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Texarkana authorities solicit help from entertainment industry

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Police and entertainers meet to discuss the influence of music on Texarkana citizens. Police and entertainers meet to discuss the influence of music on Texarkana citizens.
Image from one of Damion White's videos Image from one of Damion White's videos
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas police met with a group of local musicians Tuesday to discuss what the entertainment industry could do to help curtail violence.

Much of the meeting focused on music videos, much to the concern of music artists who attended the meeting.

"I don't think at all that my music will make somebody go out and shoot somebody. I don't think my music will make somebody go on the corner and sell dope. That is what the individual wants to do," says Stefan Nash, member of "Ten Toez Down," of Texarkana, and an attendee of the meeting with law enforcement.

Texarkana Police say that, among the 100,000 or so calls they receive each year, some portion of those calls may be related to local music videos.

"You may not be out pulling the trigger, but the young people that see you and admire you, they are going to live with that," says TAPD Sgt. Chris Rankins.

Texarkana rapper Damion White says he has pulled controversial segments of his video, which was in the news last year.

"The video you are talking about is positive. It just had negative images, so, I got to clean it up a little bit," White says, adding that the positive message was about coming together in Texarkana.

White and Nash stressed that their music videos are not the main cause of violence. Even so, the rappers say they will change their lyrics in the future.

"Instead of showing guns and drugs and stuff, we need to show each other, helping each other out," White says.

Says Nash: "I do have to take some responsibility, and, yes, there will be some slight change. But I will not derive from who I am."

The Texarkana entertainment industry requested Tuesday's meeting.

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