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FCC BANNING POEMS?? (doreen...here ya go...the whole shabang)

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SUPPORT OUR FELLOW POETS!

If some of the lines in poet/actor/playwright Sarah Jones's song "Your Revolution" look familiar, it's because you've probably heard them before-straight from rappers like Shaggy and LL Cool J.

Jones's feminist parody of the bling bling, bitches-and-hoes formula that dominates hip-hop today is certainly a breath of fresh air. But don't tell that to the Federal Communications Commission, According to the FCC, her song contains "unmistakable patently offensive sexual references." On May 17, the FCC levied a $7,000 fine on Portland, Oregon, public radio station KBOO-FM for airing "Your Revolution." They claim the song is "indecent" and that its lyrics are intended to "pander and shock." KBOO is currently appealing the ruling.

According to Jones, the FCC is simply so disconnected culturally that they are unable to discern a parody that is attempting to respond to the hate speech in pop music. They are either misguided in their assessment, or the ban is a clear attack on progressive feminist voices."

Want to tell FCC Chair Michael Powell where else the revolution won't be happening?

E-mail him at mpowell@fcc.gov

OR

go to this website --> http://www.yourrevolutionisbanned.com/ and sign the petition. (you can also purchase her chapbook here)

THE SONG

YOUR REVOLUTION

your revolution
dedicated to all the women and men struggling to keep their self-respect in this climate of misogyny,money-worship, and mass production of hip-hop's
illegitimate child, "hip-pop", and especially to Gil Scott-Heron, friend, living legend and proto-rapper, who wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and
continues to inspire me.



your revolution will not happen between these thighs
your revolution will not happen between these thighs

the real revolution
ain't about booty size
the Versaces you buys
or the Lexus you drives

and though we've lost Biggie Smalls
your Notorious revolution
will never allow you to lace no
lyrical douche in my bush

your revolution will not be you
killing me softly with Fugees
your revolution ain't gon' knock me up
without no ring and produce little future MCs
because that revolution will not happen between these thighs

your revolution
will not find me in the
backseat of a Jeep with LL
hard as hell
ya know, doin' it & doin' it & doin' it well
ya know, doin' it & doin' it & doin' it well

your revolution will not be you
smackin' it up, flippin' it, or rubbin' it down
nor will it take you downtown or humpin' around
because that revolution will not happen between these thighs

your revolution will not have me singin'
ain't no nigger like the one I got
your revolution will not be you
sending me for no drip drip VD shot

your revolution will not involve me feeling your nature rise
or helping you fantasize
because that revolution will not happen between these thighs
and no, my Jamaican brother, your revolution
will not make you feel boombastic and really fantastic
have you groping in the dark for that rubber wrapped in plastic

you will not be touching your lips to my triple dip of
french vanilla butter pecan chocolate deluxe
or having Akinyele's dream
a six-foot blowjob machine

you wanna subjugate your queen;
think I'ma put it in my mouth
just 'cause you made a few bucks
please brotha please!

your revolution will not be me tossing my weave
making believe I'm some caviar-eating, ghetto mafia clown
or me givin' up my behind just so I can get signed
or maybe have somebody else write my rhymes?
I'm Sarah Jones, not Foxy Brown

your revolution makes me wonder, where could we go
if we could drop the empty pursuit of props and the ego
we'd revolt back to our Roots, use a little Common Sense, on a Quest to make love De La Soul, no pretense...but

your revolution will not be you flexing your little sex and status
to express what you feel;
your revolution will not happen between these thighs
will not happen between these thighs
will not be you shaking and me faking between these thighs
because the revolution, that's right, I say the real revolution, you know the real revolution, when it finally comes, it's gon' be real.