Tribune Staff Report
The Multicultural Affairs Congress of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a new video aimed at increasing the city’s multicultural meetings and conventions.
The video titled “Here for the Making: PHL & The African American Experience” highlights the city’s African-American landmarks, attractions and organizations.
The attractions and organizations highlighted in the video are the heart of Philadelphia’s multicultural hospitality and tourism industry, which generated more than $1.5 billion over the last 26 years. The video will be used by PHLCVB’s sales team as a marketing tool for attracting more multicultural conventions, conferences, meetings and trade shows and by the featured attractions themselves in their marketing efforts.
“In a city that boasts significant historical and cultural African-American landmarks, the role of the Multicultural Affairs Congress is to increase Philadelphia’s share of the multicultural meeting market,” MAC Executive Director Nicole Johnson Reece said in a release.
“With “Here for the Making,” we are able to further assist our sales team as they bring even more multicultural business to the city. When the question of ‘Why Philadelphia?’ arises, we can offer a visual experience that shows meeting planners and convention attendees better than we can tell them.”
With original poetry by Philadelphia spoken word artist Nina “Lyrispect” Ball serving as the video’s narrative, “Here for the Making” boasts such national landmarks as President’s House, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Mother Bethel AME Church, along with staples as Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records, Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge and the annual Odunde Festival. By illustrating Philadelphia’s ample cultural offerings, officials said the video will aid in attracting a diverse audience to the city.
The new video is an extension of the PHLCVB’s recently launched “PHL Here for the Making” campaign, a collaborative effort of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and Select Greater Philadelphia to position Philadelphia as a city of makers and the nation’s original start-up city.
Produced by advertising and interactive firm Mighty Engine, with support from Visit Philadelphia, “Here for the Making: PHL & The African American Experience” can be viewed on MAC’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaiRz_JHzzA.
Charlena L. Hamilton was a caregiver to many children in her community.
Hamilton died on Friday Feb. 14, 2014. She was 82.
She was born on March 27, 1931.
Her family said whenever a mother needed help with their children in order to work, she was the first to be asked due to the love she gave.
She worked many years with the Home and School Association, helping in the classrooms of the public school system. Hamilton would also supervise children on field trips and assist them to and from school. She also worked with her block committee and was the hair stylist to many young girls from the neighborhood.
Hamilton was a member of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. for 50 years.
Services were held on Feb. 28 at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 428 N. 41st St. Burial was in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood.
Ivan M. Kimble Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
In 1994 when Guthrie Ramsey completed his dissertation on legendary jazz pianist Bud Powell, he didn’t turn the thesis into a book manuscript right away. He waited 20 years.
Ramsey, a music professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has been on the lecture circuit for a few months now talking about his new book, “The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.”
He says he waited two decades to write it because he didn’t want to be pegged as solely a jazz scholar.
“I wanted to demonstrate my range, before burrowing in on this,” Ramsey said. “I did not believe I had the patience to write a biography of Bud Powell. This book is more a critical study of 20th century creative Black manhood, using Bud Powell as its focus.”
The first chapter of Ramsey’s book introduces readers to Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell, born in Harlem in 1924, by telling the story of his sudden, tragic death. He died at age 41 from complications of tuberculosis and alcoholism.
Ramsey believes that the story of Powell’s life has been treated more sensationally than insightfully.
“There are a lot of things that we know about Bud Powell from the historical record,” Ramsey said. “I am using my training as a musicologist, a pianist, a cultural critic and [my experiences] as an African-American man to reinterpret what we think we know about Bud Powell.”
Ramsey places the facts of Powell’s career and his music within a historical, cultural and social frame to examine the contradictions of his life, how he moved from the recording studio and the stage as one of the greatest pianists of his era, to the psych ward, jail and an untimely death.
The Penn professor unpacks the lore and myth of Powell’s genius describing his ability to rise above personal demons and societal pressures that African-American men faced in the mid 20th century.
Ramsey says he believes that the number of well-known African-American musicians and artists of Powell’s era who were institutionalized points to a flawed mental health care system and skewed societal views of Black men.
He cites famed jazz musicians Thelonius Monk, Charlie Mingus and Buddy Bolden, as well as 20th century painters William H. Johnson and Jacob Lawrence as African-American men who spent time in mental hospitals.
“What was so amazing to me was that, if Powell wasn’t in a mental institution, he was making very powerful music,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey, who is also the author of “Race Music: Black Cultures From Bebop to Hip Hop,” plays piano and composes and arranges contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues and other genres of music with his ensemble, Dr. Guy’s Musiqology.
As a young pianist playing on the South Side of Chicago, he first became interested in Bud Powell when other jazz musicians told him to listen to Powell’s records because Powell was “the man.”
Ramsey explores this idea of jazz manhood in “The Amazing Bud Powell.”
He said, “When we say someone is ‘the man,’ we talk about being a complete master of their genre.”
Ramsey is currently finishing a documentary on Powell called “Amazing: The Test and Trials of a Modernist.” It will be released on social media. More information is at www.Musiqology.com.
This year’s Cheyney University 2014 Spring Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) Lecture Series offers outstanding opportunities to learn from entrepreneurial experts across various fields related to majors offered at Cheyney.
