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Pure Evil Deeds: Sen. Rubio Has Been Destroying Obamacare Even Before Trump’s Election

A prominent Republican, Michael Steel who was the former RNC chair, said this on MSNBC the other day about Trumpcare: “Nobody has ever taken anything away from the American people, and they are not going to start now.” Does this mean that Republicans will throw in the towel and that Obamacare, a.k.a. The Affordable Care Act, is safe? Does this...

CBJC Hosted a “Thank You” in Code JAZZ

Nearing the end of the Spring 2017 Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium said, “thank you” to their many supporters by hosting a gratis soiree of dining and entertainment  at the historical Weeksville Heritage Center.   Music was provided by the Dwayne Eurbanks band with gourmet-style buffet food in this cultural center fit for queens and kings. Chairman Clarence Mosley introduced the...

Brooklyn Sends Jazz Great Bob Cunningham Off in Style

I remember going to a jazz set in Brooklyn about thirty years ago. I was invited by my buddy activist/Jazz singer Torrie McCartney. She had invited me to the set after praising Bob Cunningham and his trio, which was performing with her that evening. Torrie was so excited to work with Cunningham and made it mandatory to see them work...

“THE BAD SEED” Revisited

  The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) marked the final performance of the Theatre Department’s 2016-2017 production season with two one-act plays: Sorry Wrong Number, and The Bad Seed.  The original movie, The Bad Seed, produced in 1956, is an American psychological horror/suspense melodrama involving an over-indulged child named Rhoda, committing murders when anyone crossed her the wrong way. ...

CLOSING THURSDAY… DON’T MISS!

Masterpiece, trendsetter, classic, national treasure.  Visionary, genius, auteur, revolutionary. These are the words commonly used to describe the film and the filmmakers behind BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS (BTLH,) a not-to-be-missed movie that just about everyone has missed. The tell-it-like-it-is examination of a Watts, California family opened this week at central Harlem's RAW SPACE.  A well attended pre-opening screening, with the film's director and cinematographer...

ROME NEAL’S BANANA PUDDIN’ JAZZ

Rome Neal began his entertainment journey as an actor, but has received numerous awards and accolades for acting and directing.  His directing talents have been showcased nationally and internationally – from Broadway to Eastern Europe.  He epitomizes cool urban sophistication. How did it all begin? Rome went to the Nuyorican Poets Café as an actor.  Rome said, “There was a play...

Youth Win Jazz Instruments at CBJC Jamboree Contest

The jazz legacy continued in grand style when Q City Soundz Stage Band performed for the Youth Jazz Jamboree Competition, a program sponsored by Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Inc. (CBJC) at Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza. The balmy spring weather added to the festive air as the young musicians warmed up for the afternoon’s annual event. The band musicians are no more...

Dr. Ridley, Jazz Legend and Three Other Musicians Honored at CBJC’s 18th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Night

Dr. Larry Ridley was one of four jazz musicians honored at the 18th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s (CBJC) Hall of Fame Awards Night last week. The event recognized the contributions made by jazz artists born or reared in the borough of Brooklyn, New York.  This year’s inductees in addition to Dr. Ridley, included Jasmine Morris, Kim Clarke, and posthumously...

MA’AT AND THE CHURCH

My family builds Churches. My father built three in Virginia around the late 1930s or early 1940s or so, now pastored by three of his sons. My uncle built a church in my home town of Chester, PA. Both of the builders are now deceased, I’m sad to say. I will always remember them fondly and with love. I went...

Killer Cop Ray Oliver Charged In Texas Murder; Pantaleo, Garner’s Killer, Still on NYPD

Oliver booked---Cops, Lies, & Videos Ray D. Oliver II the trigger happy cop in the Balch Springs, Texas Police Department, who murdered 15-year old straight-A student Jordan Edwards was arrested on Friday. That's within the same week of the killing which occurred a week ago, on Saturday. Meanwhile he had already been fired from the police department last Tuesday, three days...

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Pure Evil Deeds: Sen. Rubio Has Been Destroying Obamacare Even Before Trump’s Election

A prominent Republican, Michael Steel who was the former RNC chair, said this on MSNBC the other day about Trumpcare: “Nobody has ever taken...

CBJC Hosted a “Thank You” in Code JAZZ

Nearing the end of the Spring 2017 Festival, Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium said, “thank you” to their many supporters by hosting a gratis soiree...

Brooklyn Sends Jazz Great Bob Cunningham Off in Style

I remember going to a jazz set in Brooklyn about thirty years ago. I was invited by my buddy activist/Jazz singer Torrie McCartney. She...