(from August 2000)
12:50 pm pt Chuck D Drops The Beat On Canadian TV This Week
CDNow website) by Liisa Ladouceur
Chuck D will make a cameo appearance in an
upcoming episode of Drop the Beat, a half-hour series produced by
Canada's CBC television network.
The critically-acclaimed youth
drama revolves around two friends who host a campus radio program that showcases
hip-hop music and culture. The show stars Canada's leading female rapper, Michie
Mee (as MC Divine of the fictional group Projekt Flow), who has toured with
Public Enemy and invited D to appear on the program.
The episode, taped in Toronto
this week, features D as a music video director flown in to direct the clip for
Projekt Flow's track "Now Hold Up." This is not the first time D has acted,
having appeared in the films An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn,
Rhyme & Reason, and Anthem.
Since its debut in February,
Drop the Beat has featured a variety of guests from the hip-hop music scene,
(many of whom appear on the companion soundtrack disc) including Rahzel and High
& Mighty, as well as Canadians Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, and Saukrates. The
episode starring Chuck D is scheduled to air on Dec. 4.
8.2.2000 11:15 pm edt Artists Band Together To Save The Music: Forums in
Philadelphia and Los Angeles aim to draw music education to attention of
website) by John D. Van Hagan
Just so it's not overlooked
amid the political hoopla of this week's Republican National Convention in
Philadelphia, the role of music and art in schools will be the subject of a
forum Thursday hosted by VH1ís Save the Music, the Creative Coalition and the
National Association of Musical Merchants.
The discussion, titled "Artworks: The Benefits of Arts Education," aims to bring
music education to the forefront of the political dialogue. (Sonicnet.com's
parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.)
"We believe that music and arts
education is a critical element in the education of every child, and it should
be a basic component of any educational improvement strategy," actor William
Baldwin, president of the Creative Coalition, said in a press release.
Since the early 1970s, the burden of educational funding has shifted toward
state and local school districts. Since then, music and arts programs have been
on a steady decline and Save the Music and other groups have strived to reverse
The panel will be moderated by presidential son Ron Reagan and, with Baldwin,
will bring together Dr. Francis Raucher, a University of Wisconsin professor of
child development, and musicians Chuck D (of Public Enemy),
Brian Desveaux and Jeremy Dean (of Nine Days). U.S. Reps.
David McIntosh, R-Ind., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., also will participate.
The Creative Coalition is a public outreach organization devoted to First
Amendment issues and arts advocacy. Since 1998, the coalition has sharpened its
focus on arts education, with "Artworks" being its latest push in that
The panel marks the first time that art and music education have been discussed
during a national convention, according to the Save the Music Web site
(www.vh1.com/insidevh1/savethemus). The event will take place outside the
convention hall, at the Prince Music Theatre.
A mirror discussion also will take place Aug. 15 during the Democratic National
Convention in Los Angeles. Actors Christopher Reeve and Hector Elizondo,
producer Lawrence Bender, Irvine University professor Dr. Gordon Sha, and
musicians Montel Jordan and Dave Koz will join moderator
Christopher Cuomo for the panel. U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., chairperson
of the Congressional Arts Caucus, also will join the panel discussion.
The goal of the Save the Music campaign is to restore the prestige of arts
education in the public arena and raise public awareness of the benefits of arts
education. First lady Hillary Clinton called the program a model for improving
public education. Artists such as MC Hammer, Billy Corgan and
John Mellencamp have supported Save the Music projects in the past.
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