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Dodgers RBI Urban Youth Academy Wins MLB Inaugural Jr. RBI Classic Showcase

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Dodgers RBI Urban Youth Academy and Dodgers RBI Venice Boys and Girls Clubs played in the championship

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers RBI Urban Youth Academy (UYA) captured the first-ever MLB Jr. RBI Showcase Classic championship with a 18-17 7-inning victory over the Dodgers RBI Venice Boys and Girls Clubs at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Dodgers RBI UYA tied the game at 16-16 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run off the bat of Patrick Nova. After Dodgers RBI Venice Boys and Girls Club recaptured the lead in the top of the seventh inning, Dodgers RBI UYA won the championship with a walk-off two-run home run by Vincent Temesvary, his second of the game. Dodgers RBI UYA finished the tournament with a 5-0 record.

The Los Angeles Jr. RBI Classic Showcase, which was co-hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, began on Friday, May 23 and ended today. Opening ceremonies and a skills clinic was held at Dodger Stadium on Friday and all games were played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. The participating teams took an outing to Angels Stadium yesterday and were housed on the campus of the University of Southern California for the duration of the tournament. The inaugural Jr. RBI showcase included Dodgers RBI which consisted of three separate teams from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice and the City of Los Angeles Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, Angels RBI (Anaheim, CA) and San Diego Padres RBI (San Diego, CA). The round-robin tournament marked the first-ever competitive element of RBI’s younger playing divisions comprised of youngsters ages 11-12.

Dodgers RBI Urban Youth Academy will be recognized at a 2014 Dodgers home game.


National Jazz Museum in Harlem to Honor CCNY, President Coico

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First ‘Jazz and Community Leadership Award,’ to be given June 9, cites ‘outstanding service to Harlem community and support for jazz’

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will present its first "Jazz and Community Leadership Award" to The City College of New York and CCNY President Lisa S. Coico June 9 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan.

The award recognizes President Coico and City College's "unique outstanding service to Harlem and its communities, as well as for the support for jazz and musicians, both of which have been expanded and strengthened under President Coico's tenure," said Jasna Radonjic, the museum's managing director.

The museum introduced the "Jazz and Community Leadership Award" this year to honor individuals or organizations "for their extraordinary leadership in advancing the appreciation, and acceptance of jazz as a major American art form with worldwide significance, and for enduring contributions to Harlem's community quality of life."

The NJMH cited City College for:

Its multi-faceted involvement with jazz and music as reflected in its music curriculum and programs;

Enabling numerous Harlem-connected musicians, many with little or no means, to study in its jazz program because of its uniquely low tuition and high quality of instruction;

Its jazz concerts at Aaron Davis Hall on campus, which is Harlem's premiere performing arts center, where many jazz greats have performed;

The range of its music alumni that includes famed lyricists Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg and blues historian Marv Goldberg.

President Coico has been a member of NJMH's Board of Trustees since 2011 and, in addition, serves on the Board's development committee.

"It has been my great pleasure as managing director to work with President Coico in her role as a trustee," said Ms. Radonjic. "Her fresh and innovative ideas, can-do-attitude, extraordinary connections in the community and love of jazz and Harlem make her contributions to the museum invaluable."

She lauded President Coico's instrumental role on the development committee in revitalizing NJMH's fundraising efforts, which are crucial for the museum's thriving future. "I have no doubt that, with her help, we will achieve our goal of building a permanent home for jazz in Harlem in the very near future. Our Board of Trustees could not have found a better recipient for our first "Jazz and Community Leadership Award," added Ms. Radonjic.

Also that night, pianist, composer and bandleader McCoy Tyner, will receive NMJH's first annual "Legends of Jazz Award" for outstanding contribution to the development of jazz.

The featured performer at the event will be Tony Award winner and three-time Grammy Award winner singer/actress Dee Dee Bridgewater, a two-time Grammy winner and winner of the 1975 Tony for "best featured actress in a musical" for "The Wiz."

For reservations, call The National Jazz Museum in Harlem at (212) 348-8300 ext. 100.


Civil Rights, Poetry on PBS NewsHour's "Where Poetry Lives"

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Report is the latest in PBS NewsHour’s “Where Poetry Lives” series featuring US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

The Civil Rights movement was about brave deeds and bold words. Both are explored by US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and PBS NewsHour Correspondent Jeffrey Brown in the latest of their reports on “Where Poetry Lives”. Their story airs Friday, April 11, 2014.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Trethewey and Brown join Rep. John Lewis, Myrlie Evers, Rev. Edwin King and a bipartisan group of politicians and activists participating in the annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The visit was a homecoming of sorts for Trethewey, who grew up in Mississippi, the daughter of a black mother and white father. Her family was targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, and as a young girl, she watched as they burned a cross in her front yard. The experience inspires her poetry and her commitment to social justice, “it is the scaffolding that holds up all the things that I’m concerned about as a poet” and underscored for Trethewey the necessity of American poetry as “a kind of recording of our cultural moment and to record the history of a people.”


