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In 1970 Albert Murray proclaimed, US culture was "incontestably mulatto." In 1973, Murray wrote about "The Dynamics of Heroic Action" and in 1974, with the introduction of Scooter (the protagonist of Train Whistle Guitar), Murray gave readers the blues-based adventures of a brown-faced hero. In August 2013, Albert Murray joined the celestial ensemble. On today's Trading Fours, former Murray students: Paul Devlin, Roberta Maguire, Greg Thomas, Lauren Walsh and Jackie Modeste re-member Murray and his legacy. Join us for an historic gathering of Murrayites and "Get in on the rhythm."
Trading Fours: a Tribute to Albert Murray
Join Marie to discuss her favorite books, TV series Scandal, How to get away with Murder, indie authors, independent best selling books, magazines, Second Life events and share original music and writing. What's on your reading list? What's your favorite book? Do you have a favorite author you can't get enough of? We welcome calls from listeners and want to hear from you. If you enjoy the segment, follow the show to get notices.
Featured book (s):
Dancing Spirit by Judith Jamison
Featured Music by
Between the Lines - An Original Song by Annan Dreamscape/Jeanni Hall
Michelle Materre, The Grande Dame of Black Whole
Thomas Allen Harris/Director was born in 1962 in the Bronx, New York, and spent his adolescent years in Tanzania. His television documentary work has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award. In addition to producing films, installations, and experimental video works, Harris has produced documentaries for public television. His 2001 documentary E Minha Cara/ That's My Face received numerous international awards and premiered at major film festivals.
Don Perry/Producer/Writer is Chief Operating Office of Chimpanzee Productions, Inc., which is a Harlem-based film, television and multimedia production company founded by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in 1992 that is dedicated to producing unique visual experiences that embody the search for identity, family and spirituality. He was also co-writer and co-producer of Thomas Allen Harris' feature length documentary "E Minha Cara/That's My Face".
Ann Bennett/Producer is a producer, director and writer for documentary films and multimedia projects with over twenty years of experience. She is a producer on the PBS feature documentary, Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People as well as the multi-platform community engagement initiative, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR). Bennett's production credits include; Citizen King and Jubilee Singers for the PBS series "American Experience", Hymn for Alvin Ailey for "Dance in America", among others.
Host Deardra Shuler talks with Ailey ll dancer Paige Fraser who has defied all odds. Paige was diagnosed with severe Scoliosis which affects the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Her doctors advised surgery telling her a career in dance was highly unlikely. Going against doctors’ orders, she kept dancing, never had the surgery, and used Gyrotonics to help keep her spine in a more stable place. Nine years later, she finds herself a part of Ailey II.
A Bronx resident and senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program as a scholarship student, within the last year, Fraser has performed in over 35 US cities and internationally in Bermuda, Germany, Finland and Greece. Ms. Fraser completed her freshman year of college at the Dominican University of California as a dance major at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet. She has also trained in summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow, Juilliard, and Complexions and has worked with Desmond Richardson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown. In 2010, Ms. Fraser performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria as a special production of Revelations, in celebration of its 50th year during the Company’s New York City season. To see Paige and Ailey II, tickets are available by calling the Ailey Citigroup Theater for the April 18-29th performance, at 866-811-4111 or going on line via www.AlvinAiley.org/Ailey II or www.ovationtix.com
The “featured” BlogTalkRadio program “Westchester On the Level with Narog and Aris” opens the Monday, July 7, 2014th broadcast day at 10:00 a.m. EDT with Monday Co-hosts White Plains CitizeNetReporter Publisher John Bailey and Yonkers Tribune Publisher Hezi Aris comparing issues and concerns faced in White Plains and those faced in Yonkers. We learn how each city contends with their respective issues and possibly gain insight on which approach holds greater promise. At 11:00 a.m. we pivot our focus toward international news and its impact on the national political landscape Engage us in conversation by calling (347) 205-9201 to share your perspective – you are only asked to please stay on topic. If you use Skype: use the contact “eHezi18″ during the “live” broadcast, or listen on demand.
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INTERVIEW GUEST: Marsha Reeves Jews, CEO of the Bissell Street Group, noted Speaker, Talk Show Host and the Director of Events for the Herbert Bearman Community Art Gallery.
This Week’s Message: An event planner is, quite simply, someone who organizes an event. When we think of an event we may think of something spectacular, such as the Super Bowl, the Presidential Inauguration, New Year’s festivities in Times Square, or any of the other major events we hear about or see on television. Of course, event planners are needed for all these events. However, event planners also work on thousands of smaller events. Any time people gather together for a purpose, whether it is for a wedding, a conference, a festival, a formal dinner, or the grand opening of a new store, someone is needed to oversee all the details to ensure the event happens and that it is a success. Can you juggle many things at once without missing the details? Are you results oriented but always cautious of the bottom line? If this describes you, then you might have what it takes to become an event planner.
For over 20 years, Marsha Reeves Jews has successfully led her consulting firm, the Bissell Street Group, to international prominence in Business Development, Marketing, Trade Show Management, Awards Ceremonies Production and Events/Meetings/Conference Planning. She has worked with a myriad of companies and in diverse leadership capacities. Her leadership roles have included: Owner of ZZAJ Art Gallery in Harlem; Vice President of Operations for the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Exposition; Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland; President/COO/Associate Publisher of the Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology Magazine and the Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine; and Producer of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.
