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*It appears the video I originally placed here has been blocked from the website because there is ABC news coverage in it. Thanks for making the point American Media.
I was nine years old on April 4, 1968. I remember the newscast announcing that Dr. King had been assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. I remember seeing my mother cry saying that a true man of God had been taken from us. I remember the memorial we had in school and the church service I went to with my family to remember his vision, his brilliance, his integrity and his devotion to non violence.
And today as I look out 45 years later I see so much of the same racism, hatred and love of violence and it is a disgrace. A great light was taken from us that day. Another chance to truly move to a higher consciousness as a nation. I feel a void in my soul today. I try so hard to be hopeful and on many days I am. However, there are days when looking at the landscape of America I see the same malevolent, selfish, greedy undertones that led to Dr. King's death and I am angry at a population that is now silent.
For me Dr. King's legacy was about breaking that silence and letting our principles speak. It was about seeing the separation but also the ties that bind us together as humans and doing all we can to bring about a better world for all. He was such an inspiration to me and to so many and we so desperately need his strength of character today.
This video is of a march that happened on April 8, 1968, 45 years ago today. Look at the young man at 2 minutes and see Dr. King's legacy being carried on. That is the hope of this day. (You can now watch this from the link posted in the comments.)*It appears the video I originally placed here has been blocked from the website... more
Boz Scaggs discusses the making of his new album he calls Memphis. The trip to Memphis is a homecoming despite never having lived there. In the tradition of Muscle Shoals one walks in on Monday and leaves Friday with an album. Memphis will be released to the public on Tuesday, March 5th. Joining Scaggs on MEMPHIS are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums).
From Wikipedia: William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometimes lead singer with the Steve Miller Band and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, along with the #2 album, Silk Degrees. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.Boz Scaggs discusses the making of his new album he calls Memphis. The trip to... more
“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award winning photojournalist/filmmaker Alan Spearman. The poetic and powerful imagery of the film follows the Memphis landscape of remarkable young Chris Dean, revealing the many lives that have shaped his world. Told in Dean’s own words, the film is a long spoken word poem describing his trenchant observations about life: his thoughts and feelings regarding the places and people that make up his home. “As I Am” portrays Dean’s hopes, fears and, more than anything, his sensitivity and grace. The film has recently been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in the 2013 Short of the Week Awards, with winners to be announced beginning February 4, 2013.
Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two; he died, but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, shot with more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. In 2011, at age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer-philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis.
This piece includes color photographs, a video and the emotionally moving documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/as-i-am-we-are-meant-to-find-each-other/#“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award... more
“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award winning photojournalist/filmmaker Alan Spearman. The poetic and powerful imagery of the film follows the Memphis landscape of remarkable young Chris Dean, revealing the many lives that have shaped his world. Told in Dean’s own words, the film is a long spoken word poem describing his trenchant observations about life: his thoughts and feelings regarding the places and people that make up his home. “As I Am” portrays Dean’s hopes, fears and, more than anything, his sensitivity and grace.
Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two; he died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, shot with more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. In 2011, at age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer-philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis.
This piece includes color photographs, a video and the documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/imagine-your-dreams-as-i-am/“As I Am” is a beautiful, sensitive documentary short film by Emmy-Award... more
Teen father killed outside Memphis Community Center
A steamboat trip for hundreds of passengers from Louisville, Ky. to Vicksburg, Miss. had to be halted at Memphis, Tenn. due to the drought sunken Mississippi River.
http://www.examiner.com/article/steamboat-halted-at-memphis-on-drought-sunken-mississippi-riverA steamboat trip for hundreds of passengers from Louisville, Ky. to Vicksburg, Miss.... more
(Memphis, TN) Teresa Carter sat with us Monday night, pointing the finger at Jonesboro police for the death of her son. Police say Chavis Carter was handcuffed in the back of a squad car and somehow shot himself in the head.
“I think they killed him”, said Teresa Carter. In an administrative summary released Friday, officers said Carter was not handcuffed in the back of the car, at first. Then was taken out, handcuffed, and searched.
Monday officers said a metal thumping noise first alerted them to the shooting. Now they are saying a smell, maybe gunsmoke alerted them and they found carter slumped over.
“Even the police chief says this defies logic”, said Otis Sanford. Various media outlets across the country are telling the story of Chavis Carter some even comparing his story to Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
It’s been enough for the police chief to ask the FBI to supervise their work on the case.
http://wreg.com/2012/08/03/jonesboro-police-share-surprising-details-on-squad-car-death/(Memphis, TN) Teresa Carter sat with us Monday night, pointing the finger at Jonesboro... more
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Andrew Love, saxophonist who was part of Grammy-winning Memphis Horns duo, dies at age 70
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, April 13, 3:41 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, who formed the award-winning Memphis Horns duo with trumpeter Wayne Jackson and played unforgettable lines behind the royalty of soul, rock, pop and R&B, has died at age 70, his wife said Thursday.
