Renowned jazz musician Robert Glasper is set to release his tribute to Miles Davis, titled Everything’s Beautiful, on May 27th. In anticipation, Glasper has shared one exciting cut from the new album; a track entitled “I’m Leaving You.”“I’m Leaving You” features work from John Scofield and Ledisi, and was entirely inspired by a recording of Davis saying a three-word phrase, “wait a minute.” The whole album blends Davis’s extensive body of work, including outtakes and master recordings, to put together something new and beautiful. Glasper explains his thought process behind “I’m Leaving You” in the premiere article featured in Essence.“I found a clip of Miles saying “wait a minute”—just that simple phrase—and it had so much of his classic swag in it, and it had such a rhythm, I decided to build that whole track around that and that’s how it started,” said Glasper. “After that it was a real group thing: (Ledisi) wrote the lyric, my man Black Milk took a Lenny White drum pattern and chopped it up for the beat, and that’s John Scofield—who is our direct link to Miles for this project, having been in his ’80s band. That brought it full circle. I love the R&B uplift this track gives the whole project!”Listen to “I’m Leaving You” below:Glasper commented on the whole album as well, saying “I like that this whole record has a smoky, late-night vibe that is consistent through almost all the tracks but that really just happened naturally. No one told anyone what tempo or mood to go for, so the track with Ledisi really stands out. You know she’s a super jazz geek anyway, and can sing the heads of almost any bop tune you want to name. I’ve seen her do it!”The full album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bilal, Illa J and so many more, in celebration of what would have been Davis’s 90th birthday. You can read about it here.
The Hogges and Cowins Book Festival and Writers Conference will be held from : March 2 – 3, at the Carrie P. Meek Manor Apartments (Barbara Carey-Schuler Residents’ Center) at 330 N.W. 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33136, with the theme “The Enduring Power, Creative Joy and Beauty of Words.”The event is hosted by the Urban League of Greater Miami, and all the activities and events are free and open to the publicKeynote SpeakersBea L. Hines Bea L. Hines was born in Williston, Florida. At a young age, her parents separated, and she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Hines was always a creative and talented writer, having started writing as a child, creating short stories for her younger brother and writing poetry. In 1966, she was hired as a file clerk in The Miami Herald’s library. A year later, she enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College and studied journalism for three years. In June of 1970, she was promoted to general assignment reporter at The Miami Herald, becoming the first African American woman to work as a reporter for the paper. Hine’s work was featured in the education and the “Living Today” sections of the Herald. From 1980 to 1985, she wrote an issues column for the newspaper that garnered much praise. She also wrote other columns for The Miami Herald, including ones entitled “Parenting Again” and “Neighbors in Religion.”Hines is in great demand as a speaker. She has taught and led journalism workshops at several universities, including Savannah State University, the University of California-Berkley, Florida A & M University, and the Memphis State University. She has been awarded many honors for her writing and community efforts. In 1981, her columns were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and, in 1985, she was recognized as one of the top five women columnist in the country by Savvy Magazine. She was a nominee for the Knight-Ridder Outstanding Service Award and was named a Herald Legend in 1994. She was also honored by the Region Four chapter of the National Association of Journalist by being named to its Hall of Fame. Lillie Q. Odom Lillie Q. Odom is a Miami-Dade County resident for over six decades and as of September 6, 2016 is devotedly serving her second (four-year) term as the Councilmember for Residential Seat One (1) in the City of Miami Gardens. Its population is over 113,000 and is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida and the thirty-third (33rd) incorporated municipality. Her Residential Seat One (1) has approximately twenty-five thousand residents. Councilwoman Odom graduated from North Dade Junior/Senior High School and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. She earned her degrees from Miami Dade College and Nova University. She is a retiree from Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College (2003) as an Associate Financial Aid Director. She is also a retiree from the City of Miami Gardens (2011); she was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor/Council and Community Outreach Specialist. Her many years of employment included careers in retail, medical, banking, higher education, and government, as well as, entrepreneurial undertakings.Prior to the incorporation of the City of Miami Gardens, Councilwoman Odom worked tirelessly in her community. As one of the founders of the city, she voted as the Secretary for the City’s Incorporation Committee, to pursue the vision and mission. A pioneer in her own right, she was the first contractual city employee. She was tasked with setting up the first office of the city and was officially the first Executive Assistant to the first Mayor and Council of the City of Miami Gardens. Subsequently, she was the first Community Outreach Specialist, first Staff Liaison selected by the original city council to the Elderly Affairs, and the Commission for Women Committees.In addition to her elected duties, Councilwoman Odom is the:Preservationist/Historian of the City of Miami Garden’s archivesFounder and motivator of the City’s Veterans Affairs CommitteeCoordinator and supporter of community groups that specialize in educating and encouraging citizens to live HIV/AID-free and healthyAdvocate for the social improvements for the elderly citizens and youth populationSupporter of the Homeowners Associations and Crime Watch GroupsCouncilwoman Odom’s leadership skills are esteemed. She is a keen listener and an inspirational teacher. She is a board member for several organizations. Her many recognitions and awards as a professional, volunteer and community outreach specialist is a distinct declaration of her passion for public service. Some of her leisure activities are reading, traveling and commitment to her grandchildren.
