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Traditional values are popular in the black community

Raynard Jackson | 4/18/2016, 2 p.m.
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Raynard Jackson, NNPA columnist

— Carvin Haggins is a multi-Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music—Algebra, Justin Timberlake, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Chris Brown, BriaMarie and Jazmine Sullivan to name a few.

Haggins, who is also an ordained minister, has the audacity to think that he could write positive, uplifting songs and still have his music at the top of all the music charts. His record label, Ethical Music Entertainment, will only work with artists who are committed to living a “values-based” life.

BriaMarie is the first artist signed to Haggins label. Her inaugural CD, “Freshman,” was just released last year.

She is a native of Columbia, Md., and a graduate of Temple University (with a 3.8 GPA). She has what I call “brains, beauty, and values (BBV).” She sings, writes, and plays several instruments, but most importantly, she is a Christian woman of virtue.

Her CD takes you on her journey through her metamorphosis from a caterpillar into a beautiful black butterfly. She was bullied most of her life, therefore she has taken up this issue as one of her charitable initiatives. She travels across the country sharing with students her personal story of how she overcame the effects of bullying in her life.

People of faith cannot count on the mainstream media to promote and highlight those of us who have chosen to live a values based life. The values-based community must do a much better job of highlighting those who are living examples of a values-based lifestyle.

The four people in this column are not exceptions to the rule, but rather they are the norm. The liberal media would have you believe that people like Beyoncé, Bruce Jenner, Michael Sam and Miley Cyrus are the norm. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the Black community especially, these four people are our norm. They represent our traditions and they live our values. Politically, no one reaches out to this group and the liberal media wants to continue to perpetuate the myth that there are no values-based celebrities who are Black.

If you share the above values, I strongly encourage you to support all the projects these individuals are involved in. Only then can we take back our country.

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org.