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Musiq Soulchild Celebrates Black Music Month

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Tributes Soul Icons – Frankie Beverly And Marvin Gaye

Platinum recording artist, Musiq Soulchild, has taken a break while recording his next CD to pay homage to a couple of his music heroes. On the slick new retro-styled music video, “Silky Soul,” Musiq honors Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and the late Marvin Gaye. “Marvin Gaye is one third of my holy trinity of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. I definitely owe them a whole lot as far as me being who I am musically, lyrically, vocally as an entertainer and performer, everything,” Musiq explains.

“I am equally grateful to contribute to the legacy and music of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. It’s an honor to say the least. I am blessed that the song I performed was chosen to be a single and a video and I want everyone out there to support it. Not just for my sake or Frankie Beverly and Maze or even Marvin Gaye, but for the sake of soul music as a whole.

It’s our music and our culture and only we should have the power and authority to dictate what the future holds for it.”

The video is currently in heavy rotation on VH-1 Soul, Music Choice, and BET’s Centric cable channels. Soul music fans know Beverly wrote “Silky Soul” as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who was integral to the early success of Maze.

Before their hit streak, Gaye had the band tour with him and introduced them to Capitol Records where they enjoyed the sweet taste of success with songs such as “Golden Time of Day” and “Back In Stride.”

With classic songs such as “What’s Going On?” to his credit, Gaye was one of soul music’s leading men from the 1960s until his premature death in 1984.

“The song was inspired by Marvin Gaye who discovered Frankie Beverly and Maze,” explains video director Parris of GoReela, Inc. “So, as I started researching in preparation for the video I wanted to do something that would take us to back in the day and try to bring it to life using photographs, styling and props. Listening to the way Musiq sang the song, he gave it his own style but kept the old school feel. That’s what I wanted to do with the video, to blend the old with the new and bring something exciting to it.” The tune is featured on the award-winning CD, Silky Soul Music…An All- Star Tribute To Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly (Brantera Music Group). The ten-song project was produced by Beverly’s son Anthony Beverly and Rex Rideout. It features a who’s who in modern soul, ranging from Mary J. Blige and Ledisi to Raheem DeVaughn and KEM. The album has earned high praise in national media outlets such as USA Today, Jet magazine, and the New York Times. Visit http://www.frankiebeverlytribu te.com for further information on the set that is powered by Nuface Entertainment.

Riverside Metropolitan Museum Welcomes RACE Exhibit June 3

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UC Riverside graduate students will present companion research projects from the Inland Empire on June 5

When the traveling museum exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” opens at Riverside Metropolitan Museum on Thursday, June 3, Yolanda Moses will be one of the first to welcome the award-winning project to the community where her career as an anthropologist began.

Moses, a professor of anthropology and associate vice chancellor for diversity, excellence and equity at the University of California, Riverside, was president of the American Anthropological Association from 1995 to 1997 when development of the RACE project began. She chaired the 27-member, interdisciplinary, national advisory committee and remains a co-curator and co-principal investigator of the overall project, which includes three traveling exhibits, an award-winning Web site and downloadable materials for teachers, parents and the general public.

“Most people (non-academics) think biological race is real,” Moses said. “We’re saying it’s not. Human variation is real. And the social construction of race is real. Anthropologists and other biological scientists will tell you there is only one biological race, because we are all the same species, Homo sapiens sapiens.”

Funded by both the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the goals of the initiative are to inform the public about the science, history and everyday experience of race and racism in U.S. society. The interactive exhibit addresses race and racism from the viewpoints of science, history and lived experience. The lived experience portion illustrates how the institutionalization of racism continues to affect education, health and wealth accumulation among different ancestral groups in this country. “Belief in the biological social hierarchy of race can still be seen in institutions such as banking, education and real estate, both in the buying of homes and in wealth accumulation,” Moses said.

Among the student projects are: an examination of redlining (discriminatory real estate practices), race and ethnicity in the Inland Empire; the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the region; allies and supporters of Japanese families who were interned during World War II; a pictorial history of the Sherman Indian Institute in Riverside; and an oral history of a mixed-race Latino family. The student projects will ultimately appear nationally on the RACE project Web site, www.understandingrace.org.

In addition, the students will display their projects at UCR in fall 2010.

Moses said that she and Tom Patterson, chair of the Department of Anthropology, are negotiating with a prestigious academic journal to coedit a special edition devoted to the students’ research as a model of engaged collaboration that other museums and universities can follow. The original, 5,000-squarefoot, interactive RACE exhibit opened in January 2007 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, along with a companion Web site and instructional materials for families, undergraduate courses and K- 12 teachers. Originally funded with grants of $1 million from the Ford Foundation and $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation, the exhibit has been so popular that the American Anthropological Association raised money to construct a second exhibit. The Ford Foundation provided another $450,000 to create a compact, interactive, 1,500-square-foot version suitable for smaller museum spaces around the country. It is the smaller exhibit that will be in Riverside, co-presented by Best Buy Children’s Foundation and UC Riverside.The RACE project has appeared in museums around the country and will tour American cities through 2014. It was at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley most recently on the West Coast, and will be at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., this spring and summer.

Next year theSmithsonian Museum of Natural History will host the exhibit for six months instead of the usual three. It will coincide with the Smithsonian’s summer folk festival, which is expected to draw millions of visitors from around the world. More than 1 million people have seen the RACE exhibit so far.

The exhibit opens on Thursday, June 3, during Riverside’s Arts Walk, and continues through Sept. 26. A series of study group circles hosted by the “Friends Across the Line” will cover the anthropological, cultural, and social aspects of race. The series will be held September 12, 19, and on the closing date the 26th from 3 – 5 pm.

Riverside Metropolitan Museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Ave. in downtown Riverside. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. Admission is free.

