Thursday, May 21, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

BRAS Breast Cancer Awareness

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1"Members of Quilters of South Carolina have created one-of-a-kind bras for Breast Cancer Awareness. The exhibit consists of fifty original works of art which are unique, entertaining, humorous, and beautiful to make the public aware of breast cancer, to memorialize those lost to the disease, and to honor survivors.

This exhibit will tour SC until Oct '09 at which time individual Artful Bras will be auctioned and the proceeds donated to the Best Chance Network, a program that helps women ages 40 to 64 who need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer, but do not have insurance or have insurance that only covers hospital care, and who meet certain income guidelines.

The bras come prepared for display on their own hangers and are available for exhibit across the state of South Carolina. The exhibit is available until October of 2009."

click to View all The Artfull Bras

Exhibit Schedule

May 28 Private Showing

May 29-31 Private Showing

June 1-11
8:30-5:00 daily
215 E. Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC

*site may change

June 12-15 Private Showing

June 16-26
8:30-5:00 daily
Center for the Arts
121 E. Calhoun Street
Rock Hill, SC

June 27-July 8
Quilters Cottage
2571 S Ocean Hwy - Business 17
Garden City, SC 29576
10-5 Monday - Saturday
1-5 Sunday

July 22 - 25
American Quilter's Society Show
Knoxville, TN

June 27-30 Private Showing

July 9-19 Private Showing

August 1-28
Artist's Guild Gallery
Main Street
Greenville, SC

September 1-12
History and Arts Museum
Gaffney, SC

September 14-15 Private Showing

September 18-21 Private Showing

September 25-27 Private Showing

September 30 - October 4
12th Annual Aunt Het Quilt Show
Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild
610 Fairview Street
Fountain, SC
9-5 Saturday
12-4 Sunday
864- 862-4675

October 5 - 12
Pieces and Patches
711 H East Main Street
Lexington, SC 29072

Additionally; "QSC has produced a CD/PowerPoint presentation of the ARTFULL BRA PROJECT for purchase by individuals and groups alike. A narrative of the inspiration behind the construction of each entry will provide meaningful insight and share with the viewer poignant memories of loved ones who have survived and those we have lost to breast cancer.

A minimum donation of $35.00 for each CD purchased is required. Funds go to Best Chance Network, which provides services and screenings for uninsured women who have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer."

To order visit Quilters of South Carolina

1. The Artfull Bra Project

"Quilters of South Carolina began in February 1994 with a group of women with a big love of quilting. The first meeting was held in Columbia. Our first president was Helen Fairchild. We have since grown to almost 700 members from around the state as well as neighboring states."

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Statue of OverSeas Progress

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1As part of the U.S. Army's Task Force Ironhorse, the 4th Infantry Divisionwas deployed in Iraq for most of 2003, participated in the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003, and saw many of their comrades killed and wounded in the violence that followed the end of major combat operations. In mid-2003, while the 4th Infantry Division was headquartered in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Fuss, the division's top noncommissioned officer, headed up a project to commemorate the unit's dead and conceived of a memorial featuring the figure of a forlorn soldier kneeling to mourn before empty helmet, boots, and rifle — an array of objects that traditionally represents a fallen compatriot.

Needing a sculptor to carry out his vision, Sgt. Maj. Fuss and other Americans asked around for local talent, and an Iraqi contractor recommended a 27-year-old artist named Khalid Alussy to them…

As the work neared completion, Sgt. Fuss and the division's commander, Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, decided it needed a clearer connection to Iraq. The general suggested adding a small child to symbolize Iraq's new future… After four months' worth of night and weekend labor, Mr. Alussy completed his assignment, and the statues were installed in an entranceway inside the 4th Infantry Division's headquarters in Tikrit. In February 2004 the statues were flown to the 4th Infantry Division Museum at the unit's home base of Fort Hood, Texas.

2The statue arrived at Fort Hood's Robert Gray Army Airfield Feb. 16, along with the first 60 soldiers in the task force to redeploy from Iraq, said Capt. Charles Armstrong, secretary of the general staff for the rear detachment.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers donated the $18,000 to cover the cost of the statue, created by an Iraqi sculptor from the melted-down remnants of statues he had been forced to sculpt for former dictator Saddam Hussein, said Maj. Josslyn Aberle, public affairs officer for the 4th Infantry Division at its Iraq headquarters in Tikrit.

1. Snopes
2. U.S. Department of Defense

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mother's Day Shrine!

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The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.

“The "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War:

Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.”

Unfortunately, to date war continues perhaps as a necessary evil and has been compounded to include women, many of whom are Mothers.

“As far as Julia Ward Howe, being considered as an advocate for a national observation of Mother's Day is clearly denied by her own writing. In her "Reminiscences" Howe states that she was in great opposition to Louis Napoleon from the period of the infamous act of treachery and violence, which made him emperor. She wondered, "Why do not mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?" She felt if she sent an appeal to womanhood throughout the world that the waste of human life in war could be prevented. Howe's little document referred to as "Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation" was not a proclamation about motherhood or her own mother in the sense that Mother's Day is expressed today but rather it was an anti-war movement. I see this woman dressed in black holding up a sign that reads, "Give peace a chance" as we saw during the Vietnam War.” TheHolidayspot

“In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother's Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honoring Anna's mother. Anna handed out her mother's favorite flowers, the white carnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna's hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers” Day For

Today carnations are still the official flower of Mother's Day.

International Mother's Day Shrine

“The Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, the Mother Church of Mothers Day, became the International Mothers Day Shrine when it was incorporated on May 15, 1962. This beautiful, historic church, built in 1873, is located on Main Street in downtown Grafton, one mile south of the junction of Routes 50 and 119. It is open April 15 through October 15, Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 3:30; closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays except by appointment. Reservations are required for tour groups.”

