Friday, February 29, 2008

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio Reps Black History 365 Days A Years!!!

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"Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. "

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Thanks for helping our baby grow into a healthy and strong outlet for alternative news and perspectives…Since this is Black History Month, I wanted to share with you all some interviews that we did with some true Black History Makers...Now realize that these are not all of the people or subjects we interviewed or talked about concerning the topics related to the African Diaspora and larger world community…

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The following 25 shows represent the variety that can be found on W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio...There were many, many shows left off the list, but they are just as noteworthy...The order of shows listed does not suggest in anyway preference or favorites...Feel free to send these shows to your respective networks...Visit to listen to more shows:

1.) Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Tribute~10-21-07



*Also Check Out We Remember Jimmie Lunceford~8-26-07



* Interview With Eddy Determeyer, 2007 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Award Honoree & Author Of The First Ever Jimmie Lunceford Biography, Rhythm Is Our Business



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2.) Dr. John Hope Franklin Interview~5-30-07

3.) U.S. Presidential Hopeful Cynthia McKinney Interview~1-13-08

4.) Dr. Manning Marable On Malcolm X~7-1-07

5.) Michael Holman On Jean Michel Basquiat~5-9-07



6.) Topic: Barack Obama & The Hip Hop Effect On American Politics~2-10-08

8.) Holman Unleashed: Graffiti Rock, Hip Hop’s First TV Show~8-12-07

Michael Holman a.k.a. The Hip Hop Dick Clark!!!

9.) Visual Artist Rah Crawford~7-1-07


10.) Acclaimed U.S. Presidential Portrait Painter Simmie Knox & "Black Girl Speaks" Creator Sis. Talitha Coverson~2-3-08


11.) James Rucker & Emerson Able~11-25-07

James Rucker Co-Founder of Color Of Change

Legendary Memphis Musician, Educator And 2007 Jimmy Lunceford Jamboree Festival Legacy Award Honoree Emerson Able

13.) W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio Exclusive: Interview With Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong From Beyond The Grave~6-24-07



14.) Topic: The Jena 6 Post-Plea Bargain Show~12-16-07



15.) The Henry Hampton Collection (Creator of the Award Winning Eyes On The Prize Documentary)~2-18-07

16.) The John Horse Legacy~4-8-07



17.) The New Niggerati Of The 21st Century~8/19/07



18.) Interview with Clyde McElvene Co-Founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation

19.) Robert Crawford Tribute (One of the first Black Memphis,Tn Firefighters in city history~The Original 12)~1-6-08

20.) SleptOn Magazine Founders Billy Buntin & Kevin Smith/Nu R & B Sensation Nyasha Shani~1-20-08

21.) Edmund Barry Gaither
Famous Director/Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA)~2/25/07

22.) St. Criss~2/11/07


23.) Motivational Guru Willie Jolley~4-25-07




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Famed Literary Author Dwight Fryer & Ms. Regina Walker, the Senior VP of Community Impact @ the United Way of the Greater Mid South



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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NY Philharmonic Uses Music As Welcomed Foreign Policy For North Korea...

Tha Artivist Writes:

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art. ~ Charlie "Bird" Parker

I thoroughly enjoyed the article...I may be biased, but the power of art is sometimes taken for granted...If you can learn the song of a people you can learn their history: Their pains, joys, sorrows and triumphs...

DuBois call this phenomenon The Sorrow Songs...

When Poland was fighting for liberation from the Soviet Union, jazz, an art born out of American Apartheid, was being played...

During the Civil Rights Movement White folks were doing the twist, in the 20s they were doing the Charleston, in the 1910s they were doing the fox trot and at the turn of last century they were doing the cakewalk, all are products of the Black experience...

My hero and the subject of my first book James Reese Europe a.k.a. The Jazz Lieutenant used music to keep his men from getting lynched in Spartanburg, SC at a time when Black people were getting lynched every day and a half in this country...Some victims were even in full military uniform...He also used it to spread goodwill, joy and love throughout continental Europe after the brutal destruction of World War One...

We are a Blues People...

When you all get some time really listen to some Duke Ellington...Duke was a historian who used the gift of song to record and preserve the history of Black People in the African Diaspora...

My small salute to Black History Month...
Bro. Ron a.k.a. R2C2H2 Tha Artivist

Philharmonic Stirs Emotions in North Korea

Lorin Maazel conducting the New York Philharmonic at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday.

February 27, 2008
By DANIEL J. WAKIN of The New York Times

PYONGYANG, North Korea — As the New York Philharmonic sang out the opening notes of “Arirang,” a beloved Korean folk song, a murmur rippled through the audience. Many in the audience perched forward in their seats.

