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Hip-Hop Video Gives Voice to Pro-Life Movement
CNSNews.com ^ | May 19, 2005 | Melanie Hunter

Posted on 06/10/2005 6:33:23 AM PDT by iwannaknow07

Hip-hop music usually gets a bad rap for its misogynistic overtones and violence, but amid the criticism comes a refreshingly courageous song with a message to which parents can proudly expose their children, particularly teens.

"Can I Live?" which debuted recently on Black Entertainment Television's "106th & Park" video music show, stars former Nickelodeon television star, turned rapper and movie star Nick Cannon, as the yet-to-be son of a teenage mother.

The video, set in the 1970s, takes place at an abortion clinic where a teenage mother, played by actress Tatiana Ali, formerly of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," arrives to get an abortion. Cannon, who plays a ghost-version of himself, tries to persuade his mother to choose life and reconsider her decision to terminate her pregnancy.

The mother sits in the waiting room where others are facing the same dilemma. As she fills out medical forms, Cannon's character talks about the struggles she would face as a teenage mother.

Ali's character is then seen in a hospital gown, lying on a table, ready for the abortion procedure. With doctors standing by, Cannon again appears and sees himself in the form of a baby in the ultrasound on a screen behind him.

He implores her to think about the consequences of her actions and what he could become one day if she would only let him live. As if she could hear him, Ali gets up from the examination table and leaves the room. Cannon thanks her.

Ali runs outside to the street and sees a crowd of children of all sizes and ages wearing white t-shirts, emblazoned with three words: "Can I live?" Those words are also heard in the song's chorus, which is sung by various children.

Months later, we see the young mother in a different hospital room surrounded by family and friends while holding her baby.

In the entertainment industry, sex is often viewed as the most effective tool to sell a product. As a mom, however, I would like to think that an uplifting message like that found in the "Can I Live?" video is much more powerful.

While watching this video, I was moved to tears thinking about the mothers who thought they had no other choice but to abort their child, but I was even more affected by the voices of the children, begging to be born.

Hopefully, more mothers who are conflicted over matters of life and death will be able to hear their child's voice as clearly.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; cultureoflife; hiphop; music; nickcannon; prolife; rap; rapmusic; vh1; video
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I caught this video last night while working out at the gym... I seriously had to stop the treadmill and watch, I was in awe and tears.

You can watch it at:

http://www.jalive.com.jm/showvid.asp?strmArtist=Nick%20Cannon&ftr=&strmTitle=Can%20I%20live.

It's nice to see a hip hop artist with a real message, that is actually reaching a group of people who need to see things from another angle.

1 posted on 06/10/2005 6:33:23 AM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: iwannaknow07
Good work Nick...

2 posted on 06/10/2005 6:35:30 AM PDT by evets (God bless President Bush and VP Cheney)
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To: iwannaknow07
This is hardcore pro-life. Lyrics are poignant and uncompromisingly truthful.

It will get dissed right here. Just watch.

Can I Live?


3 posted on 06/10/2005 6:40:25 AM PDT by rdb3 (Say it loud! I'm white and I'm proud! Don't look at me like that. Ask Howard Dean.)
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To: iwannaknow07
If you're not a rap fan you can check this out.

I Want to Live by The Right Brothers.

4 posted on 06/10/2005 6:44:08 AM PDT by Lost Highway (http://www.therightbrothers.com The Right Brothers)
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To: iwannaknow07

Hey, folks, there ain't nothing wrong with a few tears.....


5 posted on 06/10/2005 6:50:02 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: iwannaknow07
Watch It!

LINK: http://www.jalive.com.jm/showvid.asp?strmArtist=Nick%20Cannon&ftr=&strmTitle=Can%20I%20live

6 posted on 06/10/2005 6:51:23 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Lost Highway
Another powerful video... thanks for sharing.

The Nick Cannon video was #2 on BET's video countdown. It really is reaching people and hopefully saving the lives of innocent children. If even one woman is convinced... thanks Nick.

7 posted on 06/10/2005 6:51:34 AM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: iwannaknow07

Wow, that is just awesome. Could it be that the next generation will see and admit to the truth?


8 posted on 06/10/2005 6:53:40 AM PDT by conservatrice
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To: conservatrice

I pray that they will be reached with truth and yield to it.


9 posted on 06/10/2005 6:56:07 AM PDT by Spirited
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Thanks for listenin'.

