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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Is DMX Actually Dead ?

                                •DMX

By Vitus Ozoke

I ask that question because I have been glued to CNN and MSNBC since 4am, and there has not been a single mention of the death of 50-year old legendary black rapper DMX. Instead, both networks have been engaged in wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Britain's 99-year old Prince Philip.

So, in trying to understand why, I'm looking at several variables here.

1. Could it be that one was 99 years old and the other was just 50? Put differently, is it because society finds death at 99 more shocking, more impactful, and, therefore, more newsworthy than death at the prime of 50? By the way, Prince Philip will have turned hundred in 2 months. I doubt age differential explains it. 

2. Could it be that Americans find British news contents more interesting than American news contents. In other words, are CNN, MSNBC, and other American news networks just reflecting the taste of American news consumers? I doubt it strongly. 

3. Does it have anything to do with the differential legacies of both men? Prince Philip was the shadow man who always walked behind the Queen of England. That was the only thing he did. DMX, on the other hand, was an iconic rapper and movie star. So, their legacies don't explain it. 

4. Okay, maybe it has something to do with the things they said. As a rapper, DMX's lyrics contained vulgar words. Prince Philip was a gaffe machine, and made many insensitive racist jokes and comments. So, it is not what they said. 

5. Might it be name recognition? Prior to yesterday, if Americans were polled with the question, 'who is Prince Philip and who is DMX?", 95 percent would have got DMX correctly, while less than 3 percent would have got Prince Philip correctly. So, it can't be name recognition.

I'm running out of explanatory variables here, folks. Just what explains why CNN, MSNBC, and other traditional American news networks have saturated the airwaves since 4am with wall-to-wall coverage of Britain's Prince Phillip's death, but not a single mention of the death of Black American's DMX, who died a few hours after Philip?

Now, just my curiosity, if Elvis Presley had died the same day as Britain's Prince Philip, would CNN, MSNBC, and other traditional American news networks have saturated the airwaves since 4am with wall-to-wall coverage of Britain's Prince Philip's death, but not a single mention of the death of White-American Elvis Presley? Oh, there you go! I think I just figured it out. Anyway, thank God for the internet and alternative media.

Rest in power, Earl Simmons (DMX)!

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