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Secretary of State Candidate Gets Rap Campaign Song

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"I'm an entertainer as well. A positive entertainer. People can take my lead, they can leave the negativity along gangs, streets, and violence. I want to bring the positivity back to where it used to be in the old days," Mathews said.

"I enjoyed myself a lot and I enjoyed doing the rap for Miss Angela at the Democratic Party," Mathews said. He performed at the Dekalb Democratic Party meeting last month; some people reportedly didn't know how to react, when other candidates made speeches.

Mathews is an honor roll student at Lithonia Middle School in 8th grade, he said; however, he doesn't let his music career get in the way of his education. "When I'm at school it's all about school. I separate it out because education comes first."

"I got a lot of response because I be doing the rap for her; I've been traveling with her. From magazines to newspapers, the AJC will be here tomorrow to do a write up on me about the rap," Mathews said.

"I have a Fruity Loop program on my computer where I could do the beat, and I played around with different instruments, and I had the help of one of my producers," he said.

"I'm concerned, my main topic is about, gay marriages," Mathews said.


"You've got to remember he's 13. Those are the issues that he's seeing on the news everyday. He probably sees his Dad sitting there [making comments]," Angela Moore clarified in one of several phone interviews.

Angela Moore explained why she personally is against gay marriage based on her religious upbringing, but said that if she were in the position of a legislator, she would support gay marriage and would oppose a ban on gay marriage in Georgia.

"I'm very hopeful Georgia Equality will endorse me. I do believe in the fact of equal partnerships. If you want to live with someone you should be able to have equal benefits," Moore said.

"You have people who are Christian, millions of them who are going to believe that marriage is defined by the Bible. I think what the law should allow is for equal partnership. That will give them the license that they need to be equal partners. So they can share, say yes or no if a person is on life support," Moore said.

"I don't see what the problem is, when you really think about it, what difference does it make? If you want this person to be your significant other, who the hell cares? If I were a legislator, I would vote to allow anyone who decides they are going to be married to each other, to share benefits," Moore said.

"What are they supposed to do? Sneak around? This is how marriages are destroyed in the first place. They're wasting time in the House, in the Senate. And time and energy. When the gay people are here. I don't see why I shouldn't [support gay marriage]. Why should it be illegal to be married?" Moore said.

Moore recalled her first meeting with Mathews. "His mom introduced me to him, and he said he wanted to," write a rap, she said. "Why don't you do a 'vote or die' rap for me? You never think that they would do that. We pretty much had not even thought it any more. He shows up one day and he says Miss Angela I've done a song for you."

"And I was just elated," Moore said.

"I was excited at his age that he would have the forethought to have wrote something such as that," Moore said.

At first, it seemed, "It's not something in line with the Secretary of State," Moore said, "but then I started to think, he must be listed with the Secretary of State, and I looked him up and there they were. I asked how is his business structured? They have the studio as a corporation and the record label as an LLC. He has people he pays. And the lawyer pays him, he's the trustee," Moore said.

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Matthew Cardinale is Editor of Atlanta Progressive News. He has written previously for the Sun-Sentinel Newspaper, Shelterforce Magazine, The Advocate Magazine, The San Francisco Bay View, and the Berkeley Daily Planet Newspaper. He has also (more...)
 
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As I understand it, Georgia, along with New York, ... by Robert Chapman on Saturday, Jul 8, 2006 at 12:42:53 PM