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Raising Black Boys: Exploring the journey from boys to men

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Chicago, IL – A three-year-old boy struts down the street wearing “gangsta” gear. A fourth grade boy can’t read the comic book he holds in his hands. A teen male sells drugs to support his mother. A high school senior won’t be going to college because his parents can’t afford to send him. The old saying, “Boys will be boys,” takes on new meaning in the Black community, where boys are suffering from academic failure, low self-esteem, frustration, and a lack of direction.


According to Jawanza Kunjufu, author of the bestselling Raising Black Boys and a father of two sons, “The spirits of too many of our boys have been broken. During the preschool and kindergarten years, our boys are energetic and curious. They love learning and ask thousands of questions. There’s a glow in their eyes. By the time they reach high school, however, that glow has been replaced with suspicion and anger.”


The statistics paint a disturbing picture of life for Black boys:


  • 72 percent of African American boys lack a father in the home.
  • Nationally, African American males have a 53 percent chance of dropping out of high school. In some districts, the rates are significantly higher.
  • While African Americans make up 17 percent of the total school population, they account for 32 percent of the suspensions and 30 percent of all expulsions.
  • One of three Black males are involved with the penal system.
  • African American male teens are placed in remedial or special education classes at triple the rate of their white counterparts, and they are underrepresented in gifted and honors classes.

The top three influences on African American boys today are peer pressure, rap music, and television. However, Kunjufu believes that the greatest problems facing Black boys are a lack of spirituality and fatherlessness.


“If you look at all the woes in our society-drug addiction, teen pregnancy, illiteracy, grade retention, incarceration-the common thread running through them all is the absence of the father in a child’s life,” says Kunjufu.


The 9 Types of Fathers Explained in Raising Black Boys

  • Sperm Donors – define their masculinity based on the quantity of children they create, not the quality of their childrearing.
  • No-Show Dads – promise to pick the child up for the weekend, but they don’t show.
  • Ice Cream Dads – instead of spending quality time with the child, they buy presents out of guilt.
  • Dead Broke Dads – may be penniless, but they still want to participate in the child’s life. Some mothers’ “pay to play” philosophy prevents the Dead Broke Dad from raising his child.
  • Dork Dads – are physically in the home but are not emotionally present.
  • Divorced Dads – although divorced from their wives, they would never abandon their children.
  • Stepfathers – often see their wives’ children as their own.
  • Daddies – stay with their spouses, and they enjoy being fully involved fathers.
  • Single-Parent Dads – assume full responsibility for the children when the mother walks. Single-Parent Dads demonstrate that men, too, can develop a strong bond with their children.

Using research and examples from his own life and the lives of prominent African American men such as neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kunjufu goes beyond the gloom and doom reports that haunt the Black community and provides sound strategies and a ray of hope for parents, teachers, ministers, and mentors who are struggling to raise Black boys against tremendous odds.


“Educating the African American and Hispanic Male Child National Conference”, May 3-4, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.


About the Author

National bestselling author of more than 30 books and consultant to most urban school districts, Dr. Kunjufu has been a guest twice on Oprah and a frequent guest on the Michael Baisden and Rev. Al Sharpton radio programs.


For additional information, contact 1-800-552-1991, Fax# (708) 672-0466, P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412. Website: http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customersvc@africanamericanimages.com.


Chicago Architecture Foundation adds new Architecture Tours

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Chicago, IL – The Chicago Architecture Foundation may be best known for the architecture river cruise, but five new tours have just been added to their roster of more than 85 different tours.

Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop
Characters, corruption, renewal, and transformation – that’s the story of the south Loop. Hear stories of how this formerly seedy area has become a bustling area full of residents and students. The streets of the south loop showcase architecture ranging from Romanesque to contemporary, designed by famous and little-known architects.  The buildings reveal stories of colorful politicians and reformers.

Synagogues by Bus
An offshoot of the popular “Churches by Bus,” this tour explores Jewish history, traditions, and architecture. Each congregation’s worship needs are reflected in the various decorative and structural elements of the architecture.  May 1 tour departs at 12:30 and includes Anshe Emet, Temple Sholom, and Emanuel.

Preservation and Pubs
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Landmarks Illinois, this new tour explores issues surrounding historic preservation.  Docents touch on the reasoning behind preservation and how it shapes the future of Chicago.  A guest of Landmarks Illinois will greet the tour to discuss the history and character of each location.

