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Secretary of State Candidate Gets Rap Campaign Song

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"He's trying very hard to get his music out there, travling across the US," Moore said. "He is a business and he is the new age of entrepreneur."

"It's not vote or die, it really is the fact that you either exercise the right to vote or we perish as a community," Moore said.

Moore had a lot to say about the political empowerment of youth.

"Most kids his age don't," get involved in politics, Moore said. "If they are privy enough to understand the premise of the elections process period, to do something like this, then they have entered into an adult world, and by the time they're 18, they're running to the polls to exercise their right to vote."

"It's important to talk about them with our kids. Not just to use them as window dressing."

"They can come and be a page during the day [in the state legislature]. Take them down there and introduce them to the elected officials."

"I think it's admirable this young man has stepped into a realm that is outside his comfort zone," Moore said.

"It's all about teaching our youth early.... Mock voting in the home... Well you could've had chocolate instead of candy canes, well you didn't vote."
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Another point of the rap, Moore said, was "to show some diversity, to show some culture."

"The Secretary of State does indulge in culture. She's licensing boxers and rappers and jazz and blues artists and she does doctors and dentists and they are performers as well," Moore said, adding "they perform a service for people."

"The response overall has been really great," Moore said.

However, she said, as mentioned earlier, that there have been some "naysayers."

One email read to Atlanta Progressive News over the phone called the rap a "disappointing, stereotypical, marketing ploy... [that] targets young African Americans in a stereotypical manner."
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"I urge you to run on your experience. I will not vote or die for you," the email said.

"I stand by the young man who presented his [music] to me..." Moore said. "I have to show diversity at the office of the Secretary of State. And so, mainstream media wants to see someone that is boring and not have dimensions. The ones who accomplish the most are the ones who are a little out of the box."

A boring candidate "is what they're [the media are] used to. Someone that's bland, very conservative, someone that's a stuffed shirt. They're not used to someone who is passionate and excited. In order for you to love what you do, you have to love the people you're going to serve."

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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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