Performance brings Harlem Renaissance to SMC

first_imgThe sound of the Harlem Renaissance swept through O’Laughlin Auditorium at Saint Mary’s Thursday evening, as the College welcomed award-winning actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio for their performance of “Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey,” director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Inspired by the works of the musicians, composers, poets and actors of the Harlem Renaissance, the production is part of this year’s Shaheen/Duggan Performing Arts Series, O’Brien said.The play’s title refers to Jean Toomer’s 1923 book, “Cane,” which is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of the Harlem Renaissance, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune.Guy recited poetry from Harlem Renaissance-era poets including Gwendolyn Bennett and Langston Hughes. Guy also performed literary excerpts from some of the period’s most influential writers, including W. E. B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington, while dancing and singing to the musical backdrop of Sharpe’s trio.Director of Special Events, Richard Baxter said the community is incredibly fortunate to welcome the traveling production to campus.“This production is a rare opportunity for our students and community to experience the Harlem Renaissance through the presence of these talented performers,” Baxter said.“Raisin’ Cane” celebrates and honors the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement and imagery, O’Brien said in the event’s press release.Though right on the heels of the college’s successful Christian Culture Lecture series speaker Reza Aslan, “Raisin’ Cane” presents an opportunity for students to learn about the history of modern day music through theatre and not the classroom, Baxter said.“It’s a little early in the season, so it was a little harsh from that standpoint,” he said. “I thought it would be worthwhile. It’s a labor of love for all the artists working on this piece. It’s such a rich topic, that I thought, ‘Yeah, let’s bring it in September.’ People aren’t too tired. They don’t have semester fatigue. They might be excited about this type of activity.  That’s what led me to do it.”The production’s backdrop is the Harlem Renaissance at its peak with a modern artistic explosion of music, dance and self-expression, Baxter said.“You get a history lesson where the music and the dance add to the fabric of what you’re seeing,” he said. “You don’t just get a dry lecture or you don’t just experience the book, but you get this real engaging and invigorating performance from jazz musicians. It’s the best way to experience that kind of history.”Baxter said he was excited to hear Guy took on the project with the jazz trio, and he couldn’t wait to make it come alive at Saint Mary’s.“I am very familiar with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, which is what she was in before she really developed her broader career,” he said. “That dance company is one of the best dance companies in the world. I was familiar with her work in television, and kind of followed it.”Students interested in experiencing the origins of current music genres such as pop, hip hop or rap were encouraged to participate in this one-of-a-kind event, Baxter said.“This was a time where jazz was just beginning to come alive,” he said. “I mean this is the music that inspired Ella Fitzgerald [and] Billie Holiday, and from that came Motown, and from that rock, and from that what we have today. If students want an experience in what the background of the music they are listening to now is, [this production] is full of life. It’s almost a religious experience.”An intercultural and historical event for the entire community, “Raisin’ Cane” especially applies to the mission of Saint Mary’s, Baxter said.“If you look at the fact that we are educating women to make a difference on the world, those performers made an impact and a difference through their courage and through their artistry and through their talent and ability in the world of entertainment,” he said.To better understand today’s music and culture, Baxter said students should educate and enjoy themselves with this display of rich music and dance.“This is such an opportunity,” he said. “Make it count. Believe it or not, this is going to be better than a football game. That’s a promise.”Tags: Harlem Renaissance, O’Laughlin Auditorium, Raisin’ Canelast_img read more

Stephen Colbert, ‘Late Show’ to Stay in New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The “Late show” will have a new face, but historic Ed Sullivan Theater will remain its home.New York State and CBS Wednesday announced that the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will remain in The Big Apple when the comedian takes over for David Letterman, who announced in April that he’d retire after hosting the show for 21 years. One week after Letterman’s on-air announcement, CBS said it agreed to a five-year deal with Colbert to take over the show.Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s widely-popular satire show, “The Colbert Report,” in which he plays a conservative blowhard, will takeover in 2015. CBS has yet to reveal the date of Letterman’s last show.“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s ‘Late Show’ from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said CBS President Leslie Moonves. “David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation.“When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater.”The agreement includes a commitment from CBS of 200 New York-based jobs to support the show’s year-round schedule.Ed Sullivan Theatre (Photo credit: Andreas Praefcke/WikiMedia Commons)CBS will be eligible to receive $11 million in tax credits as part of deal. Also, the state will provide CBS with a $5 million grant to offset renovations of Ed Sullivan Theater.The state in recent years has enticed large film productions to the state by offering generous tax breaks under the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program, which started in 2004. For some productions, the tax credit can be as high as 30 percent. The largest ever production in the state was “Amazing Spider Man 2,” which filmed for nine months at Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.The state also lured NBC’s “The Tonight Show” to New York from California when its current host, Jimmy Fallon, replaced Jay Leno.last_img read more

