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Media Take Back

It’s the little things.

In the words of Stephanie Scelza:

“We were doing our normal 10am-12pm segment on air, last Wednesday, December 2, when the news came about San Bernardino. With another shooting on the heels of the Paris tragedy, it almost seemed too much to handle”.

The heaviness was real, and seemingly unshakeable. The reminders were persistent. For myself, any whimsical notion I had about hope for change was stomped on with every visual reminder. I almost felt arrogant for being so foolish as to think I could do something or even be a part of something that could make things better. It wasn’t just on my social media, or television. I couldn’t even walk into any room or place, without hearing paranoia flood even sidebar conversations.

I was encouraged by Stephanie and Daniel, to consider how to make use of our platform with the next week’s segment. For those of you who know me, you can only imagine the gears that started spinning. That was when I typed up a plea and sent it to the powers that be over at Portland Radio Project. Click HERE to read the email that started it all. My mind and I battled it out quite a bit before hitting the send button. You may understand why if you read it.

Stephanie sums up what each one of the people who joined in made possible here:
“Instead of giving into despair and negativity we decided to rally and counteract the violent images bombarding us every day.  There were tears shed in the studio in response to the heartwarming performances by Haley Johnson and Dirty Revival. Farnell Newton called in from his tour with Jill Scott to recount his blessings. The talkboard was jumping and local artists stepped up to share their poetry and music in support of taking back the media”.

“It was a simple call to action during heartbreakingly cold times. Each person that got involved, even just by liking and sharing, brought this thing, the action that fear told me was useless, each person involved brought it to life.”.

Without hesitation, we had incredible artists join in for this media take back. Some with a commitment to post on their platforms, and a few even made their way over to the studio for live performances in solidarity with the #hatefree #mediatakeback. It was a simple call to action during heartbreakingly cold times. Each person that got involved, even just by liking and sharing, brought this thing, the action that fear told me was useless, each person involved brought it to life.

Below we have some video highlights of our in studio moments. You can also listen to the the full segment by clicking HERE

Sarah Clarke, and Evan Simko, members of Dirty Revival spoke their truth on empathy. We looked at the ways we are all being hit with the same images, but have our own experiences within that. They sang their hope for change, covering Sam Cooke’s powerful, “A Change is Gonna Come”.

Dirty Revival– (Cover) “A Change Is Gonna Come”

Trumpeter, educator, music activist, Farnell Newton joined us soon after over the phone from the road and spoke his truth. We got a chance to here a brief update on his adventures on the current Jill Scott tour he’s on, and hear his heart for all those around the world. Starting off with a bold track, his original, “Human Race” featuring Cleveland Jones on vocals. “We are the human race. Let’s show some love today. Make this world a better place. Love is the answer.”

Farnell Newton– “Human Race

And finishing with another gorgeous original “Peace & Love” feat. Jarrod Lawson and Tony Ozier. “I don’t know what else to do. Keep on spreading peace and love through music…”.

Farnell Newton– “Peace & Love

Our final visitor came in and brought tears to our eyes. It was a combination of all of the overwhelming response from the previous interviews, the posts from each person that interacted on social media showing us their #hatefree #mediatakeback posts. Finishing the performances with this song and hope for mankind from the heartfelt voice of Haley Johnsen herself was the perfect finish to the first efforts. Her cover of Eva Cassidy’s cover, “Oh I Had A Golden Thread” was the perfect finish to a powerful two hours.

Haley Johnsen: (Cover) “Oh Had I A Golden Thread”

“What we don’t appreciate on a day to day level are the small things. The good natured person….is just not glorified.”

Stephanie and I had to take a moment to recap on all of the absolutely beautiful interaction. Feel free to skip forward about a minute to get to the heart of this segment. “I think small changes are always hard for people. It’s human nature. It’s part of our culture. We like to see something big. We like to see something major. That’s what effects us….what we don’t appreciate on a day to day level are the small things…the smiles…that we are able to say something positive instead of something negative…The good natured person….is just not glorified.”

Listen in here below:

 

What made this day exponentially powerful, was the core of it all. Each and every single one of you who posted. If you are having a low day, a day filled with fear or anxiety. Even an average day, or great day. Do yourselves a favor and take a look at the light you all shined together. It’s not that we shouldn’t do this every day. I hope we do. It’s the idea that, no matter how great the obstacle may seem, yes you….simple you, creative, insecure you. Fearful or bold and blatant you. You absolutely can shine a light and reduce the stain of tyranny. If you need a reminder, or if you’re a skeptic or critic and need proof, please look below. This was just a one off. More of this is done every day. So in your hunt for a solution, first, look within. Look right next to you. Every life counts. Every life matters. There is room at the table for everyone.

I celebrate each one of these moments as victories (click on the dates to see actual posts):

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#mediatakeback #hatefree

Posted by Kelly M Jones on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Elke Robitaille sharing here ‪#‎mediatakeback‬ with her ‪#‎hatefree‬ creativity! heart emoticon Join us! Now til 12pm PST!!

