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1 Song for Equality and Peace by Craymo

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( Orlando, FL 1/1/2017

Indie gay Orlando singer/songwriter Craymo releases an inspirational new music video for the re-release single of his reggae pop song One Love One World (We Are One). One Love One World is a heartfelt song promoting world peace, equality, love, tolerance, brotherhood and human rights.

With all of the recent incidents of terrorism, mass shootings and senseless killing of innocent people and children, Craymo wants to start 2016 with a message and vision of love for the world. The music video begins with children in Pang Liu Village in China who were taught English using One Love One World as a learning aid.

It is a thought provoking message of the power of a song to change people’s lives for the better. Craymo says “let’s all put our hands together to help make this world a better place for all of us.”

The music video is co-directed by Craymo along with Nathan McMahan of August Moon Productions. The Director of Photography is Brent Reynolds, also of August Moon Productions and was edited by Jason Barnes, all local central Florida film talents. One Love One World (We Are One) is co-written by Craig Stephen Raymo and Brandon Jarrett of Moho Productions. The song is produced by Brandon Jarrett.

One Love One World (We Are One) world premiere music video is released January 1, 2016 on YouTube and all social media.

One Love One World is from Craymo’s CD Cosmos available on iTunes


Indie Orlando LGBT Artist Craymo wins Best Song for Anti-Bullying Anthem in Worldwide Music Contest

Be Myself CD Single Cover

( Orlando, FL 12/19/2017 Anti bullying song Be Myself
Indie Orlando singer/songwriter recently won Best Song for his anti-bullying dance pop anthem Be Myself in the 3rd edition of the original songwriting competition the Worldwide Music Contest out of over 1200 entries from songwriters all over the world. Be Myself is an inspirational electronic pop anthem about embracing your individuality. Craymo dedicates the song to anyone who has ever been bullied, teased or made fun of for being different.

Craymo is a LGBT artist and was bullied growing up for being gay and also for wearing glasses. Craymo says: “I grew up gay and was bullied and teased as a teenager and young adult and had to pretend that I was straight to keep from being bullied, verbally and physically. I wanted to give back and create a song about embracing your individuality, an empowering song about courage to possibly help those who may be going through the same things with their self-confidence. I want to let kids know that it is OK to be different, it’s OK to just be yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.” Gary Root, reviewer for Skope Magazine summed it up: “Craymo makes musical magic with a message in this upbeat, dance party with passion and purpose. In music, breaking rules and challenging conventional wisdom are often deliberate efforts to establish a marketing niche, but for Craymo it probably feels more like natural state of mind and being.”

“Be Myself” serves up an inviting pop dance number geared to blending 1980’s pop like George Michael and some of today’s chart topping music like Olly Murs, Will Young, Ronan Keating, Robbie Williams and Maroon 5. Be Myself also won Best Pop/Rock Song in the August 2015 Akademia Music Awards and was a finalist for Best Pop Song in the 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards and finalist for Best Pop Song in the 2015 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Be Myself also recently held the #2 position on the Euro Indie Music Chart.

Learn more about Craymo’s music and purchase Be Myself at


Craymo is an inspirational singer/songwriter that writes and performs uplifting alternative pop songs about life and love. His single One Love One World (We Are One) promotes equality, diversity, human rights and world peace. The song is a featured download on the UNESCO website New Songs For Peace and has been performed by children at their schools all over the world. One Love One World was also used as a learning aid to help teach English to students in Pang Liu Village in China. Craymo has been an opening act for Smashmouth and appeared as a male vocalist on Star Search ’89 with Ed McMahon. His songs have been licensed in several TV shows including The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), Toddlers and Tiaras (TLC), Chris and John To The Rescue (Canada), The Orlando Citrus Parade (Synd) and many indie films including Lucky Dog,Culture Shock, Gabe The Cupid Dog, Miss Castaway and Paper Thin Immortals. Craymo’s song Moment won Best Alternative Recording in the 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards. Moment is a song that promotes suicide prevention awareness and he wrote the song after his first cousin took his own life with the hope that it might help prevent others from doing the same. The music video for Be Myself was directed by Stas Ivanov and is available on YouTube and Vevo.


