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Although many people would rather forget  Don Imus’s famous “nappy-headed ho” comments, I explore why it’s important to remember the incident in an article published in the Spring 2012 issue of Journal of Research on Women and Gender.

The article titled, “From Jezebel to Ho: An Analysis of Creative and Imaginative Shared Representations of Black Women,”  analyzes Imus’s rhetoric and connects his ideas to modern portrayals of black women in social media outlets such as Facebook hate groups.

On April 4, 2007,  the shock jock and two co-hosts provided their analysis of the NCAA Basketball Finals, a competition during which a predominantly African-American, female basketball team played a predominantly Anglo-American, female basketball team. At the time, Imus was one of the most recognizable voices on radio, speaking to nearly 15 million listeners across 100 stations.