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good morning, america. deadly attack. what we're learning about the suspect shot and killed at the capitol after he allegedly ficetrait to a barricade. >> one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. >> how the officer is being remembered this morning and the new questions about capitol security. new guidelines. the cdc issuing new recommendations on air travel saying while they believe fully vaccinated americans can travel >> the cdc is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases. >> this as concerns are raised about easter holiday gatherings. former cdc director tom frieden joins us live.
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condemning his actions, one of the most senior minneapolis police officers testifying at derek chauvin's trial calling chauvin's use of force against george floyd unnecessary. t >> key moments of the trial so far and what is still to come. all-star showdown. georgia's governor slamming the mlb after the league pulled the all-star game from atlanta. in response to the state's new voting law. what some teams are saying and what happens next. and boy george live. ♪ i'll tumble for you ♪ ♪ i'll tumble for you ♪ ♪ i'll tumble for you ♪ >> the musician is the latest to join the nft craze, giving "gma" an exclusive look at his collection just ahead of the big reveal this morning. good morning, america. dan has the morning off. we are happy to have janai back with us this morning.
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>> excited to be back, guys. >> we've missed you. >> i've missed you as well. we have a lot to talk about this morning. we begin with that deadly attack on capitol hill. taking a look at the white house where president biden has ordered flags lowered at half-staff after a capitol police officer was killed by a knife-wielding suspect who rammed into a barricade. >> overnight police lining the streets of washington, d.c. saluting the motorcade carrying the fallen officer william evans. >> this second deadly attack on capitol police this year is again raising concerns about security. abc's faith abubey is on capitol hill with the very latest. faith, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, whit. there's a renewed focus on security here at the capitol after that violent and deadly attack unfolded here yesterday just over my shoulder. investigators this morning are combing through the suspect's background trying to find a motive and understand why police say he rammed his vehicle into those capitol police officers. this morning, sources tell abc
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news the now-deceased suspect noah green, a man in his 20s appeared at the north security m then hit the north barricade barrier. >> reporter: police say green then got out of the vehicle and lunged towards the two officers with a knife. capitol police firing at the suspect. those inside the capitol building forced into a lockdown. >> no entry is permitted at this time in any building of the capitol complex. >> reporter: authorities believe green had tied to virginia and indiana and investigators are taking a close look at some of his possible social media posts but no clear motive has been established. two officers and the suspect taken to area hospitals. but less than two hours later, this heartbreaking announcement. >> one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. >> reporter: officer william evans affectionately known as billy was an 18-year veteran of the capitol police force. flashing red and blue lights
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winding through the streets of in a somber procession. jason laforest, a personal friend of evans, says this loss is immeasurable. >> it is, you know, incredibly sad and just surreal, you know, to know that billy died, you know, serving our country doing something that he loved so much. >> reporter: the incident re-opening wounds yet to heal from the january 6th insurrection when a mob of donald trump supporters attacked the capitol building. >> the scab got ripped off here again today. we'll be reviewing everything at this point including the fencing. >> reporter: much of that fencing put up after the armemberdeoyed to reduced to roughly 2,300. and this morning, flags here are also flying at half-staff on capitol hill in honor
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of officer evans. we're told the other officer also rammed with the vehicle is still recovering and is expected to survive. eva. >> faith abubey for us there, thank you so much. now to the pandemic. the cdc issuing new travel guidelines for americans who are fully vaccinated but at the same time asking people not to travel unless they have to. the announcement coming as more than 39% of americans over the age of 18 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. more than 22% are fully vaccinated. abc's transportation correspondent gio benitez is at newark airport where the holiday rush is already under way. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, eva, good morning. yeah, the airline industry is applauding this new guidance. and so are the millions of americans getting vaccinated. this morning, hope is in the air but with some caution. the holiday travel rush is on d could see the most travelers since the pandemic began. now with word that more than 100 million americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the cdc issuing new
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guidance saying fully vaccinated americans can travel at low risk to themselves while wearing masks and social distancing. if flying domestically the cdc says you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine. but if flying internationally, your destination may require a test, and you still need to show a negative test before boarding a flight back to america. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky still advocating against nonessential travel. >> while we believe that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, cdc is not recommending travel at this time due to the rising number of cases. >> reporter: covid cases across the country are on the rise. the u.s. reporting more than 79,000 new cases on thursday and just over a thousand deaths. michigan is seeing some of its largest spikes especially among young people. this family of five including small children were all sick.
