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Breaking The Chains

On Friday, February 26th, 2016 I get the honor and the privilege of being a part of an incredibly powerful event. I’ve come together with a group of individuals who have it in their heart to do something greater than themselves.

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After observing our culture, it’s become apparent that a major issue exists internally among the majority. More Americans suffer from depression than from coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. We’ve seen some very sad losses, both loving family members and friends in our local communities and among celebrities such as Dave Mirra, Robin Williams, Mindy McCready.

-It’s truly tragic that somebody dies from suicide every 12.8 minutes.

-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and there are more deaths from suicides than there are deaths from homicide or war.

-Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.

The silver lining to this dark cloud is depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized.

To go along with those tragic statistics are equally alarming numbers.

-85% of our population suffers from a poor self image.

-Low self-esteem has been linked to violent behavior, eating disorders, promiscuity, unemployment, school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, gang activity, suicide, and low academic achievement. 

-Low self-esteem is the universal common denominator among literally all people suffering from addictions to any and all mind altering substances such as alcohol, not genes.

-The report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics says that the rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. has increased nearly 400% since 1988.

-More than 1 in 10 Americans over age 12 now takes an antidepressant, the study finds, and yet two-thirds of those with severe symptoms of depression do not take antidepressants at all.

-The drugs prescribed, are causing over 40,000 deaths per year.

Here is what we have learned: low self esteem, depression and other mental health issues are at an all time high. “Professionals” are mostly throwing drugs at the issue, which is causing even more deaths – but at the same time is not solving the problem, depression and mental health issues are continuing to rise. Numerous studies have been conducted linking social networking, television, and negative advertisements to depression, social isolation, eliciting feelings of envy, insecurity and poor self-esteem. There is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the amount of time spent being plugged into the wrong kind of media and the likelihood of eventually being diagnosed with depression, meaning that if your TV viewing habits are excessive, you are putting yourself at greater risk of suffering from this debilitating and life-altering condition.

Want proof of this assertion? Here are three recent scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals that provide it:

  • University of Maryland sociologists looked at more than 30 years of data on the subject of self-evaluated happiness and media use, and discovered that happy people watch on average one hour less television per day than those who suffer from depression. In general, those who were the happiest watched TV for only two hours per day or less and spent a significant amount of time socializing with family and friends (study published in Social Indicator Research, 2008).
  • A British study of almost 4,000 Scotland residents found that 66 percent of adults who watched two or more hours of TV each day were obese and had much higher rates of depression and anxiety. Interestingly, the correlation between depression and television viewing habits was strong enough that good exercise habits had no ameliorating effect, even though exercise is usually prescribed as a panacea for depression and other types of mood disorders (study published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2010).
  • As a part of the massive US Nurses’ Health Survey, which monitored the health and behavior patterns of more than 50,000 women for 14 years, information was collected about TV watching habits and their relationship to various health disorders. Researchers reported that women who watched three or more hours of TV per day were 13 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression at some point, whereas those who exercised regularly and did not view TV excessively reduced their risk of depression by 20 percent (study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011).

Depression tends to develop in response to prolonged stress or long-term exposure to emotionally trying circumstances. However, the way a person handles such situations also plays a big role in determining whether he or she will ultimately succumb to this illness, and it is clear that attempting to chase away the bad feelings by retreating into the imaginary landscapes created by television does not solve the problem and in the end will only make things worse.

