Local African-American Ministers Calling for Boycott of Upcoming Nelly Concert in Jonesboro

MARCH 1, 2005 - Posted at 7:56 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - A group of local African-American ministers are to hold a news conference today at noon to discuss their "disappointment" with the scheduled appearance of popular rap star Nelly at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.

Nelly is to perform on the ASU campus on March 12.

According to a news release, the ministerial group will hold a news conference today at noon, "to express their disappointment with the 'gangsta rapper' Nelly being allowed to come to the taxpayer-funded Convocation Center.  As taxpayers, citizens and ministers in this community, we feel that the lyrics of 'gansta rappers' are detrimental to society at large, but more specifically to the development of young people."

The news release was distributed by Reverend Adrian Rogers of the Fullness of Joy Church of Jonesboro.