Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Michael S. Wright: The legendary Quincy Jones and his music will be featured on tonight’s Prom in London. It will be broadcast on BBC 4 (TV) and Radio 3 live

Quincy Jones Prom

Michael S. Wright writes:

Hi Bill,

I meant to bring this to your attention some time ago. The legendary Quincy Jones and his music will be featured on tonight’s Prom in London. It will be broadcast on BBC 4 (TV) and Radio 3 live tonight.

There is no doubt that his music will stand the test of time. In an interview last night on TV, it was pretty evident that he was still in the business and going strong. His views on a certain current Republican presidential candidate that could lead the world to disaster were also made known!

Kind regards


Monday, August 22, 2016

NAACP Statement on Houston Protest by White Supremacists

The National office of the NAACP issued the following statement in response to a protest held outside the Houston branch office by armed men and women on Sunday: 

“Yesterday, a small group of white supremacists, armed with automatic weapons and waving confederate battle flags, held a brief protest outside our office in Texas.
“While some may be shocked by what they witnessed yesterday in Houston, it is important to remember that the NAACP is subject to this type of harassment on a regular basis. The presidents of our more than 2,200 local chapters and branches regularly receive angry and harassing phone calls, as well as acts of vandalism, bomb threats and other calls for violence simply for standing up for the civil rights of all people. This hateful rhetoric has only increased during the current presidential election.
“Racism is a longstanding and divisive issue in this country, and many people at first feel victimized when confronted with the facts of how it continues to affect the lives of millions. But a misguided sense of victimhood does not justify brandishing weapons on a Sunday afternoon in a residential neighborhood, or make the statements of this small group true or correct.
“We are encouraged that, in the face of flagrant hate and ignorance, the protestors in Houston were met by a larger crowd opposing their message and dedicated to peace and prayer. Justice comes when communities refuse to let evil people perpetuate their misguided anger on the innocent.

“For more than a century, the NAACP has worked to unite people of every race, religion and background in the fight against segregation, discrimination, and violence. We continue to work nonviolently in every city and county to ensure that every person can advance through access to quality schools, economic opportunity, professional and accountable law enforcement, and the freedom to vote and be a part of our American democracy. We happily invite anyone who feels the same to join us.”

Washington Post: Armed, Confederate flag-waving White Lives Matter protesters rally outside Houston NAACP [Sunday, August 21, 2016]

Photos and videos posted on social media show about 20 protesters wearing "White Lives Matter" t-shirts and waving Confederate flags as they rallied outside the NAACP headquarters in Houston on Sunday, Aug. 21. (Monica Akhtar, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) 

The Washington Post

Michael E. Miller

August 22, 2016

White Lives Matter staged a rally outside the NAACP’s Houston headquarters on Sunday, sparking controversy and counterprotests in a city where racial tensions remain high after a string of recent incidents.
Clutching Confederate flags, white supremacist signs and, in several cases, assault rifles, roughly 20 White Lives Matter members stood on the sidewalk of a historically black neighborhood to denounce the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“We came out here specifically today to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” organizer Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”
Reed, who was wearing a “Donald Trump ’16” hat and a “White Lives Matter” shirt with white supremacist symbols, said protesters were “not out here to instigate or start any problems,” despite the weaponry and body armor on display.
“Obviously we are exercising our Second Amendment rights but that’s because we have to defend ourselves,” he told the Chronicle. “Their organizations and their people are shooting people based on the color of their skin. We’re not.”
Reed appeared to be referring to attacks targeting white police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge last month, which were carried out by lone gunmen espousing black nationalist beliefs. (In Dallas a Latino officer was killed and in Baton Rouge, an African American officer was killed). Both Black Lives Matter and the NAACP denounced the attacks.
Sunday’s demonstration in Houston’s predominantly black Third Ward quickly spurred a counterprotest, which soon dwarfed the White Lives Matter gathering.

As police arrived and set up barricades around the White Lives Matter protesters, locals stood across the street. Some shouted, while others shook their heads in disbelief that Confederate flags were flying in front of an NAACP office in a black neighborhood.

“It’s a physical manifestation of white supremacy, white privilege and racism being protected by this country,” a black female counterprotester told KPRC2.
The White Lives Matter protest comes at a tense time for Houston and the country. On July 9, Houston police fatally shot a black man who they said pointed a gun at officers. The shooting, which came the same week as fatal police shootings of two other black men, one in Baton Rouge and another in Falcon Heights, Minn., prompted criticism from Black Lives Matter activists. The Houston shooting came two days after the attack on Dallas police.

