“This is the beginning of a long journey — a big long journey,” said 2013 American Idol contestant Cortez Shaw during an exclusive candid interview with Your Black World. After talking with this ambitious, quickly rising R&B/Pop artist about his American Idol journey and where his bright future is already leading him, one can have no reservations in believing just that. Simultaneously exuding both humility and charm during the course of the interview, Shaw makes it clear that his career is not only focused on music but also on inspiring and helping others.
- 00:00 min. — The American Idol experience
- 09:00 min. — The relationship between poetry and music
- 12:40 min. — The influence of the music industry on young African-American males
- 14:50 min. — Words of wisdom for young African-American males
- 15:20 min. — Reaching back to help youth across cultures
- 20:00 min. — The inside scoop on Cortez’s new album and collaborations
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.