“Mission Statement:

"The International Mother's Day Shrine and Museum will preserve, promote and develop through education, the Spirit of Motherhood, as exemplified by the lives of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis and Anna Jarvis, and the institution of Mother's Day that they established."

The Mission of the International Mother's Day Shrine is clear: to preserve, promote and develop the Spirit of Motherhood. The over-riding goals of our organization flow from that mission statement. We are striving to launch a new awareness of the International Mother's Day Shrine and Museum and to celebrate the region's historic significance and the founding of Mother's Day as an important facet of its heritage.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Monday, May 04, 2009

50 Wonderful Women

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For 55 years the Newspaper published in Memphis, Tennessee and founded by (publisher of the Chicago Defender); has been “1one of the longest, continuously-published African-American papers in the United States”.

In addition to informative African-American news and having been active in the ; the Tri-State Defender also annually honors “Women of Excellence”.

2Each woman must be an African-American executive, professional, businessperson or community leader with a proven record of accomplishment. She must be a positive role model who has influenced the lives of others and demonstrated an active role in the community.”

On March 5th; Tri-State Defender published an official nomination form. By the end of the month; Tri-State Defender began their selections from numerous nominees. Then on April 24, 2009 at The Tower Room, in Memphis, Tennessee; these 50 exceptionally influential African-American Women were honored! at the Tri-State Defender Online.

served as Event Coordinator last year and for this year’s Women of Excellence High Tea honorees. Florence M. Howard “ is an entrepreneur and founder of (SSCOMM, Inc.), an 8-year-old consulting firm that offers training, event planning, public relations and market research services to businesses, nonprofit and governmental agencies.”

Anchor, hosted the event:



Sunday, May 03, 2009

Starving Artists Controversy?

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Artists may have found a way to solve their insatiable hunger and appease ours. During the year 2005 in Miami, "visitors to an international art show were invited to place flavored strips representing paintings and photos on their palates. Visitors to Visionaire art magazine's "taste bar" were offered postage-stamp-sized strips that dissolve like film breath mints. They were developed in conjunction with artists, and the artwork paired with each flavor was displayed menu-like above the bar." read full article.

Naturally the flavored strips were as diverse and controversial as art itself can sometimes be.

"Visionaire and New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. spent about a year on this project." Now fast forward to the Today Show:

As stated in the video clip by the company's President/CEO and confirmed on their site, First Flavor was "Inspired by the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 Warner Brothers Studio)" A remarkably striking resemblance can be found in the article "Miami exhibit invites visitors to taste some art" about the "postage-stamp-sized" flavored strips:

"It's very Willy Wonka," said John Steele of Visionaire, likening the exhibit to the scene in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," where a character experiences a three-course meal in a stick of gum."

I don't know what came first the chicken or the egg, paint or canvas, or the Visionaire and New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. or First Flavor, Inc. I don't know if any or all of the companies are related, helped, or influenced the other. Notably though, in the year 2005; "First Flavor was founded by marketing entrepreneurs and innovators with over 100 years of combined experience building companies valued at over a billion dollars. Working with our strategic partners, industry leaders in the areas of flavor science and marketing".

Nevertheless; I think Artists have gotten the raw end of the deal. Seems the Artists involved in the Miami exhibit, at least helped to advance the concept of flavored strips. And so the question remains, are some Artists left to starve once again? If so, I recon they can only hope to find disposed of magazines. Perhaps inside will be First Flavor's "Peel ‘n Taste flavor strips". These "are edible film strips (similar to popular breath strips) which are flavored to the taste experience of a food or beverage brand. Each strip is packaged in easy-to-open, tamper evident foil pouches that ensure a quality product and safe trial experience."

Of course, this is to "enhance" advertising not Artists.

Note, the Peel 'n Taste Marketing System is "using patent-pending technology."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Medicine for Huntington’s Disease

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 Quoted directly from Huntington's Disease Society of America (links have been added for your convenience)

Dear HDSA members,

We are pleased to announce today that Xenazine* (tetrabenazine) Tablets, the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s Disease (HD), is now available in the United States. We know that those affected by HD, your caregivers, physicians and family members, have been waiting decades for an HD treatment option, and we are delighted that for the first time ever people with HD will have an approved option to consider to treat their chorea**. This is particularly momentous because of all of the effort that our community invested in helping to secure FDA approval of Xenazine.

HDSA has been working in collaboration with Ovation Pharmaceuticals during preparations to introduce this drug in the U.S., which will be available through specialty pharmacies. I am impressed with the company’s strong commitment to the HD community and with the many programs they have put in place to support the needs of people affected by Huntington’s Disease. As part of its commitment to make Xenazine broadly available, Ovation has developed extensive patient support programs with the goal of eliminating financial barriers to the therapy.

To find out more about Xenazine and if it is the right treatment for you or for your loved one:

Go see your physician
Call Ovation’s Xenazine information line: 1-888-882-6013
Note: there is more information about the comprehensive patient support programs for Xenazine on this website.

This truly is a milestone to be celebrated, and we’re so proud to share this news with you. Congratulations and thank you again for your ongoing commitment as we continue to work together to make important advancements for the HD community.

Warm regards,

Barbara Boyle

National Executive Director/CEO, HDSA

* Xenazine is a registered trademark of Cambridge Laboratories (Ireland) Limited.

** Xenazine is FDA-approved to treat chorea, one of the symptoms seen in people with HD. Chorea is a debilitating movement disorder characterized by excessive, involuntary and repetitive movements that are one of the most visible manifestations of Huntington’s Disease.

