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adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre L. Murray

written by Katori Hall

written by Lydia R. Diamond

Behind the scenes is looking pretty awesome this season 🙂

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For me friendships are important, family is important, and it is a blessing if we can have monetary benefits. That’s wonderful, and I love it. But I have to have the security of people who really care about me, and me about them. I want to be surrounded by people who have integrity. – Camille Cosby

Survival needs are those things that you need to continue living. Survival needs are not based on having what the next person has.

Be clear.

One is need. One is greed.

What is your culture?

If it does not uplift you,

If it provides comfort to those who are less than,

If it encourages, supports, or excuses wrongdoing,

that “culture” does not belong to you.

Be careful of what you accept, excuse, and defend. You transmit culture.

You are a reflection.

To the mirror. To your children. To any and every one who comes in contact with you.

Your choices matter.

Aim high.

Pursue excellence.

Be exquisite.

 

After a wonderful Easter with the family . . .

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

In Time of Silver Rain

In time of silver rain
the earth
puts forth new life again,
green grasses grow
and flowers lift their heads,
and over all the plain
the wonder spreads

Of Life,
Of Life,
Of life!

In time of silver rain
the butterflies
lift silken wings
to catch a rainbow cry,
and trees put forth
new leaves to sing
in joy beneath the sky
as down the roadway
passing boys and girls
go singing, too,

in time of silver rain When spring
and life
are new.

Langston Hughes

Well Dressed

New cd “Nu Revolution” available April 19th. And they’re touring!

I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I am wearing out my iPod with “Liberte”.

Enjoy your weekend!

Mary Lou Williams

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month!

And this year, the Smithsonian “examines the legacies of jazz women, and their advocates, who helped transform race, gender and social relations in the U.S. in the quest to build a more just and equitable nation.” read more

Be sure to check your area listings for this month’s jazz events.

You can’t beat good food, good wine, and good jazz!

Yea, spring 🙂

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