Specific things to look for when the 2014 MLB playoffs begin 9/30/14

Many are predicting an all Los Angeles World  Series based off of the stellar play by two of the best players in MLB, Mike Trout of the Angels (l) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (r).

Many are predicting an all Los Angeles World Series based off the stellar play by two of the best players in MLB, Mike Trout of the Angels (l) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (r).

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will start their World Series push with the Wildcard round beginning for the American League (AL) on September 30 and the National League (NL) starting on October 1. Some of the sports’ biggest stars will be center stage while some teams will be making their first appearance in the playoffs for quite some time.

The Oakland A's will have their top trade acquisition Jon Lester on the mound to take on the Royals top trade acquisition from a season ago in James Shields as the AL WIldcard begins Sept. 30.

The Oakland A’s will have their top trade acquisition Jon Lester on the mound to take on the Royals top trade acquisition from a season ago in James Shields as the AL WIldcard begins Sept. 30.

The AL Wildcard game is between the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals. The winner of that game will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem in the Divisional Series. The other Divisional Series will feature the Detroit Tigers versus the Baltimore Orioles.

Former NL MVP's Buster Posey (l) and Andrew McCutchen (r) are in positions to build on their personal resume with good performances by their  teams this postseason.

Former NL MVP’s Buster Posey (l) and Andrew McCutchen (r) are in positions to build on their personal resume with good performances by their teams this postseason.

The NL Wildcard game is between the San Fransisco Giants and Pitsburgh Pirates. The winner will face the Washington Nationals in the Divisional Series. The other Divisional Series will feature the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Detroit Tigers hope that former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (r) and former MVP Miguel Cabrera can lead the team on another deep playoff run.

The Detroit Tigers hope that former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (r) and former MVP Miguel Cabrera can lead the team on another deep playoff run.

There are three questions that are already present as the playoffs begin:

1) Will AL pitching carry their teams through the playoffs?

The conventional wisdom when it comes to AL teams is their offense tends to carry them as the Designated Hitter (DH) allows teams to have more offense regularly. While this is mostly true, recent examples from the Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Detroit Tigers have shows that pitching has been more valuable and consistent for AL teams lately. Starting pitching usually gets the headlines but pitchers out of the bullpen are more important in the post-season when scoring is at a premium. With only 13 Blown Saves and an %81 Save percentage, the Kansas City Royals can make this first playoff appearance in 29 years a memorable one.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright (r) will have their hands full trying to slow down Adrian Gonzalez (l) and his Dodgers teammates this post-season.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright (r) will have their hands full trying to slow down Adrian Gonzalez (l) and his Dodgers teammates this post-season.

2) Will power bats be present for NL teams in these playoffs?

There was a period recently when teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, or the Cincinnati Reds would be built with plenty of offense and power in the middle of the lineup. That period has changed drastically as none of the 4 NL playoff teams had a player on their team that hit for more than 30 Home Runs (HR). Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers is the only NL player with more than 100 Runs Batted In (RBI), leading the NL with 116 RBI. Since runs will be at a premium, those quick scores will make a huge impact on the outcomes of series. With the Pirates finishing the season third in the NL in HR’s and Slugging percentage, they seems prepared to use some quick scoring to put them over the top and advance through the post-season.

Bryce Harper (l) plays with lots of flare and energy for the Nationals. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig (r) for the Dodgers.

Bryce Harper (l) plays with lots of flare and energy for the Nationals. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig (r) for the Dodgers.

3) Which of MLB’s stars will shine the brightest in the playoffs?

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) is regarded by most baseball pundits as the best pitcher in the game. Mike Trout (Angels) holds the distinction by many as being the best all around player in the game. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) has earned the title as the best hitter in baseball over the past few seasons. All of these players will have a chance to build their post-season resumes this year. Former MVP’s like Buster Posey (Giants), Justin Verlander (Tigers), and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) will also have chances to enhance their playoff legacy. Young stars like Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) and Bryce Harper (Nationals) will also have the spotlight on them as the march to the World Series begins for MLB teams on Tuesday.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.