Important links: How to Order Xenazine (tetrabenazine)

Note:  On February 9, 2009 Ovation Pharmaceuticals was bought by Lundbeck Inc.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

What Country's Flag Colors Really Represent

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[“Meet the world” and to the idea of using flags of different nations as vehicles to transmit it was a Grande Reportagem campaign "created by 25 year old Brazilian Icaro Doria who has been working for the magazine". In each case, the colours that appear on various national flags were used to symbolize a social or political issue that is specific to the country in question. Grande Reportagem “Flags” campaign is the winner of EPICA D’OR 2005.] - Protools

Grande Reportagem is a Portuguese news magazine.

Meet the world Grande Reportagem flag campaign should not be confused with "Meet the World attraction at Tomorrowland in Tokyo Disneyland from 1983 until 2002."

United States Flag Code

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

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"EARTH DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century, another eon. EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety. …EARTH DAY draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of theEarth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible. The vernal equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth’s beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance." - Margaret Mead

Disneynature Earth Trailer HD

The Epic Adventure of Earth Comes to the Big Screen.

"WASHINGTON— President Bill Clinton marked Earth Day in 1994 by promising to "green" the White House from its landscaping to its copy machines. But President Barack Obama and his supporters pledged themselves to a far more ambitious goal on Tuesday—combating climate change all over the world." By Jim Tankersley Washington Bureau April 22, 2009

"Earth Day, celebrated in the US on April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year." - Wikipedia

"Call the Capitol switchboard at 202 224-3121 and tell your member of Congress to support the Markey climate bill

Earth Day Network believes the Markey-Waxman climate bill is a reasonable measure that moves the US toward a green energy future and new economy based on renewable energy that will go along way toward pollution reduction requirements for climate change.

The bill has strong clean energy standards that will transform the economy and encompass the latest in climate science.
The bill could be strengthened in the areas of 100 percent emissions auctions and in offsets and could use stronger enforcement mechanisms. We look forward to working with Chairmen Markey and Waxman on such strengthening measures.

We applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey for their longstanding leadership on global warming and for their hard work on the legislation. Please call your member of Congress through the Capitol switchboard at 202 224-3121 and ask them to support the Markey Waxman climate bill and to strengthen it." - Earth Day Network

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cleopatra African American Heritage

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"Cleopatra may have been part-African and not Greek Caucasian, according to a British TV documentary to be shown this month." - Discovery Channel (read full article)

"The queen's sister Princess Arsinoe, found in Ephesus, Turkey, indicate that her mother had an "African" skeleton." - BBC News (listen to full audio)

Cleopatra, "in Saqqara, on Jan. 6. Queen Seshestet (2323-2291 BC), ruled Egypt as the first pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty." - Netscape

Currently, "Archaeologists in Egypt are about to start excavating a site that they believe could conceal the tombs of Antony and Cleopatra." - Giles Coren Times Online

"Cleopatra was immortalized by Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra and played by Elizabeth Taylor." -
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Pet Airways

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Written by Sotiris, Published on Gomestic Apr 19, 2009

Sotiris   (Thessaloniki, Greece) where you can find quality photos and videos!

The first company that offers transport to our pets.

Image via Wikipedia

It was about time. Pets are taking their revenge for making them fly by airmail or in the space of baggages in the airplanes. Now they are going to fly like humans do. Pet Airways was created specifically for dogs and cats. No humans are allowed. The only humans on the plane are the pilots and the air-hostess who looks after the pets.

The first flight will be held in a few days and those who send their animals with Pet Airways' planes, can check where their pets are through the internet. The owners of this company stated that it was high time we did something good for our pets and that their torture (having to fly in the space of baggages) is finally over!

* Permission to reprint above article granted to by Sotiris

Pet Airways "A Pet Airline where pets fly in the main cabin, NOT in cargo!"

The Pet Airways Promise

"We promise to transport your pet with lots of love, care, safety, and comfort in the main cabin.

Pet Airways is the first airline exclusively dedicated to pets - no humans please - and we take the job of providing a comfortable experience for pets very seriously.

We'll do everything in our power to make sure your pets get the best care during their journey because we're committed to taking care of our pet "pawsengers" as if they were our own."

Body Mistakenly Delivered To Philly Pet Shop

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Saturday, April 11, 2009


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Easter, 1916 by W. B. Yeats

I HAVE met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road.
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of all.

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

"Easter, 1916 is a poem by W. B. Yeats describing the poet's ambivalent emotions regarding the events of the Easter Rising staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916. The uprising was unsuccessful, and most of the militant Irish republican leaders involved were executed for treason. The poem was written between May and September 1916." Wikipedia

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Honor! Festival

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Honor! A Celebration of African American Cultural Legacy
A Festival Curated by Jessye Norman: March 4-23, 2009
March 4, 2009; Press release

NEW YORK, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 4, Carnegie Hall launches Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, a festival saluting the enduring vitality, influence, and creativity of African American culture, curated by renowned soprano Jessye Norman. Running through March 23 with more than 20 events at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and venues throughout New York City, Honor! celebrates African American music and its influence worldwide, with programs paying tribute to pioneering artists including Marian Anderson, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and more in programs that showcase performances by leading artists of today representing classical, gospel, the Spiritual, blues, jazz, and popular music. Complete festival information is available at

The Honor! festival is bookended by two special programs at Carnegie Hall. On March 4, "Honor: Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Beyond" features today's musical innovators in tribute to great popular music artists of the past. Musical Director Ray Chew joins Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, Ron Carter, James Carter (jazz); James "Blood" Ulmer, Toshi Reagon (blues); Anthony Hamilton, Freddie Jackson, Leela James, Kem, Ryan Shaw (R&B, soul); Vernon Reid (rock); Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte (hip-hop). The festival concludes with "Honor: The Voice" on March 23, a program bringing together acclaimed African American classical singers to pay tribute to icons who paved the way for succeeding generations. Featured singers include Harolyn Blackwell, Gregg Baker, Angela M. Brown, Nicole Cabell, Kevin Maynor, and Eric Owens. click to read more


