sensation “Brandy” and
her brother “Ray J.”
visited Pittsburgh in September to get the message to the youth
that they need to register to vote and to actually vote on November
4, 2008. I wanted to get this interview out to our BAP
family, but I’m only one person and I did not have the time
until now. The turnout was great to see Brandy, but for
the youth registering to vote was another story. Everyone
showed up at the old Sneaker Villa which is now called “Villa”
in downtown Pittsburgh on Wood Street. Brandy also promoted her
album called “Human”, which is due for release November
11, 2008. Even though no one actually registered to vote, Brandy,
Ray J., DJ Boogie (WAMO), Tee Jay (WAMO), local celebrities and
Brandy’s number #1 fan Tyrone talked about the importance
of the Presidential election and making history.
I’ve been going all around trying to people registered and
to vote. I think that this is a historical election and I think
that we all should get out there and not only register but vote.
Having a choice is the reason why we exist today. People have
paved the way and died for us to make our ancestors proud. My
fans are here in Pittsburgh and people love me here and they love
Obama too. I am also promoting the new single and Pittsburgh is
a great place to do that. Obama has the mind to help change this
country. I am not hating on the other dude (McCain), but Obama
is the one. We all know it and we can make it happen and make
this world a better place.
What is different on this album compared to your previous work?
It’s a little bit more mature. It’s a new sound and
I’ve evolved as a woman so naturally my music is going to
evolve with me. I think that this album is a lot more inspirational
than the others. It touches on a lot of the things I’ve
touched on in the past, but in a different way, angle and twist.
November 11, 2008, “Human” is in stores. It’s
called “Human” because that’s what I am and
at the end of the day we all are only human. The album speaks
We want everybody to come out to register to vote. We want them
to come out on November 4, 2008 and actually vote. That is the
most important thing because the numbers are doubling and tripling
with young people registering to vote. We are looking real good
in that area as opposed to 2004. So everybody come out on November
4, 2008 and vote. No matter if it’s storming or you’re
busy, just make sure you vote. The economy is crazy and people
need more access to education. We need more books and affordable
health care. We need the gas prices to drop down so we can get
to work. All of these things are happening in America right now.
A vote can either make a change or we can make it worse, if we
don’t get out and vote.
(BRANDY’S NUMBER #1 FAN)
Brandy is important because she is very influential and her music
is very inspiring. She’s been through a lot and she is still
standing. She’s different than Beyonce and Brianna and all
the rest of town. She does not feed into the trend of what everyone
is doing. She’s just doing her own thing. As far as voting
goes – it is very important because if you don’t vote,
you do not have a voice and you can’t change anything.
BOOGIE (WAMO 106.7FM)
It’s good that Brandy came to Pittsburgh because she really
wanted to get close to the people. She didn’t have the opportunity
to be by her fans so this was a great opportunity to bring her
out and involve herself positive to get people registered by October
6, 2008. All elections are important to me. I want to be involved
in the decisions that the president is going to make for my daughter
and for my family. This year it is history in the making. We actually
have Obama who is the first Black to make it this far, so it’s
a great time. I love being a part of history. Honestly most of
the people are here to see Brandy, but we are trying to get people
registered. Why not try to do something that everybody likes,
while getting people registered?
I know that this is one of the most historical elections that
we as black people have ever been a part of. I think we need to
take full advantage of everything that is being offered to us.
I feel that it is a “win-win” for everybody. As much
as Obama is black is as much as he is white and in that regard
it is a “win-win” for everyone. It’s showing
the diversity that is the United States and I think it’s
a great thing and I’m proud to be a part of this moment.
Brandy coming to the
‘Burgh is a good look. The people are coming to see Brandy,
but there’s nothing wrong with getting people to register
at the same time. In other words, there’s nothing wrong
with being able to mix an icon like Brandy with such a beautiful
platform as far registering to vote. I think it’s the best
of both worlds.
DAVIS (COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT ASSOCIATION)
I think that as far as BLACK HISTORY is concerned voting is always
important to us because it’s allowed us to be where we are
at today. We are standing in line waiting in line waiting for
sister that supposed to be a national artist. Without voting,
she probably would have never been able to say “come get
my autograph” and things of that sort or nature. I am mainly
here to bring down my young guys that I work with through my youth
and mentoring program to let them understand the importance of
voting. I also want to see a national recording artist because
some of them are aspiring to be artists. A lot of our forefathers
and mother have died for our right to vote. A lot of the young
people today take things for granted and don’t understand
the history behind voting.
I came out with PA
League of Young Voters to make sure that we register as many people
as possible before the deadline on October 6, 2008. The reason
I’m here is to make sure that everyone knows about there
right to there. There are a lot of people that don’t know
they have that right. For example, felons in the state of Pennsylvania
have the right to vote. As long as you are not on parole or probation
and you register to vote. You can go to your local post office,
Pittsburgh League of Young Voters and you can go to Obama’s
web site to sign up and register to vote.
As you can see right
now we have a line building up out here. I would imagine that
the people who come out to see Brandy will register to vote if
they are not registered or they will get the information to know
that they can vote and be reminded that they need to go out and
vote on November 4, 2008.
I am here because I am one of Brandy’s biggest fans. I am
told that I sound like here and she has always been my idol since
I was a young girl. Secondly I am down here to support what WAMO
and Brandy are doing, which is trying to get young people to register
to vote. I think it is a very positive thing and I think it is
important to put a face to this effort so that people are united
in a positive way. I appreciate what Brandy is doing and I can’t
wait to see her.
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