Indie gay artist Craymo releases upbeat anti-bullying anthem Be Myself

( Orlando, Florida (10/1/2014) – Indie singer/songwriter Craymo from Orlando, Florida releases his uplifting anti-bullying pop anthem Be Myself that gives you the courage to just be yourself no matter what anyone else thinks. Inspired by the sounds of Maroon 5, One Republic and Robbie Williams, Craymo gets the party started with an upbeat hand clapper that instantly puts you in a good mood and entices you into singing along!

Bullying is reaching epidemic numbers and awareness needs to be made to help young kids, teenagers and adults realize that words, taunting, ridiculing and physically harming another person is wrong and damaging to the person being bullied. Growing up gay Craymo was the victim of bullying many times in his young adult as well as his adult life. Being called names, being teased and being emotionally attacked eats away at the human psyche.

Research shows that half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. More than 10% are bullied regularly. Over 30% of children with a food allergy have been bullied. Food allergies affect nearly three million children. Girls bully in groups more than boys do and though girls use more indirect emotional type of bullying, research indicates that girls are becoming more physical than they have in the past. There has been an alarming increase of children committing suicide as a result of bullying. Bullying occurs globally in schools everywhere, it’s not just a problem for the United States.

Obese children, people with learning disabilities, having health conditions, wearing glasses, physical disabilities, being gay, etc. are all targets for mean bullies. Gay teens are three times more likely than heterosexual teens to report being bullied. In contrast 80% of gay teens said they were less likely than heterosexuals to say they had bullied someone else. Every day over 160,00 skip school in fear that they will be bullied.

Craymo wanted to create a fun, inspirational and empowering song to embrace your individuality, there is no one else like you. You are unique, just Be Yourself.

Be Myself has been featured on the Independent Music Radio Network syndicated in over 35 countries and held for two weeks at #2 position on the Independent Mainstream Top 30 Chart. Be Myself is nominated for best Pop song 2014 Hollywood Music In Media Awards, September and has been selected for a featured spot on Al Walser’s Top 20 Countdown show syndicated globally. Be Myself was co-written by Craymo, Brandon Jarrett and Joshua Danyel of Moho Productions, LLC. The song was produced by Brandon Jarrett and Craymo for Moho Productions, LLC. Craymo is available for personal appearances, live performances and TV and Radio interviews.

Be Myself is available for purchase on Craymo’s website, iTunes and most digital download sites. The song is available for branding and licensing opportunities.

Be Myself by Craymo

Contact: Craig Raymo, Director of Publishing, Moho Music, ASCAP news & Press Network

NY Times Bestselling Author Janet Mock Host Trans Women of Color Authors for Women’s History Month

Redefining Realness

( Los Angeles California

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5pm (pacific time)  NY Times Bestselling Author Janet Mock (Author of Redefining Realness) will be hosting the first trans women of color authors forum ever in the United States on Google Hangouts and broadcast on Youtube. The trans women of color authors are Toni Newman, Mey Rude and Ryka Aoki.

Join author Janet Mock for a live, intimate conversation with some of her favorite trans women writers in celebration of Women’s History Month. They’ll be on-air discussing their books, writing and craft. Watch live and join the Q&A via Google Hangouts and broadcast on YouTube.

Janet Mock is the former staff editor for People Magazine and holds master’s degree in journalism from New York University. Trans women of color face huge economic and social disparity and their voices are hardly heard within the lgbt community. This forum is celebrating trans women of color authors and their voices and their works. The theme is Equality for all regardless of your background, ethnicity and gender.

Mey Rude, contributing editor of Autostraddle. Mey is a mixed-race Chicana living in Idaho. She has an English degree from Idaho State University and is currently a writer for several online publications.

Toni Newman, 2012 double Lambda award-nominated author of the memoir I Rise. Toni is graduate of Wake Forest University and studying law now. She lives in los angeles and works for Equality California (EQCA).

