Sunday, September 30, 2018

Baruch PAC: Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana Oct. 23, 6:30 PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center

City University of New York

The Sefwi's private way of living is showcased in this documentary while also raising questions about Jewish identity such as, "What comprises a Jew?" and "Do you have to be part of an accepted Jewish community to be considered Jewish?" The film documents the efforts of the Sefwi Jews to connect with their own community as well as other Jews worldwide.

Rebeca Omordia performs at Cayman Arts Festival Thursday 4th October at 6:30 PM

Eni Fashanu tweets: 
Catch Rebeca Omordia performing at the Cayman Arts Festival on Thursday, 4th October 2018! Programme to include Gaspard de la nuit and sonatas by Beethoven & Ayo Bankole.

ASALH: Military Service of African Americans NPS Forum on Oct. 3rd in Indianapolis

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

103rd Annual Conference

October 3-7, 2018

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Baruch Performing Arts Center: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Oct. 16, 5:30 PM Leo Brouwer work on CD nominated for Latin Grammy

Leo Brouwer
Afro-Cuban Composer

Leo Brouwer: The Book of Signs
Brasil Guitar Duo
Delaware Symphony Orchestra
David Amado, Conductor

Delaware Symphony CD nominated for Latin Grammy Award’s Best Classical Album

Awards ceremony to be held Nov. 15 in Las Vegas

September 28, 2018

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s CD, The Book of Signs, was nominated as one of five Best Classical Album entries for the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. The album, the DSO’s premiere recording on the Naxos label, features Music Director David Amado and the DSO with the Brasil Guitar Duo performing Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s “The Book of Signs” and “Concerto Caboclo” by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati.

“What an honor it is to have had our recording selected, from among so many, for Best Classical Album,” said Amado. “What is remarkable to me about this is that it celebrates not only the high quality of music-making on the disc, but also the importance of new music. I am very proud of the DSO, the Brasil Guitar Duo, and the whole team involved in its creation.  We’ve made something really special, and it is an honor to have that recognized in such a visible, global way.” South African Anthem partly arranged by Mzilikazi Khumalo

Mzilikazi Khumalo


The current anthem was officially adopted in 1997
In 1994, it was initially proclaimed that South Africa would have two national anthems – namely Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika and Die Stem. In 1996, former President Nelson Mandela called for the two to be combined and shortened, thereby forming the national anthem we know today, which was adopted in the Government Gazette No. 18341, dated 10 October 1997.

It contains the languages of the 5 most populous of SA’s eleven official languages
The South African anthem contains four stanzas which consist of 5 of our eleven official languages – namely isiXhosa, isiZulu, seSotho, Afrikaans and English.

The melody of the song was arranged by two people
Although the arrangement of the melody is widely accredited to Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, a renowned composer, pianist and teacher, the South African anthem was also arranged, in part, by Mzilikazi Khumalo, a composer and Professor of African Languages. While Khumalo was tasked with arranging the first half of the anthem, Zaidel-Rudolph arranged the last half of the piece and also wrote the English section of the song.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sphinx Organization: Sphinx Virtuosi: coming to YOU! Carnegie Hall Oct. 11, 6 PM

See one of the nation's most dynamic 
professional chamber orchestras! 
The Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted ensemble of top Black and Latinx soloists, launches their national tour this week. Check out the schedule to find a performance near you!

 Purchase tickets at CarnegieHall.org212-247-7800, 
or the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue
Box seat tickets and Gala packages benefit Sphinx's music education programs. 
Reserve gala tickets here, or contact
The national Sphinx Virtuosi tour is made possible with the generous support of 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Robert F. Smith, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts/ArtWorks and Aetna.
The Sphinx Virtuosi are exclusively represented in North America by California Artists Management (

Kicked It In Heels Announces 6th Annual Benefit Gala 7 PM Oct. 17, Café Medi

Malcolm Lee

Dawn Baxter

New York, NY (October 17, 2018) - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kicked It In Heels -- an organization with the goal of eradicating health care disparities in breast cancer and promoting health in survivorship -- is hosting their 6th Annual Benefit. The fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, October 17th 2018, at Café Medi from 7:00-10:00 PM. The event will be hosted by Sunny Hostin, co-host of The View, and will honor acclaimed writer, director and producer, Malcolm Lee along with  breast cancer survivor Nike’s Music Marketing Director Dawn Baxter.

