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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson, the Gospel Queen

Mahalia Jackson, the Gospel Queen,reigned as a pioneer interpreter of gospel music whose fervent contralto was one of the great voices of this century. 

Singing in a grainy, full-throated soprano that employed slurs and blue notes, Jackson brought a heightened drama and syncopated bounce to her readings of such gospel classics as “Move On Up a Little Higher,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (a Top 100 pop single) and “How I Got Over.” 

She sang for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, performing at the latter’s inaugural. A favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jackson sang at his request immediately before his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in August 1963.

Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 26, 1911. She was the daughter of Charity Clark, a laundress and maid, and Johnny Jackson, a Baptist preacher, barber, and longshoreman. Mahalia Jackson was raised without the presence of her father. 

Her mother died when Jackson was five. She was raised by an extended family of one brother, six aunts, and several half-brothers and sisters, children of her father. Her grandparents had been born into slavery and were laborers on Louisiana rice cotton plantations. 

Some of her relatives were entertainers and played valses, quadrilles, polkas, and mazurkas at parties for white people. They also played blues and rags in Ma Rainey's Circus.

The strong musical life of New Orleans in the early 1900s made a profound impression upon the young Mahalia Jackson. She lived next door to a Holiness church whose rhythms and instruments appealed to her growing musical development. 

Jackson knew well the standard hymn tradition of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church where her family worshipped. In addition to the sacred music, she was surrounded by music of the Mardi Gras, street vendors, and the bars and dance halls of New Orleans's black community.

When Mahalia turned sixteen she moved to Chicago in 1927. After attending her first church service, and giving a belief performance, Mahala was invited to join the Choir at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago. 

As a result of this affiliation, she was befriended and begun touring with the Johnson Brothers, an early professional Gospel group.

in 1929, Mahalia was introduced to composer Thomas A. Dorsey and he mentored her musical talent. The Johnson Brothers went on a concert tour with Mahalia singing Dorsey's songs in various church and convention centers nationwide. 

His composition " Take my hand precious Lord " became Mahalia's defining song.

Mahalia Jackson, the Gospel Queen sang "Take my hand precious Lord"

In 1936 Mahalia Jackson married Isaac Lanes Grey Hockenhull ("Ike"), a graduate of Fisk University and Tuskegee Institute, who was 10 years her senior. Mahalia refused to sing secular music, a pledge she would keep throughout her professional life. 

She was frequently offered money to do so and she divorced Isaac in 1941 because of his unrelenting pressure on her to sing secular music and his addiction to gambling on racehorses.

In 1931, Jackson recorded "You Better Run, Run, Run". Not much is known about this recording, and it is impossible to find. Biographer Laurraine Goreau cites that it was also around this time she added 'i' to her name, changing it from Mahala to Mahalia. 

At age 26, Mahalia's second set of records were recorded in 1937. Jackson was accompanied by Estelle Allen on the piano and sang songs like "God's Gonna Separate The Wheat From The Tares," "My Lord," "Keep Me Everyday," and "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away." 

Financially, these were not successful, and Decca let her go.

In 1946, Mahalia Jackson signed with Apollo Records. While she was with Apollo records, she recorded several records that initially had slow sales, but in time would become legendary hits. One song released in 1948 that helped to make her popular was "Move on up a Little Higher".

In the early 1950's Mahalia became the first African American gospel artist to sing at Carnegie Hall. Later in 1952, she toured Europe, and sang to capacity crowds. In 1954, Mahalia signed a contract with Columbia Records; Her debut album at Columbia was called "The Worlds greatest Gospel Singer".

Mahalia Jackson became an active supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. She sang at the March on Washington at the request of her friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963. After King's death in 1968, Jackson sang at his funeral and largely withdrew from public political activities.

Mahalia Jackson died of a heart attack on January 27, 1972. She is remembered for her strong, soul-like delivery, her deep commitment to her faith, and her lasting influence on musicians from all of the different types of musical genres.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Russia says U.S. plans to strike Damascus, pledges military response

By Reuters Staff

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.

Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, arrives for the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army.

In California, Trump Attacks Jerry Brown and ‘Sanctuary Policies’

President Trump addressed troops at a Marine base in San Diego on Tuesday. It was his first visit to California as president. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times
SAN DIEGO — President Trump ventured into what his team regards as enemy territory on Tuesday and it was not a peace mission.
In his first visit as president to California, the blue bastion of liberal resistance, Mr. Trump unloaded on the Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, and called on Congress to punish jurisdictions in the state that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“Governor Brown does a very poor job running California,” Mr. Trump said during a visit to the Mexican border where he inspected prototypes of the wall he wants to build. “They have the highest taxes in the United States. The place is totally out of control. You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.”
His broadside escalated a feud between the nation’s chief executive and the largest state in his country, an argument rooted in ideology, culture, race and sensibility. Mr. Trump’s administration has filed a lawsuit against California over immigration policy while the state’s attorney general has filed dozens of lawsuits against the Trump administration on a variety of fronts. Mr. Brown said last week that Mr. Trump was waging war against the state and Mr. Trump did nothing on Tuesday to disabuse that notion.
“California sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk,” the president

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Special Brew: Volume 4 By LFR - London Fields Radio

New show by LFR - London Fields Radio

Special Brew: Volume 4

Another dreary Saturday in London town…

Fear not, Ferg and Jake are back with another edition of Special Brew on London Fields Radio. Broadcasting live from the Wilton Way Café they do their best to bring a little sunshine to your afternoon.

Kick back and mellow out to an hour and half of goodness from Sofrito, Fela Kuti, The Trinidad Steel Band, Thool and beyond.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Cara Drinan - The Justice System’s War on Kids

Alternative Radio

[AR Upcoming] Cara Drinan - The Justice System’s War on Kids

The juvenile justice system is off the rails. It is in urgent need of reform. The U.S. incarcerates roughly 2 million children every year, even though 95 percent of them have not been convicted of a violent crime. Too many of them are held in adult facilities. The systemic problems range from racism to brutality and extreme sentencing. Thousands of kids, many of them suffering from trauma come of age behind bars. Two-thirds of them have mental health issues. They are subject to physical and sexual assault. Children are up to 36 times more likely to commit suicide after being housed in an adult jail or prison than children incarcerated in juvenile facilities. The Equal Justice Initiative says confinement of children in adult facilities is indefensible, cruel and unusual punishment and should be banned.


Cara Drinan, Professor of Law at Catholic University, is a recognized expert on juvenile sentencing and criminal justice reform. She is the author of The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
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Alternative Radio February Schedule Update


February Schedule Update
Re: Alternative Radio: February 2018 Schedule Change

Feb 6   Richard Wolff – Cutting Corporate Taxes
Feb 13  James Forman, Jr. – Crime & Punishment in Black America
Feb 20  Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz – An Indigenous Peoples’ History
Feb 27  Anna Shahnazaryan – Inside Armenia

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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