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The Leader Has Fallen but His Mission Continues

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Featured | Comments Off on The Leader Has Fallen but His Mission Continues

Thursday, November 23, 2017 God took the beloved Ronald Hayman home.  Each human touched by Ronald has a story (likely to include laughter). His legacy will live in the hearts of all he touched.  His family has created a GoFundMe account in his memory.  I ask that all who can lend support in any way contribute to the account and share with others who may be willing or able to give. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE GO FUND ME PAGE        ...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on LINDSEY WEBSTER

If Sade was to take over Mariah Carey’s body and sing to tracks written by Steely Dan, the combination might hit somewhere close to Lindsey Webster’s sound. But until that happens, there will just be Lindsey. Lindsey’s debut album, ‘Lindsey Webster’, is a perfect first album. It explores the different facets of her and the band’s capabilities, and covers a lot of ground. A Soul/R&B artist Lindsey Webster combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence. On the heels of the successful self-titled debut album, her second album, ‘You Change” was released in July with Atlanta Records. Her music and show schedule can be found at...

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Camera Soul

Posted by on Aug 13, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Camera Soul

Camera Soul is a powerful jazz-funk ensemble, produced by Mr. Marco Rossi of Azzurra Music (Verona) and released in the Americas by Kathryn Ballard Shut of TIMKAT Entertainment (Denver, Colorado). Inspired by legendary horn line, soul, R&B, and jazz-fusion artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores, Tower of Power, and Stevie Wonder, as well as neo-soul grooves by Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai, the group is based out of southern Italy (Bari), and led by veteran composer-arranger brothers Piero and Pippo Lombardo. Camera Soul’s distinctive sound is further defined by the smoky and soulful voice of lead vocalist, Serena Brancale on the group’s first two albums (2011-2013), and Maria Enrica Lotesoriere (2014). The group features a world-class lineup of studio and live performance musicians, including Pippo Lombardo (piano), Beppe Sequestro (bass), Francesco Palmitessa (lead guitar), Gianluca Cardellicchio (rhythm...

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Tessa Thompson

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Tessa Thompson

Thirteen years ago, Tessa Thompson took the stage at the Boston Court Theatre production as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans, and she hasn’t looked back. Her performance earned her an NAACP Theatre Award nomination and led to appearances on shows like Cold Case, Veronica Mars, and Grey’s Anatomy, but it’s taken some time for mainstream media to realize her immense talent. Now, with leading roles in the Rocky franchise hit Creed and the new off-Broadway show Smart People (directed by Kenny Leon from the NBC musical The Wiz), Thompson is poised to become a household name, following in the footsteps of legends like Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee, and Halle Berry. One sign Thompson isn’t your average actress: her earnest desire to create grounded, honest characters. Over the course of her career, she’s already tackled...

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Snarky Puppy

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Snarky Puppy

With every new project–hell, with every show they play–Snarky Puppy hopes to do something they’ve never done before. With their new album, Family Dinner, Volume 2, the eclectic, unclassifiable jazz/funk/global collective has set their sights higher than ever. “We had a wish list of artists we wanted to collaborate with, from a really wide array of styles,” says bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League. “We tried to come up with different demographics, nationalities, even age groups. And then we wanted to write arrangements that the band would really shine on, but would also truly enhance the essence of each artist.” The result is a free-wheeling, wide-ranging collection, recorded live in New Orleans, featuring an astonishing list of musicians from around the world, including Susana Baca, Charlie Hunter, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula, David Crosby, and an all-star group of Big Easy players including...

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Talaam Acey

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Featured | Comments Off on Talaam Acey

“You have so, so much inspired me with your Spoken Word” said the legendary Stevie Wonder, while interviewing Taalam Acey, during Wonder’s own birthday celebration in May 2008. Taalam, a child of the Newark Rebellion, was raised by a single mother who served as a member of the famed writer and activist Imamu Amiri Baraka’s community organization. Acey is an independent artist whose work has been featured frequently on TV One as well as the Documentary Channel and was selected as the original “number one thing you need to know about” on BET’s countdown show, “The 5ive.” Over the years, BET has featured and aired roughly a half dozen segments featuring Taalam Acey. The Newark, NJ native’s poetry has appeared in Essence Magazine and Susan Taylor, the magazine’s Editor Emeritus, personally invited Acey to perform for an audience of...

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