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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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To: iwannaknow07

Wow. I'm stunned. Beautiful lyrics, beautiful video...


51 posted on 06/10/2005 10:22:46 PM PDT by MikeD (What if the family turned to Jesus/Stopped asking Oprah what to do)
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To: rdb3

I was thinking that myself... although, I truly hope he stands up for himself, his story, and his video... he's already saved lives. I hope this doesn't end up as a negative aspect of his career... or the end of it.


52 posted on 06/11/2005 2:45:51 AM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: conservatrice

bttt


53 posted on 06/11/2005 2:50:47 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: AppyPappy
Incredible. I wish I could fit this into the church service I am doing.

Just wear a clock on a necklace, put your hat on sideways, and leave your shoes untied. Then get the sound man to zip up the subwoofers, and THROW DOWN!!

The bluehairs will dig it!

54 posted on 06/11/2005 2:52:33 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (...a sheep in wolf's clothing)
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To: iwannaknow07

Wow. Very powerful video and song, kudos to Nick Cannon.


55 posted on 06/11/2005 5:15:48 AM PDT by Randjuke
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To: ovrtaxt
Just wear a clock on a necklace, put your hat on sideways, and leave your shoes untied. Then get the sound man to zip up the subwoofers, and THROW DOWN!!

Very funny! </extreme sarcasm>


56 posted on 06/11/2005 6:38:53 AM PDT by rdb3 (What you want? Morning sickness or sickness from mourning? --Nick Cannon)
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To: rdb3

Could you just see AppyPappy doing that in front of a church?!? lol!


57 posted on 06/11/2005 6:40:06 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (...a sheep in wolf's clothing)
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To: ovrtaxt; AppyPappy
Could you just see AppyPappy doing that in front of a church?!? lol!

No, I couldn't.


58 posted on 06/11/2005 6:49:07 AM PDT by rdb3 (What you want? Morning sickness or sickness from mourning? --Nick Cannon)
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To: AppyPappy
Incredible. I wish I could fit this into the church service I am doing.

That would be nice. I just showed this to the she-wolf and a few of her beauticians. Neither one of these females had a dry eye.

That said a lot.


59 posted on 06/11/2005 11:00:11 AM PDT by rdb3 (What you want? Morning sickness or sickness from mourning? --Nick Cannon)
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To: iwannaknow07
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.

Do you have a different link, that one didn't work and I would really like to see it.

60 posted on 06/12/2005 5:35:28 AM PDT by RepubMommy
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To: RepubMommy

See post #40.


61 posted on 06/12/2005 7:54:11 AM PDT by iwannaknow07
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To: iwannaknow07

I got chill bumps reading this. Nick Cannoon huh? I may buy my first rap CD!


62 posted on 06/12/2005 7:58:22 AM PDT by Ahban
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To: iwannaknow07

That was beautiful...*sniff*


63 posted on 06/12/2005 5:57:40 PM PDT by Baby Bear (Conserve and grow your money...gain personal freedom in return.)
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To: iwannaknow07

Thank you very much for posting this.

I'm not a big fan of hip hop, but that was seriously one of the most moving songs I've heard in any genre of music.

Qwinn


64 posted on 06/12/2005 7:25:36 PM PDT by Qwinn
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To: iwannaknow07

Very nice!


65 posted on 06/12/2005 7:35:12 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (http://giinthesky.blogspot.com)
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To: iwannaknow07

I only heard this song once as a young girl and it had such a powerful effect. I remember every word.

Let me live
Let me walk into the sunshine let me live
Feel my mother's arms around me
Feel my father's love surround me
Be a part of God's creation
Let me live.