17th Annual Jazz In The Pines

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The Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation is proud to present the 17th Annual Jazz in the Pines Saturday and Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2010. Headliners will be announced in the coming weeks.

Regularly priced tickets are $60.00 per day for over 25 acts on three stages. Early bird ticket price is $55.00 until July 15. Individual, group tickets, Patron Dinner packages (includes tickets to each day) and the Saturday Night Jazz and Jambalaya Dinner can be purchased online at www.idyllwildjazz.com.

Gates to the Jazz in the Pines concert pavilion open at 10:00 a.m. both Saturday, August 28 & Sunday August 29 with acts starting at 10:30 a.m. All three of the music venues, Holmes Amphitheater, Stephens Hall and the ever popular French Quarter, play jazz until 5:00 p.m.

The festival is located on the grounds of Idyllwild Arts at 52500 Temecula Road in the cool, clean air of the breathtakingly beautiful mountain village of Idyllwild, California. All parking is free with shuttles running continuously between the center of town and clearly designated lots. A variety of food concessions will tempt your taste buds along with premium wines, beer and margaritas.

Over 65 world class artists will be selling handmade items including art, sculptures, jazz memorabilia, jewelry and Jazz in the Pines collector gifts.

For more information call 951-500-4090, or to book accommodations visit www.idylodging.com or www.idyllvacationrentals.com.

Festival Offers Message of Unity, Diversity and Community

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By Debbie Wallace –

The City of Riverside may have to see cultural arts through a new lens.

While the 7th Annual International Drum, Dance and Mask Festival offered an explosion of dance, music and art, its underlying message of unity and diversity added something new – community service, service learning and the importance of creating collaboratives.

The festival, held May 22nd at Riverside’s White Park, gave producer and presenter, “We the People” Cultural Arts Group (WTP), an opportunity to showcase community groups, regional talent and a pioneering music legend yet keep the theme relevant.

“We want people to understand the importance of giving,” noted festival organizer Yvonne Choyce-Oglesby. “Giving comes in many forms.”

“This is a great opportunity to give community service,” said Supervising Parole Agent, Sandra Abacherli. The Home Shopping Network, AmeriCorps Restoring Youth and Communities, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Dectech Music Production Training Center and scores of volunteers offered over one thousand community service hours towards the production of Saturday’s event. Volunteers gave valuable community service time while learning more about diversity, unity and cultures from around the world.

Throughout the day, the audience sampled music and dance from South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, Europe as well as music, art and dance created in America. “I feel like I am visiting the United Nations. The nice thing is I do not need an interpreter because music, art and dance are universal languages,” noted volunteer, Derrick Turner.

Each performance captured the festivals message and colorfully exported it to the audience. Under the watchful eye of master percussionist and storyteller, Clarence “Chazz” Ross, children formed a drum circle and participated in a magical story took them across the ocean and through the jungle.

Traditional drumming such as the Senryu Taiko Drummers were a major element of the program but the organizers felt it was important to include various art forms.

ENVY, a contemporary female duet and Joey’s Project, rocked the house with its blend of rock, funk fusion while Son Merekumbe flavored the festival with a taste of Afro Cuban song and dance.

WTP founder Lori Dismuke, formed the nucleus of the WTP Dance Troup whose West African drum and dance ensemble connected the continents with their highenergy act. When steel band sensation, Sapadilla, played the theme song from the movie Madagascar II, “I Like to Move It,” the audience agreed and clapped to the beat. Both children and adults circled the band’s stilt dancer and the audience joined in the chorus.

Moreno Valley resident, Dr. Steven Merrall, brought his father, who is visiting from England to the festival in hopes of learning more about music from other cultures. “This is a great event. The atmosphere is positive. The food is great and performers are unbelievable,” said Merrall. “This is a wonderful example of community service coming together,” he added.

Away from the stage, event goers sampled face painting, viewed fine art by Charles Bibbs and experienced a live music studio.

“Never have I seen so many activities in one place. They even had a live recording booth at the festival,” recalled festival attendee, Justin Murphy. “What makes this awesome is this was all free.”

Pioneering musical legend, Kurtis Blow punctuated the program with a riveting performance.

He asked the audience to make individual and community commitments while taking them down musical memory lane.

Blow brought a group of local children on the stage and showed all that he still had some good dance moves. The crowd chimed and rhymed with Blow as he sang his mega hits, “The Breaks” and “Basketball” and recalled the “old school days.”

As an ordained minister, Blow speaks out against racism, drugs and alcohol. “We wanted people to hear his message yet still have fun listening to his music,” said Derek Yobb, Jr., whose company, Dectech, arranged and sponsored Blow’s appearance.

WTP plans new dance and music programs to its menu of activities but recognizes how important the festival is to the community. “We are already working on next year. We hope it will be bigger and better,” noted Dismuke.

Morris Day for All Time

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By S.Y. Brown –

The California Theatre in San Bernadino was filled to near capacity Friday night with loyal fans stepping back in time with Morris Day and the Time. The crowd was a rainbow mixture of men and women eagerly awaiting Morris Day, the-original-man-of-swagger. After much anticipation the build up of music brought Morris Day on stage.

The mesmerized audience joined in unison as he spelled out his best known character trait and title song C-O-O-L.

The smooth rhythms and perfectly placed beats created the perfect party atmosphere for the almost fifteen hundred people in attendance.

The crowd was worked into a sweat along with Morris Day, but he quickly set the record straight that it was not sweat he was wiping off his face but “condensation”.

The hour and a half concert left the highly energized crowd wanting more and more of his laid back yet seductive brand of songs. He was still as cool as ever.

Morris Day and the Time makes a statement that they were not just innovators of music since 1982 but that they are also still very relevant to the music industry of today.

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