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the parents testing positive. >> don't think that this is just an ordinary virus out there floating around that you're going to fight off just fine because it's so different from person to person. >> reporter: the spikes as states across the country are ending their mask mandates. indiana and alabama doing it over the next week, and in pennsylvania, the governor easing some restrictions on indoor dining, but cities can choose to keep their reduced capacity. meanwhile, for those traveling by train, amtrak is now saying this morning that it will start selling all of its seats on may 23rd. delta is going to start selling those middle seats in just a month, janai. >> more signs of the normal we once knew. gio, thank you so much. in the meantime, covid cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing in south america's largest country, and the spread there could be felt around the world. abc's victor oquendo has the latest from brazil on the coronavirus crisis there.
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>> reporter: this morning, the worsening covid crisis in brazil. that highly contagious p1 variant wreaking havoc on the country, pushing an already strained health care system to the brink of collapse. since january hospitalizations are up 500% nationwide for people between the ages of 30 and 59. >> the age of the population that our patients that are with the disease, they are younger, they are younger with severe disease. >> reporter: most icus are near or at capacity. lifesaving medication and oxygen supplies running dangerously low too. much of the blame falling on embattled president jaire bolsonaro, a covid survivor himself who has criticized lockdowns, denied science and lashed out at leaders who defy him like his former minister of health. >> we have a health problem. we have a social problem. we have an economic problem with the way that he's dealing. >> reporter: with an election approaching bolsonaro is scrambling to acquire as much vaccine as possible.
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just over 2% of brazilians are fully vaccinated. the playground here at this school in sao paulo has been converted into a vaccination site. this is where people register n is where shots go into arms. here they're offering two vaccines, one from china and one from great britain. >> reporter: but much of the country is falling behind. neighboring countries are not taking chances. many closing their borders as epidemiologists say that brazil could have an impact worldwide. >> all of us are connected globally through trade, through travel. what happens in brazil is going to affect the united states. it's going to affect the rest of the globe. >> reporter: many of those neighboring countries are blaming the brazilian variant for their rising numbers, but unlike brazil they're implementing lockdowns and other measures to control the spread. guys. >> all right. victor oquendo, for us, our thanks to you. joining us now is former cdc director, dr. tom frieden. dr. frieden, good morning to you. it's great to have you on a saturday. we do appreciate it. first, i want to talk about the
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easter weekend and the cdc's new guidance, that fully vaccinated americans can travel safely, but they still recommend against nonessential trips. do you think this provides enough clarity for the american people right now? >> it's a complicated message but the bottom line is that these vaccines are working really, really well. we couldn't have hoped for vaccines more effective, and new data strongly suggests that once you've been vaccinated, you're very unlikely to spread it to protfor at least six ll months. that's one reason we're seeing more and more people willing to get the vaccine, interested in getting the vaccine, but it's not perfect, so you have to continue to mask up, and you don't want to have a family traveling with some vaccinated, some people unvaccinated and going on travel because we know we're heading into the fourth surge, cases are increasing. variants are increasing. variants are more deadly. so we can't let our guard down. any time we let our mask down, our guard down, or have
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unvaccinated people gathering, we're really looking for trouble and the possibility that the virus will attack again and kill more people. >> i want to pick up on what you were just saying about cases there. we are seeing a rise in cases in many states across the country. how concerned are you about people gathering this holiday weekend? >> what we've seen with all prior holidays when you have travel and people getting together, there is another surge. we're already seeing increases in many states, we're seeing an increased proportion of these more dangerous variants. we now know the variants are more likely to spread and more likely to kill you if you get it. we're not out. woods yet, but the vaccine is rolling out. the main thing we have to do is do a much better job reaching people at highest risk. there are still 13 million people over the age of 65 who haven't been vaccinated, 37 million people who are 50 to 64 haven't been vaccinated. a disproportionate number of them black and latinx and have to do better at vaccinating the
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most vul neshl. >> we just saw that story about a surge in cases in brazil. that brazilian variant is among several now spreading in the u.s. you talked about it. the uk variant is in all 50 states. how much do you blame the variants, though, for the rise in cases we're seeing right now? >> the variants are definitely a driver, but if we keep our guards up, we can stop them. what we've seen around the world is that masking and social distancing make a big difference. they can drive rates down even without vaccination and vaccines are rolling out at record pace. so we just have to hang on until a larger proportion, particularly of the vulnerable, are well vaccinated and more of us are vaccinated or we will have a large fourth surge. we will have a fourth surge, i'm afraid. how large and how deadly, that depends on us. >> got to keep our guards up. dr. tom frieden, thank you so much for your time. we do appreciate it. eva, over to you. now to the crisis at the border where the first bus load of unaccompanied migrant
