Songwriter, actor and singer, Prince Cre McEntyre proves that creativity is resilient through the multiple pandemics of disease and racial injustice
Host: Tomeka M. Winborne
Description: Songwriter, actor and singer, Prince Cre McEntyre proves that creativity is resilient through the multiple pandemics of disease and racial injustice
Runtime: 44:10 minutes
Project One Race United - “Protest Music Documentary”
By: Prince Cre McEntrye
Project One Race United came to me after losing over a half dozen of friends to Coronavirus in the state of New Jersey in one month and it broke my heart. With all that’s going on in the world with the virus & the violence, I had to turn music to help restore the joy in my heart. So, me and my music partner Tracy “Big Fella” Vaughan went to work immediately. Protest Music Documentary consist of a variety of Artist from different parts of the world who never met, but share the same passion for helping people and standing up against racial injustice.
Protest Music Documentary’s first song is “Shaking My Head” (savior master healer) as originally written for my brother Levi Little of the
Grammy Award winning group “Blackstreet” a group formed by super producer Teddy Riley. Levi who loved the song so much, however thought it will be a better fit for someone younger and that could draw much younger audience. So, I reached out Wé McDonald you may or may not remember Wé (pronounced: Way) she is the rising star who got 4 chairs to turn during the blind audition on the hit NBC TV show The Voice and ended up with a successful second place which drew national attention in 2016.
Since Wé McDonald was the first major Artist to join us we decided to to give her the majority of songs and have other Artist featured on the songs. Shaking My Head featuring XEL a young multi-talented rapper/ singer from Paterson, NJ and One Race United featuring IshaMar’ae, a rapper/singer from Philadelphia; Alyssa Curto, a singer from Toronto, Canada; Audrey Givens, a former childhood actor appearing on the hit TV Show “What’s Happening” (Givens Family) and many more. Also, on this project a gifted songwriter, and singer from Atlanta, Matt Pelt, who co-wrote for” One Race United”. Matt has a single entitled “You’re My Friend”. Shaking My Head is the only song that is available on all digital outlets now. The complete EP will be available mid-August.
Protest Music Documentary.
Why is it called a Music Documentary? Because our goal is the use our voices to change the world whether it through our songs or to see us speak from and through our communities.
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In conversation, NPR’s Ailsa Chang sat down with Angie Thomas, the acclaimed author of The Hate U Give, and the movie’s director George Tillman Jr., to discuss how the book and film connected with their own personal experiences.
The Hate U Give tells the story of a teenage girl, Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), who is a part of two worlds: the poor, predominantly black neighborhood where she resides, and the white, affluent prep school that she attends. Her worlds are turned upside down when she witnesses the fatal police shooting of her childhood friend, an unarmed black male teenager. Following the tragic shooting, Starr is drawn towards a life of activism to stand up for her friend, who is called a “thug” and other misinformed names by the media, and to protest the wrongful actions of police brutality.
George Tillman Jr., the director of the film, spoke with Chang about what it was like to base certain scenes from the movie on actual talks he received growing up. He discussed how emotional it was to bring these scenes to life, particularly because he now has a teenage son himself. “This deals with history,” he said. “This deals with survival and how we can continue to stay on this earth without police brutality or being shot or being killed. You know, this is part of the fear of the African-American community.”
Another significant theme in the book is how Starr navigates between her two worlds, and how she feels an internal pressure to erase her blackness while at her fancy prep school with her white classmates. Certainly, many of us can relate to this uneasy pressure growing up or currently in the workplace, and this double life is actually based on author Angie Thomas’s life experiences.
Growing up, Thomas also lived in a mostly black neighborhood while attending a predominantly white, private college in Mississippi. She described her own experiences as a struggle, and practiced the art of code switching. “I would make myself more presentable I thought. I was careful of how I spoke. I was careful of how much emotion I showed,” Thomas said. “And it was a struggle because so often I was silent on things that mattered to me. And I would experience microaggressions from my classmates, and I was silent about them. I never called out the racism.”. READ MORE........