A companion to AfriClassical.com, a website on African Heritage in Classical Music. Meet 52 Black composers and musicians, take a Black History Quiz and hear over 100 audio samples at the site. The AfriClassical Web site was launched in 2000 as a nonprofit educational venture promoting awareness of African Heritage in Classical Music.
Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen (third from left) speaks at an education event in Washington, D.C. on June 25, 2019. Also pictured, from left, Lehman College (CUNY) President José Luis Cruz, Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy Hall, and Georgia State University President Mark Becker. (Courtesy photo/Jack Fleming)
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Speaking at a higher education event in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen called on education to “evolve its practices” in order to continue to drive social mobility for students of color and students from low income families.
“We have to acknowledge that the positive effects of social mobility are being challenged today.”
Allen joined other college leaders, researchers, students, and higher education policy makers and influencers from organizations such as the Brookings, Lehman College (CUNY), the American Council on Education, Georgia State University, and Pace University for a fast-paced, interactive event that combined short talks, big ideas, and breakout sessions.
“Social mobility remains an area of great racial disparity in this country,” Allen wrote in a prepared paper for the event. “Education has the potential to lessen the gap, if and only if it focuses on training individuals to thrive in today’s marketplace.”
June is African-American Music Appreciation Month. Unsure if KUSC Classical Radio host Brian Lauritzen or the other KUSC Radio host acknowledge the designation, nevertheless I enjoyed listening to Brian Lauritzen selection of Florence Price Symphony #4 in d, John Jeter / Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra shortly after 5:00 PM on June 25, 2019.
Southern California violinist Annelle Gregory is scheduled to teach and perform in Spain. http://www.annelleviolin.com/calendar.html. See pic of Annelle and 2018 Jazz Grammy trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard after classical music performance by Sphinx Virtuosi of Terence Blanchard commissioned DANCE FOR A NEW DAY featuring violin soloist Annelle Gregory.
As part of its Summer Dance Intensive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents its Emerging Choreographers Showcase, which provides an environment for emerging choreographers and dancers to cultivate creativity, deepen technical skill and gain performance experience. Also serving as a platform for established choreographers, ECS facilitates further exploration of choreographic approach.
Shaness Kemp, one of two artists setting choreography for this summer’s Showcase, is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Temple University. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has trained with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Kariamu & Company: Traditions, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015–2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award, and her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Kemp was an original member of The Clothesline Muse theatre production and performed at its premiere at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia in 2014.
When and how did you first discover dance and decide it would be your life’s work?
Dance has always been a part of my life. I discovered dance at a young age, five to be exact. It was the first time I “rushed” for Junkanoo (Bahamian cultural parade). I was hooked. At around the age of seven, I began my formal training with Gabriella Szabo and Lawrence Carroll. The rest has been a great ride, and I’ve been dancing in various capacities ever since.
What have been some highlights of your professional dance career? Both as a performer and choreographer?
There have been a few; however, receiving my Umfundalai certification definitely meant a lot to me. Learning and growing has also been a highlight of my career. I’ve grown and learned so much over the years that it keeps me humble and grateful.
What made you decide to become an instructor? What particular satisfaction do you derive from that?
I became an instructor because of the importance of giving back and sharing what I’ve learned and gained during my journey thus far. There have been many individuals who have poured into me over the years and informed my life and dance for the better. It’s my duty to do the same. The satisfaction is knowing that I am taking just as much time to pour as I have taken to drink.
What inspires you as a choreographer?
I’m most inspired by the dancers that I work with. Naturally, I may have an idea in mind for my choreographic work, but it truly is the dancers and their unique abilities and willingness to surrender to the process that really inspires me.
What are you looking forward to as you work with Deeply Rooted in Chicago this summer?
Honestly, I’m really looking forward to seeing and being with my Deeply Rooted family. I am looking forward to hugs and love, sweat and work. I’m looking forward to working with the dancers and guiding an experience that’ll leave a lasting impression on their artistry and their lives.
