Ask Your Mama Returns to New York in Special Collaboration with
Harlem’s Apollo Theater and Manhattan School of Music,
March 23, 2013
Original Cast Including Jessye Norman and The Roots to Perform with
Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia Under the Direction of George Manahan
Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon Joins the Cast
CEELO GREEN & SISTER SHEDONNA LAUNCH GREENHOUSE FOUNDATION
Educating and Empowering Our Youth to Live, Love & Be Green
Atlanta, GA (August 14th, 2012) – In the words of Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.” But, Grammy Award Winning artist CeeLo Green and his sister Shedonna Alexander have together co-founded the GreenHouse Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to help make “green education” easier and accessible to students in underserved school districts. The GreenHouse Foundation will educate, inspire and influence children to become responsible stewards of their environment, communities and future.
Officially launching on August 17th in Atlanta, GA, this sibling team will dedicate their first “teaching GreenHouse” in memory of their late mother Sheila J. Callaway Tyler. The dedication will take place on the campus of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, a “GreenHouse School Partner”, where CeeLo attended elementary school. (Please see Media Alert below for more details.) Read more…
COALITION FOR BRANDON C. JACKSON
|In this technologically advanced year of 2012, it is indeed sad that we still have a very long way to go with regard to basic human justice FOR ALL (as our Pledge of Allegiance alludes too). Injustices continue to take place daily in our nation, and for people of color, they are, unfortunately, more frequent and often more blatant.
Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifference. A law-abiding young African-American man who had never been in any sort of trouble in his life, he is proof positive that the Land of Oz is not the only place where unbelievable things happen. A New Jersey native, he has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the Deep South in the 60’s.
To get to the point of this letter, Brandon Jackson has been incarcerated unjustly, for a 12-year term, after alarmingly lackadaisical legal representation by mainly “go-along to get-along” public defenders and private attorneys in Jackson, New Jersey. A series of other cover-ups regarding his case which, in a nutshell, involves his self-defense in a racial attack upon him in October 2006 (yes, this dragged on for five years), when he was 21 years old, by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. He was convicted, without any evidence, of the aggravated assault of two of his attackers, who testified against him at trial. Although the responding officer classified the incident as a racially-motivated attack/bias crime at trial, which took place during the height of the Zimmerman incident, the judge said such comments were not important in Ocean County, New Jersey, a predominantly white county. So, what do we tell our African-American and Latino sons — that they are an endangered species? Where is the basic American justice for Brandon Jackson and those like him? Read more…
ROSA ACOSTA CROWNED HOTTEST EYE CANDY OF ALL TIME
Editor-In-Chief of XXL, Vanessa Satten speaks on the Dominican beauty gaining the coveted XXL Magazine title Read more…
Harlem is known for its rich history when it comes to all and/or anything Black (Urban in other circles), especially culturally. So with the announcement of a new cable network that specifically caters to the ‘urban’ audience, it was fitting that this launch event take place at The National Black Theatre right in the center of Harlem at 125th street and 5th avenue. I’ve known about this network for almost 10 years after a chance meeting with visionary, Peggy Dodson, who has kept her dream alive with determination and passion. The network will be making its debut across multiple platforms including cable, satellite, social media and other means that are accessible through modern technology. As this company grows, you can check for them on www.ubctvnetwork.com. Check out the photos from the launch event below… Thanks for the invite, Ra-Fael Blanco
President/CEO Peggy Dodson (UBC) Read more…
By Torrance Stephens
Seems it has become fashionable over the past four years for African Americans to consider themselves to be politically progressives as opposed to liberals. The way I have managed to understand progressivism, in simple terms is that it is a political ideology that states it desires better conditions in society that is rooted in early 20th century liberal philosophy. It is supposed to be a response to the impact of industrialization as well is a political philosophy in between the response taken by traditional conservatives and socialist to deal with social and economic issues. Naturally, it started in urban areas and was first championed by folk advocating egalitarian and liberal methods to reform socioeconomic policy.
Scholars have had a very difficult time defining Progressivism. Some have even grouped both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson as Progressives even absent of any common ideological ground between the two. They even add Lyndon Johnson and now, Barack Obama in scope and aim.
ESPN has hired DJ Rob Swift to spin in-studio for ESPNU’s new live late-night entertainment show UNITE which debuts Monday, Aug. 27 at midnight ET on ESPNU. Swift will be the first daily on-set musical element for an ESPN show and the network’s first in-house DJ.
Swift will mix his own beats using two turntables, in addition to overlaying music, Monday through Friday live from Bristol, Conn., on the set of UNITE. His music selections will accompany the show’s highlights and debate daily. Read more…
Neako Partners With iHipHop Distribution For New Label, Releases First Single From Forthcoming Debut Album