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Talent show honors victims of violence

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Put down the guns and pick up a microphone, that's the message of a local lawyer who's found a creative way to help young people.
Friday night, August 29th, 2014, hundreds packed Music Hall for the "One Night to Shine" talent show.  The organizer said when someone recognized and praised kids for their talents they were more likely to work on their skills and work on improving them.  The event was about a message of anti-violence and a chance to recognize people who've lost their lives.   

The a Capella group Trilogy took the stage at Music Hall.  The ladies were one of many performances at the One Night to Shine talent show.  Small children and young adults entertained a crowd and judges.  The goal was to give them an opportunity to showcase their talent for the city.

Backstage contestants practiced and waited calmly for their turn.  Lawyer Carl Lewis organized the event after years of seeing young people take the wrong path.

"I've been practicing law as a criminal defense attorney for 25 years and it's getting out of hand.  I have a homicide case that I'm being interviewed for tomorrow.  We get shootings every day, young men that I've represented," Lewis said.
He said so far he was hearing good things from parents, "I can't tell you how many parents have called me and said, 'Thank you, Mr. Lewis.  Instead of my kid being out in the street, they're in the basement practicing their routine.  They've got their friends over.  They're actually working toward a goal,' and so it's to stop the violence and give these kids something positive to do."
Lewis was hoping when they leave the stage the young people will continue to do positive things in the city. Lewis said he planned to take his talent show to other cities to give the young people a chance to travel.
The next city will be Miami.

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