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children was brought to a 46 houston area shelter friday evening. te shelter was ready with 500 beds for the children, all girls, the white house has not said how long the girls are expected to stay there. just in the month of march, more than 170,000 migrants were picked up at the border. a 15-year high and the numbers are only expected to increase. we want to turn now to priveting testimony from the mot senior officer in the minneapolis police department. wrapping up the first week of derek chauvin's trial. abc's reena roy is in minneapolis with the key moments so far and what's still to come and we have to warn you about some graphic images. reena, good morning to you. >> reporter: janai, good morning to you. it has certainly been a long and emotional week for the jury to say the least, and there is still a lot more to come. >> do you swear or affirm that a give will the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the
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truth? >> i do. >> reporter: friday the jury heard one of the most senior minneapolis police officers condemning derek chauvin's actions. >> putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for. >> reporter: lieutenant richard zimmerman, head of the homicide unit, calling the force deadly and unnecessary saying he saw no reason for the officers to feel threatened. >> have you ever been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed behind their back in a prone position? >> no, i haven't. >> if that were done, would that be considered force? >> absolutely. if your knee is on a person's neck, that can kill him. >> reporter: paramedic derek smith testifying thursday that when he arrived on scene, floyd was still pinned to the ground with no pulse. >> there was no medical services being provided to the patient. >> reporter: floyd's girlfriend taking the stand earlier that day and opening up about their struggle with opioid addiction. >> we both suffered from chronic pain.
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we got addicted and tried really hard to break that addiction many times. >> reporter: the defense zeroing in on that drug use saying it contributed to his death. >> i noticed a change in his behavior, yes. >> reporter: some witnesses still traumatized by what they saw during that deadly encounter last memorial day. >> mr. mcmillian, do you need a minute? >> oh, my god. >> reporter: 61-year-old charles mcmillian breaking down in tears wednesday as he watched body camera video. officers arresting floyd for using a counterfeit $20 bill to y a pack of cigarettes.>>lele i can't -- i can't joke. i can't breathe. >> reporter: chauvin's voice captured by his body camera when mcmillian confronted him after floyd was taken away in an ambulance. >> trying to control this guy because he's a sizable guy.
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he's probably on something. >> reporter: also testifying christopher martin, the store worker who accepted floyd's counterfeit bill. one of his co-workers was the one to call the police. >> what was going through your mind during that time period? >> disbelief and guilt. >> okay. why guilt? >> if i would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided. >> reporter: defense attorney eric nelson claiming bystanders distracted officers in those tense moments. >> when people are surrounding you like that in the street screaming, it is daunting but you can handle it. you call for other assistance if you have to. >> reporter: and next week the state is expected to call the police chief to the stand, which will likely be a key moment in this trial. eva. >> reena roy for us, thank you. let's switch gears now and turn to the weather and rob marciano. our little ray of sunshine upstairs. how are you doing? >> he's our ray of sunshine? >> yes. >> oh, okay. >> cut him off. cut whit's mic. hello, janai. welcome back. >> hey, rob. >> that sunshine this morning
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in the first weekend of april not quite strong enough to get us to where we need to be. yesterday we had a whole lot of record low temperatures, dozens of them, in fact, and this is lexington, kentucky. hard freeze. tulips are gone, daffodils in my yard are gone. these are some of the numbers, 29 in laguardia. record lows, newark, 28. 17 in binghamton, altoona, 22 and bluefield, west virginia, 19, some of the windchills were even colder than that, so we have freeze warnings and frost advisories to the gulf coast, 38 for a record low this morning already in jacksonville, florida, and across parts of the midsouth we're seeing temperatures well below that. so a winter-type feel that feels like february than the first weekend of april and windchills anywhere from below the freezing mark to lower to
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good saturday morning. i'm lisa argen. we'll warm up by mid-week. 62347 concord. 64 in richmond. the accuweather seven-day forecast, not a whole lot of change for the easter from one ray of sunshine to the two on this side of the desk. >> that side of the desk. >> i wish you had better news. >> yeah. >> i know. >> i'd like to warm up to that. >> it's coming. it's coming. >> nothing against you but it's been freezing. >> it's been so cold here. >> of course, we blame rob for that. we'll talk to you soon. thank you very much, mr mr. marciano. another story we're following, swift reaction overnight after major league baseball announced that it's moving this year's all-star game out of atlanta in response to georgia's new voting law. the governor with sharp criticism of the league' decision, but others say georgia's republican leaders are to blame. abc's elwyn lopez joins us with more on the heated debate.