Game 5 rewind: USC dedicates win to Stafon Johnson

first_imgBERKELEY — The story: With Stafon Johnson hospitalized and unable to talk, the Trojans did all their talking on the field Saturday.Most of the players had Johnson’s initials or his No. 13 written on their eye black. Many said he was part of their thoughts throughout the game. Many said he inspired them to win.USC receiver Damian Williams evades Cal defenders on his way to a touchdown on a punt return in the second quarter. It was the Trojans’ first special teams touchdown of the season. – Photo by Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAnd with a balanced, well-rounded performance yet unseen out of the Trojans this season, No. 7 USC (4-1) dominated Cal 30-3.Johnson underwent emergency surgery Monday after dropping a weight on his throat in Heritage Hall. Despite his absence, the senior running back was on the mind of his teammates.“I was really happy that we could play this game for Stafon,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said. “He was in our hearts the whole time. It was a great victory for us and for him.”Meanwhile, the No. 24 Bears (3-2) suffered their second consecutive embarrassing loss after falling 42-3 to No. 16 Oregon last week. And Cal’s ballyhooed preseason All-American Jahvid Best was again shut down, gaining just 51 total yards.Key plays: 1. Cal drove down the field quickly to start the game, with an eight-yard run from Best, a facemask called on USC, and two 20-yard strikes from Kevin Riley putting the Golden Bears in a goal-to-go situation. But USC senior safety Taylor Mays made a leaping interception of a Riley throw in the end zone to stop the looming threat.“We knew it was an early test for us, but we handled it,” said redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo. “Taylor just totally shut the whole stadium down with that interception.”The Trojans turned around, scored in six plays, and never looked back. Cal wouldn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter.“I think it was a great statement that we weren’t going to let [a Cal touchdown] happen,” Carroll said. “And even better than that was our drive after. We took advantage and drove 80 yards for the touchdown.”Added Galippo: “People can see how much turnovers can mean with that one.”2. The other key play happened early in the second quarter, as Williams returned a Bryan Anger punt 66 yards for a touchdown. The return was Williams’ first special teams score of his career as well as the first for the Trojans this season.Williams eluded multiple Bears on the return and managed to tiptoe his way along the sideline before sneaking just inside the pylon.“Ball security is the most important thing on that,” Williams said. “Once you use a few blocks, it’s kinda like running through a tunnel.”Most valuable player: Running back Joe McKnight. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior rushed 20 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t fumble and lost yardage on only two carries — two weaknesses that have plagued him in the past.“He’s fast and explosive,” said Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed of McKnight. “He’s pretty good.”Surprise performance: Bradford had 53 yards on a career-high 12 carries as he established himself as the Trojans No. 2 running back behind McKnight. Bradford didn’t break any long runs — a 16-yard rush was his game-high — but he did rush for three first downs and provided a change of pace from the speedy McKnight.“I’m a big back, so I have to be able to get key yardage,” Bradford said. “My role is extended, so I know I have to step up.”Carroll had said that Bradford would be depended on more in the coming weeks.“He’s gonna get better and better,” McKnight said of his backfield mate. “And he’s gonna have a bigger role against Notre Dame.”Stat of the game: The Trojans were flagged just five times for a total of 55 yards. That number — especially when compared to last week’s first quarter total of seven penalties for 75 yards — displayed the team’s increased discipline.“You could say that we were clicking on all cylinders tonight,” linebacker Michael Morgan said. “Not as many mistakes, not as many penalties.”Quote of the game: “It’s about time.”The Trojans said it was about time for a lot of things after the game Saturday.“It’s about time Damian returned a punt for a touchdown,” said redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler. “It’s about time.”“It’s about time Taylor had an interception,” Williams said. “I’ve been telling him to get one for the last two years. That was a huge play.”Added Williams: “And it’s about time for us as a team. I think we finally solidified why we’re one of the best teams in the nation.”last_img read more

Nadal – Kyrgios: schedule, TV and how to watch the Australian Open online

first_imgObserve Nadal vs Kyrgios: Open Australia dwell and onlineRafael Nadal search for a spot in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The Balearic can be measured towards one in every of its nice rivals of latest years, the Australian Nick Kyrgios The Balearic dominates face to face 4-3, however in the sort of floor that presents the Australian Open is Kyrgios who’s above thus far (2-1).Hours: What time is the Nadal-Kyrgios of the Australian Open?Rafa Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will play this Monday in the spherical of 16 of the Australian Open. The assembly between the Spaniard and the Australian can be performed in the first spherical of the evening session at the Rod Laver Enviornment, about 09:00 in the morning in Spain. The present ATP primary couldn’t face Djokovic and Federer till a hypothetical closing. The Serbian and the Swiss are on the different facet of the portray. Tv: How to watch Nadal-Kyrgios at the Australian Open?The match between Nadal and Kyrgios might be adopted by Eurosport The unique streaming platform of the sports activities world, DAZN, contains the risk of watching Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD amongst its contents, after the settlement reached with Discovery final summer season.Web: How to comply with Nadal-Kyrgios online dwell?In AS you can even comply with Nadal – Kyrgios dwell. With us you’ll have the greatest minute by minute, the most spectacular pictures of the assembly and the statements of the protagonists, in addition to the chronicle as quickly as we conclude.last_img read more

