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African-American – News August 24, 2011

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For sleeping babies, softer isn’t safer (Manila Bulletin)
Lots of African American moms put soft bedding such as pillows and blankets where babies sleep, despite warnings that the cushioning increases the risk of infant death, according to a new study.

Local Internet talk show targets Black youths (daytondailynews)
The show gives young people an outlet to express their views on issues that affect them, Muhammad said, and the Internet talk show will inform and educate young people. Encourage them to be successful and to highlight positive, creative and intelligent youth. The first show will air from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. On Aug. 27 on Boss Mag Radio and will feature two students from Thurgood Marshall High School, Maia Brooks and Quran Lee, both 14. The students will do telephone interviews with the shows first guest, Wise Intelligent, member of the rap group Poor Righteous Teachers, who hit the mainstream rap scene in the 1990s. Wise Intelligent will speak to the students about his book, The Manufacturing of a Dumbed Down Rapper. He is still putting out music and hes an activist educating young people on the rap industry, Muhammad said. The students will interview Nisa Muhammad, founder of Wedded Bliss Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Sacha Muhammad, author of The Science of Getting Rich in Marriage, on Aug. 27 on the subject of dating.

It’s Official: Rev. Al Sharpton Named Permanent 6PM Host On MSNBC (Mediaite)
Well that was quick. Just after a few weeks of what seemed like a trial period , Reverend Al Sharpton has been named the permanent host of PoliticsNation , the new 6PM weeknight show on MSNBC.

Groups prepare for voter ID law (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Local election commissions and advocacy groups are rolling out campaigns to educate people about a new Tennessee law that will require registered voters to present photo identification at the polls.

Connect to African American Heritage in Fairfax County, VA (WICU12 Erie)
“We are fortunate to have access to a wealth of heritage sites and museums for visitors and residents to experience in order to gain knowledge and appreciation of the journey African Americans have made from slavery to the realization of one man’s dream.” is a small hamlet of 2,500 residents established in 1833 by West Ford, a freed slave who lived … (more)

Author’s letter is focal point in ‘The Help’ suit (Daily Journal)
In this Aug. 16, 2011 file photo, Ablene Cooper, a woman who works for the brother of author Kathryn Stockett, and her son Antonio Cooper, leave the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Miss., expressesing her disappointment that a circuit judge dismissed her lawsuit against the author of “The Help” because a statute of limitations issue.

Political Blotter: Barbara Lee responds to ‘plantation’ claim (Inside Bay Area)
This is a sampling from Bay Area News Group’s Political Blotter blog. Read more and post comments at . Rep.



Summer on the Hudson – Lunchtime Listen – Columbia University Jazztet


Date: August 26, 2011

Lunchtime sounds even better now! Enjoy the ambient acoustics. Pack a bag of yummies and drink in the reverberations.
Aug 26: Columbia University Jazztet
The Columbia Jazztet features faculty and students from Columbia University’s prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program (LAJPP). The ensemble is directed by trombonist Chris Washburne (Professor and Founding Director of the LAJPP). Other faculty members include Ole Mathisen (saxophone), Ben Waltzer (piano), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Tony Moreno (drums).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

Summer on the Hudson – Lunchtime Listen – Columbia University Jazztet
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:00:08 GMT

Charlie Parker: The Man and The Music A Discussion on Jazz Legend Charlie Parker and His Enduring Musical Legacy


Date: August 26, 2011

HOSTED AT: The Harlem School of the Arts – 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030.

To help kick off this season of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, SummerStage is pleased to present a special panel discussion in partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts featuring NEA Jazz Master, Jean “Toots” Thielemans, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Sam Newsome, Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia University Christopher Washburne and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival co-founder Sam A. Turvey. This discussion will explore the enduring musical legacy of Charlie Parker and his influence on jazz today.

Seating is limited and is first come first served. Guests should RSVP via email to: or call (212) 360-1399.

Alto saxophonist Tia Fuller has emerged on the musical landscape with definitive voice that encompasses a variety on influences. Though her background includes studying music in the tradition of jazz masters such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, her refined skill on the instrument has allowed her to feel just as at home in the horn section of current pop sensation Beyonce. “Decisive Steps” is the title of her third and most recent recording that has been released on the Mack Avenue label and showcase her playing and compositional abilities.
Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since his association with the early 90’s group of trumpeter Terrence Blanchard. He has since evolved into a veteran bandleader who has garnered considerable attention by the likes of Downbeat magazine and The New York Times for his own diverse projects. Drawing on influences such as Sonny Rollins, Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton his most recent solo saxophone recording “Blue Soliloquy” was named one of the “Best CDs of 2010” by All About Jazz-New York.

NEA Jazz Master Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans is the preeminent player of the jazz harmonica. With a musical career that has spanned nearly 70 years on both the radio as well as the big and small screen, Thielemans has taken a simple instrument and brought it into the contemporary jazz ensemble. From his collaborations with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald and pop stars such as Paul Simon and Billy Joel, Thielemans has harnessed his ability to express both sweet and the bitter emotions with the harmonica, which has made him a favorite worldwide. In 1962, Thielemans recorded his most enduring composition, “Bluesette,” which remains a jazz staple and has been recorded by scores of artists over the years.

Sam Turvey, was a founding member and producer of the first edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival from 1993 – 2002. Mr. Turvey was instrumental in inaugurating the Harlem version of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in conjunction with Jazz Mobile’s Johnny Garry in 2002. He remains a donor and informal advisor to the Festival. He previously served as a Board Chair for Manna House Jazz Workshops Inc. headed by Gloria DeNard located in East Harlem. Mr. Turvey is an attorney at law, and a frequent lecturer on Jazz. He is a graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School and a Managing Director at TIAA-CREF.

Christopher Washburne is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia University. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa topics, and his book, Sounding Salsa was published in 2008 by Temple University Press. He is leader of the highly acclaimed jazz groups SYOTOS and NYDNK. In addition to these bands, he has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Mark Anthony, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1399

Location: Harlem School of the Arts

Charlie Parker: The Man and The Music A Discussion on Jazz Legend Charlie Parker and His Enduring Musical Legacy
Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:00:08 GMT