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Monday, May 21, 2021


Fans of “Jericho”, incensed over CBS’ cancellation of the show, are resorting to an unusual form of protest:

In addition to e-mailing me and posting responses to the Media Biz blog, several fans threatened to boycott CBS and, in the strangest twist of all, there is even a campaign to save the show by having fans send nuts to the network’s executive vice president of programming.

Apparently, the nuts are meant to be a symbol of how crazy CBS is for cancelling the show and is also a reference to a line uttered by one of the show’s main characters in the show’s final episode.

What a coincidence, as I just found a unique new source for nutty goodness.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/21/2007 11:30:54 PM
Category: Comedy, TV
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If you had to pinpoint the time and space where rap music (or, if you prefer — which I don’t — hip-hop) was born… Well, you’d have to pick the time as 1973, and the place as 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the Bronx.

Because that’s when and where D.J. Kool Herc cut and scratched his way to a brand-new musical form. And now, more than thirty years later, Herc is lobbying to preserve that apartment building, both to recognize its place in cultural history and save it from gentrification.

“It is complicated when you try to preserve some other feature of a building besides its architecture,” said Lisa Kersavage, a preservationist at the Municipal Art Society of New York. “But this is a very important cultural touchstone for New York, and awareness should be raised.”

Cindy Campbell, who promoted the first party where her brother [Kool Herc] spun the tunes, is intent on doing at least that. She hopes that by highlighting the history of the building, where her family lived for nine years, she might be able to enlist big-name rappers to Mayor Bloomberg in her campaign to help the tenants

One way to increase awareness: Make 1520 Sedgwick a regular stop on Hush Tours.

That the ground zero for rap music is under potential threat is another example of the short shrift that this uniquely American art form gets.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/21/2007 11:11:19 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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