Ryka Aoki, 2013 Lambda award-nominated finalist, author of Seasonal Velocities.  Ryka was formerly head judo coach at UCLA and Cornell University, and is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.

Watch this event and support the first forum of trans women authors lifting their voices and fighting for equality for all regardless of your gender, race and sexual orientation.

Watch this event and support the first forum of trans women of color authors lifting their voices and fighting for equality for all regardless of your gender, race and sexual orientation.

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Anti Bullying Song We Are One by Craymo for Sochi

( Kissimmee, FL, USA

Inspiration (def.) the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

The Olympic Games, every four years we are inspired, by the strength, camaraderie, compassion, human spirit, the personal triumphs and losses as well as the love of family and country. We are inspired by the athletes who wake up every day of their lives with the determination to be the best that they can be, no matter what the odds are that are stacked up against them. We are also inspired by the hundreds of nations around the world, coming together in peace to share their love of sports and competition.

We Are One (One Love One World), written and performed by indie, gay, singer/songwriter Craymo, is a song of inspiration, a song of hope for a better world. It is dedicated to the athletes of the Sochi Winter Games and to all the citizens of the world. It is an anti-bullying anthem that reminds us to simply be nicer and kinder to one another. To focus on the beauty of other human beings instead of our differences. We Are One (One Love One World) is a song of hope, togetherness, equality, love, brotherhood, human rights and world peace. It has been downloaded and performed by children, teachers and their choirs at schools all over the world including the United States, The UK, Canada, Australia and China. We Are One (One Love One World) is featured on the album Cosmos Remastered, available on CD and iTunes.

“My ultimate dream is to hear every school, church and community choir from nations around the world sing this song together in unison to help raise the world’s consciousness towards love and to help erase hatred in our lifetimes” Craymo

In honor of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games Craymo is offering free MP3 downloads of We Are One (One Love One World), as well as the sing a long version, from his website through the end of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games until the end of February.

We Are One (One Love One World), written by Craig Stephen Raymo, BMI and Brandon Jarrett, ASCAP. Produced by Brandon Jarrett and Craymo for Moho Productions, LLC. Published by Craymo Music, BMI and Moho Music, ASCAP.For licensing, performance or personal appearance information Email:


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LGBT Feature Film Heart of a Woman (Story of a Transgender Woman Surviving and Overcoming Obstacles To Become Authentic) Launches Indiegogo Campaign

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( Los Angeles California

LGBT Feature Film Heart of a Woman Launches Indiegogo Campaign

2013 was a banner year for transgendered people in America. With the production of Heart of a Woman, we want to continue that kind of visibility with a film that is sexy as well as moving, powerful, filled with emotion and thrills, with an African American trans-woman as the protagonist, Heart of a Woman is unique in that regard: we explore the complex life, loves, and desires of a transgender heroine. She is the center of the narrative played by Transgender Actress/Singer Angelica Ross.  The Director of Heart of a Woman is British Cinematograppher Keith Holland starring Angelica Ross, Soap Star Daniel Sobieray, Rachel Sterling, Elisabeth Rohm and Leslie Jones.  The original screenplay was written by Alton Demore and casting director is Dea Vise.

TERRI is a transgender African American woman who works as a professional dominatrix in the fast paced, high risk world of high paid escorts. Having a college degree, she attempts to further her station in life by applying for various jobs, yet seems to hit roadblocks at every turn and around every corner due to the prejudice facing transgendered people, not only in the corporate world, but in society at large. Terri lives with DERRICK a very handsome young man with dreams of stardom as an actor. Derrick, also an escort , he offers sexual services that sometimes involves acting out bizarre fantasies. Into the lives of Terri and Derrick, steps PAMELA. Pamela is an alcoholic and drug addicted stripper/prostitute under the abusive grasp of butch Lesbian pimp, DAWN. Pamela is taken in by Terri & Derrick and they form a strong, but strange sort of family. With Terri as the mother figure. Their lives are intertwined and turned upside down by Pamela’s erratic and unpredictable behavior and her battle to free herself from Dawn’s vicious yoke.