2,000-plus more LA County cases reported, but coronavirus backlog still anticipated from state Top 50 coasters you can’t ride on National Roller Coaster Day 2020 “The health and safety of our fans, players, teams and employees is paramount,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”The Dodgers’ opening day is March 26, when they play host to the San Francisco Giants. But they return to Dodger Stadium three days earlier to face the Angels for the final two games of the Freeway Series, the annual spring training wrap-up for the Southern California clubs.“Obviously, everyone is aware of it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s not scary, I guess, until it is, and you’ve got to be mindful of it. So, I know that we’re going to bring one of our doctors in and educate our players on sanitation and washing hands and just being mindful of that.“But it is scary.”Stan Kasten, the Dodgers’ president and chief executive officer, said, “Since last week we’ve had guidance from MLB and from the L.A. Public Health Department, both of whom are consulting with the CDC and the WHO. So, we’re operating with the same information. None of it is great news, but they have stressed also this is not a time to be panicking.“We’re in the process of finalizing what kind of procedures we do going forward.”The NHL has banned league personnel from traveling outside of North America, but left it up to the 31 teams to determine whether they would continue to take scouting trips to Europe. More than a century ago, the NHL didn’t award the Stanley Cup because of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918-19.Hockey’s international governing body, the IIHF, has canceled four men’s age-group world championship tournaments and two women’s events scheduled to be played in Europe. In Switzerland, the top hockey league has postponed its playoffs until the middle of March.The Under-18 World Championship, the last significant event for NHL scouts evaluating talent for the league’s annual draft at season’s end, remains on the schedule for April 16-26 in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Michigan, however.“After a thorough review of the guidelines the health organizations have suggested, there are no planned schedule changes at this time,” the Ducks said in a statement. “The Ducks … will follow NHL suggested guidelines. The health of everyone associated with all of our events, including fans, staff, and players/performers, has and will continue to be our number one priority.”In Major League Soccer, both local teams, the LAFC and the Galaxy will play at home in front of sellout crowds this weekend and it should business as usual. LAFC hosts the Philadelphia Union on Sunday and the Galaxy hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.MLS recently formed a task force, which includes MLS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Margot Putukian. In a statement, the league said it “is in direct contact with the relevant governmental agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Agency of Canada and is also coordinating with other sporting organizations.”The Los Angeles Marathon will go on as scheduled Sunday and its 26.2-mile route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica will be unchanged, organizers said in a statement that also read, “our operations team has been in consistent dialogue with local authorities.”Race officials said it would contact entrants and volunteers via email and social media should circumstances change in the days leading up to the race, which they said is expected to draw 27,000 runners from all 50 states and 78 countries.At USC, there are no plans to cancel athletic events or ban fans from attending, the university said in a statement. The school said it would continue to monitor recommendations from the county’s health authorities as well as the CDC and it is also in contact with the Pac-12.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LA firefighter lost to coronavirus mourned by family, peers Coronavirus state tracker: California reported 92 more people have died as of Aug. 15 San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties see declining trends in coronavirus hospitalizations Could there be Lakers, Clippers and Kings games played without fans in attendance at Staples Center? Or a Dodgers game played in an empty Dodger Stadium? Or could some games actually be canceled altogether because of fears of the spread of the coronavirus?Los Angeles County health officials declared a health emergency Wednesday as the number of coronavirus cases continued to grow in Southern California. Discussions reportedly have been held about banning spectators at games in order to prevent the spread of the virus, known as COVID-19.It would be a dramatic step, but one that’s already been taken in Italy, as worldwide deaths have climbed past 3,000 this week. All sporting events in Italy, including soccer games in the top domestic league, will be held without fans in attendance until April 3, the Italian government announced.Staples Center, the busiest sports venue in Southern California with the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Kings calling it home, is working with local, national and worldwide health organizations to stay abreast of the situation, according to a statement released by the facility. “USC athletics will continue to take direction from the university’s Emergency Operations Center team that meets daily to assess the COVID-19 situation and its effect on our campus and community,” the school’s statement read.The NFL season is farther off, with the first exhibition games to be played in August. Any changes in plans for games would probably come from the NFL office, not individual teams. There has been communication between the Rams and the NFL office about whether there will be changes in plans for the upcoming league meetings (March 29-Aprll 1 in Palm Beach) and draft (April 23-25 in Las Vegas). So far there are no changes in plans for those gatherings.“We continue to take the lead from the NFL and federal and local authorities,” said Joanna Hunter, the Rams senior director of corporate communications.Staff writers Damian Calhoun, Adam Grosbard, Bill Plunkett, Mirjam Swanson, Kevin Modesti and wire services contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs of Wednesday, there were no discussions of playing any games without fans, however.“As a result of the latest briefing update from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, we have posted messaging through our venue reminding fans to engage in safe hygiene practices and to stay home if they feel unwell,” the statement read.“We also have increased access to hand sanitizers through the building. We will continue to update our policies and procedures based on new recommendations from the public health department, CDC (the Centers for Disease Control) or WHO (World Health Organization).”Staples Center will host the NCAA men’s Division I West Regional March 26 and 28.The NBA has instructed players to stop high-fives with fans and use fist-bumps instead, and it also has asked them to discontinue taking items to sign for autographs. Fans often crowd near the tunnels that lead from locker rooms to the court, hoping to high-five players or get an autograph.