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Death To Chains Album Story


Death to chains is not just an album or a ministry; it's a war cry in my opinion. Meet Curvine Brewington, your mum’s favorite rapper. September 30th, 2016, this album is released.

Death to Chains is a hip-hop-infused, live cinematic production birthed out of the vision of Curvine, and his wife Candace to fight human trafficking through music and art. Initially,
Death to Chains was meant to be a simple concept album, spotlighting the issue of slavery by narrating the life of a young girl named Hope, who finds herself  entangled in the web of slavery. However, after much creative development, Curvine and his team of students began dreaming bigger and believing God for better and thus began story boarding to create a short-film that would visually accompany the album.

When most thought this presentation could get no better, Curvine and his team kept on pushing the bounds of creativity. Taking this marriage of hip hop and film, they layered it with the thought-provoking spoken word, contemporary dance, and live acting to create a visually-stunning "experience" that convicts the heart and challenges the soul to take a stand against injustice.

The Death to Chains project has toured all across America, its purpose being to spread awareness about the injustice of human trafficking and also raise funds for safe houses and rehabilitation homes in both America and in Romania. Curvine says “This past spring we saw over 553 people give their lives to the Lord from this project and we raised $8,000 for 2 safe-homes”

Death To Chains, tells the story of a girl named Hope who had moved to a Los Angeles in order to pursue her dream career as a professional dancer. However, being turned down by the company after company, she finds herself in a desperate situation, barely surviving on a minimum wage salary. Suddenly, like a gift from God, the man of her dreams comes to sweep all her troubles away. Unfortunately, this prince charming ends up being the very man who seduces her and throws her into a world of slavery.


This project isn’t just an album, it’s an album that has created impact and awareness for Human Sex Trafficking and not only that, has convicted many hearts and has seen many come to know Christ. I believe that this project is going to release revival to not just America, but every nation and bring this issue to light and expose the truth. As a generation, we have gotten silent about issues like these. 

 Martin Luther King Jr says “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter most”.

I couldn’t agree more with this statement. We sit back and simply say “oh, someone else can do something about it”. When really, every single one of us can make a change. We can end human sex trafficking. It may not be easy, but if we band together for once cause, we can see it come to an end.
This is why I believe in what Curvine and His wife along with the team of students are doing. I don’t share things like these unless I believe in it and the cause. The songs on this album aren’t just songs, they are truth filled songs that carry an important message to those that listen to it. Every person that ends up in the sex trade, is a sister or brother, a friend, a daughter or son. These people have the right to live yet their lives are being stripped away because of this.

 There is a line in "Freedom Arise" that I love which is "Let God be revealed. Let Freedom Arise. Let the broken be healed" It is the time that freedom arises, God is revealed in our lives, and the broken brought back home. I also love the songs "Find my heart and X.O.S.O.S" because to me, they both link. Both talk about how this girl has had rejection after rejection, then a man comes along, captures her heart, but in the end, this man abuses and uses her. She is trapped in this trade. Does anyone want to help? It starts with the guy capturing her heart but ends in only hurt and pain and slavery.


Curvine says on one of his Instagram posts
"I believe for a long time, victims of human trafficking as well as other injustices have gone unnoticed by so many. These individuals have become a faceless people group – a statistic, a number, or a theme for a blockbuster film. But we often forget that these are PEOPLE. They are somebody's sister, somebody's mother, they are sons and daughters – eternal beings, created by God and loved by God. But even amidst the travesty of slavery and injustice, I know that there is still beauty locked inside the hearts of these individuals. I Believe they were placed here for a reason, and for THIS reason – and I DON'T believe their purpose for existence is to live a life full of bondage and pain. Christ Died to eradicate the chains of sin. It's time that we RISE UP AND LIVE to eradicate the chains of injustice."
 I stand with Curvine and His team and believe that every being placed here on earth, was created with a life full of purpose, not to be in bondage and pain, but to live life to the fullness.
 