Several other incidents in the city have raised racial tensions even further. At the University of Houston, the vice president of the Student Government Association was sanctioned after she wrote “Forget #BlackLivesMatter … More like AllLivesMatter” on Facebook shortly after the Dallas attack.
Earlier this month, authorities released video showing an African American woman calling 911 and saying she was “really afraid” of a white cop who had pulled her over. The woman was then violently arrested, although the officer was cleared of wrongdoing.
In May, city officials voted to rename seven schools named after people with ties to the Confederacy, including Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Jefferson Davis.
Last year, the University of Texas announced it was removing a statue of Davis from its campus in Austin, about 160 miles west of Houston.
Sunday’s rally was not the nation’s first White Lives Matter gathering. Others have drawn similarly small crowds, such as a July 30 protest in Buffalo that was organized by neo-Nazis and also was dwarfed by counterprotests.
Comments by the White Lives Matter protesters Sunday also seemed to echo opposition to the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse last summer. The flag was taken down after avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine African Americans at a church in Charleston.

By Shauna L. Howard (@ShaunaLHoward

Sunday, August 21, 2016

John Malveaux: Attended UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF LONG BEACH public ceremony to raise BLACK LIVES MATTER street banner Sunday, August 21, 2016.

John Malveaux of 

Attended UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF LONG BEACH public ceremony to raise BLACK LIVES MATTER street banner Sunday, August 21, 2016. A large number of interfaith and community organizations also attended the ceremony. The banner was originally erected 8-18 but was torn down. The church created a temporary banner for the scheduled public ceremony until another banner is printed. See Long Beach chapter Black Lives Matter member/attorney and banner.

Team USA: U.S. Wins 6th Straight Gold In Women’s 4x400-Meter; Allyson Felix Ties For Most Decorated Track And Field Woman

(L-R) Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis, Allyson Felix and Courtney Okolo react after winning gold in the women's 4x400-meter relay on day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Allyson Felix

By Peggy Shinn | Aug. 20, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — The winning streak started 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong.
In the final night of Olympic track and field in Rio, the U.S. women’s 4x400-meterteam won its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Allyson Felix anchored the team of Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis to the gold-medal six-peat in 3:19.06. Jamaica finished second in 3:20.34 for the silver medal — one place better than they finished in London. And Great Britain brought home bronze in 3:25.88.
Felix and Francena McCorory, who ran in the 4x400 heat for the U.S. yesterday, also competed on the 2012 Olympic relay team that won gold in London. Hastings won gold with Felix on the 4x400 team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“I knew when I got on that home stretch to try to just bring it home strong,” said Felix. “We have such a rich history in this event, just wanted to continue the legacy.”
Since the women’s 4x400 made its Olympic debut at the 1972 Games, the U.S. has had a long history of standing on the podium. They have won seven gold medals and four silvers — a medal in every Olympic Games except 1980, when the U.S. team boycotted the Moscow Games.
The current streak began at the 1996 Atlanta Games, when Felix and Hastings were still in elementary school, or in Francis’ case, pre-school. Okolo was only 2 years old then.
“I didn’t know about the winning streak before the meet went off,” said Okolo, who ran the lead-off leg. “I definitely felt a lot of pressure because I knew these ladies have been here before, and I didn’t want to mess it up. It was the right amount of pressure to get the job done. I’m glad we came away with the gold.”

The 4x400 gold was the third Olympic medal for Felix in Rio. She won a silver in the women’s 400 and gold in the 4x100 relay. It’s her sixth gold overall and ninth total Olympic medal. And the list of superlatives is long.
By winning three golds in the 4x400 (2008, 2012, 2016), she equaled the mark of Evelyn Ashford (USA) and Sanya Richards-Ross (USA), as the only women to win three Olympic gold medals in the same track and field event, with Ashford doing so in the 4×100 and Richards-Ross in the 4×400.
With nine total Olympic medals, Felix moved into a tie for the title of most decorated track and field woman, equaling Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey — although Ottey never won any Olympic gold medals. Felix is now tied for third among all track and field athletes, trailing only Finland’s Paavo Nurmi with 12 and Carl Lewis with 10.
Felix’s six gold medals move her into a tie for fifth among all women in any sport. The Olympic best is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina, who has nine.
The American sprinter also moves into a tie for fifth among all Olympic track and field athletes and all female Olympians, with six gold medals.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Felix. “I’m just grateful. [This is] not an individual medal, I did it with my teammates. It makes it very special in a very tough year. I’m happy to be able to close it out like this.”
Okolo was in awe of Felix’s accomplishment — and the fact that she had just competed on a relay with the track and field icon.