A Show dedicated to "True Life Experiences," The Life and Motivation of Actress Ms. Faye Yvette McQueen with an update on her latest role in "Orange is the New Black," Season Two - an NetFlix original. Check out this two minute trailer:http://www.vulture.com/2014/04/watch-the-orange-is-the-new-black-trailer.html.
"Faye was born in Jamaica, New York in 1961. She attended Catholic School, studied dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC and Martha Graham Contemporary Dance School. Faye started her own dance school at the age of 12 in her neighborhood. She performed with The New York Broadway Dancing Cheerleaders in NYC, Liberation Ensemble and Inspiration Dance Company before attending college at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland in 1979. She received a BFA in Dance Education and a minor in Spanish. Faye later attended graduate school at Southern Methodist University to pursue a Master's degree in Dance in 1984. While in graduate school she performed with "Dallas Black Dance Theater". Faye is the founder and Artistic Director of "The Dancer's Warehouse, Inc. (1988), a non-profit dance school located in Atlanta, Georgia. She travels every summer to the Tuscanny region of Italy to perform with a dance company called, "ProDanza Italia/USA."
MINGX - we are Motivating and Inspiring the Next Generation, through True Life Experiences.
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Cultural Voice, your trusted source of Cultural happenings around the globe continues to innovate and bring you quality Cultural content. It's what's trendy and relevant - featuring underground and established cultural figures from Jamaica and worldwide!
Join Stefanie Simone and Derefe Chevannes as they are joined each week by musicians, poets, painters and more from the corners of the Globe.
Join us as we chat with Clive Thompson about his live and legacy in the world of Dance!
Akua Dixon is a New Yorker. She attended School of Performing Arts, studied cello with Benar Heifetz at Manhattan School of Music, and composition with Rudolf Schramm. She performed with Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Itzak Perlman, Pinchus Zuckerman and Jessye Norman. On Broadway she has performed in La Cage Aux Faux, Liza with a Z, Dream Girls, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Akua leads Quartette Indigo and founded Uptown String Quartet. She arranged strings for the 5-Grammy CD, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Aretha Franklin’s Grammy-nominated A Rose Is Still A Rose. She notated and conducted Riverside for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and conducted a new ballet for Wolf Trap’s Face of America series at Wolf Trap. She was assistant principal cellist in the Ballet Orchestra for Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre and The Dance Theatre of Harlem. Akua performs original works and arrangements of Jazz classics in major concert halls, jazz festivals, colleges, universities, jazz clubs and schools in New York; Tanglewood; Rome; Milan; St. Lucia; Berlin; Utrecht; Pori; Seville; Graz; Puerto Rico; Istanbul; Athens; Paris; Vienne; Cuba; Hawaii and Athens. She received awards from NEA in Composition (1980) and the Rockefeller Foundation (1986). In 1998, she won the African American Classical Music Award. She mentors public school string students with Hip Hop Blues Project. She has been a featured artist on Carnegie Hall Education’s Library concerts and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s music in the schools tours. Website: www.akuadixon.com
Jocelyn has served as the chief dancer and choreographer for the Elim International Fellowship in Brooklyn, New York under the visionary leadership of Archbishop Wilbert S. McKinley for ten years. As an anointed dance minister and conference speaker, Jocelyn has ministered for churches and Christian organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Jocelyn has also been involved in arts education in both public and private schools for over twenty years. She began her formal dance education as a child, studying at the Joffery Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre School. Jocelyn has a BA degree in Dance from The City College of New York.
In this episode Jocelyn discusses:
Her unique dance ministry
Launching ThePraiseDanceLife.com online ministry
Visual Praise Ministries 20 years strong
Creating an online presence to share her message to the nations
Connecting to a business mentor
Recognizing the need to create opportunities for herself in ministry
Overcoming fear and pride to launch full time ministry
Praise Dance Life Certification Program
Online Programs offered through the Praise Dance Life such as: Choreography, the Biblical Study of Dance, etc.
As a thought-leader for African American millennial philanthropy, Ebonie Johnson Cooper uses her passion for giving to serve as a bridge connecting civically engaged black millennials with public sector resources. Through her for-profit social impact organization, Friends of Ebonie, Ebonie connects with young black professionals by raising social awareness, developing educational resources and facilitating events related to strengthening and defining young philanthropy. Ebonie was recognized in September 2013 by JET Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 40 Under 40 for her innovation around African - American millennials and giving.
In her civic leadership, Ebonie served as a Vice-President for the Junior Board of New York Cares, Inc. from 2009 - 2013. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Black Benefactors Giving Circle (DC), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Black Women for Black Girls (NYC), the Alvin Ailey Young Patrons Circle and the 1869 Society of the Corcoran Gallery (DC). She is also a dedicated member of Reid Temple AME Church in Glen Dale, MD. Ebonie holds a Masters of Science in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from New York University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from North Carolina A &T State University.
Deardra interviews Yannick Lebrun of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company concerning the upcoming Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Encore season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) from June 10-20. Yannick Lebrun hails from Cayenne, French Guiana. He began training in his native country at the Adaclam School under the guidance of Jeanine Verin. In 2004, he moved to New York City where he studied at The Ailey School. He joined the professional company in 2008. Mr. Lebrun has performed works by choreographers Troy Powell, Matthew Rushing, and Debbie Allen, et al. Tickets to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Encore Season at BAM can be acquired by calling 718-636-4100 or online at www.BAM.org