July 31st, 2022
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A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.
Described as the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements.
He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the nickname "the Mozart of Madras" and several Tamil commentators and fans have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm). In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World's Most Influential People.
A.R. Rahman, The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) ft. Nicole Scherzinger
The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of 'Tomorrow's World Music Icons' in August 2011. Having set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai, arguably one of Asia's most sophisticated and high-tech studios, Rahman's film scoring career began in the early 1990s with the Tamil film Roja.
Working in India's various film industries, international cinema and theatre, Rahman is one of the world's all-time top selling recording artists. In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and thus contributing to the success of several films.
Rahman is currently one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He is a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.
This weekend its A. R. Rahman in Sugarland at Smart Financial Center.
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It's The Weekend
of "This N That"
Weekend Commentary for Weekend of June 24th-26th, 2022
This is weekend number 25 as we move into mid-summer with July 4th, 2022, around the corner. Houston is experiencing record temps this weekend of at least 99 degrees or more. That is hot everybody! Hey parents with infants and toddlers be especially careful not to get distracted and forget the little ones in the car. Its already happened in our Bayou City (Houston) to a five-year-old.
The big news this week was The Supreme Court on Friday overruled Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years in a decision that will transform American life, reshape the nation’s politics and lead to all but total bans on the procedure in about half of the states. (More information click here)
We are big listeners to public media, back in the day we called them public radio or television, but since many public radio outlets operate more than one medium (radio, television, websites) many of them (if not all) opted to start calling themselves media.
Anyway, Friday the outlets seemed to accelerate their storytelling on LBGTQ now plus, news and storytelling. It's the end of the month with their community celebrating their recognition.
The University of Houston's station was no exception. So, this weekend its "Pride" parades all over the place. (Click here for KHOU TV's listings)
Is "that" our House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Ru Paul's "Drag Race" show promotion on Paramount plus? Is Pelosi after the LGBTQ plus voters? You bet she is, and her district is in San Francisco, CA.
WOW, how politics and entertainment blends so mush nowadays. It started with former President Bill Clinton appearing on the old "Arsino Hall Show" in 1992, not just being interviewed by Hall, but playing the alto sax on the show, like perhaps he did in high school. We were all so impressed because we had never seen a presidential candidate entertain us on television. It worked. It was reported Clinton's favor-ability scores jumped significantly.
Okay, it started before Clinton it was the corrupt President Richard M. Nixon in 1968, making a cameo on the popular television show "Laugh In", that started this in modern television times. See Republicans did it too.
Which leads me to say many are truly swayed by "political celebrity". No matter what the candidate "says".
The country's Electoral College was taken in by "political celebrity" personality that was famous for firing people. The producers of the show made firing someone entertaining.
Now come on, entrepreneurs and business people, we all know, when we fire someone we take the hit too. It tells everybody we have poor leadership judgement and had to change some of the team. But eventually it catches up with us. The boss is eventually "fired" when it is discovered they have poor judgement in hiring team members of the tribe.
Oh, that was entertainment. But he did it in government too. We all knew what the stakes were.
He said and demonstrated who he was. Look where that has gotten us.
Juneteenth is now a holiday and is part of America's lexicon as "apple pie". Right.
I have a buddy and many years ago I persuaded him to check-out with me the Juneteenth holiday celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre. I was new to Houston and had only been to Miller a couple times. I admitted to him I was not a big Juneteenth fan, frankly, growing up in New Orleans, La. I didn't hear about it. It was not taught in history lessons in Louisiana. Let’s face it Juneteenth for a long time was celebrated only in Texas.
The concert featured Louisiana's Rockin' Dopsie. Dopsie plays music for dancing while assimilating R&B influences into zydeco and sometimes covering R&B hits in a zydeco style.
“I think it’s great that Juneteenth is now more familiar to most Americans and that it is a federal holiday,”
University of Houston’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
This buddy who happened to be Latino who really liked old school R&B music, had never experienced zydeco and immediately fell for the performance of this zydeco singer and accordion player. I told him Dopsie was part of Louisiana's Creole French culture. He started calling his friends to tell them of his excitement for this music man. And since then every year this buddy usually calls to see if I am going to Juneteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
On another note, I think the agony of this holiday, yes I said "agony" is "essential". Are African-Americans really "free"? Systemic racism has not been eradicated and when we think systemic racism has been resolved something else takes its place.
Maybe this day should be celebrated, besides with a party, be a day when America's businesses put Blacks first. Discounts on affordable housing, free educational opportunities or seed monies to start businesses. WOW, would that be a freedom celebration! And this would be done every June 19 . . .humm
I 'm part African American I'll take that win, but with all that is going on right now, we still have a way to go.
Okay besides all the entertainment of this national holiday (President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law last year) recognizing America freeing its Black slaves, let’s turn to academia.
This year, the University of Houston’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will begin its Juneteenth celebration a few days early in the Student Center. A gallery with historical facts and information on Juneteenth will be set up just outside of CDI (Suite B12 in the Student Center) starting June 16 and will remain on display through June 19. Commemorative Juneteenth shirts also will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16.
For Varselles Cummings, director of CDI, Juneteenth has always been a special day. As a child growing up in Fresno, California, he remembers the numerous events honoring this day. The upcoming gallery hosted by CDI will provide a platform to help members of the Cougar Community recognize the significance of this special day.
“I think it’s great that Juneteenth is now more familiar to most Americans and that it is a federal holiday,” he said. “It’s also important to talk about this day and to understand that while Juneteenth is symbolic of the end of slavery, there were many challenges ahead for enslaved populations.”