The piccolo played a long, plaintive melody. Cymbals crashed, harp runs flew up, the violins soared. And tears began forming in the eyes of the staid audience, row upon row of men in dark suits, women in colorful high-waisted hanbok dresses and all of them wearing pins of Kim Il-sung, the nation’s founder.

And right there, the Philharmonic had them. The full-throated performance of a piece deeply resonant for both North and South Koreans ended the orchestra’s historic concert in this isolated nation on Tuesday in triumph.

The audience applauded for more than five minutes, and orchestra members, some of them crying, waved. People in the seats cheered and waved back, reluctant to let the visiting Americans leave.

“Was that an emotional experience!” said Jon Deak, a bass player, backstage moments after the concert had ended. “It’s an incredible joy and sadness and connection like I’ve never seen. They really opened their hearts to us.”

The “Arirang” rendition also proved moving for the orchestra’s eight members of Korean origin. “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Michelle Kim, a violinist whose parents moved from the north to Seoul during the war.

The piece was part of a program carefully constructed to showcase the orchestra and its tradition. A State Department official who accompanied Zarin Mehta, the orchestra’s president, on a planning trip to Pyongyang last year suggested that “Arirang” be played, Mr. Mehta said.

The emotional setting took a turn away from the political theme that had dominated the visit, which began on Monday and ends on Wednesday, when the orchestra flies to Seoul for a concert.

It was the first time an American cultural organization had appeared here, and the largest contingent of United States citizens to appear since the Korean War. The trip has been suffused with political importance since North Korea’s invitation came to light last year. It was seen by some as an opening for warmer relations with the United States, which North Korea has long reviled.

The concert brought a “whole new dimension from what we expected,” Mr. Maazel told reporters afterward. “We just went out and did our thing, and we began to feel this warmth coming back.”

He suggested there would be a bigger impact. “I think it’s going to do a great deal,” he said. “I was told 200 million people were watching. That’s important for the people who want relations to improve.” The concert was broadcast live in many nations, as well as in North Korea.

“If it does come to be seen in retrospect as a historical moment,” he added, “we will all be very proud.”

Still, there was little indication that the good will generated by the visit will affect a critical issue: North Korea’s nuclear program, and efforts to determine the extent of it.

It did not appear that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-il, was present. High-ranking officials did attend, including the vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the vice culture minister and the chairman of the Pyongyang People’s Committee, akin to mayor.

In Washington, on Tuesday, the White House played down the significance of the concert, while criticizing the North for failing to meet its commitments to disarm. Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, said the performance neither hurt nor helped American diplomatic efforts.

“At the end of the day, we consider this concert to be a concert,” Ms. Perino said, “and it’s not a diplomatic, you know, coup.”

At the outset, the sound of the American national anthem on the stage of the East Pyongyang Grand Theater was striking. The North Korean anthem came first, and the audience stood for both. The flags of both countries flanked the stage, which was separated from the audience by a bank of flowers. The players moved on to the prelude to Act III of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony.”

Then Mr. Maazel introduced the next work, Gershwin’s “American in Paris.” “Someday a composer may write a work titled ‘Americans in Pyongyang,’ ” he said. In Korean, he added, “Enjoy!” The audience, mostly stony-faced until now, grew slightly more animated.

For an encore, Mr. Maazel introduced Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” Overture, which the orchestra played conductorless, in homage to Bernstein, a former Philharmonic music director. “Just imagine Mr. Bernstein coming back,” Mr. Maazel told the audience.

The hall, brightly lighted for a television production, had a gradually raked floor and balconies in the flat rear wall. Wood paneling formed an acoustic shell on the stage, and the sound was remarkably good. The seats were lime-green chairs with arms.

The concert evoked other orchestra missions to repressive states, like the Boston Symphony Orchestra visit to the Soviet Union in 1956, followed soon after by a Philharmonic visit, and the Philadelphia Orchestra trip to China in 1973.

At a news conference earlier in the day, Mr. Maazel, drew a distinction between Tuesday night’s concert and the Philharmonic’s visit to the Soviet Union.

“It showed Soviet citizens that they could have relations with foreign organizations and these organizations could come in the country freely,” he said. “But what the Soviets didn’t realize was this was a two-edged sword.” The visit also meant that “people in power would be out of power,” particularly in a superpower that was a “global threat.”

“The Korean peninsula is a very small area geographically,” Mr. Maazel said, “and has an entirely different role to play in the course of human events.” Drawing a parallel, he added, “would do a disservice to the people who live here and are trying to do their art and make a better world for themselves and all of us.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Washington.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Castro Speaks!!! Or At Least Writes...

