catalog like "Know Your Enemy," "They Schools," "Hell Yeah," and "Bigger Than Hip Hop."

"Our aim is to provide a programming experience that viewers will not get anywhere else," said David Charmatz, senior vice president, channel management, talking about the programming philosophy at Starz InBlack. "We like to push the limits and go where other networks fear to tread. We recognized in dead prez a message that deserves to be heard. Not everyone will agree with them, but that's OK. We aim to enlighten and entertain, and 'Dead Prez: It's Bigger than Hip Hop' does both."

"We've never had the opportunity to express ourselves on this level of magnitude," states M-1. "Starz InBlack taking a chance on us lets us know that the work we are doing is not in vain. That our message is penetrating, it's getting through."

Just as bold as other hip hop groups such as NWA and Public Enemy, dead prez continues to forge a voice for community building music. "We are community people and we are about the betterment of the community," states M-1.

As a part of their mission to the culture of Hip Hop and society as a whole, dead prez challenges images and programming that glorify young Black men killing one another, or young Black women portrayed as ho's. They feel the media engages in age-old mind control and manipulation, be it visual or audible.

"When it comes to people of color, the corporations that own these outlets understand the manipulation and they don't want to sell us no revolution, because that would be selling us freedom," says stic.man. "We are still in a state of apartheid, even in America."

"It's necessary and imperative for our community to have a group like dead prez in a position to comment and say what they want to say," activist Kamel Bell says in "Dead Prez: It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop." "To tell the truth about what's happening in our community and the world. If we are in a place where Hip Hop culture can't support that, then we are in a dire place."

Starz InBlack is having a successful run with its weekly programming of the "B Side," an edgy late-night program that mixes comedy, music, animation, and shorts and "1st Amendment Stand-Up" a comedy show where 27 rising stars take center stage to provoke, captivate and tell it like it is in their hilarious, urban, and explosive styles.

Starz InBlack is the source for the biggest, coolest movies and urban entertainment. Starz InBlack has produced several original film projects, most recently, "UNSTOPPABLE: A Conversation wi

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