Honoree Malcolm Lee is most notably known for making box-office history with his film Girls Trip and the highly-anticipated upcoming release of his new film Night School featuring Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart. Malcolm has been an avid supporter of the fight against breast cancer and  has always made it a point to cast strong African-American female leads in his films.

Not only is Honoree Dawn Baxter a woman making strides within her industry, she is a wife, a sister, a mother, and a formidable breast cancer survivor. After a routine mammogram, Dawn was diagnosed with breast cancer and over the past year has gone through intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment proving herself to be a true warrior.

“As personal as the diagnosis of breast cancer may be, we feel strongly that it is a journey that deserves to be acknowledged and those impacted deserve our support. Our mission is to raise funds to help women navigate survivorship and provide the tools to assist them in their journey” says Dr. Janna Andrews, founder of Kicked It in Heels.

100% of all proceeds raised from the benefit will go towards the fulfillment of the Kicked It In Heels mission to offer the services women may need as they move toward survivorship including counseling, prosthesis, bras, and wigs.
The mission of Kicked It In Heels is to eradicate healthcare disparities in breast cancer and to promote health in survivorship. We focus on breast cancer survivors, specifically young women and women of color. We provide basic information on screening and highlighting survivors’ experiences as they reclaim their normal lives. After diagnosis, we are encouraging lifestyle adjustments and dialogue by offering workshops focused on fitness, beauty and wellness.  Kicked It In Heels is also a vehicle to conduct community-based studies that address healthcare disparities. U. of Massachusetts: William Grant Still's "Summerland" Oct. 5

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

Northampton, Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Music at the University of Massachusetts

The UMass Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band present “At the Bandstand,” their opening concert of the fall semester, on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The Wind Ensemble will perform Scott McAllister’s “Black Dog” with faculty clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, along with William Grant Still’s “Summerland” and other works. The Symphony Band will present Eric Whitacre’s “October,” Henry Fillmore’s “The Klaxon” and other compositions.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and children; the show is free for UMass students. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (413) 545-2511 or online at

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Titus Underwood is guest at "African-descent Composers for Winds" St. Louis Nov. 18

Titus Underwood

IMI Chamber Players

St. Louis

November 18, 2018

"African-descent Composers for Winds." Guest artist Titus Underwood, principal oboist of the Nashville Symphony, joins the IMI Chamber Players in a concert of music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Halim El-Dabh, Gary Powell Nash, along with familiar standards by Mozart and Leonard Bernstein. Parkway United Church of Christ at 3 PM. Ghanaian Agbadza Master Drummer in St. Louis - Free Concert Oct. 7

African Musical Arts
Click here to read Chief Alorwoyie's profile in the New York Times
Mark your calendar Sunday October 7 @ 3:00 PM
for a FREE concert & workshop featuring Chief Alorwoyie

Venue: Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
45 W. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis MO 63119
Phone: (314) 289-4051 / (314) 962-9210

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Florida A&M University College of Law Gets Re-branded

FAMU College of Law Unveils New Website at

Orlando, FL – September 27, 2018 –   Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recently unveiled an improved website, launched by Gregory Media Group, LLC, an innovative multi-media company based in Central Florida.  The new platform includes an advanced range of digital applications and displays unique to the campus.  Designed to provide access to better academic research, engagement, and learning, it also navigates the school’s significance through the historical lens of social justice in legal, political, business, and educational communities. Viewers can take a comprehensive look at FAMU Law by journeying through the digital showcase of guided video tours, spotlights, and fresh content at the new domain: The website can also be found at

“At FAMU Law, we’re always seeking better ways to interface with our student body and global communities,” said Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell. “We’re excited about gaining greater notoriety through our recent rebranding. I believe the integration of fresh messaging, content, and images throughout our new website, social media, public relations, and print & digital marketing platforms will contribute to a more dynamic and satisfying user experience.”