The Moment Has Come
by Fidel Castro
February 22, 2008

The moment has come to nominate and elect the State Council, its President, its Vice-Presidents and Secretary.

For many years I have occupied the honorable position of President. On February 15, 1976 the Socialist Constitution was approved with the free, direct and secret vote of over 95% of the people with the right to cast a vote. The first National Assembly was established on December 2nd that same year; this elected the State Council and its presidency. Before that, I had been a Prime Minister for almost 18 years. I always had the necessary prerogatives to carry forward the revolutionary work with the support of the overwhelming majority of the people.

There were those overseas who, aware of my critical health condition, thought that my provisional resignation, on July 31, 2006, to the position of President of the State Council, which I left to First Vice-President Raul Castro Ruz, was final. But Raul, who is also minister of the Armed Forces on account of his own personal merits, and the other comrades of the Party and State leadership were unwilling to consider me out of public life despite my unstable health condition.

It was an uncomfortable situation for me vis-à-vis an adversary which had done everything possible to get rid of me, and I felt reluctant to comply.

Later, in my necessary retreat, I was able to recover the full command of my mind as well as the possibility for much reading and meditation. I had enough physical strength to write for many hours, which I shared with the corresponding rehabilitation and recovery programs. Basic common sense indicated that such activity was within my reach. On the other hand, when referring to my health I was extremely careful to avoid raising expectations since I felt that an adverse ending would bring traumatic news to our people in the midst of the battle. Thus, my first duty was to prepare our people both politically and psychologically for my absence after so many years of struggle. I kept saying that my recovery "was not without risks."

My wishes have always been to discharge my duties to my last breath. That's all I can offer.

To my dearest compatriots, who have recently honored me so much by electing me a member of the Parliament where so many agreements should be adopted of utmost importance to the destiny of our Revolution, I am saying that I will neither aspire to nor accept, I repeat, I will neither aspire to nor accept the positions of President of the State Council and Commander in Chief.

In short letters addressed to Randy Alonso, Director of the Round Table National TV Program, --letters which at my request were made public-- I discreetly introduced elements of this message I am writing today, when not even the addressee of such letters was aware of my intention. I trusted Randy, whom I knew very well from his days as a student of Journalism. In those days I met almost on a weekly basis with the main representatives of the University students from the provinces at the library of the large house in Kohly where they lived. Today, the entire country is an immense University.

Following are some paragraphs chosen from the letter addressed to Randy on December 17, 2007:

"I strongly believe that the answers to the current problems facing Cuban society, which has, as an average, a twelfth grade of education, almost a million university graduates, and a real possibility for all its citizens to become educated without their being in any way discriminated against, require more variables for each concrete problem than those contained in a chess game. We cannot ignore one single detail; this is not an easy path to take, if the intelligence of a human being in a revolutionary society is to prevail over instinct.

"My elemental duty is not to cling to positions, much less to stand in the way of younger persons, but rather to contribute my own experience and ideas whose modest value comes from the exceptional era that I had the privilege of living in.

"Like Niemeyer, I believe that one has to be consistent right up to the end."

Letter from January 8, 2008:

"I am a firm supporter of the united vote (a principle that preserves the unknown merits), which allowed us to avoid the tendency to copy what came to us from countries of the former socialist bloc, including the portrait of the one candidate, as singular as his solidarity towards Cuba. I deeply respect that first attempt at building socialism, thanks to which we were able to continue along the path we had chosen."

And I reiterated in that letter that "I never forget that 'all of the world's glory fits in a kernel of corn."

Therefore, it would be a betrayal to my conscience to accept a responsibility requiring more mobility and dedication than I am physically able to offer. This I say devoid of all drama.

Fortunately, our Revolution can still count on cadres from the old guard and others who were very young in the early stages of the process. Some were very young, almost children, when they joined the fight on the mountains and later they have given glory to the country with their heroic performance and their internationalist missions. They have the authority and the experience to guarantee the replacement. There is also the intermediate generation which learned together with us the basics of the complex and almost unattainable art of organizing and leading a revolution.

The path will always be difficult and require from everyone's intelligent effort. I distrust the seemingly easy path of apologetics or its antithesis the self-flagellation. We should always be prepared for the worst variable. The principle of being as prudent in success as steady in adversity cannot be forgotten. The adversary to be defeated is extremely strong; however, we have been able to keep it at bay for half a century.

This is not my farewell to you. My only wish is to fight as a soldier in the battle of ideas. I shall continue to write under the heading of 'Reflections by comrade Fidel.' It will be just another weapon you can count on. Perhaps my voice will be heard. I shall be careful.