Thursday, June 02, 2005

An Open Letter to Justin Onyeka

You're nuts, man. Here's the lineup for London:

Coldplay, R.E.M., Mariah Carey and the Cure are among those performing with McCartney, Madonna and U2 in London.

The black artists you named aren't even close to the same league as these people. How can you compare Ms Dynamite to Sir Paul?

Justin Onyeka, entertainment editor at black newspaper New Nation, said he was surprised Band Aid 20 performers Dizzie Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Jamelia and Beverley Knight were not included in the line-up."

You would need black artists like 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z (who were invited) or people like B.B. King, Bob Marley, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Tupac Shakur, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, or Michael Jackson to make it right.

Too bad most of these people are dead, but that doesn't mean Live Aid should bill third-rate performers to satisfy racial quotas.

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