Nick Cannon - Fixing a Disenfranchised Community in "Chi-Raq"

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Actor and host of "America's Got Talent" Nick Cannon explains how a sex strike is used to end Chicago gang violence in his film "Chi-Raq." (6:31)

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>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOME NICKCANON!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Trevor: OH, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR COMING!

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME!

>> Trevor: I FEEL LIKE EVERYTIME I SEE YOU, SOMEONE IS DOING

SOMETHING AMAZING AND THENPEOPLE ARE CRYING AFTERWARDS.

>> THAT'S JUST A DATIN' MY LIFE.

>> Trevor: EVERY TIME I SEEYOU, SOMETHING CRAZY IS

HAPPENING AND YOU CRY.

DO YOU CRY ON THAT SHOW?

>> I DO CRY.

I SHED A TEAR EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE.

>> Trevor: IS IT REAL TEARS ORTV CRY LIKE SOMEBODY'S PAYING ME

TO CRY?

>> I CAN'T GIVE YOU ALL THESECRETS, MAN!

(LAUGHTER)

NO, HONESTLY, BECAUSETHEY'RE TRUE AMERICAN STORIES

AND WHEN YOU SEE AN EVERYDAYAMERICAN STRIVE FOR THEIR

DREAMS, IT'S TOUCHING, MAN.

IT'S EMOTIONAL.

SOME OF THEM ARE CRAZY, TOO.

YOU MIX EMOTION WITH CRAZY ANDSOMETIMES IT'S TEARS OF

CRAZINESS.

BUT IT WORKS OUT BECAUSE I THINKEVERYONE LOVES A FAMILY SHOW.

>> Trevor: IT'S A HUGE SHOW.

WE WATCH IT IN SOUTH AFRICA ASWELL.

IF YOU WERE TO GO ON ONE OFTHOSE SHOWS, WHAT WOULD YOUR

TALENT BE?

>> OH, THAT'S A TOUGH ONE.

>> Trevor: TOUGH BECAUSE YOUDON'T HAVE TALENT OR MULTIPLE

TALENTS.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULDCHOOSE.

>> Trevor: YOU'VE DONEEVERYTHING.

YOU'VE RAPPED, RIGHT?

>> RIGHT.

>> Trevor: YOU'RE A RAPPER.

RIGHT.

>> Trevor: YOU ARE AN ACTOR.

YES.

>> Trevor: YOU ARE A FILMDIRECTOR.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: A MOGUL IN MOVIESAND TV --

>> I WOULD MOGUL ON THE SHOW.

>> Trevor: I'M TRYING TOPICTURE THAT MOGULLING WOULD BE.

I'M NICK CANNON AND I'M HERE TOMOGUL.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU WERE ON NICKELODEON AND NICKCANNON WAS BASICALLY EVERYTHING.

>> I WAS RUNNING IT.

TO THIS DAY, I AM THE CHAIRMANOF TEEN NICK.

SINCE 2008 I HAVE BEEN GETTINGMY CHAIRMAN ON.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT WORDMEANS EITHER?

>> Trevor: DO YOU GO TO BOARDMEETINGS?

>> I DO, MAN --

>> Trevor: I CAN'T PICTURE YOUWITH THAT FACE.

>> WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

>> Trevor: I CAN'T PICTURE YOUSAYING ANYTHING IN A BOARD

MEETING.

>> THANK YOU, TREVOR.

NOW I'LL GET FIRED.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Trevor: WHERE I CAN'T SEE YOUIS ACTING IN MORE FILMS.

CHI-RAQ IS A VERY STRANGE MOVIE.

IT'S DIRECTED AND CREATED BYSPIKE LEE.

A FASCINATING FILM ABOUT, IGUESS, THE VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO

AND THE WOMEN IN CHICAGO DECIDETO GO ON A SEX STRIKE.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: AND THEY SAY, WEWILL GIVE NO MAN SEX UNTIL THERE

IS PEACE.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: AND YOU ARE ONE OFTHOSE MEN THAT GETS NO SEX.

>> I AM ONE OF THOSE MEN.

>> Trevor: YES.

AND YOU GET REALLY ANGRY ABOUTTHIS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I LOVE YOUR SYNOPSIS OFTHE FILM, TREVOR!

>> Trevor: I'M JUST TRYING TOLAY THIS OUT BECAUSE IT'S A VERY

STRANGE MOVIE.

DID YOU METHOD ACT FOR THISTHING?

>> DID I ABSTAIN FROM SEX?

>> Trevor: YES.

>> I DID, I DID!

I'M STILL GOING STRONG, TOO!

LADIES, HIT ME AFTER THE SHOW.

>> Trevor: YOU LOOKED LIKE YOUGOT INTO IT, THOUGH!

FOR REAL, THOUGH, THIS WASHONESTLY, YOU WERE REALLY

AMAZING.

