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Release: Oct. 22, 2001

Public Enemy's Chuck D to speak at UI Oct. 24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rapper Chuck D, who has had to cancel two previously-scheduled visits to Iowa City because of extenuating circumstances, will speak on "Rap Music and the Politics of Difference," on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public. Following his lecture, he will sign copies of his book, "Fight the Power: Chuck D on Rap, Race and Reality," (Delacorte, 1997).

Chuck D made new strides into the world of political hip-hop as leader of Public Enemy, the most controversial and possibly the most influential group of the late1980s. Rolling Stone writes, "Public Enemy's four seminal albums, 1987's Yo! Bumrush the Show, 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions, 1990's Fear of a Black Planet and Apocalypse '91: The Enemy Strikes Back, feature Chuck at his best -- hard rhyming, exhorting revolution and activism." His first solo album, Autobiography of Mistachuck, came out in 1996.

Building on his popularity and authority as an artist, Chuck D has continued his career as an activist, moving into publishing, college lectures, and commercial production.

Chuck D was scheduled to speak at the UI Sept. 13 as part of the national conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, organized by UI professors Venise Berry, journalism, and T.M. Scruggs, music. The conference was canceled in the wake of the events of Sept. 11.