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Shun Kikuta takes time out from his 2013 Japan Tour to talk with ME, Mary E about the his life, music, and the BLUES! During our conversation he shared his life from Japan, to Berkley to Chicago to Taiwan. Listen in as he talks about the late great Koko Taylor, and BB King. Currently he has his own bands "Shun Kikuta & Legend of Rockers" and "Shun Kikuta & Blues Project". Shun is an internationally renowned guitarist traveling around the world. He has been a right hand man for late Koko Taylor, "The Queen of Blues" and 2010 Chicago Music Awards winning band J.W.Williams & Chitown Hustlers over a decade. Shun has recorded several his own albums such as "Rising Shun"(2007) and also appeared on many albums as a guitarist includes Koko Taylor's Grammy Awards nominated "Old School (Alligator Records, 2007)". "Shogun of the blues" __ Asia Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) " Shun Kikuta becomes world ambassador of the blues" __ Daily Herald (U.S.A) " Digging into the strings of his Fender Telecaster, Shunsuke Kikuta channels the crying vibrato of B.B.King one minute and the piercing attack of Albert Collins the next" __ Chicago Tribune (U.S.A) "Shun Kikuta, a fine Japanese guitarist who has absorbed the classic Chicago sounds and play them with the feel and confidence." __ Blues & Rhythm (United Kingdom)
I often wonder if the staunch defense of problematic icons in marginalized communities is some sort of residual internalized self hate? Or desperation? Or both?
what would happen if we smashed all the pedestals of the rapists, misogynists, and domestic abusers in the black community?
Not to say these types of predators and abusers don't exist in white communities- but white people have more visibility and more options. I know Rape and domestic Violence are underreported in white communities as well, so we may well be consuming movies and music by abusers. But when consuming white media I can easily choose to watch horror movies not affiliated with Polanski. I can watch comedies not directed by woody Allen or starring Sean Penn.
But if I want to watch a nostalgic family friendly tv show featuring a black family and I ditch "the Cosby show"... I've got... "family matters". Those were the only 2 mainstream black family shows I remember from my childhood. Those were the only places I could watch people who looked like me, had hair like me, dealt with confusion about dating, family, growing up, and racism all at the same time.
Is that why the black community hesitates to shun abusers in our midst? Because we won't have any representation if we cut out the bad people? Or is it because we think we don't deserve better representation and we secretly believe the lies we've been fed about ourselves?
Is it a mix of both? Don't we deserve better? Both in terms of more representation and better role models?
Why don't we demand more for ourselves? Are we scared we don't deserve more or scared we won't get what we deserve?
Tom Grant is a southern California musician who has toured internationally. His education includes EUBANKS CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Los Angeles, CA - instructor - Musicianship/classical jazz, gospel piano & organ techniques, WELLSEY COLLEGE Wellsey, MA - Guest Lecturer - On Afro-American Music NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Boston, MA - Instructor - Music Skills/Techniques
INTERNATIONAL TOURS: BARRY WHITE EUROPE TOUR - 1992. ITALY, United Kingdom,including BIRMINGHAM-SYMPHONY HALL, NEWCHASTL E-CITY HALL, EDINBURGH-PLAYHOUSE, LONDON-HAMMERSMITH, BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, HOLLAND, AUSTRIA
1983 - 84 HERBIE HANCOCK -- MIDNIGHT STARR
1983 - 84 GAP BAND -- TROBE FUNK BAND
1983 - 84 TYRONE BRONSON -- GEORGE CLINTON
1983 - 84 FUNKADELIC PARLIMENT -- BOOTSY COLLINS
1983 - 84 MACIO PARKER -- STEVE ARINGTON
1983 - 84 EDDIE MURPHY -- FAT BACK BAND
1983 - 84 CHI LIGHTS -- GRAND MASTER FLASH
1983 - 84 LAKE SIDE -- CON FUN SHUN
1983 - 84 MTUNE -- BAR KAYS
1983 - 84 DAZZ BAND -- ERVIN & TWINS (Artusa Records)
RECENT STUDIO WORK:
1996 - Recorded With Dr. Dre - Produced Songs with Snoop Doggie Dog.
Recorded two songs with recording Rap Star Artist Dr. Dre with Death Row Records.
Song Include: "Ruff It 2"'
1996 - Instruments Played: Acoustic Piano, Strings, Electric Keyboard, Synthesizer, and Clav
Toured With The Chambers Brothers
Played Keyboards on Tour in California for six (6) months
ALSO ENJOY SWIMMING, BASKETBALL & TRAVELING
Doc T’s CD
"IN DA HOUSE"
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Cruz vows to shun negative campaigning
“There may be other candidates who choose to throw rocks in my direction,” the GOP presidential hopeful said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m not going to engage in the personal mudslinging, in the negative attacks on people’s character.” Cruz last week became the first Republican to officially enter the presidential race. But he insisted that, despite his reputation as an archconservative and a bomb-thrower, he had avoided personal attacks over the past two years in the Senate.
(CNN) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says concerns that his state's new "religious freedom" law will allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers is the result of a "tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding." But he refused Sunday to answer at least six yes-or-no questions about whether the measure legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. And he said he won't support legislation that would clean up the public relations mess by adding protections based on sexual orientation to Indiana's anti-discrimination laws.
Maurice Starr is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Though trying his hand at a solo career, he's best known for his work creating songs and albums with pop and soul bands such as Con Funk Shun, New Edition, and the New Kids on the Block.