Members of the FAMU Law Rebranding Team include: Project Manager Jason Gregory, Gregory Media Group, LLC Founder & CEO; Zita Steglich-Ross, President at Steglich-Ross and Associates, a full-service destination marketing company; Vel Johnson, Founder & CEO of Vasaj Communications, a public and government relations agency; TK Walker, Marketing Technologist at, builder of strategic approaches and implementation through marketing technology; and Whitney Payne, Social Media Strategist, Freelancer.

About Florida A&M University College of Law

The FAMU College of Law is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, just steps from the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building; and blocks from governmental offices, major law firms, large corporations and legal service agencies.

The college’s prime location provides students with direct access to the area’s largest employers of individuals with law degrees, offering our students and graduates ample avenues to gain practical experience in the legal profession. With tuition among the lowest of the 13 law schools in Florida, along with a full-time
day program and a part-time evening program, the college is distinctly positioned to offer the traditional student and the working professional a chance to earn a law degree while accruing minimal debt.

The College of Law’s student body is diverse – 72 percent minority and 56 percent women – helping to enrich a campus community where intellectual freedom and self-discovery are encouraged.  Thanks to its renowned faculty, the college focuses on academic excellence in the classroom; emphasizes practical experience and public service within its clinical programs; and stresses professionalism through its co-curricular activities.

For more information about the FAMU College of Law, visit

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

National Tennis Complex & Black Tennis Hall of Fame Coming to Fort Lauderdale

(left to right) Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association with Stacy Ritter, President & CEO for Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, on August 31 in Queens, New York, at 2018 U.S. Open event supporting ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association, addressing guests at the 2018 U.S. Open in support of the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center to Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

(left to right) Albert Tucker, VP of Multicultural Business Development for Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Roxanne Aaron, American Tennis Association President-Elect; Wayne Messam, City of Miramar Mayor, gather in front of a rendering of the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Training Complex coming to Miramar Regional Park.

Enthusiasm, Support Builds for ATA/ATEF National Tennis Complex, Black Tennis Hall of Fame in Greater Fort Lauderdale
U.S. Open Event Heralds New Facility as a Major Multicultural Tourism Draw
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 26, 2018) – Philanthropists, professional tennis elite and  community leaders gathered during a private reception at the 2018 U.S. Open to raise awareness and support for the ATA/ATEF (American Tennis Association/American Tennis & Education Foundation) National Tennis Center coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Miramar Regional Park. The event, hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, included addresses from Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association, and Stacy Ritter, CEO and President, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. 
“I applaud Greater Fort Lauderdale’s efforts to create a facility to train and support young tennis players of color to help them achieve life goals on and off the courts,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association. “I’ve advocated for many years to make tennis more diverse and Broward County’s national training center is a big step in that direction. It is facilities of this nature that help young people build athletic skills and gain the confidence they need for personal success. Plus, at the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center, they will be surrounded by reminders of the great Black players that pioneered the sport before them.” 
“The ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center will be an important addition to the South Florida landscape, bringing together the rich history of black tennis in one central location,” said Albert Tucker, VP of Multicultural Business Development at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The complex will include the ATA corporate headquarters, a national training facility for promising young players, and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame showcasing historic memorabilia.” 
Having recently obtained building permits, the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center groundbreaking is expected in 2019 and will be home to the following:  
- 20,000-square-foot Black Tennis Hall of Fame
- ATA/ATEF headquarters
- Large center court with seating for 3,000
- More than 20 auxiliary courts
- Clubhouse with locker rooms, treatment areas and fitness center
- 125-room hotel for athletes, their families and visitors to stay during tournaments
According to Stacy Ritter, the facility is also a major step in attracting multicultural travelers to the destination for competitions, training and vacation stays. “We are thrilled to have the ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center in Broward to further our reputation as being diverse and welcoming. It will also draw attention to the growing appeal of West Broward, having multiple collegiate and national sports venues.”
The ATA/ATEF National Tennis Center, expected to be tournament-ready by 2020, is anticipated to bring immediate economic benefit to the community through conferences, training, and travel.