10 posted on 06/10/2005 6:58:09 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: iwannaknow07

Awesome video, and I hate rap music. Of course since its a good message it won't get much media attention, only if it was promoting abortion would it get attention from MSM as being controversial.


11 posted on 06/10/2005 6:58:32 AM PDT by pangaea6
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To: iwannaknow07

Thanks..BTW..anyone know what motivated the artist to do this video? Was it a personal/family situation or experience?


12 posted on 06/10/2005 7:04:51 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050
I believe it's based on his mother's story... that's what the video leads me to believe anyway, and he did write the lyrics.

The image if him hugging and thanking his mother gave me goosebumps.

13 posted on 06/10/2005 7:06:27 AM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: iwannaknow07
Hip-hop music usually gets a bad rap for its misogynistic overtones and violence

Which is precisely what this crap is abnormally about..

However this kid is different..

If it's too loud...it's because you are too old

I hate rap, hip hop,thrash,trash,60s psycho dillic,heavy metal,..

I am kinda partial to John Phillips Sousa however..

14 posted on 06/10/2005 7:18:44 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Taglines often reveal a lot about the inner person...)
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To: iwannaknow07

Incredible. I wish I could fit this into the church service I am doing.


15 posted on 06/10/2005 7:32:59 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: iwannaknow07

Damn. That's strong.


16 posted on 06/10/2005 7:41:22 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: iwannaknow07; cyborg; Republican Wildcat; mhking; Trueblackman; grellis
Very touching.

You can get a nicer Media Player or Quicktime version here.

Anybody know anything about this guy?

Dan

17 posted on 06/10/2005 7:53:43 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: rdb3

that is awesome!!


18 posted on 06/10/2005 9:35:32 AM PDT by CharlieOK1 (See http://www.alisrael.com/tamuz/ for what should happen to Iran)
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To: iwannaknow07
The image if him hugging and thanking his mother gave me goosebumps.

That was deeper than Atlantis, wasn't it?


19 posted on 06/10/2005 10:34:16 AM PDT by rdb3 (Say it loud! I'm white and I'm proud! Don't look at me like that. Ask Howard Dean.)
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To: cpforlife.org; Coleus; NYer; Salvation; Mr. Silverback
Could each of you please ping your respective pro-life related ping lists to get the word out about this amazing story? A real pro-life music video is now the second most popular video on Black Entertainment Television. This is a 100% pro-life message using the most effective medium for the demographic that most desperately needs to hear it.

The song may be heard and the video seen free of charge here:

Nick Cannon Music

20 posted on 06/10/2005 1:43:26 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...


21 posted on 06/10/2005 1:48:36 PM PDT by Coleus (God doesn't like moderates, Rev 3:15-16)
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To: Lost Highway

Another great video, sort of a country western version of the video above. I plan on linking both of these videos into repeating playlist for my county Right-To-Life organization's booth at this summer's county fair.

22 posted on 06/10/2005 1:51:18 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: pangaea6

Maybe the left will slam it so hard everyone will want to see what the fuss is about. (Sorry about the grammar)


23 posted on 06/10/2005 1:57:53 PM PDT by acad1228 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ppaul

Thanks for the link. Very powerful.


24 posted on 06/10/2005 1:59:41 PM PDT by kassie ("It's the soldier who allows freedom of speech, not the reporter..")
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To: uncleshag; MoJo2001; tomkow6; beachn4fun; StarCMC; Darksheare; Diva Betsy Ross; ...

Just wanted to pin the Canteeners to this.


25 posted on 06/10/2005 1:59:55 PM PDT by acad1228 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: iwannaknow07

"While watching this video, I was moved to tears ..." Well, this old man was moved to tears just reading that a rapper has made such a video ... Life is the big romance. Thanks be to God.


26 posted on 06/10/2005 2:05:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: MHGinTN

Amen.


27 posted on 06/10/2005 2:06:34 PM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: acad1228

Thanks for the *ping*--nice to see some positive influence coming from the Hip-hop world for a change! Thanks, Nick!


28 posted on 06/10/2005 2:07:58 PM PDT by LUV W ((Freedom is on the march. Freedom is the birthright and deep desire of every human soul.GWB 3-29-05))
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To: acad1228

It is a tear jerker and I don't care at all for rap.