Willie Love told The Associated Press on Friday that her husband died Thursday night surrounded by family and friends at his Memphis home. Love had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Love is best known for his work with Jackson as The Memphis Horns. The two were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February, only the second instrumental backup group in history to receive the honor.
“He played with such feeling. He played with grace, soul,” Willie Love said. “Andrew played notes from his heart.”
Love, who was black, and Jackson, who is white, played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records, according to Memphis-based Stax Records. They backed up Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2, Jack White and Alicia Keys, and many other American pop music acts.
The Memphis Horns could sound soulful and romantic on one song, loud and rousing on another. They provided the horn tracks on dozens of well-known songs, including Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It.”
Jackson said he first heard Love play at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band. They were first paired together as part of the Stax Records’ Mar-Key Horns.
“I knew we would be perfect together,” Jackson said in a statement released Thursday. “He had a big tone and I had a big tone, and I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way.”
Love and Jackson also backed Otis Redding with Booker T. & the MGs at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.
In 2008, Jackson and Love were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.
“He continued to uplift and attract all of us to him throughout the time he endured illness,” said former Stax Records owner Al Bell. “That spirit is what you hear in his music.”
.The Washington Post... . Andrew Love, saxophonist who was part of Grammy-winning... more
New single from "My First Pimp Dollar" by Yung Dreamy, from the upcoming project "Where Is Filmore Slim?!".
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www.manishboyz.comNew single from "My First Pimp Dollar" by Yung Dreamy, from the upcoming... more
After several weeks of rising, surpassing its all-time historic high water levels at Vicksburg and Natchez, the Mississippi River finally crests at all of its major points in Western Mississippi.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-at-vicksburg-crests-forecast-crest-at-natchez-on-fridayAfter several weeks of rising, surpassing its all-time historic high water levels at... more
The National Weather Service in an updated river forecast Wednesday morning lowered the historic crests expected on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg and Natchez over the next few days.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-yazoo-river-crests-lowered-at-vicksburg-natchez-yazoo-cityThe National Weather Service in an updated river forecast Wednesday morning lowered... more
Authorities shutdown the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez due to the record high flood waters, which could be made worse with barge traffic.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/port-natchez-shutdown-to-barge-traffic-due-to-record-mississippi-river-floodsAuthorities shutdown the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez due to the record... more
The historically high water levels on the Mississippi River has forced the Yazoo River, one its main tributaries in Western Mississippi to take on large amounts of backwater, raising it to one of its highest levels on record.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/backwater-from-mississippi-river-pushes-yazoo-river-to-2nd-record-highest-levelThe historically high water levels on the Mississippi River has forced the Yazoo... more
The Mississippi River early Sunday morning rose to its highest level ever at Vicksburg, breaking a record that has stood for more than 80 years and it continues to rise.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-rises-to-highest-level-ever-at-vicksburg-breaks-1927-recordThe Mississippi River early Sunday morning rose to its highest level ever at... more
The Mississippi River has reached its top five highest water levels ever recorded in Vicksburg and Natchez as it continues to rise.
http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-jackson/mississippi-river-reaches-top-5-historical-crest-marks-vicksburg-and-natchezThe Mississippi River has reached its top five highest water levels ever recorded in... more
Casual Connect, Berlinale, Grammys, GSMA Mobile World Congress, Oscars, are some Highlights in February's Media and Entertainment IndustryCasual Connect is produced by the Casual Games Association and is a place to learn more about an industry which entertains 300 million people each month. At Casual Connect Europe 2011, this year in Hamburg, February 8-10, attendees can learn all about games for iPhone, Social, Android, Flash, Browser MMO, and Download Games. There's fun stuff too. Networking parties at Casual Connect this year will include: Pre-Funk & Badge Pickup, presented by GameCity Hamburg; WildTangent at Club Halo; The After Party @ Hoch 3, presented by Amazon Web Services; Mobile Mingle, presented by Exent; Social Mingle, presented by Zong Mobile Payments, to name some slated activities.
About 400 films are shown every year in Berlin as part of the Berlinale's public programme, the majority of which are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format are submitted. This year, the Berlinale is set for February 10-18, and is divided into different sections: big international movies in the Competition, independent and art-house productions in Panorama, movies specially for a young audience in the "Generation" section, German cinema productions in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, an in-depth look at films from “distant” countries and experimental forms in the Forum, as well as an investigation of diverse cinematic subjects in the Berlinale Shorts. The European Film Market (EFM), the film trade fair integrated into the Berlinale, has evolved into a network of formal and informal connections, while headquartered at Martin-Gropius-Bau, in the immediate vicinity of the festival centre at Potsdamer Platz. As in years past, the Berlinale Talent Campus runs parallel to the Berlinale and works as an intensive week-long academy where creative professionals from every field of the film industry are available as speakers, teachers and partners for discussion.