      Friday, April 29               
      west route: tour ends at the Sky-Ride Lounge, 105 W. Van Buren  

      Friday, May 13
      south route:  tour ends at Kasey’s, 701 S. Dearborn

      Friday, June 17

      north route:  tour ends at Cardozo’s Pub, 170 W. Washington


The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. The current exhibition, Chicago Model City, includes a highly detailed scale model of Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604. For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432 or become a facebook fan: www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture or follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/chiarchitecture

Proclamation of Hope premieres on WTTW Prime: A mixed-media symphonic tribute to Abraham Lincoln

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  Premieres Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm                                                                               

Repeats Friday, April 15 at 3:00 pm on WTTW Prime 11.2 (Comcast channel 370)


A 90-minute mixed-media symphonic tribute to Abraham Lincoln, written and performed by jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Chicago, IL – Almost 150 years after his untimely death, Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be America’s greatest President, as much for his leadership during a time of crisis as for his eloquence and humanity.  Among those artists who were inspired to pay tribute to Lincoln during his bicentennial year was Grammy-winning jazz legend, pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis.  In the summer of 2009, Lewis premiered a new, large-scale, mixed-media symphonic poem at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, which had commissioned the work as part of its celebration of the Lincoln bicentennial.  Now, public television audiences will have the opportunity to experience Lewis’ vision, as his profoundly moving work PROCLAMATION OF HOPE comes to WTTW on Thursday, April 14 at 9:00 pm.

PROCLAMATION OF HOPE, taped this past November before an enthusiastic audience at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., was composed by Lewis and conducted and arranged by Scott Hall for a 22-piece orchestra — wind ensemble, rhythm section and voice.  The work is organized in eight movements that draw upon jazz, gospel and blues. Each movement was inspired by an actual historical event from or impacted by Lincoln’s life and vision for America, and considers Lincoln’s profound and lasting influence on the United States’ quest to become “a more perfect Union.”  The music is performed against visual designer Michael Coakes’ sweeping mixed-media tableau of historic images and photos.  University of Pennsylvania music professor Guthrie P. Ramsey, author of Race Music:  Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, worked with Lewis to provide accompanying written notes.

About Ramsey Lewis

Composer and pianist Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. A native Chicagoan, Mr. Lewis has three Grammy Awards and seven gold records to his credit, along with three honorary doctorate degrees, the Recording Academy Governor’s Award in 2000 and he was recognized as “Person of the Week” on ABC Nightly News in February 1995.  He has performed at the White House and was honored to be one of the Olympic Torch runners during its journey to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in January of 2002.  Lewis hosted the 13-part public television series Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, also produced by WTTW.  Lewis’ newest album “Ramsey, Taking Another Look” is set to be released in May 2011, under his new artist-owned record label, Mapenzi Records. 

About Scott Hall

Scott Hall has distinguished himself as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator and producer of all things jazz.  He serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Columbia College Chicago and is continually engaged in all areas of his musical life.  As Ramsey Lewis’ arranger, he has collaborated on several Ravinia Music Festival commissions, including Muses and Amusements with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and the Turtle Island Quartet.   

About the Soloists

Improvisation is a key element of PROCLAMATION OF HOPE, displaying the spectacular voices of our fine soloists.  Dee Alexander provides wordless melodies through her deeply passionate voice.  Tenor saxophonist Geof Bradfield plays sensitive melodic harmonies and driving modern musical lines throughout.  Alto saxophonist Charlie Young plays the blues from the heart, while Graham Breedlove trumpets exquisite tones and provocative harmonic ideas.   Trombonist Jen Krupa cries out the pains of slavery in “The Horrid Picture: A Peculiar Institution.”  Joshua Ramos (bass) and Leon Joyce (drums) are the backbone of the rhythm section as well as expressing beauty through their improvisational strides. 

Executive Producers for PROCLAMATION OF HOPE are Ramsey Lewis and Nicolette Ferri.  Producer is Nicolette Ferri.  Director is Steve Purcell.  Senior Executive Producer is Frances J. Harth.  Arranged and conducted by Scott Hall.  WTTW National Productions Executive-in-Charge is  Parke Richeson.

PROCLAMATION OF HOPE is generously underwritten by the Ravinia Festival and AARP.

About WTTW National Productions

WTTW National Productions is a division of Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW11 Chicago, the nation’s most-watched public television station.  For more than 50 years, WTTW11 and WTTW National Productions have introduced a wide array of groundbreaking television programming – reflecting the world’s rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business and religion – to a national audience. Its landmark innovative series and original productions include the critically-acclaimed performance showcases Soundstage and Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, Grannies on Safari, CEO Exchange, David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert, MEXICO — One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, Retirement Revolution, the animated children’s series WordWorld, and Ebert Presents At the Movies. More information about WTTW National Productions is available at www.wttw.com/national.