IT'S A STRANGE MOVIE TO WATCH, ITOLD THIS TO SPIKE LEE, IT'S A

BEAUTIFUL FILM AND SO MANYMESSAGES BUT YOU WERE FANTASTIC

IN THIS FILM.

>> WOW, THAT MEANS A LOT COMINGFROM YOU.

>> Trevor: IT WAS!

AND YOU JACKED UP AS WELL,RIGHT?

>> WHAT?

>> Trevor: YOU WERE JACKED UPAS WELL.

>> I THOUGHT YOU SAID SOMETHINGELSE.

>> Trevor: NO!

WE'LL NEVER KNOW BUT --

(LAUGHTER)

YOU GOT REALLY IN SHAPE, YOU GOTABS IN THE MOVE.

>> EVERYBODY SAID, YOU GOTREALLY BUFF FOR THE MOVIE.

IT WAS TIMING.

I WAS JUST DOING WHAT I WASSUPPOSED TO DO.

>> Trevor: OH, YOU WERE JUSTBUFF.

>> YEAH.

>> Trevor: I'M SORRY, LET MEJUST GRAB THAT -- I WAS JUST

BUFF, THAT'S ALL THAT WAS.

THE MOVIE JUST HAPPENED AT THESAME TIME.

>> NO, MOST PEOPLE SEE ME IN ASUIT.

YOU PROBABLY GOT SOME ABS ANDSTUFF UP UNDER THERE, TOO!

>> Trevor: NO, I DON'T.

BUT THANK YOU FOR THAT, IAPPRECIATE IT.

>> YEAH, BUT PEOPLE DON'TNORMALLY SEE ME WITH MY SHIRT

OFF AND THE TATTOOS SO IT WAS ALITTLE DIFFERENT.

>> Trevor: YOU ALSO WROTE THELYRICS FOR THE OPENING OF THE

CHI-RAQ SONG.

>> PRAY FOR MY CITY, BEENGETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION.

>> Trevor: THERE IS A LINEABOUT BLACK ON BLACK CRIME,

BLACK PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS, MAN?

I HONESTLY SAY THAT FOR THE SONGAND FOR EVEN THE FILM ITSELF--

I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS TOUNDERSTAND THE RESPECT FOR

HUMANITY AND TO FOCUS IN ONHUMANITY AND THAT A LIFE IS A

LIFE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

NO ONE'S LIFE SHOULD BE LOST ORTAKEN AWAY.

SO HONESTLY I REALLY BELIEVEWHETHER IT'S THE LYRICS IN THE

SONG AND THESE LYRICS ACTUALLYCAME FROM PEOPLE FROM THE

COMMUNITY.

I MEAN, WE ALL GOT TOGETHER ANDTHEY WERE CRYING OUT AND I

ALWAYS SAY HURT PEOPLE HURTPEOPLE.

WHEN YOU SAY THAT, IT'S APAINFUL SITUATION.

IT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT, YOUKNOW, THE MOST VIOLENT PLACES IN

AMERICA ARE THE MOSTDISENFRANCHISED AND PLACES WITH

THE LEAST OPPORTUNITY.

SO, YOU KNOW, WHETHER WE DO ITTHE WAY THAT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE

US DO IT, WE'RE CRYING OUT ANDTHINGS NEED TO CHANGE AND THAT'S

WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

>> Trevor: THAT'S A BEAUTIFULMESSAGE.

(APPLAUSE)

BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE, COMESTHROUGH IN THE SONG.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM THIS FILM?

>> OH, MAN!

LOTS OF SEX!

THE SEX STRIKE ISOVER.

>> Trevor: DO YOU THINK THATCOULD WORK BY THE WAY.

>> IT HAS WORKED.

A WOMAN, LEYMAH GBOWEE GOT THENOBEL PEACE PRIZE.

>> Trevor: PEOPLE SAY THAT BUTIT WAS PART OF IT.

>> PART OF IT, RIGHT.

>> Trevor: YEAH.

>> THERE WAS MORE BUT SHEABSTAINED AS WELL.

>> Trevor: LET ME ASK YOU, IFYOU NICK CANNON WERE TO BE

DEPRIVED OF SEX TO CHANGESOMETHING WOULD THAT WORK?

>> IT DEFINITELY WOULD.

>> Trevor: YOU DIDN'THESITATE.

>> IF SOMEBODY JUST CUT OFF THEM-M-M, YEAH!

>> Trevor: WHAT WAS THAT, THEVAGINA?

>> YEAH.

>> Trevor: YOU CAN SAY VAGINA.

I'M THE CHAIRMAN OFNICKELODEON, I CAN'T SAY VAGINA!

>> Trevor: THAT IS HOW YOUSTAY THE CHAIRMAN, MAN!

(APPLAUSE)

CHI-RAQ IN THEATERSFRIDAY NATIONWIDE.

NICK CANNON, EVERYBODY!