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Good morning everyone!So with all the political issues going on in the world, social media easily gets overcome with…

Posted by Lexi Tucker Music on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Another snippet of the Incomparable Danny Proudfoot gettin’ down on some Queen! Portlandradioproject.fm 99.1FM #mediatakeback #hatefree

Posted by Aron Schur on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Acoustic Minds: Inspirational Quote (photo)

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Soundcloud.com/acousticmindsmusic#mediatakeback #prp #indieartist

Posted by Jenni Price on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Norman Sylvester: Redemption Time (video)

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Redemption Time w/ Norman Sylvester & Sarah Billings #Mediatakeback

Posted by Norman Sylvester on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sarah Vitort: “Young Love” Studio 839 jam session. (video)

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For my second social #mediatakeback I want to share something I’ve been sitting on for a bit. When I attended the CD…

Posted by Sarah Vitort on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Joe Mengis: “What can I do to change the world?” – “Horns” Climber (music video), Book: The Book On The Taboo Of Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts

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Sarah Billings and Portland Radio Project are doing a #mediatakeback today, with the intention of redirecting and…

Posted by Joe Mengis on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jon Davidson: Song link: “Never A Metaphor”. Inspirational Quote: (photo)

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Sometimes, life doesn’t play out according to our best-laid plans. Actually, most of the time. But, rather than wallow…

Posted by Jon Davidson on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ric Johnson: “Love’s In Need of Love” Stevie Wonder song link

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Sarah Billings for #mediatakeback I think that some Stevie Wonder is in need…of Love today!! #PortlandRadioProject @PDXRadioProject http://youtu.be/9k3pYwFlr_I

Posted by Ric Johnson on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sarah Vitort: “Renaissance Woman” Mad Gallica (Song Link)

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So today is social #mediatakeback day and I want to highlight a soul sister of mine, Mad Gallica who is mad talented. I…

Posted by Sarah Vitort on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Elke Robitaille: “Imagine” John Lennon cover

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I posted this a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share it again. Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the death of…

Posted by Elke Robitaille on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Lexi Tucker: “Love Is Free” Song link

 Good morning everyone!So with all the political issues going on in the world, social media easily gets overcome with…

Arietta Ward: “Transformation” Janice Marie Scroggins

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My #mediatakeback post is from my Mommy, Janice Marie Scroggins. Transformation is a song composed by her and the story…

Posted by Arietta Ward on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Norman Sylvester: Poem/Photo

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#mediatakeback PRP I support your mission. Here’s my contribution for Sarah Billings PRP show:Positive words from the…

Posted by Norman Sylvester on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ron Braithwaite: Promotion/support

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Tune in https://www.prp.fm right now for #HateFree and #MediaTakeBack with Sarah Billings and the Portland Radio Project!It’s time to show our commitment to tolerance and peace!

Posted by Ron Braithwaite on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tahirah Asha Memory: “Pride” Music Video

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All LOVE today!! My first #hatefree post comes from my album PRIDE, share one of your own for #pdxradioproject!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Posted by Tahirah Asha Memory on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Robert Parish- “Love, Peace & Happiness” Music Video

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Love. Peace. Happiness. Sarah Billings Stephanie Scelza

Posted by Robert Parish on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Heather Hanson: Bus photo, Love poem

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Taken in 2012. It’d been a weird night, somewhat disappointing, so I made my way back to my hotel after a show. As I was…

Posted by Heather Hanson on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Aron Schur: “Can’t Give Up” Live performance video

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Thanks for the video, Danny Proudfoot! A snippet of an original of mine ‘Can’t give up!’ Let’s spread some love today,…

Posted by Aron Schur on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Michele VanKleef: “Wonderful World” Live video cover performance

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In honor of #hatefree #mediatakeback #PeaceTrainEveryDay Here’s me singin’ Wonderful World this past summer. Sarah Billings, Portland Radio Project http://youtu.be/r10w-zq9zc4

Posted by Michele Van Kleef on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Michele Van Kleef: Original artwork by Ron Van Kleef

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EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSIC. #hatefree #mediatakeback #PeaceTrainEveryDay Sarah Billings Portland Radio Project original art by Ron van Kleef Art

Posted by Michele Van Kleef on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Redwood Son: Photo by Mercy McNab

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Haley Johnsen: “How Can I Help” Blogpost

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Tune in to Portland Radio Project 99.1 fm or watch a live stream of the #mediatakeback segment and with #hatefree…

Posted by Haley Johnsen on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Michele Van Kleef: “DANCE” Original Artwork by Ron Van Kleef

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DANCE! #hatefree #mediatakeback #PeaceTrainEveryDay original art by Ron van Kleef Art Sarah Billings Portland Radio Project

Posted by Michele Van Kleef on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Veronica Medici: “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End” The Beatles video

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LOVE IT! #mediatakeback #hatefree Veronica Medici

Posted by Portland Radio Project on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Liz Vice – “Take On Me” Aha Video

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Need to rest your eyes and brains for all the heated debates and scary ? that works to take hold of our thoughts?…

Posted by Liz Vice on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Michele Van Kleef: Mr. Rogers Quote/Photo

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LOVE is more than a feeling, it’s an action. #HateFree #mediatakeback #PeaceTrainEveryDay Sarah Billings Portland Radio Project #tuneinturnon 99.1fm and www.prp.fm

Posted by Michele Van Kleef on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Michele Van Kleef: Sing your heart out. Original Artwork by Ron Van Kleef

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Sing your heart out. Spread Love, Peace and Joy. #hatefree #mediatakeback #PeaceTrainEveryDay Sarah Billings Portland Radio Project Original art by Ron van Kleef Art

Posted by Michele Van Kleef on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This was beauty brought back to the center. Humanity is not as lost as we may think. You all were reminders of this hope. Look at the warm fire we all started…now let’s fan the flames. Onward and forward. More to come…

 

-Sarah Billings

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