Sunday, February 23, 2014
This Writer was made privy to this myriad of amazing information about Black Women In Jazz, Inc., “Black Women in Jazz Day” and all associated with BWIJ, by one of their own. The incomparable, dynamically talented effervescent Mocha beauty, JoAnna Johnson – aka: “The Soul Stringer”…”Pluck-A-String” initially shared bits and pieces about the March, 2014 event. It was the “CSI Girl” in me that led to a deeper and later exhilarating probe! BWIJ is a show stopping, much appreciated organization founded and ran by group of beautiful, multi-talented women indeed headed up and founded by the impressive Ms. Sha. There are many nominees to choose from, but an up close and personal conversation with The Soul Stringer “Mocha girl” (JoAnna Johnson) revealed the difficulty in deciding due to the large amount of extreme talent listed. To name only a few, Detroit native JoAnna, mentioned fellow past and present Detroiters on the ballot; Violinist Regina Carter; World Music and Fusion Band headed up by Michelle May Musique Noire; and Percussionist JoVia Armstrong. JoAnna also mentioned her fellow Independent Artist Festival (IAF) Sister, Saxophonist Joyce Spencer from Dallas; and her Sisters in Soul, phenomenal flutist Ragan Whiteside and the undeniable ear candy of vocalist Toni Redd. She also mentioned her Rimshot Sister, Playwright and Vocalist Mimi Johnson. There are so many additional great names you could simply say them all and it’s so exciting to just be a part she said. Black Women in Jazz Day (BWIJD) is a holiday observed annually on March 1st via an Annual Awards Gala. The 2014 BWIJ roster includes, but is in no way limited to: Black Women In Jazz, Inc., is a not for profit organization whose membership is open to women and men musicians, composers, educators, jazz professionals, students, recording industry artists, business owners, jazz lovers, and more. We are committed to supporting women jazz artists and related professionals worldwide. Black Women in Jazz honors African American female musicians & related professionals via an annual Awards Gala, concerts, performances and interviews. Our official color is Yellow Gold. March is Women's History Month. About Black Women in Jazz- We celebrate Black Women in Jazz Day on March 1st with an annual Awards Gala. We set aside that time to honor the contributions that black female musicians and related professionals have made in the past, present and to the future of jazz and fine arts. Tickets for the Awards Gala will be on sale at the Rialto Center for the Arts Box Office. “The Rialto Center For The Arts” Box Office can be reached at (404)-413-9849 or tickets can be purchased online at: https://tickets.rialtocenter.org . Black Women in Jazz- Mission: “Black Women in Jazz” was created to assist in meeting the unmet needs of women in jazz professionals. We create a greater awareness by honoring the many contributions of female jazz artists and related professionals globally. “Black Women in Jazz” strives to spotlight the awesome work of female jazz vocalists, female jazz instrumentalists, composers, producers, etc., who may have gotten lost in the shuffle of time as well as musicians who are currently in the spotlight. Through various networking events, education and training, seminars, workshops, award galas, features and interviews, concerts and more, we want to ensure that women are honored as a vital part of the past, present, and future of jazz. “Black Women in Jazz” operates without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender, disability, creed, religion or national origin. Available Workshops: BWIJ sponsors master classes and workshops by outstanding women in jazz artists. In light of making these resources available to all interested most workshops are free or minimal costs for BWIJ members. Reservations: (678).861.7370 More? Why yes of course, nothing of this magnitude would exist, co-exist or continue to “rock both the music world and the world in general, without a strong, informative website (and that is for starters!) Once a cyber but valid, visitor climbs aboard the “Black Women in Jazz”website: http://www.blackwomeninjazz.com The following are a few of the literal joys which each visitor will be made privy to, and more is on the way! The Black Women In Jazz “Home Page”, the “Matriarchs of Jazz”, the “Youth Foundation”, a “Sponsors” page, an “Events” page, information on the “Health and Wellness Expo”, the “Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Award.” Experience the “Black Women In Jazz & Fine Arts Awards”, BWIJ trademarked items are for sale via the “Shop” area of the site, “Jazz History” too, and of course the “Press” is well documented and always welcome; speaking of welcome, don’t forget to interact with “Black women in Jazz” through the site’s “Contact” page. Just in case this abundant of goodness, in the form of a step by step tour of the site and all who “makes it tick” becomes a mouth full, please take your time and check it all out, at your leisure. But get your tickets today as they are selling out as we speak!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
