Bronx Councilwoman: Censor Hip-Hop Stations When Kids Are Listening

By Sasha Gonzales
sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

In the birthplace of hip-hop, the music is again coming under scrutiny—this time from a Bronx Councilwoman.

Inez Barron last month introduced a resolution that would limit the playing of profane and explicit songs on popular New York City hip-hop stations between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.—the hours when children are likeliest to tune in.

“Airing obscene programming at any time is a violation of federal law,” Barron said at a recent press conference, citing FCC regulations.

Hip-hop as a musical form began in the Bronx, and numerous recording stars got there start in the borough.

Barron’s resolution was inspired by the “Respect Us” campaign currently being waged by the National Congress of Black Women, a charity organization.

The group aims to end support for radio stations that play music that “demeans, denigrates and promotes violence against women, with Black women as the primary target.”

The prospects for Barron’s resolution in the Council were not immediately clear.

About Sasha Gonzales 73 Articles
Sasha Gonzales is a Contributing Writer for Bronx Justice News and a Kingsbridge resident. A native of the Bronx, Sasha is an academic researcher interested in the study of multi-generational poverty and income disparities. She is also an aspiring fine arts photographer and avid reader.

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