29 posted on 06/10/2005 2:21:42 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Democrats haven't had a new idea since Karl Marx.)
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To: iwannaknow07

I have never (before today) heard a hip-hop song that inspired and moved me. I love that song.

The country song one is allright, but I don't think it holds a candle to the Nick Cannon one, and that's coming from someone who loves country music and has never heard a rap or hip-hop song that he liked before today. I haven't been able to do a "save as", or find a useable version in my temporary internet files. Does anyone know where I can download a high quality version of this?

Truly moving!


30 posted on 06/10/2005 2:34:20 PM PDT by MarineBrat (We are taxed twice as much by our idleness. -- Benjamin Franklin)
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To: acad1228


31 posted on 06/10/2005 2:47:25 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: MarineBrat

Try imesh.com... free file-sharing site. Since I am at work I cannot access the site and see if the video is available. Hope so, it truly is a beautiful video.


32 posted on 06/10/2005 2:49:42 PM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: acad1228

Bump and thanks for the ping.


33 posted on 06/10/2005 3:30:59 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: iwannaknow07; rdb3; Lost Highway

I am no expert on hip hop, but from what I have read, the subject of abortion is addresses in hip hop more than any other type of music. Specifically, there are quite a few hip hop songs that take an anti-abortion position. I can mention a few I've read about, including "One Mic" by Nas and especially "Real Killer," by Tech N9ne. I looked up the lyrics for the later and it's quite a chilling and fearless song. I've also heard about "abortion," a song from the 80's by Doug E. Fresh, but I don't think I could find the lyrics to that one.


34 posted on 06/10/2005 4:06:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: nickcarraway

Popular Hip Hop artist Common has a nice pro-life song, entitled "Retrospect for Life", here are some of the lyrics,

"from now on
I'ma use self control instead of birth control
Cause
$315 ain't worth your soul
$315 ain't worth your soul
$315 ain't worth it"

http://www.lyricsondemand.com/c/commonlyrics/retrospectforlifelyrics.html


35 posted on 06/10/2005 5:12:56 PM PDT by DameAutour
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

36 posted on 06/10/2005 5:58:34 PM PDT by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: iwannaknow07
Good news bump.

I remember seeing a Black video that had a vague pro-life message several years back when the Box was still on cable. The abortion occurred but the whole thing was one of sincere regret told from the man's viewpoint.

37 posted on 06/10/2005 6:15:14 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: iwannaknow07; Coleus

Thank God something has come of rap!! Personally, give me rock, metal, country, or Irish folk any day!


38 posted on 06/10/2005 6:26:35 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (Orwellian Relativism: All philosophies are equal, but some philosophies are more equal than others.)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite

Don't forget disco and Motown.


39 posted on 06/10/2005 6:48:34 PM PDT by Coleus ("Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isiah 5:20-21)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
Movie/Television/Rap Star Nick Cannon Shoots Pro-Life Music Video

HOLLYWOOD, CA, June 10, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nick Cannon, an accomplished actor, comedian, songwriter and producer with a host of credentials to his name at the age of twenty-four, including his own television show, has released his debut solo album. The album marks Cannon's first all-out effort to cross from the film-making/television industry into the music industry, although he has been involved in the music scene for years, working closely with the likes of Will Smith.

The feature song entitled "Can I Live", on the album by the same name, is being praised by advocates of the culture of life for its powerfully pro-life statement. Cannon recently released the music video for the song, which is available for free online. The video has been consistently voted in the top ten at the music-video rating site, 106 Park & 10 for some weeks. (to vote go here: http://www.bet.com/Site+Management/Polls/106+and+Park+II.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished&Referrer=%7B29BD4505-32BF-4E4F-A434-1E7519949588%7D )


The video, skillfully directed by Cannon himself, beautifully dramatizes the torment and the uncertainty as Cannon's own mother arrives at a "Women's Health Clinic" (abortuary) in the late seventies with the obvious intention of ending the life of her child. Cannon himself appears in the video clad in white, symbolically portraying the person of the as-yet unborn child, and giving voice to his own implicit right and desire to live. 

Throughout the video he tries to connect with his unheeding mother and to plead his own case, at one point crying out to her "300 Dollars that's the price of living what? / Mommy I don't like this clinic / hopefully you'll make the right decision / and don't go though with the Knife Decision."

In the second to last scene Cannon's mother rises from the operating table as her unborn son's silent arguments penetrate and she runs from the clinic into the sunshine. There she is greeted by several dozen children singing the chorus and wearing T-shirts with the words "Can I Live" printed on them. 