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>> reporter: whit, good morning. georgia striking out with major league baseball, and now ball clubs like the miami marlins are siding with the league's decision. this morning, the mlb playing hardball with georgia pulling the all-star game out of the state in protest. the decision taken a week after governor brian kemp signed a controversial voting bill. mlb commissioner robert manfred jr. saying in a statement that the league, quote, supports voting rights for all americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. fair access to voting continues to have our game's unwavering support. georgia's governor blasting the decision, labeling it a knee-jerk reaction. >> major league baseball has caved to the cancel culture. now that they're coming after your baseball game, they're going to come after your business, they're going to come after your way of life, but i will tell you, i'm not backing down. >> this moment has actually called for business leaders to take an unequivocal stance on
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any legislation that could be discriminatory. >> reporter: critics call it a means to suppress historically disenfranchised voters in urban and suburban counties while e's secure by, for example, adding new i.d. requirements for absentee ballots. prior to the league's announcement, the president said he'd support the move. >> i think today's professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. i would strongly support them doing that. people look to them. they're leaders. >> reporter: the boycott kneecapping businesses and people trying to climb their way out of the pandemic. the atlanta braves saying they're, quote, deeply disappointed, and stacey abrams who is credited with getting more georgians to vote says, quote, i don't want to see georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs but says she commends the league for speaking out.
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previous all-star games like the miami marlins release statements saying they support the decision to stand up for values of our game as the league looks for a new city. milwaukee's mayor and california's governor saying overnight that they'd like to step up to the plate. guys. >> elwyn, thank you so much. getting lots of people talking. well, coming up, "real housewives of salt lake city" star jennifer shah faces a judge over an alleged telemarketing scheme. what she is saying about charges. boy george joins us live with an exclusive early look at his collection on sale this morning. and down to the home stretch in march madness, the two teams that battled to stunning victories in the women's final four and now set to go head-to-head in the championship game. we'll be right back. sored by ancestry. learn your athr reth, make
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and will be illuminated until sunrise. this is the second time since 1923 that the easter morning mass has not happened. let's check the weather with lisa argen. it's beautiful. weave had the clouds make their way all the way into the valley. they're beginning to clear concord and liver more 52 in oakland. this is san rafael. 50s at the coast with upper 70s or near 70 inland.
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chamelion ♪and go, you come and people dancing in the studio today. welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. that, of course, is the legendary boy george, the singer/songwriter will be joining us live in just a little bit to talk about the new way he's sharing his music and the new collection he's dropping this morning. talking about those nfts, nonfungible tokens. >> you were so excited to say it. weren't you. >> exactly. we're learning more every weekend here on "gma." >> i still don't understand them. >> we'll get you there. now let's take a look at some of the other big stories. happening right now, flags on capitol hill and the white house flying at half-staff this morning to honor capitol
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police officer william a barer and attacked him and another officer at the capitol. the suspect identified as noah green was shot dead by capitol police. investigators are still looking for a motive. also right now, the houston police department saying a report has now been filed against houston texans quarterback deshaun watson. this after 21 women filed civil lawsuits claiming sexual misconduct and assault. and the arizona wildcats are headed to the ncaa national championship game for the first time in the program's history. this after a stunning win over the number one seed uconn huskies. man, arizona will now face stanford in the women's championship on sunday on espn. >> that was a huge upset. there's been some great games in this tournament, that's for sure. we do start this half hour, though, with "real housewife"
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jennifer shah answering the charges against her in an alleged telemarketing scam. authorities say she and her co-conspirators targeted and defrauded hundreds of victims. abc's zohreen shah is joining us now with more. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. yeah, these allegations are serious. now, we are not seeing jen shah on reality tv right now, but we are seeing her story line unfold in the courtroom, and this saga has a potentially dark ending, 50 years behind bars if convicted. >> in this town i'm queen bee and mvp. >> reporter: overnight, "real housewives of salt lake city" star jennifer shah peth pading noilty tney laundera precors aud hure oviin an d tiwide temke veedn court,an wed her mll
