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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, November 16, 2004

    Vibe Awards show fight

    A melee broke out Monday at the Vibe awards show.

    There were flying chairs and punches. One man was taken to the hospital for a stabbing. Dre and his bodyguards were also reportedly involved.

    So this morning on the Steve Harvey Morning Show (heard in L.A. and Dallas), Master P and Alicia Keys talked about that incident, about playa-hating and how embarrassing stuff like that only happens in hip-hop/R&B.

    The Source Awards and Mixtape Awards have been marred by violence in the past as well.

    The Vibe awards show will be on UPN today at 8 p.m.

    In today's paper, I interviewed a man who sees a brighter future for hip-hop, Chuck D.

    He speaks in Santa Cruz this Thursday.

    WHAT: An Evening with Chuck D.
    WHERE: Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday,
    TIX: $15-$35;, (831) 459-2159.
    WHY: He's a pioneer in hip-hop


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