The video closes with Cannon hugging his present-day mother saying "I am just telling ya'll my story/ I love my life / I love my mother for giving me life / We all need to appreciate life/ A strong women that had to make a sacrifice / Thanks for listening… / Mama thanks for listening." 

Cannon has received a slew of support from his fans on the message board of his official fan page, with many confessing that they wept the first time they viewed the video. One woman recounted how his video confirmed her in her last minute decision not to have an abortion.

Most remarkable of all is the message Cannon himself posted on the message board which runs as follows: 

"This record is extremely important to me and to our community. There are a lot of young mothers in need and have had to struggle to raise their children. I just wanted to recognize all the strong women who are raising children on their own like my mother had to do. Myself and my foundation really want to help these young women. If any of you out there know a single mother between the ages of 15-25 who may be having a difficult time I would love to hear the story. Please write to me and explain the condition and how I could possibly help. I will check the website and respond accordingly."

Subsequent posts by the board administrator assured his fans that Nick had received all the requests for assistance and was deliberating how to best assist each woman. 

See the "Can I Live" video:
http://www.nickcannonmusic.com/index_main.html

Thank Nick Cannon for his work by leaving a message on the message board at his official fan site:
http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/mb/dpc123

40 posted on 06/10/2005 7:05:34 PM PDT by Coleus ("Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isiah 5:20-21)
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To: iwannaknow07

Still crying... there are no words. I'd pay for welfare for the rest of my working life if it would stop abortion (it wouldn't... two different dynamics going on). This was just beautiful and I signed his guestbook to let him know how much I admired him.


41 posted on 06/10/2005 7:40:36 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (You should be TERRIfied that you may someday be SCHIAVOed to death!)
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To: iwannaknow07; 2nd amendment mama; A2J; Agitate; Alouette; Annie03; aposiopetic; attagirl; axel f; ..
Nick Cannon always struck me as a nice kid. I'm really glad I was right about him.

ProLife Ping!

If anyone wants on or off my ProLife Ping List, please notify me here or by freepmail.

42 posted on 06/10/2005 8:10:25 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: nickcarraway

Self ping for later googlizing


43 posted on 06/10/2005 8:14:14 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (You should be TERRIfied that you may someday be SCHIAVOed to death!)
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To: nickcarraway
I am no expert on hip hop, but from what I have read, the subject of abortion is addresses in hip hop more than any other type of music.

That would be most appropriate, since abortion basically amounts to genocide against American Blacks. Three out of five Black children don't make it out of the womb.

44 posted on 06/10/2005 8:14:21 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: DameAutour
$315 ain't worth your soul

Now that's the stuff!

45 posted on 06/10/2005 8:15:35 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback ("Eureka! I just found the gene that causes people to believe in genetic determinism!")
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To: MarineBrat
Does anyone know where I can download a high quality version of this?

Yes. The process is a bit involved but this video is worth it (plus you will be able to download other streaming video files in the future). This process is particularly valuable to the "bandwidth challenged" who want to see or hear the high resolution versions of streaming video and audio files on the Internet that their Internet connection won't support directly.


46 posted on 06/10/2005 8:21:29 PM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Coleus

bttt


47 posted on 06/10/2005 8:23:30 PM PDT by cyborg (I am ageless through the power of the Lord God.)
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To: iwannaknow07

Oh my!! This young man is fantastic, brave and my hero. It takes so much to stand up for the right in this day and age. I don't listen to hiphop often, but I'm going to buy this one.


48 posted on 06/10/2005 8:23:41 PM PDT by hocndoc (Choice is the # 1 killer in the US)
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To: mhking
Mr. Cannon probably set out just to make a heartfelt tribute to his mother because of the decision she made. It's more than a touching tribute, and this was masterfully put together with a star-filled cast.

But, Mr. Gannon does not realize how big this is, nor on how many toes he's stepping (stomping, actually).

Fasten your seatbelt, Nick. You're going to have an extremely bumpy ride from here on out.


49 posted on 06/10/2005 8:40:23 PM PDT by rdb3 (What you want? Morning sickness or sickness from mourning? --Nick Cannon)
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To: rdb3

Agree 100%


50 posted on 06/10/2005 8:41:04 PM PDT by cyborg (I am ageless through the power of the Lord God.)
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