Originally from Deland, Florida, Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. As an artist, Johnson was a member of The Johnson Brothers (not to be confused with The Brothers Johnson from Los Angeles, California) and the seminal electro group known as the Jonzun Crew with brothers Michael Jonzun and Soni Jonzun. In 1980, Johnson changed his name to Maurice Starr and recorded two R&B albums, Flaming Starr and Spacey Lady. Unsuccessful as a solo artist, Starr decided to create a band to perform the songs that he wrote.
In 1982, Starr discovered the band New Edition on his talent show. The group produced a number of U.S. Top 10 R&B hit singles and a Top 5 hit in the Billboard Hot 100. Differences between Starr and New Edition caused the two to go their separate ways. Eventually the band split up. Two of the members, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant, went on to have a successful careers as a solo act, while the three others formed the award winning group, Bell Biv DeVoe.
After losing New Edition, Starr needed a new band to record his songs. In 1984, he created New Kids on the Block, a band consisting of five male teenagers, brothers Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight, with Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre. Starr produced New Kids on the Block to be a white version of New Edition as he stated I honestly believe that if they'd been white, (the group) would have been 20 times as big. With New Kids on the Block as Starr's "voice", Starr won Songwriter of the Year in 1989.
In addition to New Edition and New Kids on the Block, Starr also formed the boyband Perfect Gentlemen and discovered solo artist, Rick Wes.
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Cruz vows to shun negative campaigning
By KEVIN ROBILLARD
3/29/15 11:03 AM EDT
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is swearing off negative campaigning as he begins his run for the White House.
“There may be other candidates who choose to throw rocks in my direction,” the GOP presidential hopeful said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’m not going to engage in the personal mudslinging, in the negative attacks on people’s character.”
Cruz last week became the first Republican to officially enter the presidential race. But he insisted that, despite his reputation as an archconservative and a bomb-thrower, he had avoided personal attacks over the past two years in the Senate.
“In my time in the Senate, there’s been more than a few rocks tossed in my direction from Democrats and Republicans,” he said. “Yet in my entire time there, I haven’t reciprocated. You have never heard me speak ill of any senator, Republican or Democrat, and I don’t intend to start.”
In the existing state of religious declension, there is crying need of earnest, faithful Nehemiahs and Ezras,--men who will not shun to call sin by its right name, and who will not shrink from vindicating the honour of God. Those upon whom God has laid the burden of his work are not to hold their peace, and cover prevailing evils with a cloak of false charity. Men of courage and energy are needed to expose fashionable sins. Iniquity must not be palliated and excused. Those who lead the church of God to follow the customs and practices of the world, are not to be lauded and exalted. No regard for family or position will hinder the faithful servants of Christ from guarding the interests of his people. God is no respecter of persons. Great light and special privileges bring increased responsibility. When those who have been favoured or honoured of God, commit sin, their influence goes very far to encourage others in transgression. And if, by their example, the faith of another is weakened, and moral and religious principle is broken down, the wrath of God will surely come upon those betrayers of their sacred trust.--ST, January 24, 1884 par. 9.
MH.319.001 "Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of indulgence and of restriction. Their diet is chosen, not for the mere gratification of appetite, but for the upbuilding of the body. They seek to preserve every power in the best condition for highest service to God and man. The appetite is under the control of reason and conscience, and they are rewarded with health of body and mind. While they do not urge their views offensively upon others, their example is a testimony in favor of right principles. These persons have a wide influence for good."
“It has been clearly presented to me that God’s people are to take a firm stand against meat eating. Would God give His people the message that if they desire to have pure blood and clear minds, they must give up the use of flesh meat, if He did not want them to heed this message?
The right to vote has created black elected officials but many people believe that things have not changed. Can a person elected to public office really have an impact on the longtime condition of denial of access to economic opportunities? Legal segregation has ended, but social inequality remains a problem when it comes to equal protection under the law. So, what powers do our elected officials really have to change the conditions under which we live? Georgia State Representative Dar'Shun Kendrick joins us to discuss how elected officials can initiate actions that create opportunities for economic growth and can introduce laws that change behavior.
I was brought up in THE CHURCH.
In the Old Book, the Temple, the Synagogue, the Tabernacle was what we call THE CHURCH today.
A building or a place that a group of people who believe the same thing gather. Worship is acknowledging, honoring, and giving reverence to, also surrendering to God through our Lord Jesus who is the Christ.
The importance of the church is this, from obedience of the scriptures it says to gather together to encourage each other in our faith. Why? because there is strength in numbers.
I have heard from a lot of people who do not attend any church because it is organized religion. That is a big cop out. It is an excuse the Enemy has dwelled in their minds as their excuse for NOT worshipping with other believers.
I have this to say about religion. You may or may not want religion but it can seal in your heart what is true. It is the strict word that speaks high volume. And that is why the world does not want to use the word religion. It has been replaced with the word relationship.
Don't be overly dogmatic. A true believer wants the relationship and does not mind if you say they are religious. Or at least I don't shun the word at all. It seals the truth deeper inside of me.
I know there are groups that separate themselves from other groups. That is a Holy Spirit job. I do not or will not say anything against any group of people who teach the Birth, the Life, The Death and the Ressurection to Eternal Life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Holy Book teaches us that when Unity is obtain, Jesus returns. Ephesians 4:13.
I want to say much more about our uniting together, speaking from the Book of Romans chapter 8. Please read this chapter and read again. We will continue our discussion next Tuesday with the topic "Will we ever be UNITED?
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16.But shun empty speeches that violate what is holy,for they will adavance to more and more ungodliness
17.and their word will spread like gangrene.
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