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#713 + 12 FEB 2017 / GRAMMYS + Tribe Called Quest Honor Phife Dawg / Get Political: RESIST! RESIST! RESIST! + Birth date of the 16th POTUS: Abraham Lincoln + CECIL TAYLOR

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GRAMMYS:

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Jennifer Lopez didn’t mention President Trump by name,
nor any headline news.
But before presenting the first award of the night,
Lopez said,

At this particular point in history,

our voices are needed

more than ever.”

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She then quoted Toni Morrison:

This is precisely

the time

when artists

go to work.

There is

no time for despair,

no place for self-pity,

no need for silence,

no room for fear.

We speak,

we write,

we do language.

That is how civilizations heal.”

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A Tribe Called Quest honored Phife Dawg
with a politically charged, bombastic medley
alongside Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence
at the Grammy Awards. 
The legendary hip-hop outfit opened with 1993’s “Award Tour,”
while Q-Tip also snuck in the refrain from “Can I Kick It.”

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Paak then joined Tribe,
playing both drums and singing “Movin’ Backwards,”
his collaboration with the group
on their 2016 album
We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.

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Busta Rhymes opened the final segment of the medley
by addressing

President Agent Orange

and slamming Donald Trump’s Muslim ban
before Tribe launched into their politically driven

We the People.”

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As more people filled the stage in unity,
the most powerful moment came
when everyone suddenly bowed their heads
and
held up a fist while Phife Dawg’s verse
blared over the speakers.

 

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The group invited immigrants onstage to, as the group’s rep says,

represent ALL the people

that are the OTHER.”

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Q-Tip

 closed

the performance

with

the

message:

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

Resist!

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Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through.”

Cecil Taylor

ANTHONY BRAXTON DECLARED CECIL TAYLOR AS A DEFINING ENERGY/INFLUENCE

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12 February 

The birth date of the 16th POTUS, Abraham Lincoln,
my childhood hero and template of RISING in adversity.

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FIRECRESCENT_13_OB_2014_CLJ; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;FIRE: CRESCENT XIII                                                                Catherine L. Johnson 2014

 

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 “…with malice toward none,
and
charity for all,
with firmness in the right
as God gives us to see the right,

 let us strive on to finish the work we are in, 

to bind up
the nation’s wounds, …”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS

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“…We are not enemies, but friends.
We must not be enemies.
Though passion may be strained,
it must not break our bonds of affection.
The mystic cords of memory will swell
when again touched
as surely they will be
by the better angels
of
our nature…”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS

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IWISHIKNEW   CATHERINE L. JOHNSON  2011

I WISH I KNEW                                              CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2011

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S

SOTU ADDRESS

12 FEBRUARY

 “Together, 
we have cleared away
the rubble of crisis,
 and
 we can say with
renewed confidence
 that the 
state of our union
 is 
   stronger.”  
 

 “It is our unfinished task

to restore the basic bargain

 that built this country..

The idea that if you work hard

and

meet your responsibilities,

 you can get ahead,

no matter where you come from,

 what you look like,

or

who you love…

It is our unfinished task

to make sure

 that this government

works on behalf

of the many,

 and

not just the few…

that it encourages

free enterprise,

 rewards individual initiative 

and 

opens the doors of opportunity 

to

 every

 child 

across this great nation

 of

 ours…” 

 

 

 

 

“In the two months since Newtown,

 more than a thousand

birthdays, 

 graduations

and

anniversaries

 have been stolen 

from our lives

by a bullet

from a gun.

 

 

 

They deserve a vote.

 They deserve a vote. 

They deserve a vote.

 

 

 

 Gabby Giffords

deserves a vote.

 The families of Newtown

deserve a vote.

 The families of Aurora

deserve a vote.

 The families of Oak Creek

 and

 Tucson

 and

 Blacksburg

 — and the countless other communities

 ripped open by gun violence 

they deserve a simple vote.

 

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THE BACKGROUND OF I WISH I KNEW SERIES: 

http://www.mnartists.org/work.do?rid=280660   

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

WAS MY HERO

AS

A

CHILD.*

FOR ME, HIS LIFE REMAINS

A TEMPLATE OF A HERO

– THE CAPACITY TO SEE BEYOND THE HORIZON LINES;

TRANSCENDING  PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BARRIERS,;

EMPATHY AND FAITH TOWARD ALL HUMANITY;

THE  WISDOM TO SEEK OUT WORLD VIEWS

COUNTERING/CHALLENGING HIS OWN,

THE ABILITY AND PRACTICE TO LISTEN DEEPLY TO ALL PEOPLE-

TO ACKNOWLEDGE

AND

DIGNIFY

THE WIDE ARC OF HUMANITY

AND

BELIEF IN  THE PRACTICE/RIGHT

OF

FREEDOM

FOR

ALL;

NO BOXES,

NO RANKING OF HUMANITY

-all equally created by God;

NO FEAR;

PERSEVERING FORTITUDE;

FIERCE COMPASSION AND resilient COURAGE TO UPHOLD HIS VALUES;

AND

THE CONVICTION

IN MOVING FORWARD,

KNOWING THERE

WILL BE BLOOD,

RESISTANCE

AND

HATERS

WITH

ALL LIVING

UNDER

ONE

SKY. 

* My beloved Dr. Mark B. Coventry offered the life of Lincoln as one to aspire to as I faced down challenges
as a child bound to a bed.

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