"Jessye Norman is “one of those once-in-a-generation singers who is not simply following in the footsteps of others, but is staking out her own niche in the history of singing” (New York Times). This rich history continues to be made as she brings her sumptuous sound, her joy of singing, and her spontaneous passion to recital performances, operatic portrayals, and appearances with symphony orchestras and chamber music collaborators to audiences around the world. The sheer size, power, and luster of her voice share equal acclaim with that of her thoughtful music making, innovative programming of the classics, and fervent advocacy of contemporary music. Miss Norman’s collaborations with artists on the cutting-edge in their fields—Robert Wilson, Andre Heller, Bill T. Jones, Steve McQueen, and Laura Karpman—serve to add new dimensions and exciting new challenges to her work." continued


Honor: Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, and Beyond
Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Honor! opens with a concert that pays tribute to the great African American popular music artists of the past. Each presentation will parallel an event in the bountiful history of performances by African American artists at Carnegie Hall. Ray Chew—Musical Director for NBC’s The Singing Bee, Showtime At the Apollo, and BET’s Sunday Best—is Music Director for the program. Featured artists for this program include pianist Geri Allen, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, bassist Ron Carter, and saxophonist James Carter (jazz); vocalist/guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer and vocalist/guitarist Toshi Reagon (blues); vocalists Ashford & Simpson, Anthony Hamilton, Freddie Jackson, Leela James, Kem, and Ryan Shaw (R&B, soul); guitarist Vernon Reid and vocalist Corey Glover (rock); rappers Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte (hip-hop) and actor Avery Brooks. Emmy Award winning WABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa will host the program alongside actor Wendell Pierce from the acclaimed HBO’s series The Wire.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Imani Winds
Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. (CUNY Graduate Center’s Music in Midtown)
In the first of six free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts presented by The Weill Music Institute during Honor!, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet Imani Winds will perform a sneak preview of a new Carnegie Hall commission by Daniel Bernard Roumain at Manhattan’s CUNY Graduate Center (to be premiered on March 8; see Panel Discussions below). Since 1997, Imani Winds has sought to diversify and expand the wind quintet repertoire by incorporating diverse musical genres into their performances, including compositions by classical composers Elliott Carter, Luciano Berio, and György Ligeti and jazz artists Wayne Shorter and Paquito D’Rivera.

Sacred Ellington
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. (The Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
Comprised of excerpts from Duke Ellington’s large-scale, three-part work known as the Sacred Concerts, Sacred Ellington features Jessye Norman in a program that pays homage to this legendary figure and his music. The concert, which features Miss Norman performing with Music Director/pianist Mark Markham, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, dancer Margie Gillis, the Flux Quartet, the choir Sacred Voices, plus a jazz ensemble, takes place at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, a special sanctuary of central importance in Ellington’s life and where he gave the premiere of his Second Sacred Concert in January 1968. Less than four months later, on April 4, 1968, Ellington performed excerpts from the Second Sacred Concert at Carnegie Hall, where it was announced from the stage prior to the start that Martin Luther King, Jr., had just been assassinated. The concert was subsequently performed in memory of Dr. King.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Esperanza Spalding
Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)
Twenty-three-year-old bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding performs a free Neighborhood Concert at Manhattan’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Spalding’s fresh approach to jazz—mixing pop, soul, and Latin music bolstered by classical music training—made her the youngest professor in the history of the prestigious Berklee College of Music where she had studied since age 16.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Community Sing with Gospel for Teens
Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. (Apollo Theater’s Soundstage)
The Gospel for Teens Choir will join host Vy Higginsen at the Apollo Theater’s Soundstage for a free Community Sing where audience members are invited to come together and sing along with the choir. Higginsen, writer/producer/director of the 1984 musical Mama, I Want to Sing, founded Mama Foundation for the Arts and its Gospel for Teens Program, which teaches aspiring teenagers about the importance of gospel music as an art form.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Harlem Quartet, A Sphinx Ensemble
Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. (Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center)
The Harlem Quartet, comprised of First Place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition, will engage the audience in this free Neighborhood Concert highlighting works by minority composers at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center of the Queens Library. The Harlem Quartet made their acclaimed debut in the fall of 2006 at the Sphinx Organization’s Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall.

Ask Your Mama!
Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Soprano Jessye Norman, hip-hop group The Roots, and vocalists de’Adre Aziza and Tracie Luck are the featured artists in the world premiere performance of Ask Your Mama!, an extraordinary multimedia concert production from composer Laura Karpman commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Based on Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, Langston Hughes’ 1961 poem cycle about African-American life, music, and culture, this collaboration between the four-time Emmy Award-winning composer Karpman and the five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Norman will be directed by Annie Dorsen (Passing Strange) with conductor George Manahan leading the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Artist Rico Gatson will provide visuals.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit and The Philadelphia Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall for a program dedicated to the great soprano Marian Anderson, featuring bass-baritone Eric Owens singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Anderson, a native of Philadelphia, performed at Carnegie Hall 56 times throughout her life, the third-most performances by an African American musician behind trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis. The program also features African American composer George Walker’s 1996 Pulitzer Prize-winning work Lilacs with tenor Russell Thomas and European classical works inspired by African American music including Milhaud’s La création du monde and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World.”

