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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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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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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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