HAZELDEN’S SOCIAL COMMUNITY WILL HOST A FREE ONLINE SCREENING OF THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE AND LIVE Q&A On March 1st, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a founding partner of the ManyFaces1Voice call-to-action campaign, will host a free online stream of The Anonymous People via the Hazelden Social Community: starting at 12 midnight. On that day, The Anonymous People will be available for people all over the world to watch for 24-hours only. The film’s director, Greg Williams, and other key subjects from the film, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s William Cope Moyers, will be available for a live chat at 5 p.m. EST. The Anonymous People tells the story of the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It has ignited new energy in a grassroots public recovery movement by bringing the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities in recovery to the forefront. Already, more than 55,000 people have gathered to watch the film and discuss how they can "join the movement" at community events worldwide. “I’m grateful the film is inspiring so many more people to get involved. They are taking a stand on behalf of others impacted by addiction and we are telling our recovery stories to a whole new audience. Collectively, we can change public perception and ultimately the public response to the addiction crisis,” said the film’s director, Greg Williams, who partnered with Faces & Voices of Recovery to create the brand new advocacy engagement campaign, ManyFaces1Voice. “So many people have asked us what they can do and told us that they are anxious to see the film again. And even more are trying to see it for the first time. This online screening event in partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a unique opportunity to bring the message of recovery to everyone, no matter where they live,” Williams said. Membership in Hazelden’s Social Community is free and available worldwide. “I recommend signing into the social community ahead of time so that on March 1st, you’re ready to just log in and watch the film and participate in the special Q&A event,” said Hazelden Betty Ford’s Jeremiah Gardner, who is helping coordinate the event. “The Hazelden social community is home to daily recovery meetings, a lively discussion board, expert blogs, the exclusive Hazelden Book Club and, most importantly, a collection of wonderful, productive people sharing their recovery journeys together and demonstrating the personal and societal value of recovery.” If you have questions about the event, please contact Gardner at email@example.com. Spread the word and we’ll see you online on March 1st!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
As the leading provider of culturally-relevant health news and resources for African Americans, BlackDoctor.org seeks to educate and celebrate the black community. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, BlackDoctor.org salutes 42 black healthcare professionals named as the inaugural “BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare” 2014 award recipients. “Our program seeks to recognize distinguished African American healthcare executives for their contributions to the industry and serve as a role model to other minority healthcare leaders and the black community overall,” said Reggie Ware, President & CEO of BlackDoctor.org. The list of noteworthy 2014 honorees was selected from among 250 of the most accomplished black healthcare professionals in America by a panel that included BlackDoctor.org editors and key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association and Johns Hopkins University. Throughout February, award recipients will be interviewed and featured on the BlackDoctor.org website, its Facebook page and other related media and social sites in celebration of Black History Month. Currently, BlackDoctor.org has a total monthly audience reach of more than 15 million visitors. Ware added, “We feel that we are celebrating history in the making by honoring those who, not only have outstanding achievements in the healthcare field, but are creating a legacy for future trailblazers to come.” On April 3, 2014, an awards dinner, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, will be held in Baltimore, Maryland. 2014 Honorees: Dr. Leandris Liburd - Director for Minority Health & Health Equity, Center for Disease Control Dr. Clyde Yancy - Chief of Cardiology & Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Debra Fraser-Howze - Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs, OraSure Technologies, Inc. Michael Ugwueke DHA, FACHE - Executive Vice President & COO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Samuel L. Ross, M.D., M.S. - Chief Executive Officer, Bon Secours Health System -Baltimore Division Dr. Regina Benjamin - 18th U.S. Surgeon General & Chair of Public Health Sciences, Xavier University Kenneth Grant - Vice President, General Services, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Garth Graham, M.D. - President, Aetna Foundation Floyd W. Green III - Corporate Vice President & Head of Community Relations & Urban Marketing, Aetna Mark S. Johnson, M.D. - Dean, Howard University College of Medicine Myrtle Potter - President & CEO, Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC Donald Wilson, M.D. - Dean Emeritus, University of Maryland School of Medicine Lloyd Dean - President & CEO, Dignity Health Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S. - Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity & Chief Wellness Officer, Henry Ford Health System David R. Williams, Ph.D - Professor of Public Health, Harvard University School of Medicine Lisa Cooper, M.D. - Center Director & Principal Investigator, The Johns Hopkins University Levi Watkins, M.D. - Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Derica Rice - Executive Vice President, Global Services, & Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly & Company Kelvin A. Baggett, M.D. - Senior Vice President & CFO, Tenet Healthcare