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09.23.04 10:08 PM

talk about campaigning

I don't know if any of you have been following Showtime's American Candidate. I have of course, because I was banking on Keith Boykin winning. That he's no longer in the game was a bit emotional for me. I found him to be one of the most eloquent of the bunch, and as well, I felt that he really had a plan. But it's cool for Keith, as he's gearing himself up for the release of his new book Beyond the Down Low : Sex and Denial and Black America. That title will undoubtedly draw some controversy and some critical acclaim.

The point of this post was that I just received an email relating to American Candidate, which proves that in the final rounds, the candidates are pulling all the tricks out their bags. I'm not knocking it, at least their not saying, "Vote or Die!"

So here's what was contained in the email. You do what you wish with the information. I'm not mad at it, I mean this was Keith's partner through and through and you could really feel it in their last embrace. To get the full impact of the message I received you've got to scroll. I'm displaying it exactly as it appeared in the email via contrabandit.com. But don't act to quickly, 'cuz following that email, I'll show you a little surprise from Keith and it's something I think is quite fair of the network to offer to the people-at-large.

From: rhymenight@hotmail.com
Subject: Hip-Hop Activist Malia Lazu One of the Last Standing on Showtime's American Candidate
Date: September 23, 2004 7:15:44 PM EDT
To: ljohnson@vibe.com

Vote for Malia Crescencia Lazu

Your American Candidate!!

Malia.jpg

We made it. All of your support and hard work has paid off. I am one of the FINALIST’S for American Candidate. I am the only progressive in the race, I am the only person of color in the race and I am the only person who has proven leadership working for underrepresented Americans.

You have to look no further than the success of Mass VOTE in raising voter turn out consecutively since 1999.


Working in coalition to create, the Young Voter Alliance, the only youth 527 in 5 swing states id’ing young people and getting them to elect DEMOCRATS in 2004!


Mentoring a dozen young people through out this country, helping create organizations like the League of Young Voters and the National Hip Hop Political Convention


I decided to run for American Candidate to being new idea’s new energy to a political process that has disillusioned millions of Americans.

How to vote for Malia Lazu-

1) Watch American Candidate at 9:00 pm this Sunday on SHOWTIME to get Malia’s 1800 number

2) Call the number to vote for Malia.

3) Text message and e mail your friends my 1800 number and tell them to call

4) POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 9:45 pm-11:45 PM EST. They will open again at 9:45 PST- SO ANYONE ONE THE EAST AND WEST COAST GET MORE PEOPLE TO CALL THEN!!


LETS PROVE THAT AMERICA IS READY FOR A CHANGE!

But then again...

Guess Who's Back?

By Keith Boykin
September 23, 2004 10:04 AM

KeithGuess who's back? Yes, I am coming back to American Candidate. I will be on the show this Sunday night at 9 p.m. for a special appearance. And you will finally have a chance to vote for me. You can only vote on Sunday night and the votes will be tallied immediately following the show.

Here's how it works. Episode 8 will air on Sunday, September 26 at 9 p.m. on the East Coast and again at 9 p.m. on the West Coast. At the end of the episode, America will vote to determine which candidates will move on to episode 9 and which will be eliminated. Each will be assigned a toll-free telephone number and a text messaging number (there is a small charge to send a text message). The numbers will be announced to the public at the end of the episode...

The public will be able to vote for exactly 2 hours after the airing of the
episode on each coast. The polls will be open from approximately 9:45 p.m. EST until approximately 11:45 p.m. EST following the East Coast airing,
and again from approximately 9:45 p.m. PST until approximately 11:45 p.m. PST following the West Coast airing.

There will be no voting by internet, but the assigned numbers will be posted on the americancandidate.com website at the conclusion of the East Coast broadcast of the episode (approximately 9:45 p.m. EST).

Many of you have asked how you can support my campaign. Well now is the time. Please watch on Sunday and vote immediately after the show. Thanks once again.

I shudder to think that had I not checked Keith's site, right before posting this I would have been totally in the dark.

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