John Malveaux: Q Documentary streaming on Netflix (Quincy Jones)

John Malveaux of 
sends this link:

Q documentary streaming on Netflix 

This documentary profiles music and culture icon Quincy Jones, offering unprecedented access to his private life and stories from his unparalleled career.
Starring: Quincy Jones

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chicago Tribune: Chicago Sinfonietta: James P. Johnson's "Drums - A Symphonic Poem"

James P. Johnson

The Chicago Tribune

By Howard Reich

September 25, 2018

Immigrants built this country, and if you don’t believe it, you weren’t at the opening of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s 31st season Monday night in Orchestra Hall.

This intrepid organization , which continuously redefines what a symphonic concert can be, on this evening explored “ID: Images of Diversity.” Meaning that every work on the program represented a distinct cultural tradition, all of which – like the ethnicities they represented – found a home in America.


At the end, the actors delivered the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, including the immortal line: “Give me your tired, your poor….”

With the orchestra stirring in the background and an image of the statue on the screen, you had to be fairly hard-hearted not to be moved.

But that wasn’t the evening’s only homage to cultural diversity.

How often, after all, does a symphonic concert present orchestral work by the great jazz/stride pianist James P. Johnson? Not often enough, a situation addressed when Chen led the orchestra in Johnson’s “Drums – A Symphonic Poem.” The piece paired Roaring ’20s rhythms with European symphonic instrumentation, its exultant finale ranking among the composer’s most compelling work.

ADCOLOR Announces Winners at the 12th Annual ADCOLOR Awards in Los Angeles

Evening hosted by Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, honored #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, Among Many Others

Presented by Microsoft & Omnicom Group

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 25, 2018) – During the annual celebration of those working to champion diversity and inclusion across the advertising, marketing, PR, media and entertainment industries, ADCOLOR recognized exceptional leaders at the 12th annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony. The event, hosted by Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, honored #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen, among others. Additional attendees included presenters such as President & CEO GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis, star of “13 Reasons Why” and “Star Trek: Discovery” Wilson Cruz, actor Jay Ellis and actor James LeSure, along with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren.

Each year, the ADCOLOR® Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR®’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another.

Please see the below list of this year’s honorees and winners:

The ADCOLOR Catalyst Award is presented to an individual of note who uses his or her platform to serve as the voice of a cause or community. Their provocative courage, professional brilliance and selfless community outreach have sparked change and propelled progress within their respective industries and the world.
HONOREE: Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo Movement

The ADCOLOR Advocate Award is presented to an LGBT advertising, marketing or media professional who increases awareness of LGBT causes within and outside of the creative industries.
HONOREE: Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost

The ADCOLOR Legend Award is presented to a trailblazer who isn’t afraid to be different and who showed brilliance in his/her actions, a singular leader in their industry.
HONOREE: Ann Mukherjee, Chief Global Marketing Officer, SC Johnson

HONOREE: Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP & COO, Beauty & Personal Care, Unilever

The ADCOLOR in Tech Award is presented to an individual who has championed diversity & inclusion in the tech industries.
WINNER: CP McBee, Senior Sales Director, Microsoft Advertising

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to inductees into the AAF Advertising Hall of Achievement or individuals who are seasoned industry veterans who pushed the boundaries and created positive change, setting the stage for generations to come to take the opportunities made by these icons, even further.
HONOREE: Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP, Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner (presented in memoriam)

The One Club|ADCOLOR Creative Award is presented to a creative professional of multicultural background who has demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines. These recipients are chosen by The One Club Board of Directors.
HONOREE: AJ Hassan, VP Executive Creative Director, R/GA Chicago
HONOREE: Shannon Washington, SVP, Creative Director, Deutsch LA

