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Norman Connors is an American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, producer, and headliner, who has led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He had some big R&B hits of the day, especially in the area love ballads and songs with a positive statement in both titles and lyrics, including “You Are My Starship”, “Betcha By Golly Wow” featuring Phyllis Hyman and from his last release, entitled “Star Power”, “Rock With You”.
Connors became interested in jazz as a child, and began playing drums early, once sitting in for Elvin Jones at a John Coltrane performance he attended while in middle school. Connors studied music at Temple University and Juilliard; his first recording was on Archie Shepp’s 1967 release, Magic of JuJu. He played with Pharaoh Sanders for the next few years until signing with Cobblestone Records in 1972 and releasing his first record as a bandleader. In the mid-1970s, Connors, although fronting some great jazz recordings with Carlos Garnett, Gary Bartz, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Herbie Hancock, began focusing more on R&B tunes, and had several US hits with songs featuring vocalists such as Michael Henderson, Jean Carn, and Phyllis Hyman. The most successful of these was “You Are My Starship”. Dee Dee Bridgewater also performed with him on the jazz album “Love from the Sun”. His more recent work, “Star Power”, has seen him operating more in the vein of smooth jazz and urban crossover music featuring Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle, Ray Parker, Jr, Peabo Bryson, Michael Henderson, and Antoinette.
While he's never been as commanding an R&B/urban vocalist as he was in his gospel days, Glenn Jones has nevertheless managed a successful switch from spiritual to secular material. Norman Connors helped Jones make the move in 1980, featuring him on a song for his LP Take It to the Limit. Jones later toured with Connors, and also sang on Mr. C. He signed with RCA in 1983, and issued a mini-album, which garnered a Top 30 R&B single in "I Am Somebody."
This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
1. Mama Naasira Ageela & Dr. Gregory Joe Bledsoe, authors, Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine: An Informative Health Guide for the Melaninated (People of Color)
2. Norman Gee, Oakland Public Theatre, speaks on theatre with incarcerated youth re: Peralta Hacienda Historic House Museum's "Home and Away: Oakland, CA Prisons and the Geography of the Heart"
3. Shakespeare Goes to War with Jesse F. Vaughn (actor); John Fisher (playwright, actor, director, Artistic Director Theatre Rhino)
4. Aishah Bashir, African Diaspora Bazaar, Sat., Nov. 28 @ Humanist Hall, Oakland
Music: Meklit & Quinn's "Look at What the Light Did," Victoria Theodore's "Grateful."
On this week's show, Matt Norman and David Maddron discuss the holiday season specifically and some things that you can do to maximize the time with your ministry audience. Some of the things the guys will dive into specifically include: What are some activities that you can do as a church, with families, for your volunteers, etc. Are there things that your church does to reach the community during the holidays? What are some things that you are teaching during the holidays? What can your church do to maximize its identity during the holidays? What does your programming look like around the holidays? Join them as they help you with holiday planning.
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"Self-Programming For Greater Success" is today's topic by Stefan Rybak, a great leader who definitely knows how to motivate and inspire others to be their best. Stefan will discuss -
•How To Leave Weakness Behind
•Mortal Thinking Versus Divine Thinking
•Seeing The Blessings in Every Day
A not-to-be-missed show if you want to be a winner in the Game of Life.
Have you been through a time in your life where you felt as though you weren't going to make it? Well this was the story of my next guest Kayla Countryman. Join myself Shonda T. Norman along with Co-Host Kendra Patterson as we go inside her story, her life and her journey, towards her faith towards God.
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This Week we talk with Mario Cuomo from the high intensity, high volume rock band The Orwells. We'll talk about the band's history, The city of Chicago that produces so much great underground music and their appearance on Letterman.
So join Saucey Odell and Mario for all the Chicago Rock and Roll we can Violently Shove into your Angst Ridden EarHoles!
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Guests are former NBA Cheerleader Lauren Herington and her attorney Scott Andresen (discussing her wage theft lawsuit against the Milwaukee Bucks), and USA Today’s golf reporter, Steve DiMeglio. They will discuss the Steve Williams’ book Out of the Rough and his relationship with Tiger Woods. Mr. DiMeglio has reported from the White House and the House that Ruth Built. Now follows setting sun and Tiger, Rory, Sergio, Ai, Beatriz, Suzann and others on the PGA and LPGA Tours for USA TODAY.
Read Steve DiMeglio’s latest article here: Caddie Steve Williams defends using 'slave' to describe working for Tiger
Steve Williams: Out of the Rough
Out of the Rough is a candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, and in it Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider’s view of the professional golfing world.
Hosts Zach Van Norman, Amy Hood and Ashley Benson are here for a special two-hour podcast reviewing the two-part episode of Once Upon A Time, "Birth/The Bear King." As usual we'll have our weekly news roundup giving our opinion on the latest developments in Storybrooke.
By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor,
Just when you thought you knew everything about ,'The War Between The States', Dr. George Coletti spins a yard, like you will not imagine...'Red Spoke' examined!
Just before the outbreak of the War Between the States, Buck Jernigan, his wife Betty Gail, their twins, Norman and Mia and their two free Negroes, Isaac and Sally, live happily in the small hamlet of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Unknown to Betty Gail, Buck and Isaac become deeply committed to and submerged in the Underground Railroad. Buck and Isaac, as stealth abolitionists, free nearly fifty local slaves.
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states and Canada. This was accomplished, in part, with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
Buck and his family strive to survive the ravages of war as it comes to their very doorstep—in the guise of General William Tecumseh Sherman himself. This tale of war and the relationships that bind us will bring you to tears and laughter—and to the very edge of your seat with the tension of the battles they must fight.
Catherine Alaniz-Simonds is the widow of Spec. Andy Alaniz. Her husband was killed on Feb. 27, 1991, as Desert Storm was coming to an end. He was pictured in the body bag in the iconic picture of the war. She was expecting their first child, which she gave birth to three months later. She named her “Andee” after her father.
After losing her husband, Catherine and Andee returned to their hometown in Norman, OK.
Four years later, her father, US Customs Agent Claude A. Medearis, was murdered in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Following his death, Catherine re-established the Oklahoma chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors where she served as President for six years, assisting families and law enforcement during line of duty deaths.
In May 2015, Catherine was invited to Pennsylvania where she was able to meet many of the men that served alongside her husband in Desert Storm. She was a guest speaker at a ceremony that brought about much healing to all involved. She is now in the process of writing a book and plans to travel sharing her message of faith, hope, forgiveness and survival.
Kristie O was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She started her law enforcement career at the age of 19 as a Deputy with the Sacramento Sherriff’s Department. From 1998 through 2004 she worked in the jail, undercover buy/bust, prostitution stings and in the Mounted Unit with horses. In 2004 she took a lateral transfer to another agency where she still works.
She has competed as an equestrian and has worked with horses since the 6th grade when she started working on a ranch. She began riding in rodeos, team penning and doing cattle roundups/brandings. She trains in 3 Gun competition, due to an on the job injury though she has had to take a break from training. Kristie is set to become a force to be reckoned with in the industry after her recovery.
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