When police officers run amok, Blacks and Latinos feel the pain

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Oklahoma Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged on August 29 with raping, sexually assaulting and forcing a stream of low-income African-American women to perform sex acts.

Scholars and pundits often ponder the chasm between the negative views that Blacks and Latinos tend to have of police officers versus the overwhelmingly positive views held by Whites and Asians. But for members of the first two communities the reason is clear: Blacks and Latinos suffer disproportionately when untamed police officers run amok and the American highways and byways have corpses as evidence of the grim, haunting, heartbreaking reality that there is a war on minority families by unruly cops.

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Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson has been in hiding, on paid departmental leave after gunning down unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown on August 9, roiling the city and the nation.

Summer 2014 has been particularly brutal for Blacks and Latinos at the hands of police officers. Littered across the law enforcement landscape is a rogues gallery of out of control police officers who shoot and kills Blacks and Latinos with impunity. Afterwards, they retreat to their hiding places like schoolyard bullies who start the fight and then high tail it off the premises when confronted by any able opponent.

North Carolina Police Officer pulls over unarmed African-American man, asks for his license then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers' orders.

On September 4, South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert pulls over unarmed African-American man, Levar Jones, asks for his license, then unleashes a barrage of bullets when the man reaches in his vehicle to comply with the officers’ orders.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert's request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

South Carolina Police Officer Sean Groubert, 31, was arrested and fired after unleashing a fusillade of gun shots on African-American motorist Levar Jones who was complying with Groubert’s request to produce his license after a routine traffic stop.

From robbing residents in Long Island, New York, as part of a drug gang, to imposing an illegal chokehold in Staten Island to kill Eric Garner, lawless New York cops have a template for illegal conduct that they do not seem eager to shed, after cockily embracing the Teflon persona for years, a persona that was in full bloom under former mayors Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg.

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One of many marches across the country against police brutality. President Obama said recently that police brutality “corrodes” the American society.

The grand jury in Garner’s case convenes today, Monday, September 29. In Ferguson, Missouri, officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and left his body splayed in the street for almost a day, like he was a wild animal undeserving of respect. The grand jury in Brown’s case is not expected to return a decision until next year.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots. Brown was scheduled to begin college two days after his murder.

Speaking on Wednesday, September 24 at the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama mentioned Brown’s shooting, saying “It left the city divided.” Addressing the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner on Saturday night, September 27, the President said that police targeting of the black community makes it “difficult for the people who need the police the most to trust them.’ He also said that “a culture of mistrust exists between law enforcement and the African-American community” and “young men of color are targeted by the police for walking while black,” among other things.

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Daniel Pantaleo, New York City detective who choked Eric Garner, 44, was placed on modified duty but has not been charged in the homicide.

Sexual predator police officer Daniel Holtzclaw in Oklahoma City was recently fitted with an ankle monitor and charged with the crime of preying on vulnerable African-American women ranging in age from late 30’s to late 50s. According to the charges brought against him in court on August 29, evidence showed that Holtzclaw raped some of the women and forced others to perform sexual acts on hi as a regular part of his daily routine.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart Store was not indicted.

Residents in Ohio voice their anger that the police officers who shot and killed an African-American male as he examined a toy gun in a Walmart store was not indicted.

How on earth do police officers expect to be respected or trusted by the Black and Latino communities when they face the repercussions of police misconduct?

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

Los Angeles Highway Patrol officer mercilessly beat bipolar African-American woman.

The decision by outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into the Ferguson police force for repeated violations of the civil rights of Blacks and Latinos is a great first step. Hopefully the investigation will quell this disgraceful blue code by unsavory police officers who believe that they function above the law that they are sworn to uphold. Is it any wonder the rap group N.W.A.’s 1988 hit “F the Police” became such a huge inner city anthem and has faced resurgence in response to wanton police brutality against a specific segment of American society?

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

New York City Police Officer throws pregnant woman to the ground, belly first, leaving her a bloody mess, before placing her in handcuffs because she tried to intervene as they beat her unarmed teenaged son.

