o1ltlogobeyonjennf.jpg


LIVE RADIO FEEDS
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
IF YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SAY, MAKE YOUR EMAIL MOVE!!!
GET AT ME

Powered by Blogger

LIVE RADIO
  • MTV RADIO
  • POWER 99("The Wendy Williams Experience" 2-6 P.M. Mon-Fri)
  • STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW(WEST COAST)
  • 99 JAMZ SOUTH FLORIDA
  • WTMP RADIO "WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE" RADIO FEED
  • "HOT AND BLACK" LINKS
  • NOVA SLIM
  • DREWREPORTS.COM
  • YBF
  • HIP AND POP
  • SANDRA ROSE
  • HIP-HOP RUCKUS
  • CRUNK AND DISORDERLY
  • ROCKACANDY
  • MEDIA TAKEOUT
  • BEST WEEK EVER
  • PANACHE REPORT
  • SISTER 2 SISTER
  • HOT 97 MISS INFO'S CELEBRITY SITE
  • WENDY WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE
  • PINK IS THE NEW BLOG
  • COCO GIRL AT.....
  • AOL BLACK VOICES
  • JUICY-NEWS
  • NAH RIGHT
  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP BLOGS
  • RICH AND FAMOUS
  • DLISTED
  • STAY TALKIN SHIT
  • ALL HIP HOP
  • SOHH
  • THE BLACK REPORT
  • THE SUPERFICIAL
  • X17ONLINE
  • STRAIGHT OUTTA NYC
  • SPOTLIGHT GROOVES
  • ROCK THE DUB
  • PLATFORM LAUNCH ACTION
  • RHYMES WITH SNITCHIN
  • JUICY SCOOP
  • MY URBAN REPORT
  • WRITERS BLOCK MEDIA
  • LENZISM.COM
  • THAT GRAPE JUICE
  • SCOOPED LIKE ICECREAM
  • THE POP CULTURE JUNKIE
    NUBIAN ALTERNATIVES
  • LIVING OUT LOUD WITH DARIAN
  • ROD 2.0 BETA
  • JASMYNE CANNICKCOM
  • THE REPUBLIC OF T.
  • KEITH BOYKIN
  • SCOTT P. BRAYANT
  • Q-WAVES
  • CLAY CANE
  • HIS STORY
    MYSPACE
  • O1LT.COM MYSPACE EDITION
  • MOVIES WORTH SEEING
  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPINESS
  • DREAMGIRLS
  • IDLEWILD
  • CROSSOVER
  • TRANSFORMER
  • SPIDER MAN 3
  • SHREK 3
  • DOA(DEAD OR ALIVE)
  • Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here

    O1LT.COM **EXCLUSIVE DAVE MAYS INTERVIEW**

    By L.T. Dinwiddie

    On the surface it would appear that two of the most influential people in hip-hop are on the verge of losing everything. After founding The Source over 18 years ago, David Mays and longtime president/artist Raymond "Benzino" Scott were sent packing by their former magazine's board of directors. If that wasn’t bad enough former Editor and Chief Kim Osorio, who was the first female Editor-in-Chief of The Source, and co-worker, Michelle Joyce, filed charges of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit accused co-owners David Mays, the Chief Executive Officer, and Raymond “Benzino” Scott, the Chief Brand Executive, of committing gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and unlawful retaliation against women.

    Earlier this week Kim Osorio received semi-good news after a federal jury in New York found she was fired in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment and gender discrimination on the job. However, most media outlets have failed to report that Osorio lost on all counts of sexual harassment charges. Though it would appear that vindication is hers this victory might be short lived if David Mays and Benzino have anything to do with it as there are plans in motion to appeal the verdict.

    Although things are still being worked out on a judicial level, the pioneering hip-hop duo are not letting legal woes get in the way of their creativity and innovation. Amidst all the courtroom and magazine drama a fresh, new magazine has emerged that is guaranteed to be bigger and more influential than The Source ever was -- and the new magazine is called Hip-Hip Weekly. In a one on one exclusive interview O1LT.com spoke with one half of the founding “hip-hop Bible”, Dave Mays for a candid conversation. With an ever growing social appetite for news particularly hip-hop news, it looks like the new Hip-Hop Weekly couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time. May’s discusses how much of an impact Hip-Hop Weekly plans to make on urban-pop culture, his current take on the state of hip-hop today and his side of the story regarding the controversial Kim Osorio lawsuit.


    O1LT: What is your vision for this new magazine?