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Zankel Hall)
Grammy- and Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater presents an evening of original music and jazz standards. Noted by The New York Times as “a woman of a thousand voices [with the] stage personalities to match,” Ms. Bridgewater has performed on Broadway and with jazz legends such as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Max Roach, earning her the reputation of a consummate entertainer. Ms. Bridgewater also hosts the syndicated weekly NPR radio show, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert:
McCollough Sons of Thunder & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.)
The McCollough Sons of Thunder, a “shout” gospel brass band ensemble, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, made up of seven sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, will perform two free Neighborhood Concerts, first at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc., and then Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Complex. The “shout” band, a tradition deeply rooted in the African-American church, is quickly gaining recognition in larger circles, and the McCollough Sons of Thunder provide a unique fusion of these traditions with brass band instruments.

Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival
Friday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
Presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the National High School Choral Festival features choirs from Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, chosen by audition, performing Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, a work that utilizes the African American Spiritual in much the same way that Bach employed chorales in his choral masterworks. Craig Jessop, former Music Director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Soloists include soprano Angela M. Brown, contralto Meredith Arwady, tenor Russell Thomas, and bass Morris Robinson. Throughout the year, the four chosen choirs have rehearsed the work and will have intensive rehearsals in New York the week prior to the performance. At the performance, each choir will also perform its own set led by their own choir directors.

Emancipation's Jubilations: Spirituals and Songs that Led a Nation
Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m. (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts)
Presented by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts as part of its series Mystic Chords of Memory: Abraham Lincoln and the Performing Arts, baritone James Martin performs a recital based on songs Lincoln heard at a contraband camp (a refuge for escaped slaves), including "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "Every Time I Feel the Spirit," "I Thank God that I Am Free at Last," "John Brown's Body," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Didn't My God Deliver Daniel," "Go Down, Moses," "I Ain't Got Weary Yet," "I've Been in the Storm So Long," "Steal Away," and "Praise God from Whom Blessings Flow."

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert:
McCollough Sons of Thunder & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. (Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Complex)
See Thursday, March 19.

A Celebration of the Spiritual and Gospel Music
Sunday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. (Apollo Theater)
A weekend devoted to the Spiritual and gospel music at the Apollo Theater begins with a panel discussion on Saturday, March 21 (see below). Then, on Sunday, a concert traces the development of the Spiritual from its African roots through solo vocal performances and choral arrangements. Following intermission, choirs from around New York City join forces for a joyous celebration of gospel music. Music Director Ray Chew is joined by gospel singers Shari Addison, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Smokie Norful, and Richard Smallwood, the Abyssinian Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir.

Honor: The Voice
Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. (Carnegie Hall; Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
In the Honor! closing program, acclaimed African American singers from the classical world come together to pay tribute to icons who opened the doors for succeeding generations. Featured performers are sopranos Harolyn Blackwell, Angela M. Brown, and Nicole Cabell; baritone Gregg Baker; bass-baritone Eric Owens; and bass Kevin Maynor.

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Panel Discussions
Sunday, March 8 (Carnegie Hall; Zankel Hall)

12:00 p.m.—Exploration: A Panel Discussion
Attorney Gordon J. Davis; author Michael Eric Dyson; Dr. Luvenia A. George, author and developer of the Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong curriculum for the Smithsonian Institute; composer Laura Karpman; conductor Rachael Worby; and scholar Cornel West offer a wide ranging discussion on music today ranging from hip-hop and jazz to contemporary orchestral music. Following the discussion, Imani Winds will perform Five Chairs and One Table, a new work by Daniel Bernard Roumain, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The piece portrays a history of African and African-American song and struggle and includes brief musical portraits dedicated to Jessye Norman, South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), the folk singer Odetta (1930-2008), and the daughters of Barack and Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha. Imani Winds will also perform the New York premiere of Cane by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran.

3:30 p.m.—Impression: A Panel Discussion
Composer/conductor Tania León, author Toni Morrison, tenor and professor George Shirley, and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith take part in an afternoon of reminiscences and anecdotes of a life in the arts. Leading figures discuss their individual performance experiences on the international stages. Baritone Robert Sims and pianist Paul Hamilton will conclude the event with a 20-minute performance.

7:00 p.m.—Expression: A Panel Discussion
Poet and award-winning writer Maya Angelou, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journalist Gwen Ifill, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith Jamison, musicologist Portia Maultsby, and dancer and choreographer Arthur Mitchell of Dance Theatre of Harlem participate in a discussion of the history of African American performing arts and its role in social and political change. The event will conclude with a performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Ensemble.

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Classically American
Thursday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts)
As part of its multimedia exhibition, Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, running from February 11 to May 9, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents this panel discussion with moderator Alastair Macauley and panelists Suzanne Farrell, Frederic Franklin, and Lorraine Graves exploring the lasting legacy of this important cultural institution. Additional panelists are to be announced.

THE STORIES I COULD TELL: Arthur Mitchell at 75
Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts)
As part of its multimedia exhibition, Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, running from February 11 to May 9, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents an interview with Arthur Mitchell, the Founding Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, moderated by Robert Greskovic.

Panel Discussion: The Spiritual and Gospel Music
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. (Apollo Theater)
Distinguished figures discuss the historical, political, and musical issues associated with this music. Participants include Derrick Bell, Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Portia Maultsby, Chapman Roberts, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Olly Wilson.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

A Tab of Mental Alka-Seltzers

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Plop Plop Fizz Fizz, oh what a relief !