Heart of a Woman is a gripping drama, based on the life of co-screenwriter/producer Toni Newman and recounted in a chapter in her debut memoir I Rise: The Transformation of Toni Newman. Heart of a Woman is a true story set in a dark world of sadomasochistic sex for hire, drug abuse, violence, glamor, money, and celebrity. It is a story of redemption and love, one unlike any brought to the silver screen. This groundbreaking screenplay placed in the semi-finals (Top 20) in the Script Showcase Screen-writing competition for originality. And upon completion this will be the first feature film to feature an African-American transgender lead.

Heart of a Woman speaks about a Transgender Woman surviving and overcoming obstacles to become authentic and finding love and acceptance .This film will educate, enthrall and enlighten the audience. Equality is for all regardless of race, sex and gender. Heart of a Woman needs your support to become a reality.

Support this campaign on Indiegogo @:

LGBT Feature Film Heart of a Woman

Transgender Actress Angelica Ross

Launching on 01/13/2014.

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21st Century: Memoirs by Transgender Women of Color Telling Their Stories of Survival and Independence

( Los Angeles California

In the 21st century, there are 5 transgender women of color telling their stories of survival and independence. These transgender women have faced insurmountable odds to become their authentic self.  Their life stories speak of rejection, discrimination and violence for just being who they are.  Janet Mock, Toni Newman, Lovermme Corazon, Ceyenne Doroshow and Ryka Aoki are courageous to share with us their personal journey of transistioning from one gender to another.  Lets celebrate these women and their memoirs.

1) Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness.(2014)

According to  “In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Those twenty-three hundred words were life-altering for the editor, turning her into an influential and outspoken public figure and a desperately needed voice for an often voiceless community. In these pages, she offers a bold and inspiring perspective on being young, multicultural, economically challenged, and transgender in America.

Welcomed into the world as her parents’ firstborn son, Mock decided early on that she would be her own person—no matter what. She struggled as the smart, determined child in a deeply loving yet ill-equipped family that lacked the money, education, and resources necessary to help her thrive. Mock navigated her way through her teen years without parental guidance, but luckily, with the support of a few close friends and mentors, she emerged much stronger, ready to take on—and maybe even change—the world.

This powerful memoir follows Mock’s quest for identity, from an early, unwavering conviction about her gender to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that saw her transitioning during the tender years of high school, self-medicating with hormones at fifteen, and flying across the world alone for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen. With unflinching honesty, Mock uses her own experience to impart vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of trans youth and brave girls like herself.

Despite the hurdles, Mock received a scholarship to college and moved to New York City, where she earned a master’s degree, enjoyed the success of an enviable career, and told no one about her past. She remained deeply guarded until she fell for a man who called her the woman of his dreams. Love fortified her with the strength to finally tell her story, enabling her to embody the undeniable power of testimony and become a fierce advocate for a marginalized and misunderstood community. A profound statement of affirmation from a courageous woman, Redefining Realness provides a whole new outlook on what it means to be a woman today, and shows as never before how to be authentic, unapologetic, and wholly yourself.”

2) Lovemme Corazón’s Trauma Queen (2013)

According to “Lovemme Corazón’s debut book, Trauma Queen, is a memoir documenting the struggles of being a child survivor of rape and abuse. Through the use of multi-genre writing (poems, prose, story-telling, etc), this book is a collection of years of journal/diary entries. Lovemme is unapologetically facing the taboo truths of what it means to be a survivor and how that trauma shapes their life.”ón/dp/0991900839/

3) Ceyenne Doroshow’s Cooking in Heels (2012)

According to “In Cooking in Heels, Ceyenne Doroshow offers up 40 Southern-style favorites with a Caribbean twist. As a transgender woman who was inspired to write her book while serving prison time for a prostitution conviction, Ceyenne might not seem like the most likely representative of home cooked family values. But her book, which is peppered with good humor and begins with the story of her life, shows that food and love are the ties that bind, and family is what you make it.”