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles February 13, and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 pm (ET/PT). The Grammys are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. During Grammy Week, there are many related activities leading up to the awards and are under the auspices of the The Recording Academy. In one such benefit event, the 21st Annual MusiCARES "Person of the Year" ceremony honors eight-time GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Barbra Streisand. The MusiCares organization ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need. The ceremony will be co-hosted by current GRAMMY nominees Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding.
At this year's New Music Seminar, February 14-16 in Universal City, delegates will attend a program including keynote, five Movements, NMS 18 Minute Intensives and mentoring sessions with an incisive curriculum, redefining the music business from the artists’ perspective. Delegates all receive the New Music Business Guidebook filled with important do’s and don’ts by the experts, tips, information, forms and essential websites and blogs. The NMS exhibit area will provide additional resources in addition to the ongoing networking opportunities. Opening night party at The Music Box, ”THE AFTER GRAMMY JAMMY,” is a cocktail reception followed by artist performances, which is then followed by the NMS Lounge Aftershow Networking Party.
At this year's GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011 Barcelona, aside from usual convention agenda that accompanies a global event of this scale with 1,300 exhibiting companies, attendees are treated to an awards programme that highlights innovative mobile solutions and initiatives from around the world, and a larger App Planet — the new Centre of the Apps Universe. The Congress Party and Awards Celebration will once again be held at the National Palace in Montjuïc, and this year will feature Grammy and Brit award-winning singer/songwriter Duffy and acclaimed indie rock band Metric, in a musical program hosted by British TV and radio presenter Jonathan Ross. Myriad will be hosting the After Awards Party immediately following the Congress Party and Awards Celebration, everything taking place from February 14-17.
The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards, generally held in London, this year on February 15. The awards began in 1977 and as annual event in 1982 under the auspices of the British record industry's trade association. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Rihanna are slated for performances for this upcoming ceremony. A live broadcast will be carried over ITV1 from 8 pm. The BRIT Trust, supports young people in music and education. The awards will be hosted again this year by Goldierocks.
The Folk Alliance Music Conference in Memphis is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. Starting February 16-20, there are over 50 workshops, panel discussions, and peer group meetings that address critical issues relating to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk and traditional music and dance. In addition, there are special events, such as the Folk Music and Business Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, networking receptions, official Performance Alley and private showcase performances, feature shows, exhibit hall, block booking sessions, Memphis Tours, and community outreach concerts.
Following a series of conferences in Los Angeles and New York City, the Indie Film Financing and Production Conference is coming to Miami from Februay 17-18. There will be guest speakers and an Exhibit Area where Film Industry Product and Service Companies will introduce their latest products and services to indie filmmakers. The Conference will make available the VIP “All Access” pass which includes a one-on-one pitch session with investors, workshops and the VIP After Party. Lori W. Wyman, C.S.A., who currently casts The Glades and Burn Notice, will discuss “Working with a Casting Director on a Budget Feature.” After party closes out all sessions.
The upcoming February 27 Beverly Hills Wine Festival will benefit the Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Movement, a 501(c)3 organization. Among the featured activities is a ceremony honoring Vin Scully, the voice of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball. The mayor of Los Angeles will be in attendance to present Mr. Scully with a lifetime achievement award and a city certificate honoring Mr. Scully’s local achievements, dedication and contributions to the city of Los Angeles, This is a private wine, beer and spirit tasting event and there are no restaurants participating. Event organizer Talents Connection (877-228-6778; email@example.com) is searching for committed volunteers to assist with the event and take part in the fun and networking opportunities at the same time. Additionally, there will be an outdoor cigar lounge and music and entertainment performed by Raquel Ramos with Jeff Bauer on keyboard.
The 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony to honor the best films of 2010 will be televised in the USA on the ABC television network, 8 pm EST / 5 pm PT, from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) does sanction events for charities all over to host official viewing parties during the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony. The events will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation and party favors of the local host. There are also free Oscar Week (tickets required) public events happening throughout the Los Angeles area leading up to the official ceremony date. This year, actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-host the ceremony, marking the first time for each.Casual Connect is produced by the Casual Games Association and is a place to learn... more
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
The Republicans won control of the House and picked up seats in the Senate in the midterm election on nebulous promises to slash spending and reduce the size of the federal government. House Speaker John Boehner has pledged to reduce spending to 2008 levels, as per the GOP’s campaign manifesto, known as the “Pledge to America.”