Natasha Trethewey reads her poems “Incident,” which recounts the cross burning she witnessed as a child, and “Miscegenation” inspired by her parents' marriage.

Previous reports in the “Where Poetry Lives” series include:

Seattle’s Pongo Teen Writing Project helps homeless and incarcerated teens overcome trauma in their lives by writing from the heart about difficult experiences.

Detroit’s InsideOut Literary Arts Project places professional writers and poets in inner city schools to help children give voice to their often turbulent lives through poetry and writing. Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, uses poems commonly memorized and recited in youth, to bring joy and to trigger long term memories in dementia patients, not just of the poems, but of family members and their own identity.

Dr. Rafael Campo uses poetry to help medical students hone the art of medicine.

PBS NewsHour’s coverage of poetry is funded by the Poetry Foundation. The “Where Poetry Lives” series is a partnership with the Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center. PBS NEWSHOUR is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced with WETA Washington, D.C., and in association WNET in New York. Major corporate funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by BAE Systems, BNSF and Charles Schwab with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others.


5th Annual "Is Hip Hop History?" to be Held Feb. 27 through Feb. 28

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The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies will host the fifth annual “Is Hip-Hop History?” Conference Feb. 27 through Feb. 28, at the Center for Worker Education (CWE).

This year’s event pays homage to the iconic 1984 hip hop film “Beat Street,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The conference is also part of City College’s Black History Month festivities. Themed the “Return to Beat Street,” this year’s event is using the film for thoughtful reflection, in particular on the historical place of the female emcee.

“Thirty years ago, “Beat Street” made one of the first attempts to dramatize New York City hip hop culture,” said Warren Orange, an academic advisor in the division and conference co-founder. “Part of the movie was at filmed City College, which became one of the crossroads where academia was first introduced to hip hop. We thought it appropriate that “Beat Street” return to City College and a contemporary audience of scholars and hip hop enthusiasts.”

The conference will officially kick off with a screening of “Beat Street” at Aaron Davis Hall on City College’s main campus at W. 135th Street and Convent Avenue, 12 noon – 2 p.m. Thursday, February 27. Mr. Orange, who teaches a class on the History, Culture and Politics of Hip Hop, will host a Q&A session immediately following. The film screening is sponsored by Aaron Davis Hall and is free to students.

Then, the conference will head downtown to CWE, where MC Sha-Rock, the first female emcee and former member of the legendary rap group The Funky 4 +1 More, will deliver the keynote address. A reception will follow the keynote address, and a second screening of “Beat Street,” sponsored by the CWE Office of Student Affairs, will conclude the first day’s events.

On day two, Hip Hop USA, a collective of New York City Subway graffiti legends, street artists and fine urban artist, will produce “From Caves to Subway Cars,” an art exhibition and panel discussion.

To register for the event, visit at http://ishiphophistory5.eventbrite.com/.

Entertainment Portrayals of Mental Health, Substance Abuse to be Recognized at PRISM Awards

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As the national dialogue surrounding mental health continues to evolve, Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) spotlights the power of entertainment and media to influence attitudes and behaviors through authentic portrayals.


The PRISM Awards, honoring the portrayal of mental health and substance abuse, including drug, alcohol, tobacco use and addiction, in TV shows, movies, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment, are presented annually by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC). The Nomination Review Committee (NRC), which consists of over 80 representatives of the entertainment industry and health fields, will meet at the end of this month to determine the nominees, according to President and CEO Brian Dyak.

“Based on the submissions received, entertainment creators produced more than 300 hours of national television, film, comic book and other media addressing all aspects of mental health and substance use, from prevention to treatment and recovery,” said Dyak.

The 18th annual PRISM Awards aims to strengthen the positive relationship between the entertainment industry and public interest sector.

“The portrayals reached a new level this year. Productions further expanded into multiple-episode storylines rather than these issues existing within only a single episode of a show, providing more in-depth exploration. These advancements are testimony to the increasing awareness of prevalent social and health issues and will make for a vibrant 18th Annual PRISM Awards program,” commented Larry Deutchman, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Industry Relations, EIC.

EIC continues to encourage the entertainment industry to raise awareness through detail and honesty.

“[EIC] is always there as a resource to the entertainment community and the reason that portrayals in film and television are becoming more accurate and more useful to the general public is because of organizations like EIC,” said Dr. Drew Pinsky, TV host and longtime PRISM Awards supporter.

Learn more about PRISM Awards and get updates ahead of nominee announcements at www.prismawards.com.

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