4) Ryka Aoki’s Seasonal Velocities (2012)

According to Amazon.comSeasonal Velocities invites the reader on a fragile and furious journey along the highways and skyways of discovery, retribution, and resolve. Through her poetry, essays, stories, and performances, award-winning writer Ryka Aoki has challenged, informed, and shared with queer audiences across the United States. Seasonal Velocities was honored as a 2013 Lambda Award Finalist.”

5) Toni Newman’s I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman (2011)

According to “A True Tale Of Rags To Riches of African American Transgender

I Rise, the controversial coming of age novel by Toni Newman will bring tears of joy and perseverance

I Rise, is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an effeminate, conflicted male to a proud, educated transsexual. You will follow Toni on her rise from a “sissy boy,” a scholarship student, a business professional, an escort, a drag queen, a NYC prostitute, an LA dominatrix, and finally, a transsexual attending law school in order to help her transsexual sisters in need. Along Toni’s journey you will see the highs and lows, as well as life-long quest for self-acceptance….

Toni is ex playgirl magazine model and male fitness model turned Transgender to lose it all. Toni graduated from Wake Forest University in 1985 with BA degree. In the late 90’s, Toni was the CEO of MPI Productions, producer of male/female fitness calendars, sold all over the United States and abroad.

An outcast to society, Toni fell from grace landing on the streets of New York City. Living in a crack house, and eating from a trash can, Toni’s life had spiraled out of control. Fallen, but not beaten, Toni Newman decided to RISE. In the footsteps Ted Williams, Toni Newman is a true testament of determination.  Toni Newman is studying law now to become an attorney to fight for the rights of all transgender persons everywhere.”

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”  Dr. Maya Angelou–TRANSFORMATION-TONI-NEWMAN-ebook/dp/B004ZF7Z04/

Read these stories and celebrate these women for the courage to stand and be heard.

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Memoir I Rise By Transgender Author Toni Newman Available In Leather Hardcopy For Christmas Holiday

( Los Angeles California

Memoir I Rise by African-American Transgender Author Toni Newman will be Available in Leather Hardcopy on, December 3, 2013.

Memoir I Rise by African-American Transgender Author Toni Newman will be Available in Leather Hardcopy on, December 3, 2013.

Memoir I Rise by African-American Transgender Author Toni Newman will be Available in Leather Hardcopy on, December 3, 2013. Memoir I Rise was Nominated for 2 Lambda Literary Awards in 2012 and ranks #24 of Top 25 Transgender Biographies.

Memoir I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman will be available in Leather Hardcopy on, December 3, 2013.  The Memoir I Rise is available now in paperback, ebook and kindle.  I Rise – The Transformation of Toni Newman is gut-wrenchingly honest, factually supported, and well written. Dr. Marc Weiss Ph.D., Former Associate Professor of Urban Development, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University wrote the foreword to this memoir, is a best-selling author, and a former member of the Clinton administration. Kevin Hogan, former Assistant Professor in Boston and Author, is the Editor.  I Rise  is the true story of Toni Newman’s transformation from an internally conflicted male to a proud, African-American transgender woman against discrimination, rejection, homelessness and poverty.…

Toni Newman is currently working with the largest lgbt advocacy organization in California fighting for lgbt equality while pursuing Juris of Doctorate in Law.  She is the Community Editor of Proud to Be Out-The Digital Magazine and transgender blogger for the Huffington Post. Toni Newman with Writer/Producer Alton Demore produced  pilot episode of comedy weibisode,  Douche Bros, starring Jaime Zevallos and Chris Conrad.

Memoir I Rise has been turned into lgbt feature film, Heart of a Woman, by British Director Keith Holland and Writer/Producer Alton Demore.  Heart of a Woman stars Angelica Ross, Rachel Sterling, Daniel Sobieray, Elisabeth Rohm and Leslie Jones.  The casting director is Dea Vise .  Heart of a Woman is seeking investors for this lgbt feature fighting for equality regardless of race, sex and gender.

The publicist for Memoir I Rise and Heart of a Woman is Kayo Anderson Media. For more information email

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