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Movie/Television/Rap Star Nick Cannon Shoots Pro-Life Music Video
LifeSite ^ | 06/10/2005

Posted on 06/11/2005 10:28:53 AM PDT by Keyes2000mt

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+P... )

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; canilive; cultureoflife; gangbanger; hiphop; music; nickcannon; prolife; rap; rapmusic; vh1
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1 posted on 06/11/2005 10:28:53 AM PDT by Keyes2000mt
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To: Keyes2000mt

Link:

http://www.nickcannonmusic.com/index_main.html


2 posted on 06/11/2005 10:30:50 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'chaim!)
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To: Keyes2000mt

He just ruined his career in Hollywood.


4 posted on 06/11/2005 10:33:39 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: beeepo

Hey, you joined FR today to post that crap? And no comment from you? I think you took a wrong turn somewhere...


5 posted on 06/11/2005 10:38:10 AM PDT by LibSnubber (liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: beeepo

What the f* is this crap?


6 posted on 06/11/2005 10:39:08 AM PDT by econ_grad (The US Constitution presents no significant challenge to the government.)
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To: LibSnubber

What about the above article do you think is crap?


7 posted on 06/11/2005 10:39:30 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: LibSnubber

Sorry, I misread your comment.


8 posted on 06/11/2005 10:39:52 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: new cruelty

No harm, no foul, FRiend!


9 posted on 06/11/2005 10:41:51 AM PDT by LibSnubber (liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: LdSentinal

maybe...but he just gained one more fan in Atlanta.

I guess I'll forgive him for "Drumline" now :)


10 posted on 06/11/2005 10:42:04 AM PDT by jsk10
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To: Keyes2000mt

BOOOOMMMMM!!!!!

Mano-O-Man-O-Man, That was a Truly PHENOMENAL Video!!

Normally, I'm not really interested in Rap music of today, bu WOO-hhoo-Wee, That was truly G-O-O-D!!

Thank You, Father GOD, for this man, Nick Cannon's, story, for His mom & her Best & Right CHoice for her son's life back then!!!


11 posted on 06/11/2005 10:43:04 AM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 (" will declare the Beauty of The LORD.")
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To: LibFreeOrDie

This is beautiful....wonderfully done video and the music while not my usual taste is well done. I can actually understand the words. Pray that the impact is made on others who don't understand yet what being pro life is all about.


12 posted on 06/11/2005 10:44:58 AM PDT by missanne (Go to work, write letters to the editor!)
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To: ExcursionGuy84

AMEN!!!!

We loved Drumline too!


13 posted on 06/11/2005 10:48:59 AM PDT by 2R1
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To: Keyes2000mt

WOW, what a powerful video. Folks this may do more to prevent abortions than 100 abortion clinic pickets..


14 posted on 06/11/2005 10:52:03 AM PDT by Paradox (Never mind me, I thought this was another porn thread...)
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To: jsk10

I love Drumline. Great movie!


15 posted on 06/11/2005 10:53:05 AM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: marajade

okay, not to argue...but...

when two guys really don't like each other...the way they settle things isn't.."pick up your drum and we'll drum off". other than that... ha.

ha. hey, i watched the movie...points against me. but this video is 'off the chain'. very impressive and powerful. i agree with earlier post, it will do more to promote life than 100 protests at clinics.


16 posted on 06/11/2005 10:55:45 AM PDT by jsk10
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To: 2R1; missanne; ExcursionGuy84; jsk10; new cruelty; econ_grad; Keyes2000mt; LibFreeOrDie; ...

Here's the lyrics. I'm sending them around to everybody I know. Let's help this get all the publicity we can! And air time! And album sales!

Album: Nick Cannon
Song: Can I Live

[Talking]
Talking Ma
I know the Situation is Personal
but it’s something that has to be told.
As I was making this beat
you was all I could think about, you heard my voice.

[Verse 1]
Yeah Just think Just Think
what if you could Just
Just blink your self away..
Just Just wait just pause for a second
Let me plead my case:

Its the late 70's Huh
You Seventeen Huh
and having me, that will ruin everything, huh
it’s a lot of angel waiting for there wings
you see me in your sleep ---so you cant kill your dreams
300 Dollars. that’s the price of living what?
Mommy I don’t like this clinic!

Hopefully you'll make the right decision
and dont go though with the Knife Decision
but It’s hard to make the right move
when you in high school
how you have to work all day and take night school
hopping off da bus when the rain is pouring--
What you want, morning sickness or the Sickness of mourning?

[Chorus]
I Will Always Be a part of you
Trust Your Soul Know His Heart Is True
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
I Will Always Be a part of you
Trust Your Soul Know His Heart Is True
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE

[Verse 2]
I' m a child of the king
ain’t no need to go fear me
and I see the flowing tears, so I know that you hear me.
When I move in your womb that's me being scaredy
cause who knows what my future holds?
Yo --the truth be told you aint told a soul
Yo-- you aint even showing, I just 2 months old
though your clothes try to hide me deny me went up 3 sizes
your pride got you lying saying ain’t nothing but a migraine.
It ain’t surprising, you not trying to be in WIC food lines.
Your friends look at you funny, but look at you, mommy
thats a life inside you, look at your tummy!
What is becoming, Ma--- I am Oprah bound
you can tell he's a star from the Ultrasound
Our Spirits Connected ---Doors Open Now
Nothing But Love And Respect Thanks For Holding Me Down
She Let Me Live...

[Chorus]
I Will Always Be a part of you
Trust Your Soul Know His Heart Is True
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE
I Will Always Be apart of you
Trust Your Soul Know His Heart Is True
If I Could Talk I Would Say To You
CAN I LIVE
CAN I LIVE

[Repeat 2]
[Talking]
It’s uplifting for real, y’all
I ain’t passing no judgment
ain’t making no decisions
I am just telling ya'll my story
I love life
I love my mother for giving me life
we all need to appreciate life
a strong woman that had to make a sacrifice
Thanks for listening
Thanks for listening
Mama thanks for listening


17 posted on 06/11/2005 11:11:49 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: little jeremiah

ping to little jeremiah


18 posted on 06/11/2005 11:13:58 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
As a pro-lifer myself, this is the first truly Godly statement I've seen in the arts in a looooong time! May our awesome Heavenly Father bless Nick for this. Also, isn't this a Kanye West production? He's made some great faith statements in the last few years too!
19 posted on 06/11/2005 11:18:23 AM PDT by 2R1
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To: LibFreeOrDie

I love it! Gave me chills. :o) God Bless him.

Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to forward it to everyone I know.


20 posted on 06/11/2005 11:31:36 AM PDT by misty4jc
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