Spring exhibitions at the Block Museum and Dittmar Gallery

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Evanston, IL  –  An exhibition of the role of photography in Kiki Smith’s art and an interactive installation of art works by Chicago-based art collective Temporary Services will be on display at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum this spring.

Other Block Museum events include discussions, lectures and exhibition tours.

The Dittmar Memorial Gallery will host Nigerian-born and Chicago-based artist Nnenna Okore’s exhibition, “On the Edge,” from March 28 through May 8.

MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ARTThe Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, is located on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.


Admission to the museum and all programs is free, unless noted. For more information on exhibitions, programs or location, phone (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Museum website at

BLOCK MUSEUM SPRING/SUMMER 2011 EXHIBITIONSA major figure in contemporary art, Kiki Smith is best known for her sculpture, prints and drawings exploring corporeal (both human and animal) realms and, more recently, the world of fairy tales. The exhibition examines the ways Smith thinks and articulates her ideas visually, through the camera. The more than 200 objects in the exhibition include photographs Smith has used as source material for her art, photos she has taken that evoke fresh responses to and suggest new meanings for her other works as well as her explorations of photography as an independent art form — from single images to manipulated and collaged pictures. The exhibition, which also features two video works and examples of Smith’s sculptures, was organized by the Henry Art Gallery and curated by the Henry’s chief curator, Elizabeth Brown, with support from Steven Johnson and Walter Sudol, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and ArtsFund.

“I Myself Have Seen it: Photography and Kiki Smith,” April 8 through Aug. 14, Main Gallery.

“Social Mobility: Collaborative Projects with Temporary Services,” April 8 through Aug. 14, Ellen Phillips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery. The Chicago-based artist group Temporary Services has gained attention for its experimental methods and strategies for making and displaying art. Through social actions, do-it-yourself projects, publications and public interventions, the artists Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer and Salem Collo-Julin aim to raise awareness about social, economic, environmental and political issues. The exhibition showcases recent endeavors such as “Designated Drivers,” an installation in which visitors can view and download art work by 20 artists as well as older projects, like “Self-Reliance Library,” which includes many of Temporary Services’ own publications on creativity and alternative living, and “Personal Plastic,” an exploration of plastic shopping bags and their presence in our lives.

“Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art,” April 8 through Aug. 14, Theo Leffmann Gallery. Artist Theo Leffmann’s 40-year-career coincided with a revolution in textile art in the mid-20th century, as divisions between “high art” (painting and sculpture) and craft diminished. This display of her colorful, richly textured and playful weavings, wall hangings and sculptural objects is drawn from the Block Museum’s permanent collection.

BLOCK MUSEUM SPRING 2011 EXHIBITION TOURSTours begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are not necessary.

Docent-led Adult Tours of the Spring 2011 exhibitions, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays April 9 through June 19. Tours of the exhibitions will be held on Saturdays only from June 25 to Aug. 13.

Docent-led Group and School Tours by Appointment. The Block Museum offers free docent-led tours to groups of eight or more. The 45-minute tours are available each day the museum is open. The Block also provides hourlong interactive tours and activities for school groups. Arrangements for group or school tours should be made at least four weeks in advance by e-mailing blockeducation@northwestern.edu. Visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/education for more information.

BLOCK MUSEUM APRIL 2011 PROGRAMS Elizabeth Brown, chief curator of the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery and curator of “I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith,” the Block Museum’s Main Gallery spring and summer exhibition, leads an exclusive tour. The tour is free for Block members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required; call (847) 491-7540 for reservations.

“Educating the Eye: Seeing Kiki Smith’s Art Through Photography,” 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27.

“Curator’s Lecture: Photography and Kiki Smith,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. Elizabeth Brown, chief curator at the Henry Art Gallery and curator of “I Myself Have Seen It” will discuss how Smith uses photography to inform, develop and interpret her art and as a means of creative expression.

BLOCK SCULPTURE GARDENThe Sculpture Garden of Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art constitutes one of the most significant groupings of modern sculpture in the region. In 1987, Leigh Block, one of the museum’s inaugural donors and a preeminent collector of modern art, bequested a large group of outdoor bronze sculptures to the museum. These pieces formed the core of the collection, which now features monumental sculptures by some of the 20th century’s most renowned European and American sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore.


In 1989, the Block Museum opened its Sculpture Garden with nine monumental bronzes donated by Leigh Block. The Sculpture Garden was designed by Chicago architect John Vinci and through donations and acquisitions has grown to 22 pieces. Located on the Evanston campus, it is open year-round. For more information about the Sculpture Garden, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/collections/sculpture.html.

DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERYThe Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston
campus. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free. The gallery places emphasis on ethnic cultural art, art by emerging artists, art by or about women, artwork by Northwestern undergraduate and graduate art students and traveling art shows. For information, call the Dittmar Gallery at (847) 491-2348 or Norris University Center at (847) 491-2300, e-mail dittmargallery@northwestern.edu or visit the Dittmar website at www.dittmar.northwestern.edu.


Nnenna Okore, “On the Edge,” from March 30 through May 8, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The exhibition features the work of Chicago-based and Nigerian-born artist Nnenna Okore. Most of the works are constructed from handmade paper layered with fibrous materials and dyes. Okore transforms discarded newspaper, rope, burlap and clay into intricate sculptures and installations. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, is free and open to the public. To view Okore’s works, visit the artist’s website at www.nnennaokore.com.

(Source contacts: BLOCK MUSEUM/Burke Patten, communications manager, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, at (847) 467-4602 or b-patten@northwestern.edu. DITTMAR GALLERY/Megan Lee, exhibition coordinator, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, at (847) 491-2348 or dittmargallery@northwestern.edu.

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New book shows how to leverage organization membership to create community development and wealth building

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St. Louis, MO (BlackNews.com) — Community and wealth-building just got a tremendous boost by the release of Gerald Higginbotham and Joyce Coleman’s new book, Collaboration, Teamwork, and Networking. This 2nd edition of the duo’s book is aimed at providing plain talk and an easy-to-follow plan that will help church organizations and any other group that is membership-based turn their organization into a viable community and wealth-building organization, even during tough economic times.

The process is based on The Life Build System, founded by Higginbotham more than 7 years ago. The system is based on a successful cooperative economics model that is enjoying success in Europe and is being replicated in North America. Higginbotham explains that he adjusted the system to accommodate the realities of our African-American communities. Higginbotham has tested the system, with Coleman’s assistance, in numerous communities. In the book, the pair acknowledges the successes, failures, and lessons learned during their pilot programs. “We want our readers to learn from our mistakes,” says Higginbotham.

The book’s readers have high praise. Rev. Sammie Jones, a pastor and well-known personality in St. Louis calls the book “a practical ‘how to’ roadmap that helps us to move from teaching and preaching to doing.” Another reader says “it shakes off the chains of ignorance and catapults you to success through the unity of our collective minds and actions.”

The authors describe the book as “a thoughtful and pragmatic blueprint for those who want to maximize their leverage, resources, and opportunities. It’s the stuff of real 21st Century empowerment; networking for a cause.” The book’s foreword is by George Fraser, well-known author, entrepreneur, and networking expert for Black professionals.

Gerald Higginbotham is a commercial airline pilot, spiritual leader, speaker, and community activist who resides in St. Louis MO. Joyce Coleman is a former airline corporate executive, author (Soul Stirrings), speaker, and consultant in the area of leveraging resources to maximize potential. She lives between St. Louis, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

The book is available at Amazon.com. You can also read “inside the book” at www.success-networking.net. Read more about Higginbotham’s work at www.llife.org and about Joyce Coleman at www.joycecoleman.com.

Minority Internship Program seeks 2011 student applicants

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Minority Access National Internship Program is offering PAID internships to talented undergraduate and graduate students who want to experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities.

Available only to African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, the program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the workplace.

There are many opportunities available for the 2011-2012 fall, winter, and summer seasons and most of the positions are located in the Washington DC area. All interns will receive pre-employment training, expert counseling on career choices, financial management and professional development, and recognition for fulfilling the requirements of the program.

To apply, applicants must submit an online application with all attachments; must provide documents to prove U.S. Citizenship; must have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on 4.0 scale; and must have completed at least their undergraduate freshman year in college.

Completed applications are reviewed for academic qualifications, career goals, professional experience, and personal interests. Weekly stipends range from $425 – $550.

If transportation is needed for out-of-town students, funding will be provided to pay for round-trip travel from the student’s campus or home residence to and from their work site. Financial assistance is also available for interns who need to locate suitable housing, and help is provided to make all move-in arrangements. Students, however, are responsible for day-to-day commuting expenses.

For more details and application deadlines, visit www.BlackStudents.com/minorityaccess

“Preparedness for the Black Family: Keys to our Survival”

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A Series of Survival Classes for the Entire Black Family

Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — How will the Black Community respond to the next major catastrophe? It’s not if it will happen, but rather when and how well they prepare themselves! If they had basic training in certain areas, how many Katrina victims might have lived? If they had basic training in certain areas, how many Black Men and Women of Haiti might have been saved? The Black Family can not standby and not at least attempt to prepare.