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feyle d mansion doesn't actually own any of the properties she's bragged about. >> this is sundance week. we need to get in party mode. >> reporter: on friday a judge deeming shah is a flight risk limiting her movement on a million-dollar bond and now a scathing statement from homeland security investigations saying shah devastated people's lives, often defrauded them of their life savings and left a trail of irreparable financial destruction in her wake. >> oh, yeah, [ bleep ]. what, what. did you see how long i did that for? >> reporter: prosecutors believe the alleged scam started at least a decade ago saying they first uncovered it in 2019 when ten other defendants were accused of targeting thousands allegedly convincing them to invest in sham businesses and scammed them again after pushing them deep into debt. several defendants pleaded guilty. >> we're probably going to see some of the defendants that have been targeted and indicted start to talk, start to cooperate with the authorities. the first person that can make a deal typically gets the best
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deal, so there's a lot of pressure for people to come forward and start cooperating. >> reporter: shah's lawyers saying overnight in part, she maintains her innocence of these charges and is eager to defend herself in a court of law. now, this investigation isn't even over. officials think there are more alleged victims. they want them to reach out. as for jen shah in some ways the show hasn't stopped for her. she continued to post on instagram throughout the night and, guys, i should say i know we share a last name, we are not related. i don't know her. never met her. just thought i'd make that really clear. guys. >> zohreen, we love you, thank you for making that clear. >> absolutely. >> crazy story. >> yeah. let's switch gears and turn to weather and rob marciano, i know you're tracking some wildfires out west this morning. >> yeah, eva, it's been windy, warm and dry across much of the midwest this week, and we've had a number of fires break out. just yesterday, this is a new one, menomonee falls, wisconsin, justout side milwaukee.
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brush fire. the fyre department was out there. they were able to knock it down. in the dakotas the fire there they got some air power out there, 50% containment but more winds forecast today. we still have red flag warnings posted for a good chunk of the central u.s. winds will be gusting 10, 20, 30 miles per hour at times today and here comes the warmth. we're looking at some record highs for your easter sunday. the easter basket making its first appearance. you'll see it all weekend. 99 degrees in phoenix. 82 in albuquerque. near 80 in denver. into the 80s for some of the fire zones. it will be good morning, upper 40s in santa cruz. look for limited sun. throughout the day upper 50s at this weather report has been sponsored by bravecto. you'll see more of the easter
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welcome back to "gma" and with the pandemic scrapping concerts for over a year now, big-name artists are turning to other ways to reach audiences and generate income. many turning to unique digital assets cald nonfungible tokens, and abc's deirdre bolton has more on how it just might change the music industry. >> reporter: this morning, you may be seeing and hearing art from the kings of leon, the weeknd. ♪ i'm blinded by the lights ♪ >> reporter: and boy george in a whole new way through nonfungible tokens. digital collectibles such as images, videos or music that have become an online phenomenon record othuct o a silar to an album or a trading
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card. >> musicians will have a completely new set of monetization opportunities. the popular ones are going to have the opportunity to really profit off of nfts. >> reporter: in the past ten months alone approximately 29,800 nfts involving musicians have generated $42.5 million in primary sales. that money is especially welcome in an era where covid shut down almost all live performances. >> this presents a new way of interacting directly with the fans. >> reporter: streaming companies such as spotify and apple music pay artists pennies per stream. so an artist needs about 250 streams to earn a single dollar. musicians can also auction off digital art, music, merchandise, tickets and experiences. hitegys gointo absolutely revolutionize every creative industry. >> reporter: deirdre bolton, abc news, new york. >> in the midst of a revolution and in just a few minutes boy
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george will be releasing his nft collection called "your token boy," which you can get on you can see the live countdown clock right there. ahead of that,gege joins us liv morning with an exclusive look at that collection and more on his venture into the nft world. thank you so much for being with us. tis is an honor, and your hat is fabulous. we are living for it. >> i love the fact that i match the studio. so vibrant. so much color. >> giving us light this saturday morning. so tell us what is in the collection, why you decided to release it as an nft. >> well, i think that we -- you know, what we're doing right now wouldn't be possible without digital. digital is part of our lives now and i think artists are now looking at new ways to connect to a new audience who, you know, your intro to me was just all new stuff. it wasn't nostalgic, it was i have notad aintrliat to annte.