The problem is that watching TV is a passive activity, and health and healing always require a proactive approach that directly addresses the source of the difficulty. Depression is defined by a gut-wrenching and utterly discouraging lack of motivation to do even the simplest things, as the pure act of living loses all of its color, flavor and intensity. It is notable that in the University of Maryland study, participants who engaged in meaningful social activity were far less likely to suffer from depression, which indicates how important the most basic pleasures in life are for all human beings. (source: https://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/featured/is-watching-too-much-tv-making-you-depressed/)

Now that we know the sad facts, we have a responsibility to do something about it.
The event that is organized for Friday February 26th, 2016, includes live music and speakers. In one portion you get the activity and the social aspect of being around positive people and positive entertainment, and in another aspect you will get information that will empower you. Even if you’re not a part of these statistics and do not have low self esteem or depression; you can learn information on how to help your neighbors or family or friends or co workers who do suffer as well as have the opportunity to have a fun evening together with leaders who are serving their communities and leading their families in a positive direction. The  music will be provided  by Butler Christian Assembly; Kelly Davidhizar on keys and vocals and Thomas Davidhizar on guitar and vocals and me, A./Mac in my final hip hop performance until my son Xander grows up. The speakers include Pastor Dan Davidhizar, Rachel Kerr, and Eric and Tina Barr, and me. The talks will be centered around knowing exactly how to love yourself, overcome, have the right view on things, and to serve your neighbors. This is a really big deal because if we can become stronger individually, and we can start lifting those up around us – so much is possible. Imagine for one second what I have pictured in my mind over a dozen times: we are chained to the wall by addictions, to depression, to a poor self image, to poverty, to hurts, to all these things that are HOLDING US BACK and on this night, and every night following it THE CHAINS SNAPPING and each of us, and the chains of our loved ones snapping too!! I can hear the sound. Can you? I hope you can. I want you to have hope. I want you to feel empowered.

 

There are only 100 tickets available, and already almost half of them are reserved. Be sure to reserve yours right now. Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2487251 to get all the information and to get them while they are still available.

Two things I know: You can overcome anything with the right information leading to the right thinking and applying that information into your life. This information will be shared at this event. The second thing: The quickest way to overcome Depression or feeling sorry for yourself is to do something for someone else in a way that they could never repay you.

 

I want to leave you with a few thoughts from somebody greater then me…

 

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving a greater purpose; rejoicing in hope, persevering thru trials and tribulations, devoted to positive thoughts; contributing to the needs of those doing great things, practicing hospitality.”

 

“For we are called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom in an opportunity to serve only your desires, but through love serve one another.”

 

“Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing”

 

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important then himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Look for ways to support, encourage, build up, and stimulate others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MAC Live In Fort Wayne!

A MAC has had an exciting couple of months getting back into being a performing artist!

Thank you all so much for your support!

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A MAC and Futuristic

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6 weeks in Phoenix led to the release of “Live Life” and 3 shows in the Valley.

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Followed by flying to Chicago, recording “No More Nightmares” at Stray Dog Studios.

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A MAC is now back home in Indiana.
“No More Nightmares” will be available worldwide on Monday March 30th, 2015.

You have a special opportunity to hear and see A MAC perform this song and others live THIS FRIDAY at The Piere’s Entertainment Center in the Marketplace of Canterbury in Fort Wayne, IN.

Club Phoenix
Showtime starts at 9
It is just $5 to get in
Strictly 21+

Use #AMACLiveInFW when posting at the event. 2 random people who posted a photo while there will win a free drink!

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Click here for more info and to share the event with your FaceBook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/625714504238735/

Listen to “Live Life” on Spotify here: https://play.spotify.com/album/267GI836KV5bByy1n7Ngli

Follow A MAC on social media @OhBobMac

Buy “Live Life” from iTunes – http://goo.gl/oWHW8A

Google Play – goo.gl/e5hxOi

For bookings, drops, or collaborations email mrmac260@gmail.com

| TONIGHT – A MAC Live in Arizona |

Tonight is your last chance to catch A MAC live in Arizona.