But as Andy Kroll reports in Mother Jones, while the Pledge calls for a 21.7% reduction in spending on non-security discretionary programs, it doesn’t commit to any specific cuts. Medicare and Social Security are safe from this round of cuts because they are not discretionary.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities tried to give a glimpse of what the federal government might look like if all eligible agencies took a 21.7% budget cut across the board. As Kroll notes, it’s more likely that some programs will be spared, some trimmed, and some eliminated entirely.
However, the CBPP’s analysis gives a stark picture of the magnitude of the proposed cuts, Kroll writes:
What it found was grim, with middle class Americans set to lose the most.
K-12 education funding, the CBPP found, would drop by $8.7 billion, and food stamps for at-risk pregnant women, infants, and young children would lose $1.6 billion in funding. State- and local-run housing programs would lose $6.9 billion, and children and family social services would lose nearly $2.2 billion.
Already pinched state budgets would take massive hits as well, losing out on $31.6 billion in federal funding.
Cuts to state budgets mean even deeper cuts to education and social services that benefit working families. Starving the states is also a strategy to force state governments to default on their pension obligations to unionized public sector workers.
But the magnitude of these cuts might be giving the GOP cold feet. In January, Speaker Boehner told Brian Williams at NBC that he couldn’t name a single program that he planned to cut.
Inequality is personal
Paul Buchheit points out on AlterNet that if middle- and upper middle-class families had the same share of the economic pie that they did in the 1980s, they would be making $12,500 more per year. In other words, the economy has become vastly more productive over the last 30 years, but the extra wealth has become overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of the very richest Americans at the expense of working families.
U.S. GDP quintupled since the 1980s, but most of the extra wealth has gone to the top 1% of earners. Nobody begrudges entrepreneurs a healthy return on their capital, but what about the 99% of earners who provided the labor. Where’s the return on their investment?
With looming government spending cuts to domestic programs, the middle- and upper-middle classes will face an even bigger hit to their real standard of living. Local and state governments are cutting back on services while hiking taxes and fees.
The richest 1% won’t feel these cuts as acutely as middle class families. If you have your own private swimming pool, you may not notice that the public pool is closed because the city can’t afford lifeguards. If you send your kids to private universities, you won’t be biting your nails over potential tuition hikes at public universities.
The nation honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. Roger Bybee of Working In These Times points out that, while King is remembered as a civil rights leader, he was also deeply committed to economic justice for all Americans. The politicians who praised King’s legacy on Monday should remember that Dr. King’s last great crusade was on behalf of sanitation workers in Memphis, public employees struggling for a decent standard of living.
Beck sets sights on 78-year-old CUNY prof
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Frances Fox Piven, a 78-year-old distinguished professor of political science at the City University of New York, who may be the first person to inadvertently spark prime time conspiracy theory in the pages of a Media Consortium outlet. Right wing talk host Glenn Beck has identified Piven as the co-author of a violent blueprint to crash capitalism itself.
As Piven explains to Goodman, the bile stems from the suggestion made by her and her co-author Richard Cloward in a 1966 article in The Nation that social activists should help poor people access the benefits they were already legally entitled to. At that time, Piven recalls, the welfare system denied benefits to more than half of its eligible recipients. She and Cloward believed that the poor would become a more politically powerful and visible part of society if society suddenly had to make good on its promises of aid.
In July, Richard Kim of The Nation explained how an obscure 40-year-old article was recast as the “Rosetta Stone” of lefty politics, the blueprint to usher in an economic crisis which the left could exploit to bring about socialism.
Since Beck seized on Piven’s work and labeled her a violent revolutionary, she has been the target of death threats by commenters on Beck’s website. Political operatives posing as students came to her home to interview her. The interview later showed up on Andrew Breitbart’s conservative website.
Piven seems both concerned and bemused that her brief for reforming the welfare system of the 1960s has been labeled as a blueprint for destroying the capitalist system.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about the economy by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Audit for a complete list of articles on economic issues, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, health care and immigration issues, check out The Mulch, The Pulse and The Diaspora. This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger The Republicans won control of the... more
Latest News Updates The arena will have more fine moments with the loaded Jimmy V Classic in town. For a half, Memphis' freshman-dominated team hung with No. 4 Kansas, making up what the Tigers ...Latest News Updates The arena will have more fine moments with the loaded Jimmy V... more
The 25 Worst Neighborhoods - If You Live In Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, or Texas - We Feel For You! - The Daily BlenderHere are the Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods according to the website Neighborhood Scout. In some neighborhoods, like in Chicago, you have a 25% chance of getting VIOLENTLY ATTACKED on any given day...Here are the Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods according to the website Neighborhood... more
Everyone is waiting for Hoodie Awards 2010 including Shirley Alexander of Memphis who won the honor to attend the Hoodie Awards 2010 and that too for free.Everyone is waiting for Hoodie Awards 2010 including Shirley Alexander of Memphis who... more