66 posted on 06/12/2005 7:58:00 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: iwannaknow07

bump


67 posted on 06/12/2005 8:02:35 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (Thank goodness "Terayza" is not first lady.)
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To: Tribune7

Back in the Seventies when I was teaching school in New Orleans my all black classes were very united on the perception that abortion was a "white folk's thing"and that"we"carry our kids to term,wed or unwed.
I think that view is rather simplistic but also in many ways quite accurate.Somewhere along the line the"liberal"black leadership went pro-abortion and many young blacks got brainwashed into thinking killing an unborn child was OK.
However,even today,you are more likely to see a white teen from the burbs get an abortion than a girl from the hood.


68 posted on 06/12/2005 8:11:17 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610
However,even today,you are more likely to see a white teen from the burbs get an abortion than a girl from the hood.

I'm not sure about absolute numbers but as I understand it the abortion rate is much, much higher among blacks.

69 posted on 06/13/2005 4:35:21 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: iwannaknow07

It cracks me up how in America, these days, anything gets validity just because a certain segment of our population starts talking about it.


70 posted on 06/13/2005 4:41:41 AM PDT by rambo316
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To: Irish_Thatcherite

With the exception of country music (which I cannot stand) I'm with you on the rock/metal/Irish traditional music. Add in a little Gregorian Chant and it's a perfect setlist!


71 posted on 06/13/2005 5:44:18 AM PDT by Romish_Papist (The times are out of step with the Catholic Church. God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.)
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To: All

Bears repeating: (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 )

Go vote! Let's keep this young man on top! FReep it!


72 posted on 06/13/2005 5:51:16 AM PDT by Romish_Papist (The times are out of step with the Catholic Church. God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.)
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To: Riverman94610; Tribune7
However,even today,you are more likely to see a white teen from the burbs get an abortion than a girl from the hood.

Not even close, black women account for about 12% of the population and about 32% of abortions.

blackgenocide.org

73 posted on 06/13/2005 6:01:03 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: iwannaknow07; rdb3; Coleus; deadhead; Torie

"It's got a great message and you can groove to it".


74 posted on 06/13/2005 6:14:04 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Ahban
I got chill bumps reading this. Nick Cannoon huh? I may buy my first rap CD!

Same here on all counts. But watching the video was even better, Nick gets my business.

75 posted on 06/13/2005 6:30:47 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: NYer; cpforlife.org; netmilsmom; Salvation; Campion; pyro; Marcellinus; sandyeggo; ...

HUGE RC Pro Life Ping....an amazing video that was featured on Amy Wellborn and Domenico Bettinelli's blogs! I saw it today and it blew me away.

Frank


76 posted on 06/13/2005 3:55:45 PM PDT by Frank Sheed
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To: acad1228

Been away, thanks for the ping!


77 posted on 06/13/2005 7:41:08 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: mhking

I hope the main street media will give this song and artist their full attention. It seems nobody shows black culture in a positive light... hear's their chance.

Holtz
JeffersonRepublic.com


78 posted on 06/13/2005 7:56:14 PM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (Visit my web site and win ....... nothing! The government took it in taxes already.)
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To: rdb3

Common did a similar type of song some years back. Regarded as one of his best, though it had more of an ethnocentric "don't kill black babies" vibe to it. That's fine, but Cannon's song probably can speak to more people.


79 posted on 06/13/2005 8:03:18 PM PDT by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: DameAutour

D'oh, I missed this post.

As mentioned by nickcarraway, hip hop music is one of the only non-marginal music forms that's addressed pro-life issues.


80 posted on 06/13/2005 8:17:08 PM PDT by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: DameAutour

D'oh, I missed this post.

As mentioned by nickcarraway, hip hop music is one of the only non-marginal music forms that's addressed pro-life issues.


81 posted on 06/13/2005 8:17:19 PM PDT by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: iwannaknow07

I'd like to shake this young man's hand. What a powerful statement.


82 posted on 06/15/2005 9:13:40 AM PDT by Antoninus (Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, Hosanna in excelsis!)
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To: iwannaknow07

What an awesome video. I'm still wiping away tears.


83 posted on 08/06/2005 4:24:57 PM PDT by exnavychick (Whom the gods would destroy they first make chads.)
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