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celebrities

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Petition to Councillor Mark Harris, Councillor Nigel Robbins, Councillor Roly Hughes, Councillor Deryck J. Nash

A plaque to remember Cozy Powell.

There are some rare artists that are able to arouse emotions in their public, I mean real, intense emotions. Cozy Powell was one of these musicians. For those of you who don't know, we are talking about the drummer of bands like Rainbow, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath. His unique versatility allowed him to collaborate with almost everyone, from Ritchie Blackmore to Tony Iommi, from Jeff Beck to Michael Schenker as well as Gary Moore, Peter Green, Glenn Tipton, Yngwie Malmsteen and Brian May. He also recorded five solo albums! Cozy was well known for his playing that was solid and energetic, in addition he developed a completely personal style. His sound was particularly powerful, rich and deep but never lacking of dynamics. Even when he used the double bass tecnique he always did it with good taste, never just to show off or overkill the music but only if it was really necessary to boost the mood of the song. His talent was immediately evident to anyone who heard him play. But it was when you saw him performing that Cozy really blew you away! and it was not only for his legendary drum solos with symphonic tracks and fireworks. It was the gesture, somehow elegant despite the considerable amount of physical strength that was required for that kind of playing. Above all, every time you saw Cozy playing you knew that every part of him was right there, on the drum kit. No matter which genre of music he was playing, he always gave everything he had. “My advice to anyone is to play your heart out” he once said in an interview. Even though he liked to be aggressive in his playing, far away from the stage Cozy was a lovely human being, his colleagues remember his great sense of humor but also his sensitivity and generosity. Today, sixteen years after his untimely passing, his work and legacy have not been forgotten by those who, all over the world, had been touched by his music.   It would be nice if the city in which he grew up could dedicate something to him, just as a recognition of his brilliant carrier and his incredible life. I think he deserve it, having given so much to rock music.

Rossella Amadori
3,603 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Alma Adams

Put an End to Degrading Television Programs and Media Aimed at Young Impressionable Girls

Proper Censorship and Regulation of Degrading Television Programs and Media [Aimed at Young Impressionable Girls] ------------------------------------------- Contrary to the beliefs of some, it sure does take a village to raise a child. However, what are the potential results of being raised by a village that sends out destructive messages? In these days of social media, young impressionable minds – especially the minds of our young impressionable girls enticed by likes, views, and WorldstarHipHop content – bypass parental controls, having 24/7 handheld access to self-destructive content such as bloodshed and explicit music lyrics and imagery. It’s very telling of the times we live in, when it is clearly acceptable to present – to the people via social media platforms – bottomless nudes to promote ‘SlutWalk’ campaigns; music videos such as self-proclaimed ‘Bad Girl’ Rhianna’s ‘Needed Me’, ‘Pour it Up’, ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’; Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’; and Lily Allen’s ‘Hard Out Here’, to name a few. TV pilots [that can be accessed via YouTube and many other websites] such as ‘All my Babies’ Mamas’ [cancelled by petition] and most recently, ‘The Real Side Chicks of Charlotte’, have only added to the roster of extremely popular ‘ratchet TV’, which includes shows such as ‘Bad Girls Club’, ‘Basketball Wives’, ‘Love and HipHop’, and UK’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, among others. Who do you think are their target audiences? All communities, but especially ‘minority’ or ‘inner city’ communities, should take a stand against any television programming, mainstream media, and pop culture content that degrades humanity by promoting and glamorizing dysfunctional self-destructive behaviour. This includes stripper and gang culture: lewd conduct, promiscuity, infidelity, adultery, single parenthood, drug use, violence, materialism, and other behaviours signifying total degradation. For these behaviours are not without ramifications. With the accessibility of the Internet, this is not just an American or British social issue. I’m certain that such social issues affect all cultures across the globe. But, as a British citizen with an American cultural background, I can confirm that British culture is indeed influenced by American culture, especially through today’s mainstream media and pop culture, and this includes American celebrity pop ‘icons’ such as Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian, just to name a few. Celebrities are ‘made’. They are powerful ‘tools’ to influence and to sell not only products, but also agendas and lifestyles. Prominent icons such as Megan Fox, Madonna, and the late Steve Jobs have been quoted on their stance on today’s technology, media, and pop culture, that is, they try to keep their children away from television, media publications, and particular gadgets in their homes. Is it perhaps because they and their teams know the power of their celebrityhood and questionable means of promotion? Hmmm, something to make one think. We too as communities must adopt a similar stance, understand, and open our eyes to the damaging effects and influence of today’s mainstream media and pop culture. If it’s not easy to restrict television use in your home or throw out the television altogether. We must demand to see positive imagery, relationships, and portrayals of togetherness for us and the young impressionable minds to emulate and to aspire to. This can be done by writing letters to the authorities in charge of broadcasting in our areas, petitioning television networks ourselves, and so on.  By signing this petition, let our voice be heard. Let us show our non-support for destructive mainstream and pop culture media content that perpetuates dysfunction, self-destruction and the breakdown of our communities. Our city leaders will not listen to our voice without the unity and support of the collective community!

C Cutler
1,734 supporters