I had the pleasure of running back into an Examiner.com favorite subject Rapper C-Sharp, who has just come off another outstanding award for Hip Hop Image at last year’s Remix Awards Show back in Oct.
Now, this busy hip hop soldier can place political beats into his portfolio while he is supporting St. Louis' Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed’s campaign for mayor in St. Louis. In late October, Mr. Reed announced that he was ready to fight the high crime rate and bring stability back to City Hall, by becoming the next mayor.
His opponent incumbent Mayor Francis Slay, will be seeking a fourth term as mayor. So, sit back and listen to what C-Sharp has to say about Mr. Reed and the campaign that is causing great provocation in the city.
Rodney: How did you meet Lewis Reed, and how did you get involved with his campaign?
C-Sharp: Well actually, I met Lewis Reed for the first time at the Better Family Life community meeting held on Saturdays in north city. He spoke to the entire group and I got a chance to shake his hand, and he was very personable when it comes to just introducing himself. Next we had an encounter at the Travyon Martin’s rally in North Oaks Plaza, where he spoke again, along with Russ Carnahan, and Reddit Hudson. That's when I got an opportunity to get a photo with him and exchange contact information so we could collaborate on promoting non-violence and positivity at youth events. After a couple more encounters at a Vashon High School job fair, and Rep the Vote rally downtown, we gained a more mutual respect for each other, and that's how I got involved with the campaign.
Rodney: What all have you contributed so far into the campaign?
C-Sharp: I assured Lewis I would do whatever I possibility could to help him achieve his goal. So far, I've actively promoted him on my Twitter and Facebook accounts; I contribute in the campaign offices and meetings with the PR reps. I’ll be performing a speech I’d written at his fundraiser, which will be at the Rusty Goat at 2617Washington Ave, downtown St. Louis, Feb 7th, and the official song for the campaign is C.A.R.E. So, I am just showing my support, doing what's asked of me, and keeping up the hard work is what it is going to take to make something like this happen.
Rodney: Tell me about Lewis Reed's policy or beliefs that you advocate for the most?
C-Sharp: I really believe in a lot that Lewis is trying to do for the city, but most importantly he is bringing back accreditation to the St. Louis Public School system. It is unbelievable how many children drop out of school, fail to graduate or even reach college in our city. I believe a lack of education is what's really contributing to the high crime rates and drug abuse in our community. Children are seeds, they are going to grow. And where I'm going with this is that we have to nourish the environment we place these children in if we ever expect them to blossom.
Rodney: If there was one thing people need to know about Lewis Reed, what would you tell them?
C-Sharp: I would simply say that Lewis Reed has been a major contributor to our city in more ways then one. He is not a "behind closed doors" type of guy. He really gets fired up about meeting people needs, hearing the opinions and solutions that we have to offer. He realizes that he can't come with all the ideas himself so Lewis is very receptive to each and every citizens thoughts and feelings on how things can improve
Rodney: So, when is the election and how can people find out more about Lewis Reed
C-Sharp: The election is March 5, 2013. For more info about Lewis Reed go to www.LewisReed.com or on social media Facebook/Lewis Reed or Twitter.com/Reed4Mayor
Rodney: There were a lot of questions about the mayoral race, and I thank you for being available to help sort out the details in regards to Mr. Reed’s candidacy. Good luck in all that you do, and much success with your musical talent.
C-Sharp: Thanks, as always you know I support you and your journalistic style as well.
Make sure you get out and vote for Lewis Reed for the next mayor of St. Louis.