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Snoop Dogg insults Parsi Culture in his new video, community enraged

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Born in California, USA, the famous American hip-hop artist, Snoop Dogg is in controversies yet again. Earlier, he has often been targeted by various women’s groups for penning sexist lyrics and has been banned in several countries for his spiteful remarks.Snoop_Dogg_performing_at_Hovefestivalen_2012

Now, his latest song, King hasn’t gone well with the Parsis. They have expressed their displeasure at the video of this song which features the artist seated under Faravahar, a symbol of the Zoroastrian sacred guardian angel. The Zoroastrian sacred guardian angel is a part of ancient Persian culture and thus, for Parsis, this holds a massive importance.

Moreover, the women clad in skimpy clothes in the video have further enraged the Zoroastrians. Right from the beginning of the video, the women are smoking hookahs, drinking, and their pelvic thrusts are accentuated. There is a pseudo Persian setting and the sacred guardian angel has been trivialised. This has offended the sentiments of Parsis who were instantly outraged.

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Irate Parsis have taken screenshots of the offending images and created a Change.org petition calling for the artistes to remove the song and apologise.

The petition says, “The rap artist Snoop Dogg is featured in a recently released music video of the song King by Iranian pop singer Amitis. The video shows Persian motifs including the “Faravashi” or the Farohar, a sacred symbol depicting the guardian angel. Zoroastrians and Parsis all over the world worship the Farohar as a religious symbol. The use of it in a music video is very insensitive towards the religious beliefs of one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. We would respectfully ask Amitis, Snoop Dogg and their team to remove the video and tender an apology to Zoroastrians worldwide.”

 

Snoop Dogg has been quite popular for the element of funk that he brings in his music. His braided hairstyles are his trademark. Today (12th June) is his 18th marriage anniversary.

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OrchKids- Bringing Joy To Underprivileged Kids Through Music

Nema was accepted into the Baltimore School for the Arts where she now studies music.

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In Baltimore, a free after school music program called OrchKids is being used as an instrument of change for children in underprivileged neighborhoods. In the past 10 years, more than 1,300 children have received free group music lessons, and free instruments, from flutes to trumpets to violins.

The program was started by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who said OrchKids also aims to create social change in a city where about 40 percent of the population live in poverty. She hopes that if more children of color learn an instrument that “orchestras will better reflect the diversity of our communities.”

For 15 year old Nema Robinson, OrchKids has given her more opportunities than she ever imagined. Four years ago, the quiet teenager started taking the group violin lessons and quickly progressed.

Her teacher, Ahreum Kim, grew up in Korea and studied at the prestigious Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

“Nema’s determination has helped make her a top violin student” Kim said. “OrchKids is doing a lot for Nema, by giving her confidence, the practice of being in front of an audience, and musical skills she can be proud of,” she added.

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Nema’s musical journey began when she and her mother, Susan Johnson, saw an OrchKids concert. Johnson was amazed to see black kids performing classical and opera music. “You just don’t see that,” she recalled thinking, “And I’m elbowing Nema and telling her, ‘This is what you should be doing.”

Nema enthusiastically agreed, and soon after started taking violin lessons that have given her the opportunity to play all kinds of music. She is especially proud of being a violinist in the Orchkids jazz band.

OrchKids has been instrumental in guiding many students, some from difficult backgrounds, by providing a place where they feel respected and safe.

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“Some of the students come into the class with baggage,” said Kim. “That could be due to poverty, or trouble at home. It is helpful when I learn about their families.”

Nema had a rough start in life as a drug addicted baby. With both her parents in prison, her aunt became her guardian and mother.

“She’s my number one supporter and has helped me a lot,” said Nema appreciatively. She pushes me. If it wasn’t for my mom I don’t think I would really be this good at playing the violin.”

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OrchKids has been instrumental in guiding many students.

Aside from the camaraderie and the encouragement that OrchKids provides, Nema also enjoys performing. I like seeing the audience, and their clapping and standing up after the performance,” she said. “It just makes my day.”

Thanks to her free violin lessons, Nema was accepted into the Baltimore School for the Arts where she now studies music.

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She hopes to earn a college degree in music so she can teach other black children, like herself, how to live their lives on a high note.

“It doesn’t matter what race you are, you can play music. If it’s your passion then it’s your passion,” Nema said with a smile. (VOA)