The lectures provide students with knowledge in different areas of business ownership so scholars can pursue an alternative to traditional employment upon graduation. The ultimate goal of the ELC is to inform, inspire, and motivate Cheyney students to pursue business ownership for themselves.
“It’s important for students to talk and interact with actual entrepreneurs so they can learn from actual people rather than from a theory in a book,” said Reginald Whiteside, ELC Project Development Coordinator. “Facebook was established 10 years ago in 2004 by a college student in his (Harvard University) dorm room. Now, Mark (Zuckerberg) is a multi-billionaire, why couldn’t this be you?”
All lectures are open to the general public and are free of charge. Cheyney students have been encouraged to come out and glean information that could help them nurture their own business ideas.
A line-up of speakers is scheduled throughout the next seven weeks. All lectures will be located at the New Residence Hall on the first floor inside the UPS Conference Room from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26, speaker Michael Sands, a 1974 Penn State graduate of agricultural business and current President of Natural Pest Control Company, Inc., will explain why he left a stable career with a large pest control company to pursue his own entrepreneurial dream of business ownership.
Tuesday, March 4, Melinda “Small Biz Lady” Emerson, CEO of The Quintessence Group, will discuss strategies for small business start-ups. The Veteran Entrepreneur Small Business Expert, Social Media Coach, and Twitter talk show host at #SmallBizChat, also is a resource blogger at www.succeedasyourownboss.com. In additiion Emerson is also the author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works.”
Thursday, March 6, Cecil Bond, Jr. will discuss “Entrepreneurs in Transportation.” Bond has an extensive background in Management, Leadership, Administration and 25 years’ experience in the Transit Industry. He will share procurement opportunities and the best practices for minority firms; followed by a Q &A session.
Tuesday, March 11, Deborah Frazier, a seasoned professional in the financial securities industry, producer and host of, “Managing Your Wealth with Deborah Frazier,” will discuss why it is important for entrepreneurs to strategize when creating and growing their network. Frazier has appeared on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine and was profiled in the book, “The Winner’s Circle”, 2002 edition, as one of the “Top 30 Financial Advisors in the U.S.”
The spring series wraps up on Wednesday, April 2, with Dr. Harold Russell, veterinarian, epidemiologist and owner of Glencroft Veterinary Hospital, in Glencroft, who will share how to start your own veterinary hospital, in addition to other entrepreneurial opportunities in the medical industry.
The spring series wraps up on Wednesday, April 9, with Cheyney University alumni who will share their journey from Cheyney to entrepreneurship.
— Source: Cheyney University
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, is proud to announce Dance eXchange, a new after school dance outreach program with Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia.
Launching in March, the program is designed to use dance as a means of helping local elementary school children learn valuable life skills like self-confidence, team work and creative thinking, while at the same time cultivating BalletX’s dancers into the next generation of Philadelphia dance instructors.
Dance eXchange will take place over the course of 11 weeks in March through May, providing students at Jackson School with a curriculum of hour-long dance sessions held twice weekly.
In preparation for this new program, BalletX dancers and artistic staff will undergo a 5-day training workshop during Feb. 24-28 with National Dance Institute (NDI) in New York City, a nonprofit founded in 1976 by dancer Jacques d’Amboise and recognized nationally for its award-winning teaching program that reaches thousands of children every week in New York City public schools.
During the workshop, which will be opened up to other members of the Philadelphia dance community, a team of three NDI professionals led by Tracy Straus, Artistic Associate of NDI, will come to Philadelphia to demonstrate their teaching pedagogy for BalletX in daytime classes at Jackson School that engage the entire 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grades in dance. In the afternoons, the team will teach core vocabulary and techniques, convey best practices for working with students and schools, and help build the 3-month after school curriculum.
“This is going to be an incredible experience for students,” said principal of Andrew Jackson School Lisa Kaplan. “Every portion of the program will be life-changing for our students.”
Following the workshop, BalletX will begin to apply the NDI teaching method in Dance eXchange’s afterschool sessions in March. BalletX will enroll 30-40 students from grades 3-5 in these 1-hour sessions and will harness dance as a vehicle for teaching critical thinking, crucial communication skills, healthy living habits, cultural perspective, and the ability to express oneself through an art form that transcends cultural, physical and cognitive barriers.
Additionally, the NDI teaching method makes performing a centerpiece of the learning process. Students will present a mid-way performance in April, as well as a final showcase for friends, family and the community that will take place on May 23. BalletX has chosen to work with Andrew Jackson School because of the school’s overwhelmingly underserved demographics; 93 percent of students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
“NDI is an award-winning program that teaches children many valuable life skills that can have a direct and positive impact on their lives,” said co-artistic and executive director of BalletX. “We are thrilled to be returning to Andrew Jackson School and to have the opportunity to learn and share this quality program with the students.”
Dance eXchange also builds upon BalletX’s preexisting relationship with the school. In 2011, Jackson students contributed to the creation of a new work by BalletX co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan titled Jackson Sounds. That same year, and again in Spring 2013, BalletX featured Jackson’s Rock Band at The Wilma Theater as part of the company’s eXpand the eXperience audience enrichment program.