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Rappers Join in Chorus Against Oprah

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Voices keep growing louder to complain that Oprah Winfrey turns a deaf ear to rappers on her show.

Now joining Ludacris and 50 Cent is Ice Cube, who tells FHM magazine: “I’ve been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I’ve never been asked to participate.”

The rapper-actor (real name: O’Shea Jackson), 36, says of his 2002 snub, “For Barbershop she had Cedric the Entertainer and Eve on, but I wasn’t invited. Maybe she’s got a problem with hip-hop.”

Questioning Winfrey’s booking policy, Cube also says: “She’s had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I’m not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?”

A spokesman for Harpo, Winfrey’s production company, told the Associated Press that Winfrey would not respond directly to Ice Cube’s remarks.

Recently, 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson), complained that Winfrey “caters to old white women” and rarely invites rappers on her show. Ludacris (real name: Chris Bridges) told GQ magazine that the media mogul was “unfair” to him during a show he appeared on last October with costars from Best Picture Oscar winner Crash.

Earlier this month on a New York radio show, Winfrey, 52, responded to charges of her anti-hip-hop bias. Speaking to DJ Ed Lover, she said: “I listen to some hip-hop. You know, I’ve been accused of not liking hip-hop, and that’s just not true. I got a little 50 (Cent) on my iPod. I really do. Love In Da Club. … Love that, and you know, love Jay-Z, love Kanye (West), love Mary J. (Blige).”