Today, Black people lack basic skills when it comes to: growing their own food; making their own clothing; providing medical assistance to their injured; building a roof over their heads; and protecting themselves and their families from danger. That’s why the Khildren of Southampton (KOS) have gathered members of the Black Community that specialize in these areas to provide the Black Family with basic instruction that they can begin to implement NOW! Arming themselves with these essential skills will prove invaluable to the survival of the Black Family!

As the late great, Dr. Amos Wilson challenged:

“I think it is vital that we understand that the major function of education is to secure the survival of a people…it is going to take a different kind of thinking style, a different approach to human relations to get us out of this quandary the european has put us in. And it is going to require a different kind of education than what is available today.” – Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children (Wilson)

In response to Dr. Amos Wilson’s challenge, the grassroots organization, The Khildren of Southampton (KOS) has designed their 2011 School of Re-Afrikanization (SOR) courses around preparing the Black Family for survival. Their first class will take place on Saturday, April 9th at 12 noon and will cover FOOD basics. They will explore how to start your own home garden, canning, and what essential food items to have stocked at all times.

Following their initial class on Saturday, April 9th, every two weeks thereafter (thru June 18th) they will discuss a different aspect of preparedness. Topics include: CLOTHING, FIRST AID, SHELTER, and SELF-DEFENSE (both weaponry & hand-to-hand combat). All classes will be held at the Songhai City Cultural Center, 3117 W. Master St., Philadelphia, PA 19121.

The Black Family must prepare for any catastrophe that may occur. It is literally the difference between saving lives or succumbing to death! The Khildren of Southampton (KOS) is an organized movement of conscious Afrikan Nationalists devoted to liberating the mind, body, and spirit of the global Afrikan community.

For more information, contact the Khildren of Southampton (KOS) at (888) 817-3235 or visit their website at www.OurKos.com.

Glawdys N’Dee will headline at the Legendary Jazz Showcase April 19, 2011

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Guadeloupian native vocalist Glawdys N’Dee, also known as “The New Voice of The Caribbean”, will headline the Legendary Jazz Showcase as a part of the “Lyannaj: A Celebration of Life Diversity and People”” concert series.

N’DEE will present songs from her debut album “Lyannaj”, paying a tribute to the close relationship between Afro-Caribbean Music from the Diaspora and American Jazz. N’DEE takes you on a unique musical journey, from Africa to Guadeloupe and throughout the Americas, by embracing various musical genres, from Miriam Makeba to Nina simone and from Guadeloupian Gwoka to Jazz. “Lyannaj” (means to Connect; To Win Over; To Unite in Solidarity) is a word deeply rooted in Caribbean tradition and culture and speaks directly to your heart.

 On February 11, 2011 Glawdys N’Dee was featured on France O, one of France’s largest television production / broadcaster companies, as a part of a project to highlight Glawdys N’Dee’s remarkable career.

In this recent interview with France O, Former Miles Davis musical director and pianist Robert Irving III says: “…she is very authentic in what she does…and very knowledgeable..”

http://www.glawdysnetwork.com Noted Jazz critic Neil Tesser Wrote “N’Dee’s vocal style has a restrained intensity, a quality shared by the lineage of jazz singers that stretches from Billie Holiday through Nina Simone……The impressive Lyannaj heralds a Chicago artist of unusual depth and world class promise…” http://www.examiner.com/jazz-music-in-chicago/a-global-perspective-music-to-warm-a-chicago-winter

Glawdys N’Dee’s debut album, LYANNAJ was selected by JazzChicago.net one of The Best Vocal album and Best Chicago’s recordings of 2010. Brad Walseth notes, “N’Dee has hit upon a winning combination here by combining her strong voice with multicultural styles and a positive uplifting message that the listener will enjoy hearing often…” http://www.jazzchicago.net/reviews/2010/QuickHits18.html

The Lyannaj album is now available on ITunes, and can be purchased at each of the concert appearances For additional informations on GLAWDYS N’DEE AND THE LYANNAJ ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO and its music mission, please log onto: www.glawdys.net, or email contact@glawdys.net.

Event Details

April 19th, 2011; 8.00pm to 9.15pm and 10pm to 11.15pm
Glawdys N’Dee presents “Lyannaj: A Celebration of Life, Diversity and People”
Miguel DelaCerna – Keys
Steve Hashimoto – Bass
Fred Jackson – Saxophone
Isaiah Asuoha – Drums

Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Ct Chicago.

Glawdys N’Dee will also appear at the Chicago Cultural Center ” Music Without Borders” on April 15th 2011, at 12.15pm.
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