The ADCOLOR Ad of the Year Award is given to a campaign or single execution that pushes boundaries, promotes conversation and highlights the lives of multicultural, LGBT and/or other under-represented Americans in the mass media.
WINNER: Procter & Gamble / BBDO New York / “The Talk”

The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award is presented to an individual within a company who is using their talents and position to enhance the corporate culture and create a more inclusive environment. This can be part of or beyond the scope of that person’s primary role.
WINNER: Elisha Greenwell, Brand Strategist, Facebook

The ADCOLOR Innovator Awards is presented to a remarkable professional who embodies progress and imagination. Someone who stands out among peers as a game changer and pioneer in their role, creating breakthrough developments and/or improvements, whether tangible or intangible.

WINNER: Rodney Williams, CEO, LISNR

The ADCOLOR Rock Star Award is presented to an outstanding professional who, whether through their primary role or extracurricular activities, stands out as a leader and visionary in the industry.
WINNER: Eunique Jones Gibson, Founder, Because Of Them We Can

The ADCOLOR Rising Star Award is presented to an up-and-coming young gun with less than seven years of experience. The Rising Star honoree is someone who stands out among their peers as someone who is raising the bar of excellence as they move forward in their career.
WINNER: Morgan Hewett, Client Solutions Manager, Facebook

The ADCOLOR MVP Award is presented to two or more companies that work together to provide exceptional and highly effective diversity solutions within their organizations and industries. They may be an agency, marketer, media company or diverse supplier with NMSDC or WBENC certification that team up for short or long-term projects that promote diversity and inclusion in the creative industries.
WINNER: Egami Group & BBDO

In addition, this year a Special Recognition Award was given to President & CEO of the American Advertising Federation James Edmund Datri, for his long-time commitment to supporting ADCOLOR as the organization has grown and developed over the years.


ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. Learn more by visiting

In addition to presenting sponsors Microsoft and Omnicom Group, the 2018 ADCOLOR Conference & Awards were sponsored by:

Diamond Partners: Apple, Cashmere Agency, Diageo, Google / YouTube, Oath, Procter & Gamble

Platinum Partners: ADWEEK, Beats by Dr. Dre, Facebook, GSD&M, Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, Viacom, Wieden+Kennedy

Gold Partners: 72andSunny, Dentsu Aegis Network, Deutsch, Digitas, Squeaky

Silver Partners: DDB, Edelman, HP, OWN, Pandora

Supporting Partners: Anomaly, BBDO, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, Concentric, the DAS Group of Companies, ESPN, FCB Chicago, Google / YouTube, HBO, IPG, KBS, McCann Worldgroup, NBCUniversal, NIKE, Ogilvy, Omnicom Media Group, on she goes, Pinterest, Publicis Groupe, Shea Moisture, Squarespace, TBWA \ Media Arts Lab, TripAdvisor

ADCOLOR Corporate Members: The American Association of Advertising Agencies, 72andSunny, The ADVERTISING Club of New York, American Advertising Federation, BBDO, BET Networks, Deutsch, Dieste, Inc., Droga5, Edelman, Omnicom Group, The ONE Club, Publicis Groupe, TBWA\ Worldwide, and Wieden+Kennedy

Sergio Mims: 20th Century & contemporary Black composers on WHPK-FM Tue. Oct. 9

Howard Swanson

Adolphus Hailstork

Pamela Z

Sergio A. Mims writes:

On my weekly classical music show on WHPK-FM  Chicago on Tuesday Oct. 9 I will highlighting the works of 20th Century and contemporary African American composers. The show will include:

Howard Swanson Concerto for Orchestra and Symphony No. 2 (Short Symphony)

Adolphus Hailstork Symphony No. 3  

And contemporary electronic composer Pamela Z with And the Movement of the Tongue for string orchestra and tape and works for solo voice and electronics. 

The show will also feature Karlheinz Stockhausen Gruppen for three orchestras and Henze's Violin Concerto No. 3. 

My show can be heard locally in Chicago on WHPK-FM in Chicago on 88.5FM from 12-3PM (Central time) and livestream worldwide on the station's website at whpk - home.