Whether it is coercion of minors like what transpired with the Central Park Five, or the unwarranted killings of Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Anthony Baez, Oscar Grant, John Crawford, or countless other men across this country by lawless cops, it’s time for residents to rise up and say: Enough!–OnPointPress.net

Musical about flamboyant singer Sylvester, now off-Broadway, ends 10/5

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Scenes from the Off-Broadway musical about the last singer Sylvester.  Performances run through October 5 at Theater at St. Clement’s, located at 423 W. 46th Street, in Manhattan, New York.

New York, 9/27/2014: Late musician Sylvester was known for his flamboyant personality and his strong relationships in the music industry. His life story has been immortalized in an Off-Broadway musical, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” which opened on September 5 and will run through October 5. The musical is now showing at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W 46th Street with tickets ranging in prices from $25 to $84.50.

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Sylvester also performed with “Two Tons of Fun” the singers behind the bit “It’s Raining Men.”

The production is the brainchild of Anthony Ken LLC and Sheryl Lee Ralph’s The Diva Foundation. The musical is a celebration of the life of the original 1970s “Queen of Disco” Sylvester, featuring classic songs such as “(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real,” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk,” and “You Are My Friend.”  The musical stars Anthony Wayne (Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Sylvester and is based on a book by Anthony Wayne. The musical is directed by Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman with choreography by Anastacia McCleskey, and musical direction by Alonzo Harris. The limited-engagement is scheduled through Sunday, October 5.

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The high-octane musical “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” has been entertaining New Yorkers since opening September 5. The musical runs through October 5.

The musical chronicles Sylvester’s life, through his point of view. Beyond all the trials and tribulations of his life – and the glitz and glamour of his lifestyle — Sylvester was not only a symbol for being Fabulous, but also a pioneer in the LGBTQ community for showing, unapologetically, you have to be true to who you are. “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” allows Sylvester’s classic songs to enter your ears, soar through your heart, and inspire your soul.

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Musical on Sylvester’s life is gearing up for its final week of performances. The last show is scheduled for October 5.

Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance, he became known in the United States as the “Queen of Disco.” Born in Watts, LA, Sylvester developed a love of singing through the gospel choirs of his Pentecostal church, which he left after being persecuted for his homosexual lifestyle.  An activist who campaigned against the spread of HIV/AIDS, Sylvester died from complications arising from the virus in 1988. In 2004, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, and one year later in 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2PM and 8PM, and Sundays at 7PM. For tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.FabulousSylvester.com.-OnPointPress.net.

US Attorney General Eric Holder vows to continue ‘the work’ in stunning resignation

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President Barack Obama described the resignation of US Attorney General Eric Holder as ‘bittersweet.’ while lauding his expertise, work ethic and achievements in the post.

By Carmen Glover

US Attorney General Eric Holder stood stoic, inscrutable, and unflappable as President Barack Obama lauded his tenure as a prelude to the announcement that he would resign his post, while remaining on the job until his successor is named and confirmed. Calling the moment “bittersweet,” President Obama was solemn, but effusive as he praised Holder’s tireless work ethic and achievements;

“With his typical dedication, Eric has agreed to stay on as attorney general until I nominate a successor and that successor is confirmed by the Senate,” the President said. “All told, Eric has served the Justice Department under six presidents of both parties. Through it all, he’s shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19:  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an announcement at the Justice Department March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced a deferred prosecution agreement with a $1.2 billion fine regarding Toyota Motor Corporations misleading to its consumers on the unintended acceleration issues in the cars the company manufactured.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 19: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during an announcement at the Justice Department March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Justice Department announced a deferred prosecution agreement with a $1.2 billion fine regarding Toyota Motor Corporations misleading to its consumers on the unintended acceleration issues in the cars the company manufactured. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pausing to gather his thoughts, the President continued. “I chose him to serve as attorney general because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory, it’s a living and breathing principle. That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer. That came with a big portfolio from counterterrorism to civil rights, public corruption to white-collar crime.”