Excuse me; I seem to have misplaced my teeth somewhere! No, I do not have false pearly whites. Just I have been nibbling on several jams recently. Than, just as I was about to digest some more from my already full plate, I noticed my bite wasn’t as sharp. Perhaps this is what butter knives were meant for, to help spread it all around! Anyone care for some jam! If only life were this easy! Just think, we could pick and choose what was severed on our dish! Yuck, I don’t want this, ok fork it over – I’ll take some! Assuredly, this would be one extensive meal no one would be shouting for seconds! Regrettably, as if to add salt to an already raw wound, we must almost gracefully accept this fact about life; it’s not that accommodating. For no matter the time, the place, or how much already on any platter, there will always be room for circumstances. However; there is no need to use a knife to slit one’s own throat over this. Whence the clear-cut truth is, circumstances have no margins. Nonetheless, liken any good recipe - with the proper ingredients and preparation, we can maintain a healthy mind and reap our just desserts! Plop Plop Fizz Fizz, oh what a relief that is! Lawyers say I have to add this: Caution: may have to grind a little slower or a little longer in order to absorb what is being offered. Meanwhile; if you find my virtual teeth somewhere out among this blogosphere, kindly return them to me! For perhaps later; I’ll feel the need to chew the fat over a nice glass of wine best served cold.

Bon Appetit!

originally posted 07/07/07

Monday, February 23, 2009

He Plowed The Path to African-Americans US Citizenship

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(The Association for the Study of African American Life and History) - the Founders of Black History Month, is a non-profit organization established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The 2009 Black History Theme is “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas”. In keeping with this years theme, I’d like to present Dred Scott:

Dred Scott (1799 – September 17, 1858), was a slave in the United States who sued unsuccessfully for his freedom in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857. His case was based on the fact that he and his wife Harriet were slaves, but had lived in states and territories where slavery was illegal, including Illinois and Minnesota (which was then part of the Wisconsin Territory). The United States Supreme Court ruled seven to two against Scott, finding that neither he, nor any person of African ancestry, could claim citizenship in the United States, and that therefore Scott could not bring suit in federal court under diversity of citizenship rules. Moreover, Scott's temporary residence outside Missouri did not effect his emancipation under the Missouri Compromise, since reaching that result would deprive Scott's owner of his property. source Wikipedia

was a prominent lawyer in St. Louis and also the father of journalist and poet ”. “Field took few slave cases, but when he did, he represented slaves. Even then, however he had but limited experience with the law of slavery when he became Dred Scott's attorney. Scott had filed his freedom suit in the spring of 1846; six years later, after "bitterly fought" (p. 180) and complex litigation, and after the Missouri Supreme Court reversed itself on freedom suits, Field became Scott's attorney.”

“The Eugene Field House was the home of Eugene's father Roswell Field, the attorney who formulated the legal strategy that placed slave Dred Scott's lawsuit for freedom before the U. S. Supreme Court. In Scott v. Sandford, one of the most controversial cases of the 19th century, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney declared that no slave could be a U.S. citizen and that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 (that abolished slavery in most territories) was unconstitutional. The 1857 decision widened the political gap between the North and the South and helped precipitate the Civil War. A very outspoken critic of the decision was Abraham Lincoln, a relatively unknown Illinois lawyer, whose attacks on the case thrust him into the national political scene. Anger over Taney's decision energized the Republican party and led the nation's first antislavery political party to victory in 1860. It took the civil war and post-war constitutional amendments to overturn the Dred Scott decision.”

:"1858 Dred Scott dies of tuberculosis and is buried in St. Louis. He was buried in Wesleyan Cemetery at what is now the intersection of Grand and Laclede Avenues in St. Louis (now part of the campus of St. Louis University). In 1867, Wesleyan cemetery closed and the bodies were disinterred and re-buried at other sites. Dred Scott's body was moved to an unmarked grave in Section 1, Lot No. 177, Calvary Cemetery, in north St. Louis County. In 1957 a marker was placed on Dred Scott's grave which reads":


*The back of the tombstone says, "Freed from slavery by his Friend Taylor Blow."

“On its way to the United States Supreme Court, the Dred Scott case grew in scope and significance as slavery became the single most explosive issue in American politics. By the time the case reached the high court, it had come to have enormous political implications for the entire nation. On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney read the majority opinion of the Court, which stated that black people were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not expect any protection from the federal government or the courts; the opinion also stated that Congress had no authority to ban slavery from a federal territory. The decision of Scott v. Sandford, considered by legal scholars to be the worst ever rendered by the Supreme Court, was overturned by the (1865-1868), which abolished slavery and declared all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the United States.”

Excerpt from the poem “Freedom’s Plow” by


Who said those things? Americans!
Who owns those words? America!
Who is America? You, me!
We are America!
To the enemy who would conquer us from without,
We say, NO!
To the enemy who would divide
And conquer us from within,
We say, NO!
To all the enemies of these great words:
We say, NO!

A long time ago,
An enslaved people heading toward freedom
Made up a song:
Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
The plow plowed a new furrow
Across the field of history.
Into that furrow the freedom seed was dropped.
From that seed a tree grew, is growing, will ever grow.
That tree is for everybody,
For all America, for all the world.
May its branches spread and shelter grow
Until all races and all peoples know its shade.

Please visit The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Loves Many Layers

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Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy

Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding-ring,
if you like.

Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

More Poems by Carol Ann Duffy at Famous Poets and Poems

Thanks to Classic Poetry Aloud for this tidbit:

"It may be, though, that the time has come for a woman Poet Laureate in Britain. The post has recently become vacant, following the end of Andrew Motion's ten year tenure. Wendy Cope remains among the favourites to be appointed, despite the fact that she has said she doesn't want the job (see here for more) and despite the prestige of the post and the associated £100 and butt of sack (a sort of sherry) given annually to the holder. (For a Classic Poetry Aloud reading of one of Wendy Cope's poems, please see Occasional Miscellany #4.) With Cope out of the race, Carol Ann Duffy is now in the frame, so we may get our female laureate yet."