Celebrating the release of his new single “Live Life” A MAC will be performing his final scheduled showcase in the Phoenix market. He is following up a huge event at Joe’s Grotto in downtown Phoenix last week with the Get Money Stop Hating Tour, and now he is being interviewed by 99.1 The Beat, Phoenix’s best station for real hip hop!  A MAC is welcomed by PhoenixHipHop.Net to their weekly Hip Hop Live Thursdays event at Baja Joe’s in Mesa, AZ. The show is the official Whitney Peyton pre party and welcomes Indiana’s A MAC, as well as some HOT artists from the Valley, including Jake Jones, Don Stubbs, MURJUR, A.M.O., Crooked Letter, and many more.

https://www.facebook.com/events/739204639526364/

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Location:  Baja Joe’s 1927 North Gilbert Road. Doors open at 9 and is 21+ only. No cover charge.

Follow A MAC on social media @OhBobMac

Buy “Live Life” from iTunes – http://goo.gl/oWHW8A

Google Play – goo.gl/e5hxOi

Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/267GI836KV5bByy1n7Ngli

For bookings, drops, or collaborations email mrmac260@gmail.com

“I Go Harder” by Adrienne Mack-Davis and feleciacruz (New Single)

The first time I accidentally discovered Adrienne Mack-Davis was when i was trying to do an open mic in Austin, TX during SxSW only to discover they took the whole night over with a nice line up of positive artists! Just the other night, i had another accident! I accidentally stumbled upon the soundcloud of @amackdavis and saw they kind of put something soooooo dope out that it couldn’t be ignored! They haven’t promoted it, but I totally get why. It’s just there. They are not the type to brag. They aren’t the type to boast. They just stay touring, they stay positive, they stay doing service work, and they stay making people’s lives more exciting and enjoyable just by being there. And they are everywhere.

Check out “I Go Harder”

Visit www.amackdavis.com to learn about upcoming shows and her new project “It Only Takes One” that is soon to be released!

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“Sometimes” by e3 (New Video)

Approximately 85% of North America suffers from some sort of depression.

It’s kind of just…

“Sometimes”

I’m here to help you feel empowered tho, as Indiana’s hottest up and coming hip hop artist Eddie Slone III aka e3 just released a new visual that is compelling, matched with audio that can make the weakest person feel strong again. Step into the mind of e3 as you view this new video featuring a cameo from David Gottfried II as Eddie’s therapist. After you enjoy the video be sure to subscribe to his channel, as more work from e3 and Miles Meyer is coming soon!

Visit www.e3hiphop.com 

e3 – Eddie Slone III

From day one, e3 has been driven by a desire to lead and share a message of hope and inspiration with those around him. Growing up, he quickly discovered that he had an ability to do this through his music. After several years of dabbling with music as a hobby, e3 decided to get serious about his gift in 2010 and develop himself as a professional. He hasn’t turned back since.

e3’s journey hasn’t been easy. In fact, he has dealt with the setbacks that cripple so many of us such as fear of the unknown, uncertainty of identity, and discouragement in a world where nobody really seems to care. However, as formidable as these demons come across, they are not invincible and this is what has motivated e3 to continue fighting day in and day out.

e3 is originally from the small town of Kendalville but, nevertheless, thinks big. His young, but impressive 3-year career is marked with accomplishments such as successfully booking and completing a multi-state tour, collaborations with prominent artists, such as Mark Battles, and the successful release of a project, Montrose Square Vol. 1, that was well received by fans.

In October of 2014, e3 made the decision to join the Successful Musik family after working at length and developing a close relationship with founders, David Sentongo and Taylor Zank. Both were impressed with his music, but most importantly, his ideology and message. With the Successful Musik Group, e3 is soaring to new heights and will be touring the nation on a 50-city stint along with Taylor (T-Zank), which will run between March and August of 2015. He will also be releasing a project set for release just before the summer.

e3’s story is slowly unfolding each day: A story marked by hope, resilience, and strength in the toughest of situations. A story we can all relate with; a story we can all believe in.

“Higher State of Mind” by @AdamTheInfluence (Mixtape)

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“Live Life” by A Mac now on iTunes and Google Play!

“Live Life” by A MAC is now available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify

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iTunes – http://goo.gl/oWHW8A

Google Play – goo.gl/e5hxOi

Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/267GI836KV5bByy1n7Ngli

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