Linda Reed, director of UH’s African American Studies Program, agrees. She added that Juneteenth offers an opportunity to pause and contemplate the concept of freedom. Just as important, the day should also be observed with a festive spirit.
“Just because we still have work to do with regard to race and other issues, doesn’t mean we should not celebrate,” she said. “We, as a University community, celebrate diversity and each other. Juneteenth is an extension of that. It offers an opportunity to truly recognize and appreciate this moment in history and its impact on African Americans in our country.”
Reed, who also serves an associate professor of history, recommended a few ways to become more familiar with the story of Juneteenth. The book “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed is a must-read, she said. A number of books on the topic also are available through UH Libraries.
Finally, for all my non-Black readers and followers, Juneteenth a national holiday is American as President's Day or Memorial Day. It is American history, please try not to feel any other way.
Race Is A "Bitch"
It is obvious in this 24-hour news cycle business the obsession with stories about “race and racism" are at top of the list for television producers and their assignment editors .
It was the murder of ten Black people for being Black in the Niagara-Buffalo area of New York state that has us all thinking. What the “#!*%”?
It’s still being determined if this young man was deranged or just a hate monger that wanted to be a catalyst for social unrest regarding race.
I have to note here, the planning guide is curated over a two-to-three-day period most of the time by me sitting in a Chic-fil-a, Starbucks or sometimes a Popeyes. (I grew up in New Orleans, La)
I review what is happening in the four-county area, check e-mails for event submissions and just curate and re-write.
During this process I occasionally talk to people at these locations about current events. I’m usually in Houston's “East End” of town a Latino section of our Bayou City.
If you haven't noticed yet, I put my picture at the end of the Home page (scroll down) of (Weekend Houston) Houston’s Weekend Planning Guide. I say this to tell you, I am "Black,” no not Latino with a name like Menendez---Black. Okay my grandfather’s dad was from Cuba.
My dad’s mother was “Black” from the Louisiana delta of Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana. I mean she had a very dark complexion. His dad, my grandfather was from a “creole” neighborhood of New Orleans, La. He looked “White.” They married.
I remember times complaining to my dad about being “Black” working in radio and television. He would say, “What you’re wining about? I had a Black and White one (his parents) and in school we (his three brothers) were teased about their mother and father many times. This was pre-WWII . The 40’s and 50’s. This was when it was illegal for “White people” and Black people” to marry in Louisiana. But was grandfather “White,” no he just looked it.
Race is a “bitch” huh!
But this is the rub everybody White and non-White, I am "Jeffery" first. Always Jeffery first. When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. I see Jeffery looking back at me. Oh, Jeffery is “Black.” Okay. I like that too.
Interestingly, when I was a talk radio producer I was “Jeffery” too. This was during the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s, being the only Black (Oh Jeffery) in charge of radio broadcasts was impressive.
Hell. I attended the University of New Orleans they well prepared me to take on the responsibilities as a producer. Thank you May Jones, PhD in the Mass Communications Department UNO!
Let me explain here. It was my co-workers who would remind me I was "Black". I would say in my head “okay.” I would also think sometimes. What does that mean when they would say this to me? Oh, it meant I was in the tribe, you know . . .”Black”, if I was with Black co-workers. If I were with White co-workers. I would think. Are they trying to complement me, since there were so few “Black” talk radio producer? Hmm…. It was exhausting. I “Jeffery”, just wanted to do good talk radio.
Let me move on to how exhausting it was to be “Jeffery.” Oh. “Black Jeffery.”
It was over 35-years ago I use to produce a popular talk magazine show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "Mid-Day Magazine with Don Grady". I had to know everything to make this show work every weekday.
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's?
I used my mom's birth name during that time, "Jeff White" as the producer of the show. The Program Director, Dave Prince insisted the host of the show acknowledged on-air “Jeff White” produced the program. So, at the end of the two-hour broadcast every day the host of the show, would say, "Mid-Day Magazine is produced by Jeff White, Thank you Jeffery.” The host would occasionally talk to me in the control room, but like many producers, I would say "we" (producers) are not part of the on-air banter. As talk radio matured that changed. Every talk show host was talking to their producer on air with the producer responding.
This was around 1985 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the audience of this news/talk radio station assumed I was "White". Let me say why. One day I was encouraged to join the show from a remote broadcast I had set up with an audience. Dave Prince, Program Director who hired me insisted I produce the show from the remote location instead from the station’s control room.
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's?
He also insisted on introducing me to our listeners. He started before the "live" broadcast introducing the host with applause, then he said this is our show producer “Jeff White.” The audience all “White” just stop applauding. I don’t think they were being disrespect full; they were surprised I was a “Black” man. Hell, I most likely spoke to some of them on the phone when they called went I had to screen possible air calls. They were shocked not because I was Jeff White, because I was Black. But I have to say I was still Jeffery.
Race is a “bitch” huh!
When are some White people going to stop all this nonsense? We are all Americans. Lincoln said the south would never accept Black (slaves) people as equals. But have we not progressed since 1865? We have progressed since the 60's, remember the city's burning north and south of the Mason Dixon Line.
Why is it some White people think they are being discriminated? Why do some White people think they are going to be replaced?
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's? When George Floyd was killed two years ago I thought we were. Now ten Black people are dead because they were Black.
Is this a slow burning pot?
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Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
by Barack Obama (Author)
Bruce Springsteen (Author)
Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality.
Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.
• Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
• Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
• Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”
• Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
• Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
• Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation
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