I was clicking through the channels the other day and came to rest on Tatiana Ali's face on BET. For those who don't remember her name she was the youngest daughter on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.
The video had her sitting up on a examining table in a white hospital type robe and so I watched wondering what it was about.
Two minutes later I am sitting, rather surprised, with the video I ended up watching.
“Can I Live?” by Nick Cannon featuring Anthony Hamilton was quite out of the norm for what I would expect to see on BET.
The video dealt with abortion, “straight up” as they say.
But it also really went into what the mother goes through and the decision process. Children singing wearing “Can I Live” tee shirts give you the feeling, or at least it gave me the feeling, that they were the ones who were allowed to live. Maybe they lived and remained with the mother, quite possibly they were allowed to live and were given up for a better, hopefully, life with a family who wanted them.
A couple of days later I was talking to my friend Michael on the phone in Texas and he told me he had just read about the video in USA Today. I like to know I am just that much ahead of the media.
Check it out or at least do a search for it.
Including the lyrics if you want to take a look.