Don't miss Deeply Rooted Dance Theater's Summer Dance Intensive and Emerging Choreographers Showcase performances Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago. A reception follows the July 20 performance. Tickets are $25; a VIP ticket of $150 provides additional support for these programs. Tickets are available at summer-dance-intensive-2019.eventbrite.com
On June 13, 2019, I had successful outpatient cataract surgery in my right eye by Dr. Audrey Mok at St. Mary Hospital in Long Beach, Ca. A friend called to check on the surgery and shared some information about Dr. Patricia Bath whose research on lasers advanced cataract surgery. Please see.
Greetings and welcome to this week's episode of AaronAsk, your weekly mentoring session to live a fulfilling creative life! This week's episode is titled, Play Video Games! Enjoy, we wish you a creative day and see you for next week's session!
NAACP Invites Detroit and Surrounding Cities Residents to 110th National Convention Events
NAACP Experience Hall, Health Pavilion and Career Fair to headline free events at Convention.
BALTIMORE – Families, students, professionals and residents of Detroit, MI and surrounding areas are invited to attend the NAACP Experience taking place Saturday, July 20 through Tuesday, July 23. Hosted at the COBO Center, hundreds of partners, companies, civic organizations, and vendors will display their products and services to the local community.
The 110th NAACP Annual Convention will officially commence on Sunday, July 21 with the Opening Public Mass Meeting where NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman, Leon W. Russell will deliver the keynote address. On Monday, July 22, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson will take the stage and address attendees. Both keynotes are open and free to the public.
NAACP Experience Free and Open to the Public
Attendees can come to the Experience to enjoy the retail expo, where small business owners from all over the country will showcase and sell their products. Ranging from beauty, skincare, and fashion retailers to fine art and high-end jewelry shops, many of the businesses onsite will be local and black-owned.
The Authors’ Pavilion will take place alongside the retail expo at the exhibit hall. The pavilion will host multiple panels moderated by acclaimed writers and celebrities. Readers will have the chance to buy books and get them signed by the author.
Free Health Screenings and More
Experience-goers can take advantage of the free activities offered inside the Health Pavilion. Organizations will be onsite to provide HIV testing, blood pressure, and glucose screenings at no cost.
On Tuesday, July 23, a free Career Fair will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Local professionals and students are encouraged to bring in their resumes and apply onsite to jobs in IT, Engineering, Science, Marketing, Sales, Law, Hospitality, Healthcare, Accounting, Finance, and more. Job seekers can register and get more information about the free at naacpconvention.org/naacp-experience/.
Exhibit Hall Hours Saturday, July 20, 11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m Sunday, July 21, 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Monday, July 22, 12:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 12:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ABOUT NAACP 110TH CONVENTION:
The NAACP Convention brings together over 10,000 activists, organizers, and leaders to set policies priorities for the coming year. Highlights will include a Presidential Candidates Forum, a legislative session, a CEO Roundtable, LGBTQ workshop, the awarding of the prestigious Spingarn Medal to Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, and the signature NAACP Experience retail expo and diversity career fair. More information about the 110thAnnual NAACP National Convention, including a detailed schedule of events may be found by visiting naacpconvention.org.
June 22, 2019 attended ALOUD (Library Foundation of Los Angeles) RIGHTS NIGHT: 14th AMENDMENT conversation featuring attorneys Nina Shaw (Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano) and Melissa Goodman (ACLU SoCal) followed by poet Alyesha Wise. Nina Shaw and Melissa Goodman are in the forefront of TIME'S UP (movement dedicated to combating sexual harassment and work place inequality). Nina Shaw entertainment clients include Ava DuVernay, Lupita Nyong'o, Misty Copeland, Tracee Ellis Ross, and John Legend. See pic with attorney Nina Shaw at reception following conversation. Some years ago, Gilda Squire, manager/publicist for Misty Copeland, introduced me to Nina following a Misty Copeland talk and book signing in Santa Monica.