Backlash Continues Over Performance on BET Awards Show
Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) - It seems the backlash from last week's performance by hip hop artists Lil Wayne and Drake at the 2009 BET Awards has yet to end. IAMNOTEVERYGIRL.COM, a newly created website, has sparked a campaign to remove the song from radio airplay.
The website provides information how supporters can call, write, or leverage various social media platforms (like Facebook and Twitter) to request that radio stations consider removing or drastically limiting the song's airplay to late night hours. Through efforts like 'Call Mondays', 'Write Wednesdays', or 'Tweet Fridays', IAMNOTEVERYGIRL.COM will continue throughout the month of July to help bring awareness to this cause.
While many believe the website seeks to degrade or demoralize hip hop music and its artists, Milan Ford, the website's creator, says that is not the goal. "IAMNOTEVERYGIRL.COM has been created to be a strategic tool for parents, women, and the faith community as a whole, to demonstrate to our nation's entertainment industry the passion we have to protect the hearts and minds of this generation."
"Lil Wayne is our brother," Ford adds, "who is a dynamic young man with a talent that is unquestionable. But as a husband and father of two girls, the message and explicit lyrics of this song are indeed questionable, and is deserving of our disapproval."
While "Every Girl," currently a Billboard Top 20 single, is receiving airplay on radio stations across the nation, Ford says that the focus of the site's campaign will be targeted on those stations located or broadcasting to the city and surrounding cities of Atlanta, Georgia.
"We are after CONCENTRATED volume," Ford states on the website. "By focusing on just one city, we are able to build and provide a proven model for thousands across the nation to implement successfully within their respective cities."
Since launching on July 1st, IAMNOTEVERYGIRL.COM already boasts over 5,000 unique visitors, and has already earned more than 600 fans on its Facebook page. Ford says that plans are now underway for the site to help raise funds to benefit several non-profit organizations in Atlanta who are fighting sex trafficking within the city.
"We believe our cause is directly linked to their cause," says Ford.
Log onto www.iamnoteverygirl.com or follow Twitter.com/iamnoteverygirl for more details.