On a personal note from ndpthepoetress: In re to the The Royal Society of Literature Review comment by Poet Wendy Cope: “Although there is no requirement on the part of the Palace or Whitehall that the Laureate write anything at all, the press and the public expect it and the only way to get rid of that expectation is to abolish the post." I say, to abolish the post would be to put an end to poetry itself. Let poetry live through the press and public. How dare you Wendy Cope try to stifle such a passion that has flourished for centuries throughout the veins of many a heart. If you ‘can not’ do the job Wendy Cope, just say so and let more worthy Poets like Carol Ann Duffy represent what Poetry is truly all about.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

How You Can Help Operation Morning Star

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Quoted: Radio Show on Feb. 5, 1510 AM, the program Total Health Hosted by "Coach K" Rob Kingsbury in Kansas City at 2:15 p.m to talk about Operation Morning Star "Economic Development Program" on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this summer.

You can listen live, call in with questions, and learn how to help put this program in place by donating monies for purchase of animals and plants for this project. Purchased will be food producing plants, rabbits for meat, poultry for meat and eggs, trout aquaculture, and more. This project will start in one village with the goal of expanding according to resource contributions and participation of the community.

We will have a guest from Pine Ridge to discuss the importance of producing food from a First Nations perspective including how to preserve these foods as well as discussing how healthy food production can combat the epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Zennie A Pillar Of The Filipino Community

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Charleston, SC's only
Zenaida Doria Mendoza (Zennie) - "an accomplished pianist, well-sought accompanist, composer, lyricist, producer, director, and writer"

My Love For You
* Won a Director's Award and a songwriting contract in the Nashville International Song & Lyric Contest for Summer 2008

(Background pictures are from her group, 1Hiyas-Min, the Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston, South Carolina)

My Love for You

Composed by Zennie Doria Mendoza
Copyright April, 2006
All Rights Reserved

When you went away, my love….
Days and nights begin like years of waiting
‘Til once more you’re back,
You’re back to me to stay with me….
I want to hold you in my arms…
And feel the warmth of your embrace, your kiss
And your sweet smile.

Say, there is no end to our
Love, our love we feel in our hearts…
Our hearts united with one vow….
That we will love each other till…
The moon and stars no longer shine…
Until the oceans run dry….
I’m yours and you are mine.

One day I got a letter from you…
That you don’t love me anymore…
And that you have someone else.

I begin to cry when I found out…
That you forgot our solemn vow…
Our love will be now and forever.

Say, please say this isn’t true…
Say that you still love me….
Say that you don’t mean our love is gone…
That it is gone forever…
Please, come back to me and stay with me…
I’ll always love you through and through…
You are the only one I love.

The composition has been recorded by Paramount Group, Inc. and will be featured in another CD "Catch a Rising Star" to be recorded by Paramount Group, Inc. again.

To be notified when this CD "Catch a Rising Star" is produced, contact Binding Ink.Org.

Zennie's Daughter wanted to feature her Mom in a Filipino article so she contacted a close Friend of Zennie’s; Lina Calub who is a Medical Technologist, to help write the below beautifully written biosketch:

1. Description of the nominee’s personality/character:

Ms. Zenaida Doria Mendoza is extremely versatile and multi-talented. She is creative and imaginative, focused and determined, passionate and persistent in pursuing her goals. These attributes enabled her to produce several major cultural shows in Charleston, Atlanta and other neighboring communities. Her caring ways, her belief in other people’s potential and capabilities and her pursuit of excellence make her a tremendous leader.

2. Indications of Moral Integrity:

Zennie is well respected and loved. She is a pillar of hope and a stronghold of the Filipino community especially when it comes to promoting and sharing our Filipino heritage. She is a devout Catholic, a lector, commentator, and Eucharistic minister in her church.

3. Significant Service/Contribution to Others (maybe Local or International):

Ms. Zenaida Doria Mendoza was the first to raise public awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the Filipinos in Charleston. It was important to her that not only her two children, but also other American-born children knew their heritage, so she produced and directed the first Philippine cultural show in the State of South Carolina held in June 1981 at the Charleston Museum. The unprecedented show described by “News and Courier staff reporter Bill Thompson as a significant new cultural and intellectual event was such a smashing hit that it was necessary to hold it over a third time. This undertaking was unique in scope because Zennie not only tapped in on the many hidden talents of 100 local amateurs (young and old), but also succeeded in establishing a respectable Filipino identity.

More cultural productions ensued:

*Philippines: A Portrait in Motion and Songs (1981) Charleston, SC

*East Meets West (1982) Charleston, SC

*Images and Sounds (1983) Charleston, SC

*Island in the Sun (1984) Charleston, SC

*Sayaw-Himig, Festival of Philippine Folk Dances and Music (1987) Atlanta, Georgia

*Sayaw-Himig, Festival of Philippine Folk Dances and Music (1991) Charleston, SC

*Karilagan (Beauty) (1993) Columbia, SC

*Kalayaan, A Cry for Freedom (1999) Columbia, SC; Charleston, SC

*The Pearl (Target date, 2007)

As a result of these waves of exposure, we get invitations to perform at Charleston’s major art festivals – The Piccolo- Spoleto, North Charleston Performing Arts and the Summerville Flowertown Festival. We also participated in the Asian-American Heritage Celebration at the Veterans Memorial Hospital and the Polaris Naval Weapons Station. We are popular guests at fund-raising events in the tri-county area and featured guests at different social functions. Incumbent and aspiring politicians come to our meetings and gatherings for fellowship.

Now our fascinating culture is seen, heard, and felt throughout Charleston and its neighboring areas. Thanks to the vision, leadership, and persistence of one lady, named Zenaida Mendoza. The word Filipino is no longer a ripple, but a current. We are now a vibrant force: palpable and viable. We are now a part of the Charleston culture – from an almost non-existent entity to an established respected identity. It makes us proud, very proud indeed.

