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Rutgers Team Won’t Be Defined By ‘Nappy Headed Hos’ Imus Smear 5 Years Later

April 4th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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“Nappy Headed-Hos.”

It was five years ago today that the particularly nasty barb spewed from the mouth of radio shock jock Don Imus and entered the national lexicon. In the days that followed, there were threats of boycotts and calls for firings as advertisers from American Express to Proctor & Gamble Co. fled Imus in droves.

MSNBC announced it would no longer simulcast Imus in the Morning, and after days of protestsCBS Radio eventually relented, dropping the hammer on Imus and banishing him from the airwaves, albeit temporarily.

In the middle of that storm were the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, a team comprised of eight African-Americans and two whites who were still reeling from losing in the title game of the NCAAWomen’s Tournament when they found themselves the subjects of scorn by a man they didn’t know who spoke to a national audience of millions.

In its wake there were press conferencesmea culpas and lawsuits. Five years later, Imus is back on the air, setting up shop at Cumulus-owned WABC in New York. Imus has had theoccasional racial dustup since, but nothing approaching that grand misstep that was the Rutgers basketball team.

To find many of the girls, now women, you’d have to scour the corners of the globe. Several members of the team, including Rutgers team captain Essence Carson (New York Liberty), Kia Vaughn (New York Liberty), Matee Ajavon (Washington Mystics) and Epiphanny Prince(Chicago Sky), reached the pinnacle of their sport, playing in the WNBA.

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Hate Speech Spurs Media Maven to Outrage then Action

February 10th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Afro) — Controversial radio host Don Imus infamously outraged sections of the Black community, April 4, 2007, when he shrewdly called members of the Rutgers University basketball team “nappy-headed hos” during a live broadcast.  Coincidentally, one of the components that Imus unknowingly angered was the executive director of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, led by rap mogul Russell Simmons. Emerging from the fallout of Imus’ remarks, Valeisha Butterfield, the network’s executive director at the time, then hosted a meeting at her house featuring some of the most powerful Black women working in media to come up with a counterpunch to Imus’ verbal onslaught. That same year, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) was born.  Butterfield, co-founder of WEEN, has successfully created a coalition that stretches to over 43,000 young women worldwide. WEEN hosts programs year round designed to educate women in the areas of health, financial literacy, career development and personal advancement. The company recently celebrated its three-year anniversary and will host its first WEEN Summer Academy where 60 women will undergo a six-week crash course in the entertainment business that will acclimate them to an industry of which most are begging to be a part.  Butterfield’s vision has exploded before her very eyes into a growing movement. But it was a vision that successfully grew despite a controversial comment that helped unite the African-American community. “From that meeting we decided that something had to be done and one day I decided to put my foot down and make a stand,” Butterfield said. “As a woman who worked in the business, I felt like it was my responsibility and my obligation to do my part to create more balance in the way women, like me, are portrayed in the media.”

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