*Erika Alexander, Danny Glover and Wanda Sykes are among the artists, actors and activists adding their voices to the historic digital justice gathering of poor and low-income people that the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will hold on Saturday, June 20th.
Others who have committed their support to the digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, which starts at 10 a.m. Eastern, include Jane Fonda, Vice President Al Gore, Debra Messing and David Oyewolo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 film “Selma.”
They will introduce the poor and low-income people whose stories will be the focus of the program. For example, Alexander and Oyewolo will introduce people fighting racist voter suppression and gerrymandering, including Alejandro Rangel-Lopez, who became the namesake for an ACLU lawsuit against a decision to move the only polling location for 13,000 voters in Dodge City to a place outside the town.
Alexander, known for her roles on “The Cosby Show” and “Living Single,” is the producer of “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” a documentary about the congressman and civil rights activist that will be released July 3.
“I’m honored to join Reverend Barber and the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington,” Alexander said. “This historic online assembly brings together America’s most undervalued asset — the voices of the poor. Shut out of the national dialogue for decades, they will use their immense power to challenge and reset this nation’s moral compass and to tear down the walls and obstacles that seek to keep them marginalized. It’s a new day and this campaign will bring us all closer to a more perfect union.”
The Poor People’s Campaign lifts up the stories of more than 140 million poor and low-income people who live in the United States, or 43% of the country’s population, even before COVID-19. The campaign is registering people for the movement that votes, knowing that poor and low-income people can change the nation’s political calculus when they cast their ballots.
The moral fusion movement has organizing committees in 43 states that address the five interlocking injustices of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism and a distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism to implement its Moral Agenda, based on years of policy research and budgetary analysis, and to uphold demands on systemic racism.
In other testimony:
_ Glover will introduce several people struggling with systemic poverty, including Mary Jane Shanklin from a farming family in Kansas, who has seen corporate agro-business get bailed out while small farmers are left behind. She and her husband struggle with a lack of health care in a rural area and are witnessing a shocking rate of death from suicide among rural farmers.
_ Sykes will introduce a section on women and poverty, which includes testimony from Amy Jo Hutchinson, a white mother of two from Wheeling, West Virginia, who has a full-time job and a bachelor’s degree but has said “there’s never a month when two flat tires wouldn’t cripple me.”
_ Gore and Fonda will introduce those whose lives are damaged by ecological devastation, including Robert Taylor from Reserve, Louisiana. Taylor’s wife is one of the countless people dying from cancer in an area known as Cancer Alley in Louisiana, which has one of the highest concentrations of petrochemical plants in the country and is located in a historically African American community.
_ Messing will introduce a section on LGBTQ people and poverty, including Savannah Kinsey of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, who has written and spoken about struggling to survive on Medicaid and disability and who fights for health care for all.
Religious figures involved in the program include Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and Terri Hord Owens, the first African American woman to serve as the general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Several union leaders are participating in the program, including Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants in the CWA; Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU; and Lee Saunders, president of AFSCME.
Also participating are Susan Taylor, the former editor-in-chief of Essence; Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change; Vanita Gupta, president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 2014 to 2017; and David Goodman, president of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named for his brother, who was one of three Civil Rights Movement activists murdered during Freedom Summer in 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Other highlights include:
_ Ali Velshi from MSNBC interviews economist Joseph Stiglitz on the cost of inequality and the lie of scarcity.
_ Mark Thompson from Sirius Radio interviews economist and public intellectual Juliann Malveaux on race and the economic crisis in the U.S.
_ Joy Reid from MSNBC interviews Professor Philip Alston, former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty.
The live stream can be viewed at june2020.org. In addition, MSNBC will air the assembly and march on some of its platforms, as will other websites. The program will also air at 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, June 20th, and 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, June 21st.
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The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is building a generationally transformative digital gathering called the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington, on June 20, 2020. At that assembly, we will demand that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism by implementing our Moral Agenda.