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so i a an tistknow i've always embrace you know, kind of art music, and i believe they're very much connected. and, you know, i've always painted myself, painted things and i've used my lyrics to paint pictures, so really it's just a new way of sharing that, you know, it's a way of saying who i am now and also about taking ownership of your past, of your legacy, so re-recording "do you really want to hurt me" and "i'll tumble for you" now remastered and i think i've sung them better, which to some might be complete sacrilege. inpeence.r ] >> i've been an independent music artist for years now and it's a beautiful, expensive hobby. when you have been able to
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another way of sri what th now, you kw, because i think the more you do something like this, the better you get at it. it's like any craft and, you know, to be able to share that with people in a very new way and a brave and exciting way, it's like as an artist, you're drawn to what's new and exciting. you're not really thinking about the past, although i am at the moment sort of recurating my own past. i've re-recorded versions of my old songs and done a reggae version of "victims." it's completely criminal. eate, that nothing can get in gn your way. what about a pandemic? how have you dealt with a pandemic. tell us how you were still able to create in the midst of all this. >> with digital. that's the only way we've been able to do anything, and that
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includes talking to family, staying in touch with loved ones, keeping people company. digital has been a warm blanket weirdly even though digital also causes people a lot of pain, you know, people get a lot of abuse online, but this is the magic of digital that we can connect, make music virtually. do things that we just couldn't have done 20 years ago. i'm working today on a song for the lgbtq community in ghana and i'm going to put that out in like a day or two, you know, to support them, and i couldn't have done that 20 years ago, i would have needed permission, so now i'm free as an artist to say i have things to say, and they're important, and guess what, i can use my platform to do that, so today is a really exciting day in so many ways because i'm doing a lot of things i'm very excited about. >> and we are all so excited about it as well. thank you so much. it is a blessing for digital space for you to be here with us. >> can i just say, can i just
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quickly say that my song is actually an open letter to the president of ghana and singing for him. i hope he hears it. >> beautiful. we love that. thank you so much for being here with us this morning. >> and our ep telling us he's been singing for them in the control room all morning. >> she was loving it. >> yeah. >> so cool. coming up on "good morning america," the surprise donation for school kids to park their imagination. so, you said only we at left twix could put cookies & creme in twix... this is a right twix.
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capitol hill police officer. killed when a car rammed into him at a checkpoint. that suspect shot dead. also, our "gma" cover story. "bridgerton" fans shocked by the news, a star in the hit show won't be back for season two. and then it's "deals & steals," bargains to get set for the spring season on this countdown day. four, three, two, one, stay with us. welcome back. >> announcer: "gma" next week, melissa and ben, live, octavia, li building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. good morning, everybody. i'm liz kreutz. in east bay the teachers have voted on a unified plan that would bring stin two weeks. they approved of the hybrid
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model beginning april 19th. it will bring back students to instructional hubs. those who need help catching up will have in-person learning for up to two hours. a san francisco landmark will welcome back visitors. the house is opening for tours. the nearly 12,000 square foot victorian was built in 1896. visitors can take a testify guided audio tour on saturdays and sunday from nonto three. general admission is $1 advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. lisa, let's get check of the easter forecast. partly cloudy skies in the east bay. 53 in mountainview. half moon bay is 50. a little bit of sun in the city but it's chilly from the upper
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the if the santa rosa. the southwest wind is 22 by the delta. r llbe transported soeritalto upper 50s with the included cover pretty tough to scour but partly cloudy. 67 in concord. mid-60s in the north bay. 68 in san jose. the look ahead featuring very much the same deal for your easter and a little warmer mid-
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good morning, america. it's our second hour, and happening right now, deadly attack in our nation's capital. a capitol police officer loses his life after a lone driver rams his car into a police barricade. what we're learning about the suspect as investigators try to find a motive and the reignited concern over capitol security. the latest this morning. to book or not to book? e c releasinccinat a can travel with low risk to themselves. nevertheless, cautioning against nonessential travel due to the rise in cases. what the cdc is also warning about this holiday weekend. ♪ >>


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