PHOX News | Mp Yamfam & Mina West

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What does PHOX news stand for?

Before I start speaking on this poem, I want to first address the title. PHOX News is a phonetic play on words linking to the media outlet Fox News. The acronym PHOX stands for Public Hearings of Xenophobia, and if I’m honest it is something I feel Fox News and other similar media display.

Note: Xenophia - definition; dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries (I wasn’t sure of the definition until Poet Mp Yamfam broke it down to me)

Myself and Mp Yamfam decided to join forces and use spoken word as a way to shine light on the level of injustice with how the media present the relationship between law enforcement and the black race. We both came together at a time where video footage of police brutality was at a high - but yet stations like Fox news refuse to address the issue or would twist the story to favour the system. By taking on the personal of the media we wanted to show how moronic it all is and challenge people to not trust everything the media tells you. We’ve seen how they’ve twist stories such as Travon Martin, giving “justifications” for the murder of black skin. There are so many cases similar to this (too many to mention) which hurt my heart, poetry was just my outlet and was blessed to write this with Mp.

When Mp first approached me about the idea of doing a poetry piece together I had a mixture of excitement and nerves, writing is such a personal private experience for me I normally shy away from doing projects outside of my comfort zone. But Mp is a close friend of mine and dope poet, so decided to jump at it and it was a fun process writing with him. There will be more, I’ll bug him so there is :p.

I would love to get your thoughts on the poem and the subject. I do apologise for the technical difficulties on it - but you still get the jist of the poem :D

Mina West x


Both:     Breaking news
MP:        A black man shot a police officer after an armed robbery went wrong
MW:      Yea, that’s ok but I don’t feel like the headline is strong
Make the black man a thug, with a history of gang related crime
Been in out and out of prison, where he’s done a bit of time
MP:        Let’s add a dash of spice
Make his vice be Allah
And before he pulled the trigger, a witness claims heard him say Allahu’akbar
MW:      We don’t need to include that the police man came out of an armed van
                Acting all high and mighty with false accusation and demands
Commands him to pull over, because of the tread depth of his tyre
But really because of his deadly melanin attire
MP:        It was Officer Jones who’s quite well known for racial profiling
Happy slapping blacks, hands up, lay down, face down, show me your back, PAT, bullet in the back, pat pat three bullets in back, yet another body count for Officer Jones
But before he goes… crack in the back pocket, gun by the right hand, shot himself in the leg
Framing the black man, Officer down! Officer down! Shots have been fired! Suspect shot me
In the leg, I had to return fire!
MW:      Never asked for his name, name unknown
Never been arrested but criminal in the media is what will be shown
                Never make the black man sound, civil, educated basically human
MP:        Give him animalistic traits, untermunschen Nazi for Subhuman
Infiltrate his personal life, demonize his wife
Radicalise his family, with paraphernalia and weapons
MW:      I reckon this will go down well with our readers, who already follow the stereotype that black men are gang members and drug dealers
MP:        Turn this lovely churchgoer into public enemy no.1
Make this devout father, neglect his son
He did not pay his parking ticket on time, so describe him as a vigilante on the run
Both:     Ooo I love my job when it is this much fun

Yes we are the media
we set the rules
We know the story
You read the news
We re-write history
Keep out that truth
If it doesn’t meet our agenda
We won’t include

So this will be the headline the people will take in

Play the black man as the demon

So the system always wins

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