4. Other Achievements (of some Heroic quality):

Mrs. Mendoza is an outstanding citizen of the community. In 1986, she was recognized by the State of South Carolina Representative Henry Brown for her many outstanding contributions to her community and the State of South Carolina.

She was the founder, past president, cultural director of Hiyas-min, Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston, SC. This organization under her leadership, has donated part of the proceeds of the proceeds of three major cultural productions to the Pilot Club of America, Trident Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House of the Medical University of South Carolina, and the building fund of the Immaculate Conception Church of Goose Creek, South Carolina. She received awards for her outstanding services in 1986. In 1983, the Philippine Cultural society of Charleston she founded was recognized by the State through the motion of Representative Francis Archibald for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of SC and for the promotion of tourism throughout South Carolina.

She also produced and directed the first Philippine cultural show in the state of Georgia. She was given an award as Outstanding Member Award by the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta in 1987 and Outstanding Service Award in 1988.

She was one of the coordinators of Neighbor Day Finale at Piccolo-Spoleto, a major international art festival in Charleston from 1991 – 2000. From 1989-2000, she was a member of the Charleston Symphony League.

She was a medical technologist by profession and was chosen as “Employee of the Month” at Charleston Memorial Hospital in March 2000.

She is an accomplished pianist, well-sought accompanist, composer, lyricist, producer, director, and writer.

When we think of heroism, oftentimes we think of a life or lives saved sometimes against insurmountable odds. But heroism is also in our everyday life. Being courageous and brave, taking a stand and being steadfast in what you believe in even against apathy and unpopular support. The belief that we, Filipinos, as a race deserve respect and dignity, the belief that we Filipinos are a viable entity in American soil, that we Filipinos come from a culture rich in history and diversity, heritage and tradition are quests worth pursuing and even fighting for. For somebody to instill pride in who we are and what we are, now that is a hero. To us Filipinos in Charleston, Zenaida Doria Mendoza is a role model and a hero.

5. Manifestations (in words or deeds) or patriotism to the country, the Philippines:

She was the founder of Hiyas-min, Philippine Cultural Society of Charleston, a non-stock, non-profit society dedicated in the promotion and preservation of the rich and unique Philippine arts and culture, and in establishing a respectable Filipino identity and be recognized as an ethnic group in Charleston and neighboring communities.

In Goose Creek, SC, she was the impetus that revived the religious old tradition of “Misa de Gallo”, Filipino caroling and “parol” (Christmas lanterns)- making around Christmas holidays.

She brought to Charleston out-of-town Filipino talents like Lani Mesinas, Philippine born coloratura-soprano; Cynthia Guerrero de Leon from New York City, a collaborative pianist; and Filipino Capitol Harmonic Rondalla from the state of Maryland.

She composes Filipino love songs, folk songs, piano pieces, marches, and religious and Christmas songs. Many of her original compositions were used in shows, programs, weddings, caroling in Charleston, SC, Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, Rhode Island, Hawaii and many more.

Zennie produced and directed 8 major Philippine cultural shows, most of which are about 2 hours of song and dance, narrative and drama depicting our history and our people. One of her productions, “Images and Sounds”, was televised on Educational TV in South Carolina.

Ever since I have known Zennie (that’s more than 20 years), she is always on the forefront in relating and sharing the richness of our cultural heritage wherever she is. She lived in Detroit, Michigan; Alameda/Oakland, California; Waukegan, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina. She writes, speaks, performs, and e-mails to promote and enrich our culture.

6. Short Personal Background/Family History:

Zennie hailed from Nagcarlan, Laguna. She was the youngest daughter of Santos Doria, a musician and pre-war governor of the province of Laguna, Philippines and Socorro Cuento, a pioneer piano teacher. Zennie got her first musical lessons from her parents. One of Zennie’s sisters was Alice Doria Gamilla, internationally known pianist, composer, and music educator.

She graduated Valedictorian in Elementary school, First Honors in High School and Cum Laude in college with a B.S. in Pharmacy from National University, Manila, Philippines. Two years later she immigrated to the United States of America to take up Medical Technology. She graduated from E. Deaconess Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

She married Francisco Mendoza, a Navy man. Frank and his family are Zennie’s biggest supporters. They have two children, Michael and Theresa. Michael is a graduate of The Citadel, a business owner and electrician. Theresa is a graduate of the Savannah College of Arts and Design and is an Administrative graphic designer at the Charleston Post and Courier Newspaper.

Zennie practiced Medical Technology for 40 years. Although her husband has been retired now, Zennie has gone back to the work force and is currently employed by the Department of State. She keeps herself busy by composing music, teaching, choreographing native folk dances, directing the Hiyas-min choir. She and Frank love to travel and entertain at their home.

On another note, she currently has and chairs the “Wish You Well” Foundation that provides financial aid to deserving and outstanding Filipino-American student of the arts and to provide charitable aid by “bayanihan” (collective effort) to a Filipino or Filipino-American who is in dire need of medical assistance. This was proven when not too long ago she appealed to the Filipino communities for help for a Filipino teacher who met a traumatic car accident that resulted in her being comatose for over two months. The response to her appeal was spontaneous. The patient received extensive physical and occupational therapies at Shepherd Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia after her long hospitalization at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

In the year 2007 she was given an award as one of the Honorees in the "Who's Who in Asian-Americans in the Communities" in the entire Southeast region by the Sachi Koto Communications, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

In October, 2007 and November, 2008, she coordinated 2 concerts to help her church reduce its debt due to construction of a new ministry building. She was one of performers with her piano renditions.

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1. Hiyas-Min means our gem, our culture. Hiyas-min is a contracted word which means "Hiyas" - gem, culture, entertainment, decoration and words to that effect and "Min" is short for namin, which means "Our”