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More then likely, by now you've heard Oake reference one of his favorite hip-hop artists, Macklemore, on the Morning Show, Freedom Rock and multiple times via Facebook and Twitter.
Tuesday, while watching Ellen, I hear “no other artist in hip-hop history has taken the stand defending marriage equality,” which perked my ears up. Ellen continued with “my new hero’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.”
“Could it be possible,” I thought? And it was!!! The guy who invades my morning(including today) two and sometimes three times a day, rapping about thrift store shopping! But this time was different, this time Macklemore and Ryan Lewis brought down the house…
Here’s the powerful original video for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Same Love off from their latest album The Heist.
Oake and I try not to sway too far into politics, but with a huge vote on Marriage Equality coming up on Tuesday, the topic has been heavy on our minds. So, here’s where we stand…
When I was in my teens, I thought no one understood me. Typical teenage experience, right? Then, I got into my early 20’s...and still felt like I was going to hell for not being able to assimilate. I was born into a world/family that loved me, but didn’t make much room for a difference of opinion. When I couldn’t pretend, or convince myself, to be like everyone else anymore, I eventually broke out. My southern Baptist father and mother learned how to love me for who I am. They wouldn’t have chosen it for me, but, just like most parents, deep down, they want their children to be happy. I’m grateful that there wasn’t a campaign focused on making my internal search for identity a crime, fringe or some extreme choice. If I could have believed what I was told to believe, trust me, I would have. I was jealous of those who seemed like a natural fit. But...that wasn’t me.
Sometimes, when I see/hear commercials talking about voting Yes, changing the constitution to forever restrict same sex couples from the marital rights the rest of the heterosexual world is free to take part in, I wonder if people lose sight of the fact that we are talking about actual PEOPLE. People who have the same LOVE STORIES that we do. People who aren’t trying to FORCE anyone to think or be anything. It feels like the idea is that, just like my parents, just like (if we’re honest) we’ve ALL done...re-thinking how we treat people who are not the same as us is an amazing gift. To vote NO is simply allowing people the opportunity to grow. Maybe in 10 years, you’ll believe what you believe today. Maybe you won’t. Think back to when you thought you KNEW SOMETHING FOR SURE and then changed your mind. It would suck if you actually had a part in making it impossible to be free to change your mind.
That’s one of many reasons I’ll be voting NO. ~ Keri
If you have ever listened to me on the radio, you know that I have got a whole head full of thoughts, values, beliefs and ideas about the way things are. I am pretty passionate about a lot of these ideas. And I can, because as an American, I am allowed to think whatever I want and to engage in the 'pursuit of happiness' however I see fit. This is the essence of
I was brought up to believe that we live in the greatest nation on earth, a land that has room for all races, creeds and religions. A land that not only welcomes all these different types of people, but actually finds strength and value from so many different perspectives and e
This coming Tuesday, I will VOTE NO. I Will do it in the name of Love and I will do it in the name of