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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

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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To: Keyes2000mt

Was it fatal?


21 posted on 06/11/2005 11:33:16 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: LibFreeOrDie; Saundra Duffy
Wow! Not a rapper myself, but think the message is far bigger than I am. Like JC watts said-

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught." ~ J. C. Watts


I hope this rapper goes far, and makes a killing in the market place (pard the pun)!
22 posted on 06/11/2005 11:57:07 AM PDT by Issaquahking (.Yes I'd vote for Bush again, but let's stop criminals and terrorists at the borders!)
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To: Keyes2000mt

I just watched it without sound - I cried. It's awesome.


23 posted on 06/11/2005 12:13:54 PM PDT by jobim
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To: onyx; dixiechick2000; SuziQ; petitfour

Don't miss this video. Seriously.


24 posted on 06/11/2005 12:18:30 PM PDT by bourbon (quasi morientes et ecce vivimus.)
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To: Keyes2000mt

That video literally gave me goosebumps. Bravo to Mr. Cannon!


25 posted on 06/11/2005 12:29:01 PM PDT by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: bourbon

thanks


26 posted on 06/11/2005 12:48:42 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: bourbon

That was amazing!
It gave me goose bumps, and brought tears to my eyes.

That was truly wonderful!
I hope it doesn't hurt his career.

Thank you so much for the ping!


27 posted on 06/11/2005 12:52:06 PM PDT by dixiechick2000
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To: Ghengis; All

Wow! I expected a preachy type of song.. but it wasn't..


28 posted on 06/11/2005 12:57:05 PM PDT by 1stFreedom (1)
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To: jsk10
#10..Drumline!!..I loved that movie!

Bless him for this new video.

29 posted on 06/11/2005 1:04:17 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Keyes2000mt

Thanks for the link this was great.


30 posted on 06/11/2005 1:50:27 PM PDT by techworker
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To: Guenevere

I sent the lyrics to all my friends. When you read the words and then watch the video it is absolutely stunning. Can't we get this into the high schools?


31 posted on 06/11/2005 1:56:27 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Make love. Accept no substitutes.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
#31..You should try.

When my two were in jr and senior high, I was able to get quite a bit in...

..going through proper channels, of course, and respectfully requesting to the principal and occasionally the school board....

..it can be done.

32 posted on 06/11/2005 2:22:39 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: bourbon


OK. Marking a place so I won;t forget. Thanks bourbon.


33 posted on 06/11/2005 4:35:08 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Keyes2000mt
A rapper shot film instead of another rapper?

How novel!

34 posted on 06/11/2005 4:37:44 PM PDT by N. Theknow (If Social Security is so good - why aren't members of Congress in it?)
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; NYer; cpforlife.org

bump.


38 posted on 06/14/2005 9:48:44 PM PDT by cyn (it's sarcasm, but jim king really said it.)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
Movie/Television/Rap Star Nick Cannon Shoots Pro-Life Music Video
 
Hip-Hop Video Gives Voice to Pro-Life Movement
 
Pro-Life Message Goes Hip Hop

39 posted on 06/14/2005 10:00:23 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Euthanasia, Don't Democrats just kill ya! Kill babies, Save the Bears!!)
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To: Coleus

You have me laughing so hard.I thought he had a gun and shot it.He produced a pro life video?


40 posted on 06/14/2005 10:06:24 PM PDT by fatima (God only knows what I said.I lost my glasses.)
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; ...
Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

41 posted on 06/15/2005 12:17:49 AM PDT by cpforlife.org (Abortion is the Choice of Satan, the father of lies and a MURDERER from the beginning.)
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To: jsk10
it will do more to promote life than 100 protests at clinics......

They are not protests but rather we are the voices of the children who cannot cry out for their own lives. Each baby who has been saved because someone cried out for it's life is a testimony to the necessity of having caring people there at the door of death. What is the value of the life of a one person? The last possible chance the baby has for it's life to be saved happens at the door of the abortion clinic. I hope to find you there crying out please don't kill your precious child. Your baby needs you to love it. Please let us help you and your baby. How glad you will be that you were there when a mother comes up, thanking you and holding her child that she says was going to die that day you cried out "Please let your baby live".

42 posted on 06/15/2005 2:29:01 AM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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To: Keyes2000mt

Wow. Truly powerful. What a great young man this guy is.


43 posted on 06/15/2005 9:14:14 AM PDT by Antoninus (Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, Hosanna in excelsis!)
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To: Keyes2000mt
Pro Life Bump. Thank you God!!

Watch This Video Now!!

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

44 posted on 06/15/2005 10:53:17 AM PDT by Verax
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To: jobim
I just watched it without sound - I cried. It's awesome.

Ditto. Pro-Life Bump.

45 posted on 06/15/2005 12:27:24 PM PDT by workerbee (Liberal motto: Give me ambiguity or give me something else.)
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To: Keyes2000mt

Thanks so much for posting this. truly a light in the darkness. Awesome and powerful.


46 posted on 06/16/2005 7:29:59 PM PDT by njackson22
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To: Keyes2000mt
WOW!!THAT is the most powerful music video I've ever seen! It should be nominated for every award that is out there. The song is an incredible personal perspective and is going to move the hearts of many young women in our country. I can see the CAN I LIVE banners and T-Shirts now in January in Washington.
47 posted on 09/09/2005 10:12:37 AM PDT by rjp2005
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