Dr. David Satcher - 16th U.S. Surgeon General & Director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine Lonnel Coats - President & CEO Americas Region, Eisai, Inc. Bernard Tyson - Chairman & CEO, Kaiser Permanente Dr. James Gavin - CEO & Chief Medical Officer, Healing Our Village, Inc. Michael Sneed - Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Robin L. Washington - Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Gilead Sciences John W. Bluford, MBA, FACHE - President & CEO, Truman Medical Centers Helene Gayle - President & CEO, CARE USA A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D - President & Chief Executive Officer, Meharry Medical College Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE - President & CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives Donna L. Jacobs - Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, University of Maryland Medical System Wright L. Lassiter, III - Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Health System - Oakland Kenneth C. Frazier - Chairman & CEO, Merck & Co. Bridgette P. Heller - Executive Vice President & President of Consumer Care, Merck & Co. Kermit Crawford - President of Pharmacy, Health, and Wellness Division, Walgreens Dr. John Agwunobi - Senior Vice President & President for the Professional Services Division, Wal-mart Stores, Inc. Charlotte O. McKines - Vice President, Global Marketing Communications, Merck & Co. Michael A. Lenoir, M.D. - President, National Medical Association Elijah Saunders, M.D. - Clinical Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine John E. Maupin Jr., M.D. - Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine Risa Lavizzo-Mourey - President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Albert P. Parker III - EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Sunovian Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tunde Otulana, M.D. - Senior Vice President, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim For information about sponsorship or advertising opportunities at the awards dinner, contact Erika Gardner, BlackDoctor.org Executive Assistant to the CEO, at 312-222-1205. About BlackDoctor.org BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world's most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally accurate health content for African Americans. BDO's users appreciate receiving health advice in an environment they trust and in a language they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool. For more details, visit www.blackdoctor.org
Saturday, February 15, 2014
NC NAACP's Brief Challenges Latest Extremist Attack on Our Children, Cites the Ugly History of Vouchers as a Strategy for Impeding Integrated, Well-Funded Public Schools
Through the debate over the voucher program, many conservatives have couched their support for the measure by saying it would provide educational equity for minority and low-income students.
On April 14, 2012, over 6,000 people from various ages, ethnicities, religious denominations and backgrounds gathered in the city of Fayetteville, NC for one purpose - to unite in prayer as one massive body and proclaim that God belonged in their city.
Marion Johnson is a graduate student at Duke. Deborah Maxwell, President of the New Hannover county NAACP has been kind enough to help her to find North Carolina women of color to talk for her research project. Which is writing about how North Carolina women of color feel about some of the things the state government did last year. She is still seeking more women of color to allot a little of their time to help her with this project. Both Latina and Black women are welcome to respond to her query via email: Johnson at: firstname.lastname@example.org “You don't have to know particulars about laws - you just have to have opinions”, says Johnson.(DUKE University Image: Courtesy)
Friday, February 14, 2014
NFL STAR QUINTIN DEMPS LAUNCHES FAITH-BASED MUSIC LABEL MINISTRY “PURPOSE BY FAITH” AND KICKS-OFF TALENT SEARCH COMPETITION FOR FANS
In the midst of a successful NFL career, Kansas City Chiefs Safety, Quintin Demps was called by God to found the independent record label ministry Purpose By Faith. In celebration of the launch of Purpose By Faith, Demps is gearing up to kick-off a talent search competition to seek an artist to be featured on his upcoming album, slated for a summer 2014 release. The winner will receive a free trip to Texas (valid for US residents only) a weekend in March 2014 to accompany Demps to a studio session, dinner, church service, and the Winter Jam 2014 concert. To participate, fans are being asked to submit a 15-second video highlighting their singing abilities via Instagram. The submission must include a caption explaining why they should be selected and use the hashtag #DempsTalentSearch. All entries must be received before Thursday, February 20th, 2014 and the winner will be announced Friday, February 21st, 2014. After six seasons of using his platform as a professional athlete to spread the word of Christ, Demps is now aiming to expand his reach and inspire additional souls through his God-given gift of music. With a mission to use all genres of music as a tool of influence, Purpose By Faith is committed to providing an alternative sound that will change lives and bring hope to this generation and generations to come. His current single, “No Struggle,” encourages listeners to put faith in The Lord during trials and tribulations because the blessings and lessons learned will far outweigh the initial burden of the struggle. “PURPOSE BY FAITH” SEARCH COMPETITION FOR FANS