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National Endowment for the Arts Names Terri Lyne Carrington Among 2021 NEA Jazz Masters
*Three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terri Lyne Carrington has been named a 2021 NEA Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
“I am so honored to receive this prestigious award, along with so many heroes, mentors, and of course, masters of the music,” says Carrington. “I will continue my work in furthering the music, and in teaching, mentoring, and advocating for the generations behind me. I am grateful for this incredible recognition, as it will truly remain inspiring through my journey in jazz.”
Terri Lyne Carrington has remained a powerhouse drummer in jazz for four decades and has now vigorously turned her attention over the last 15 years to empowering the next generation. With outstanding versatility, she excels as a composer, bandleader, producer, and educator. Along with Carrington, the NEA will also honor fellow musicians Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and arts advocate Phil Schaap for their contributions to the advancement of the art form.
In addition to receiving a $25,000 award, the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters will be honored through a tribute concert, which due to COVID-19 will be available in an online-only broadcast on April 22, 2021. The National Endowment for the Arts will again collaborate with SFJAZZ on this virtual event, which will be free to watch, and no registration or tickets are required. More information will be available in early 2021.
From a child prodigy to a world-class musician, her current album, Waiting Game, with Social Science, a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew Stevens, boasted a triple-crown win in Downbeat magazine’s International Critics Poll for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Group of the Year, making her the first woman instrumentalist to concurrently win in all three categories in the 68-year history of the magazine. Carrington is not new to breaking barriers; she was also the first woman to receive a Grammy Award in the Jazz Instrumental category.
Carrington has received honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, where she currently serves as the founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. The Institute recruits, teaches, mentors, and advocates for musicians seeking to study jazz with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles, and asks the important question, “What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?” She also serves as Artistic Director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, and Artistic Director of The Carr Center in Detroit, MI. In 2019, Carrington was granted the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in recognition of her past and ongoing contributions to jazz music.
Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications and on local and national TV shows. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City and later moved to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late-night TV as the house drummer for both “The Arsenio Hall Show” and Quincy Jones’ “VIBE TV” show, hosted by Sinbad.
To date, Carrington has performed on more than 100 recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has worked extensively with jazz giants and legends including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Joe Sample, Esperanza Spalding, and many more.
ABOUT THE NEA JAZZ MASTERS
Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 161 fellowships to great figures in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and George Wein. The Arts Endowment’s website features resources and content about the NEA Jazz Masters, including archived concerts, video tributes, podcasts, and more than 350 NEA Jazz Moments audio clips. The National Endowment for the Arts has also supported the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, an effort to document the lives and careers of nearly 100 NEA Jazz Masters.
Nominate an NEA Jazz Master: NEA Jazz Masters Fellows are nominated by the public, including the jazz community. Nominations are judged by an advisory panel of jazz experts, including administrators, performers, producers, and a knowledgeable layperson. The panel’s recommendations are reviewed by the National Council on the
Arts, which sends its recommendations to the chairman, who makes the final decision. The Arts Endowment encourages nominations of a broad range of individuals who have been significant to the field of jazz, through vocals, instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education. NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are up to $25,000 and can be received once in a lifetime. Visit the Arts Endowment’s website for detailed information and to submit nominations. The next deadline is October 30, 2020.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.
Women with A Message – UMe’s Urban Legends Focus on Women’s Empowerment / LISTEN
Los Angeles – With the goal of fostering a community and the creativity it curates, UMe’s Urban Legends division will launch “Women With A Message,” a campaign highlighting grassroots activism, leadership innovation and self-determination from women who have redefined industry, sports and political activism.
The campaign will feature conversations amongst influential women who are crafting and delivering the global message of equality in real time. Rooted in the importance of representation and inspiration, the campaign’s music and editorial (video and written) content is designed to motivate both women and men to help spread the message of equality and respect. Available, HERE.
“Through their stories and voices, we hope to inspire more women to empower themselves and to participate in the upcoming elections. Inspiring more women to exercise their right to vote is about emphasizing the fact that we are all empowered to make choices about this country, in part through engagement in the process of choosing our leaders,” comments Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
“From board rooms to conference rooms to classrooms and beyond, heroic women have used their voices both to question and encourage others, and Motown is proud to present pioneers who paved the way in all aspects of culture,” adds President of Motown Records & EVP Capitol Music Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam.