Patrick D. McCoy Tweets: Theater Agent arrested for raising money for a show that does not exist about the life of soprano Kathleen Battle (New York Times)

Patrick D. McCoy

Patrick D. McCoy Tweets:

New York Times: Segregation, the Neighbor That Won't Leave [An American Truth Endures Even for Affluent Blacks]

Maanaan Sabir, left, and his wife, JoAnne, with their children in front of their Lindsay Heights home in Milwaukee. Credit Ruddy Roye for The New York Times

A 4-year-old in a North Side neighborhood of Milwaukee. His mother said she was trying to educate him about violence and what it meant to be street smart. Credit Ruddy Roye for The New York Times              

Sunday, August 21, 2016

An American Truth Endures Even for Affluent Blacks

By John Eligon and Robert Gebeloff

MILWAUKEE — Their daughter was sick and they needed family around to help care for her, so JoAnne and Maanaan Sabir took an unexpected detour.
They had spent years blowing past mileposts: earning advanced degrees and six-figure incomes, buying a 2,500-square-foot Victorian with hardwood floors. Yet here they were, both 37, moving to a corner of town pocked by empty lots, cramming into an apartment above Ms. Sabir’s mother, in the very duplex that Ms. Sabir’s grandparents had bought six decades earlier.
Their new dwelling was in a part of the Lindsay Heights neighborhood where more than one in three families lives in poverty; gunshots were too often a part of the nighttime soundtrack. They planned to leave once their daughter, Ameera, was healthy.
But then, reminding them of why they feel at home in communities like this one, their new neighbors started frequently checking on Ameera: Is she doing O.K.? And on their son, Taj: When’s his next basketball game? Mr. Sabir’s car stalled in the middle of the street one night, and it was the young men too often stereotyped as suspicious who helped him push it home. So many welcoming black faces like their own, they thought.
“It felt like that’s where we should be,” Ms. Sabir said.
Now, two years later, Ameera, 14, is healthy. And the Sabirs have not left. They have, in fact, only strengthened their resolve to stay after a fatal police shooting last weekend led to fiery unrest that was also fueled by frustrations over race and segregation. Rooted where they are, the Sabirs point to a broad yet little explored fact of American segregation: Affluent black families, freed from the restrictions of low income, often end up living in poor and segregated communities anyway.
It is a national phenomenon challenging the popular assumption that segregation is more about class than about race, that when black families earn more money, some ideal of post-racial integration will inevitably be reached.
In fact, a New York Times analysis of 2014 census figures shows that income alone cannot explain, nor would it likely end, the segregation that has defined American cities and suburbs for generations.
The choices that black families make today are inevitably constrained by a legacy of racism that prevented their ancestors from buying quality housing and then passing down wealth that might have allowed today’s generation to move into more stable communities. And even when black households try to cross color boundaries, they are not always met with open arms: Studies have shown that white people prefer to live in communities where there are fewer black people, regardless of their income.
The result: Nationally, black and white families of similar incomes still live in separate worlds.

In many of America’s largest metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, black families making $100,000 or more are more likely to live in poorer neighborhoods than even white households making less than $25,000. This is particularly true in areas with a long history of residential segregation, like metropolitan Milwaukee.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Music of H. Leslie Adams on program of Bascom Little Fund's Gala Concert of Cleveland Composers 7:30 PM Sat. September 17, Cleveland State University

 The H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932) Homepage is at: 
http://www.hleslieadams.com  H. Leslie Adams 
is profiled at AfriClassical.comwhich features a 

comprehensive Works List by 
Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma,

Mary Kay Robinson of the Bascom Little Fund, Case Western Reserve University and other music organizations writes:

Dear William,

I am the Director of the Bascom Little Fund, a philanthropic organization that promotes the work of Cleveland composers. We are celebrating our 50th year w/ a Gala concert at Cleveland State University Saturday September 17 at 7:30 pm and will be featuring great Cleveland composers, past, present and future. We will be doing a work of Leslie Adams...
Kind Regards,

Mary Kay Robinson

Executive Director/Flutist, Panorámicos
CWRU-Director Case Chamber Music
CIM, Chamber Music
Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Director, Bascom Little Fund

Angela Wellman, Founding Director of Oakland Public Conservatory, Receives "Key to the City" Sunday, August 21st from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff

Angela Wellman

Angela Wellman writes:

Presentation of "Key to the City" 

This Sunday, August 21st, Mayor Libby Schaff will present a Key to the City to OPC Founding Director, Angela Wellman, honoring the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music and its 10 years of providing accessible, affordable, and culturally relevant music education for Oaklanders of all ages. 

Prior to the presentation, the OPC's Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble's newest members and Alum, and the ZimFuse Marimba Ensemble will perform an hour of high-spirited, soulful music.  

Festivities begin at 3pm on the 12th & Broadway stage.

Click here for Art & Soul info.

Cheryl Lynne Skinner flute, vocals & piano with Allyson Clare-violin@Silvana on Sunday - 8/21/2016 300 West 116th St. NYC@6-7 PM

Cheryl Lynne Skinner writes:

Finally feel like a New Yorker!  Come hear some original music.  Details attached.  Please pass forward. Tyg

Cheryl Lynne Skinner flute, vocals & piano with Allyson Clare-violin@Silvana on Sunday - 8/21/2016 300 West 116th St. NYC@6-7 PM

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Thanks so much!  Hope all is well in your world!  Blessings, cheryl [Cheryl Lynne Skinner]l