Farmers Union Contributes to Fight against Ebola

first_imgThe National Farmers Union Network of Liberia yesterday donated several farming products to the National Task Force on Ebola to help support government in the fight against the deadly virus.The items, donated to the General Services Agency (GSA),  included  18 bags of 25Kg rice, 17 bags of potato and over 275 bottles of red oil.Speaking at the donation ceremony held at the GSA  premises, the program officer of the Farmers Union Network of Liberia, Mr. John Alphanso D. Perkins, said the virus has greatly affected the country’s economy and livelihood, and  has continued to take away the lives of those they consider as partners in progress.According to him, since indeed the farmers union is considered as one of the highest producers of food in the country, the union recognizes the importance of joining the fight; indicating that the donation is timely.  Because of such donations from many quarters around the country, many are surviving the epidemic.He explained that the donation was the first of its kind by the Farmers Union Network of Liberia since the outbreak of the epidemic.Receiving the items from the union on behalf of the National Task Force, GSA  Director General, Madam Mary T. Broh, expressed appreciation for the Union’s  effort in supporting the fight against the deadly virus.She stressed the need for farmers to produce and provide more food for those she considered mostly in need as this time.She promised that the donation will be turned over to the head of the National Task Force, making sure that it is used for the intended purpose.The former Monrovia City Mayor, now Director General of the GSA, who was seen in a very joyful mood, said the name of the union is going to be locked down in the database of the National Task Force record.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prospect of losing elections has fully unhinged Govt – Opposition Leader

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoMinister of Natural Resources Raphael TrotmanOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday said that the prospect of losing the upcoming General and Regional Elections has fully unhinged members of the coalition Government.In a post on social media, Jagdeo pointed out that this “spectacle/comedy” is now a daily treat from the Government.According to the Opposition Leader, the most recent instalment of the coalition’s “lunacy” was Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman telling residents of an East Coast Demerara community that “God” put the APNU/AFC in Government and that he will intervene to ensure that they remain there.“Apart from the stupidity of claiming that God is on their side (the colonialists also claimed that God was on their side while they were practising genocide in Africa and elsewhere), it is an affront to all God-fearing people to imply that God sanctions the daily acts of corruption by this Government,” he stated.Jagdeo added too that it would, therefore, mean that God supports APNU/AFC’s taking away of 30,000 jobs from Guyanese; its $85 billion per year increase in taxation; its constant excuses for rampant crime; its sell-out of national patrimony through inept negotiations; its introduction of policies which resulted in a deterioration of healthcare and increased cost of living; its impoverishment of Guyanese of every race and political persuasion while expanding the perks of Ministers and their families and cronies on a daily basis.“And he implies that it is God who is telling them not to comply with the Constitution of Guyana,” Jagdeo stated.Believing their own liesJagdeo added that the second instalment came from the Chair of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Volda Lawrence, who said at a press conference on Friday that a new voters’ list will give them enough seats to “stave off a Charrandas attack”.“They have started believing their own lies. Only people in an advanced stage of necrosis of the brain would think that a new voters’ list and not your policies and track record will cause you to win an election,” he noted.The Opposition Leader went on to outline that the voters’ list that was valid until April 30, 2019, was used for the last four elections – two national and two Local Government – but the APNU/AFC never found it was “corrupt” until after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion which required fresh elections within three months as mandated by our Constitution. He contended that elections should have been held by March 21, but the coalition is clearly trying to further delay the polls, hence the demand for House-to-House Registration.However, Jagdeo noted that it is not the voters’ list that the coalition is worried about but it is the wrath of the Guyanese people, whom they have betrayed with false promises.The Opposition Leader further posited that this “tragi-comedy” will continue today when Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo continues with the illegal “Cabinet outreach”, which is costing the taxpayers over $1.5 billion – travelling this time to Jonestown, Mahaica, to spin another pathetic story and make another promise that the Government has no intention of keeping.Last month, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that the No-Confidence Motion tabled by the Opposition in December 2018, had been validly passed and, therefore, general elections must be held within a stipulated timeframe.But despite publicly committing to upholding the regional court’s ruling, the coalition continues to operate as normal, insisting that it is awaiting the consequential orders to be handed down on Friday on the way forward.However, some Ministers and public officials have made statements that not only defies the CCJ rulings but even the CCJ’s jurisdiction here – despite Guyana recognising the court as its final appeal court since 2005.The first such statements were made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who said the coalition is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House Registration is carried out regardless of the CCJ’s decisions.Days later, Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the Trinidad-based court as Guyana’s final court of appeal saying that the CCJ has no authority to issue any consequential orders since Guyana is an independent State with its own laws.last_img read more