Urban Legends and its editorial partner uDiscoverMusic invited community leaders, athletes and music executives to discuss how music and songs inspire, motivate and play a role in their lives.
Artist features include: Erykah Badu; Kelis; Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Queen Latifah; Salt-N-Pepa; Zhane; and Mariah Carey, whose new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is available now. Additional features showcase past trailblazers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Marlena Shaw.
Music industry professionals tell their stories from adversity to accomplishments and how they are enacting change: Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and EVP Capitol Music Group; LaTrice Burnette, EVP and GM, Island Records; Sujata Murthy, SVP Media & Artist Relations, UMe; Anastasia Wright, VP Rhythm Nation.
Urban Legends will introduce athletes’ stories as a way of amplifying the pursuit of equality. And of course, a look at the many ways that music motivates is sure to be part of the discussion with professional athletes, including Tamera “Ty” Young, star forward with WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces; Essence Carson, guard/forward for WNBA’s Connecticut Suns and Senior Manager of Label Relations and Production for Motown, Caroline and Priority; Taylor Townsend, tennis professional; and Lia Neal, champion swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist.
Activists will round out the “Women With A Message” campaign wtih Ciara Taylor, a founding member of the Dream Defenders community organizers, and a conversation with Alicia Garza, Creator of Black Futures Lab / Co-founder Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.
About Urban Legends
Urban Legends is the UMG label imprint and cross-platform initiative devoted to the curation and celebration of over three decades of urban catalog music and culture. Urban Legends celebrates the revolutionary and defining recordings primarily of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. At its core, Urban Legends serves as both an editorial content site and e-commerce platform, delivering daily news, editorial features and franchises, and video updates on hip-hop and R&B artists within the UMG ecosystem. Urban Legends is a division of UMe.
Producer Christina Cooper Joins Mann Robinson’s ‘Super Turnt’ flick Starring Jamal Woolard & Torrie Hart
*Atlanta – Set to go into production in Atlanta, GA is “Super Turnt,” the sequel to the 2020 film Turnt, written, produced, and directed by Mann Robinson. Christina Cooper has now joined the project as a producer alongside creator and mastermind Mann Robinson.
Returning from the first film are Jamal Woolard as Rilla, Torrei Hart as Rita, Dennis L.A. White as Detective Kruthers, Che Mack as Zina Holloway, Lunden De’Leon as Rilla’s mother, Calico Jonez as Marcus, and Mann Robinson as Courtney Thomas,
New additions to the sequel are Ashley Rios replacing Khalidah Medlock as Rilla’s Wife Ladonna, Harry Lennix, Brad ‘Scarface’ Jordan, E. Roger Mitchell, Duane Finley, Adrian Lockett, Tracey Love, Patrice Fisher, Melanie Halfkenny, Troy Robert, Anthony Strong, and Mercedes Sanders.
Rilla, a highly feared street-lord and rapper has just been released from prison and finds that his immediate world has changed, but the streets’ dangers remain the same. After realizing that his common-law wife, Ladonna, is not in love with him anymore, his only mission is to be a father to his son Kevin. In his absence, his son and Ladonna have been on hard times. Rita Robinson wants him to sign to her label with a slot on the TV show, turnt. Rilla knows that this will put him back on top and in the position to take care of his family. Zina Holloway re-appears with a similar plan of her own to regain custody of her son from Rilla’s ex-girlfriend, Ladonna, by any means necessary. The fight over their son becomes deadly and overpowered by violent music. Once again, placing Rilla on the wrong side of the law, he must rely on his past mistakes and natural street smarts to outwit his enemies.
Among Mann Robinson’s production credits include 2019 His Hers & the Truth, 2020 Justice On Trial, 2020 Troubled Waters (on BET); followed by his 2020 documentary Homelessness Is Not A Crime. His upcoming projects include Soul For Reals’ After The Rain, A Love To Die For, Sebastian, Fugazi, and Twelve Days Til Christmas.
Turnt is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
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