The scripture Jeremiah 29.11 says “For I know the plans I have for you declares the lord, plans to give you a hope and a future. Plans not to harm you, but to prosper you”,  And in John 10.10 it says “The enemy only comes to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY, but the Lord, comes to GIVE LIFE and LIFE to the FULLNESS”, and that is exactly what the enemy is doing. He is stealing, killing and destroying these precious lives and us a generation are sitting here just waiting for someone else to do something about these things. We can be the generation that stands up for truth and brings freedom to these precious ones.

It is Curvine’s and his team It is our desire for this project not only awaken the public, but to also challenge them to take action about this issue, whether that be through prayer, financial support, volunteering, or simply being vocal and helping raise more awareness.
Proceeds from tour dates will go directly to freedom-based initiatives who rescue and rehabilitate women and boys who have been trapped in the sex trade. For resources and more information on how to get active in the fight against injustice, please visit their partners Project 42 and Freedom House.

Curvine and his team are believing God to raise over $100,000 upon the release of this project between now and the first 2 quarters of 2017. You can help, by purchasing this album on September 30th to bring awareness, financially give, prayer, and even be a voice to help bring light to this issue.

As a photographer and blogger, my mission statement is even “Tell stories, show love, show beauty and capture moments”, and this is why I believe in what Curvine and Candace and his team are doing. So I stand with them to bring awareness and to end slavery.

Will you be a part of a generation that brings an end to slavery and injustice?





let's be the voice for the voiceless.

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Visit his website for more information
curvinemusic.com/

 

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Curvine says ;This past spring we saw over 553 people give their lives to the Lord from this project and we raised $8,000 for 2 safe-homes
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter most.
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They are somebody’s sister, somebody’s mother, they are sons and daughters – eternal beings, created by God and loved by God.

Living In A World Of Perfection

Beauty Fades.
Character lasts.

Only 15% of women love who they are. However the other percentage of 75% don't love who they are. There is something that they want to change, or get rid of. That is a lot of women who look in the mirror each day and hate what they see. 

We live in a world here we can instantly, go to a plastic surgeon and get stuff done. For example; a nose job, or breast implements. Now there is a different to getting a nose job for the sake of it, and getting it done due to medical reasons. Same as breast implements; there is getting them done because you want a bigger chest and getting it done due to an illness. I am no means judging anyone who has gotten things done, I am simply making a point that we live in a world of plastic. 

Welcome to  Photoshop and technology where it is easy to change the way we look simply by a phone or computer. I use Lightroom and Photoshop for editing of course, but one thing that I never do is change the way a person looks. It isn't apart of my vision for BTP. I am about showing beauty in everyone and showing them what I see.

When it comes to body image, it isn't just about trying to be skinny, but it can also be about gaining weight because your thin or you have no muscle. Some people can't help being a certain size or even shape because of health conditions , but even then, they still feel the pressure to be a certain way.  

There are so many effects of struggling with body image, such as; Depression, Eating disorders or even suicide. Yet we don't even address those areas in today's society. Personally, I have always struggled with the way I look, I always felt the pressure to be thin just to be accepted, or to tan because I was too fair or to have a certain hair colour, yet over the years I have had a revelation that  why try and be like everyone else, when we aren't born to be a copy. We are all unique so why change that. We are all a masterpiece.  

A masterpiece means that there is only one. So there is never the same, there is no copy or second version. Twins are even unique. Yes they may look identical on the outside, but look at the personalities, or even dig deeper and look at the finger prints. Just like snow flakes, not ONE is the same. How amazing is that. 

We are created as a masterpiece. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Just because we live in a world where perfection is idolised, doesn't mean we should follow it. Be your own kind of beautiful. Be you. Be the best you can be. Wear what you want, express who you are no matter the size. In the end, looks fade when we all hit 60 years old. Beauty doesn't last. Character lasts. 

If you are struggling with body image and thinking you have to be perfect, you are not alone. But I encourage you this. BE YOU! Who cares what others think, they don't know you. Your friends will love you for you. Strangers can think all they want, but they don't know you or who you are. People will judge, but never judge yourself or make them win this battle in body image. 

If you have any questions or would like to share your story, then leave a comment below or shot through an email. If you would like to see the rest of the images from this shoot then go check them out in the concepts link.

Much love, Jess xox  


 


We are all unique, so why try and change that?