    Dave:
    Hip-Hop is so big, it’s close to a trillion dollar industry and there are many different things and different types of business and areas that are basically eating off the hip-hop culture. You can look at the NBA and MTV and lots of examples of companies and businesses that are benefiting tremendously from hip-hop culture but, what you see out there is a reluctance to give the credit to the culture. People want to make money off our culture but, don’t like to give us the credit. They want to call it by a different name and continue to try and make hip-hop into something bad.

    One of the things that Hip-Hop Weekly would do is help elevate hip-hop itself to the mainstream level of acceptance that it deserves. And take ownership in a lot of things that are hip-hop. Lebron James is hip-hop-- there is no better term to describe who he is. Jaime Foxx is hip-hop-- all these different people from different aspects of entertainment and culture--these things are hip-hop and they need to be known and take ownership… that’s one of things that will be the legacy of this magazine. To help take ownership of the broad impact of everything that hip-hop is today and will be going forward.

    O1LT: What’s your take on the state of Hip-Hop today?

    Dave: Hip-hop is an ever evolving culture and art form. I think the state of the music isn’t that strong. I think it’s suffered over the past few years because of the corporate control that has been exerted over the music. I think that when the music hits a rut, it also hurts the culture. But I have a feeling for a number of reasons that we are going to see a change and bring some energy and innovation back into the hip-hop music scene and I think that will resuscitate the culture and get it back going in the right direction.

    O1LT: I know you that you two are no longer affiliated the The Source magazine, but what’s your take on the recent verdict regarding former Editor-in-Chief Kim Osorio?

    Dave:
    I am actually very pleased with the outcome! What hasn’t been made clear in various news reports is that she lost on her primary claims. She claimed that Ray and I and the company sexually harassed her. She claimed that she was the victim of gender discrimination and the jury found no finding whatsoever and cleared of us all charges with regard to sexual harassment and gender discrimination. That’s a great thing because we are very proud of the corporate environment we created at The Source, an environment that’s created tremendous opportunities for a lot of diverse group of people – young people, women, men, minorities—people who wouldn’t have opportunities in a lot of other places. The Source was one of the most desirable companies for young people to want to work at. I’m glad that on the major situation we were cleared.

    What she did win on was two counts – one is something that is called retaliation, which basically has to do with procedures by which a corporation fires somebody when they make a complaint. Even if the complaint is false there are certain procedures when this type of complaint is filed that a corporation must follow if it doesn’t want to expose itself to a retaliation claim. She made a complaint—she worked for a company for five years. She was the first Editor and Chief of The Source. She replaced a man, was picked over a man, and was elevated to one of the highest salaries in the entire company. She was well taken care over time.

    For five years she never made any complaints of any kind related to harassment or discrimination. Benzino and I decided to make a change in her position, she found about it and that’s when the complaint was filed. That’s what the retaliation claim was about and that will be appealed as well as the defamation claim. As far as the defamation claim goes, it came about in an interview that Benzino did for a website and he stated that we felt that Kim was attempting to extort us to save her job. Based on that comment the jury determined defamation and awarded damages to her for that. But that one I am absolutely certain that on an appeal it will get knocked out, there’s just no way in the world that will pass as defamation. I feel very good with the outcome.

    O1LT: Are you concerned about published reports that she is contemplating writing a tell all book about her experiences working for The Source?

    Dave:
    That’s fine, to me it just underlines her motives -- again she wanted money and she is trying to turn this into ways to make money for herself. She can do whatever she chooses to do. People have said lots of things about me and Benzino and The Source before so say what you want. We are here, we’re back -- we never went anywhere and we are going to be bigger and more influential then we ever were before with The Source, with the new Hip Hop Weekly!! MORE TO THE STORY

    1 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i had a chance to kick it with these cats during when they came to the SuperBowl in H-town, and though I never liked Ray's music he and Dave were real cool...

    I like that hip hop weekly and it won't be hard for Monsta to outdo the Sauce...i haven't purchased an issue in prolly 2 years now...

    "Take control of your music business..."
    www.ucanmakebeats.com

    12:59 AM  

    Post a Comment

    Links to this post:

    Create a Link

    << Home

    Your Ad Here
    Your Ad Here
    **INTERVIEWS**
    **WENDY WILLIAMS**
    DAVID MAYS
    LUCY DIAMOND
    MEGA BODY
    PATRIK-IAN POLK
    RAZ-B
    **O1LT.COM MUSIC REVIEWS**
    BLACK TY-GHETTO ROYALTY DIDDY-PRESS PLAY
    LUDACRIS-RELEASE THERAPY
    JANET JACKSON-20 Y.O.
    Enter your email address below to subscribe to O1LT.COM-IF YOU WANT IT"HOT AND BLACK"!


    powered by Bloglet
    Blogroll Me!
    Blogroll Me! Subscribe with Bloglines Blog Directory subscribe to this feed
    Google