Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Frank LePore aka "Slimshadee
Hurricane Center May Run Out of Names:
Rapper Tapped As Name Consultant
(Sour Grapes Gazette)
Each year, 21 common names are reserved for Atlantic Basin hurricanes, with the list arranged alphabetically and skipping certain letters.
Rita is the 17th named storm in the Atlantic Basin this year, leaving only four names in the database. If Hurrican Wilma develops, officials have come up with an alternate plan.
"The white meteorological established has ignored the contributions of urban blacks in the area of name creation. We need to honor that creativity by giving our American storms hip ghetto monikers," said Frank Lepore, spokesman for the National Hurricane Naming Center and himself a noted white rapper with the name SlimShadeePickens.
"For 2006, we might see Hurricane Tupac, Hurricane Dirty Old Bastard, and Hurricane Lil' Kim. We also like the names Propesha, LaMervyn, Kendratta, Shawndel, LaKenya, SeanJean, and WuTang for future storms, " said LePore.
LePore said Southern Dirty Rapper TI has been hired to ensure that the names chosen truly reflect the diversity and beauty of the ghetto.