Summer 2004 Issue of THE AVE Magazine Hits Newsstands

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The street movement in print is on the block bringing knowledge to the streets. Rev. AL Sharpton and Talib Kweli discuss voter Apathy; Terror Squad show crew love on this issues double cover.

Now that the streets are watching, THE AVE magazine steps back on the block with its highly anticipated summer edition, covering who's hot in the streets and tackling the politics behind this year’s presidential election.

In an exclusive cover story, THE AVE talks with Rev. Al Sharpton and Talib Kweli about voter apathy and why we should or shouldn’t go to the polls this year. The article also breaks down George W. Bush and John Kerry's stance on some of the November election's key issues. Continuing to move out to the masses, THE AVE will also participate in this year's National Hip-Hop Political Convention, which takes place June 16-19 in Newark, NJ. The magazine will be hosting panels on the FCC and the Criminalization of Hip-Hop with moderators and panelists from the music industry and political arena.

The second cover features Fat Joe and The Terror Squad, who discuss how the loss of Big Pun affected their music and outlook on life. The group goes on to explain how they regularly reach out to their community and speak out against injustices. The summer '04 issue also offers an intimate look at domestic violence. While victims share their painful stories of fear and abuse, experts weigh in to offer advice on escaping violent relationships and picking up on the warning signs of abusive mates. Other highlights include Jadakiss talking about the pressures of success, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth return to explain how they plan to breathe life into the sound of hip-hop.

Lending more insight into hip hop's social issues, THE AVE touches on the controversy over same sex marriages; explains C.R.A.C.K., Clean Slate Inc, Cop Watch programs; teaches the community how to defend themselves against police brutality; remembers Puerto Rican activist Richie Perez; and gets M-1 of dead prez to open up about losing his first born.

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THE AVE magazine is a quarterly hip-hop publication that covers music, fashion and entertainment, while addressing important social and political issues relevant to hip-hop culture. THE AVE is distributed nationally on newsstands and at all Tower Records, Virgin stores, and Barnes & Nobles.

"While The Source and XXL continue to battle for hip-hop magazine supremacy as if they were Jay-Z and Nas, [THE AVE], an upstart Brooklyn-based publication, is positioning itself to steal the show like 50 Cent."


"We are not just a music magazine. Hip-hop culture is about many things in addition to music. That includes politics, social issues, lifestyle…and [THE AVE] appeals to all those aspects."

—Anslem Samuel, EIC, on


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