But of all his reach as attorney general, Holder, according to the President was especially proud of “reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls the conscience of the building and that is the Civil Rights Division.”

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US Attorney Eric Holder speaks to a resident in Ferguson, Missouri, where he also shared suffering the indignity of being stopped and harassed by racist police officers during his professional career.

After thanking the President, Vice President Joe Biden, Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Department of Justice staff and his family members, Holder made it clear that he would still continue with his mission.

“In the months ahead, I will leave the Department of Justice but I will never leave the work,” he said. “I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals.”

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US Attorney General Eric Holder testified before many congressional sessions and endured various forms of harassment which he correctly labeled as ‘racist.’

Addressing the President, Holder said: “We have been great colleagues, but the bonds between us are much deeper than that. In good times and in bad, in things personal and in things professional you have been there for me. I’m proud to call you my friend.”

shockwave gripped certain parts of the country, and the black community in particular, as the news was announced. Who will champion the cause of civil rights in a climate rife with discrimination against black men? Who will pursue justice for unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson? Who will consider appointing an independent prosecutor in the Eric Garner case in New York? The questions came with sharp velocity as the enormity of the decision sunk into people’s collective consciousness and the reality that an era has ended dawned gradually, sadly.

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US Attorney General Eric Holder greets Ferguson Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson which an exuberant “You are the man!” this summer when he visited the town to soothe nerves after the city was roiled by unrest due to the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

This summer when Holder traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to meet with Brown’s parents, talk to members of the community and proclaim to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson that “You’re the man!” the hearts of the community felt eased. When Holder shared his experiences with racist police officers his message resonated. People related to him and felt that he could articulate and understand their viewpoint because he has lived it. But now he is leaving his position, the post from which he has fought valiantly to effect meaningful change.

Who will fill his shoes? Will his successor have his passion, burning desire to tackle the wrongs and empower the citizens on the lowest rungs of society? Only time will tell.-OnPointPress.net.

 

The NBA learned from ‘Malice at the Palace,’ Will the NFL learn from its woes?

Before the brawl headed into the crowd, there was a dustup between Ben Wallace and Ron Artest.

Before the brawl headed into the crowd, there was a dustup between Ben Wallace and Ron Artest.

By Charles Glover Jr.

On November 19, 2004 the NBA was turned upside down with a brawl that eventually changed the view of players and the league itself. Dubbed the “Malice at the Palace,” the brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons erupted into the stands and earned recognition by the Associated Press as “the most infamous brawl in NBA history.”

The brawl spilled into the crowd as things escalated during the infamous night in Detroit.

The brawl spilled into the crowd as things escalated during the infamous night in Detroit.

Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) was at the center of the brawl that started after Artest and Pistons center Ben Wallace got into a minor altercation. Artest then threw a drink at a fan from the crowd. Artest then charged into the stands and attacked the person that thought was the assailant. Other Pacers like Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O’neal were fierce in their support of their teammate during the melee that spread from the crowd onto the court.

The result was a prolonged stain on the image of the NBA as the fight with fans seemed to justify the concerns by some that the NBA had become too boorish and abrasive to accommodate the upscale portion of their fan-base. NBA’s commissioner at the time, David Stern, decided to institute sweeping changes to bridge the gap between NBA fans and its players. Several players received stiff penalties, highlighted by Artest’s 73-game suspension, which was the equivalent to all games remaining in the season.

David Stern was the commissioner of the NBA during the Malice at the Palace and was at the forefront of major changes that eventually benefitted the NBA.

David Stern was the commissioner of the NBA during the Malice at the Palace and was at the forefront of major changes that eventually benefitted the NBA.

The league also made changes to security measures and alcohol limits at games. Shortly thereafter, the NBA instituted a dress code, requiring the players to dress in suits when traveling for games. The dress code was geared towards changing the perception that too many players were distancing themselves from fans by embracing hip hop culture in their dress and attitude. The NBA became the first of the major sports to have such a requirement.

The four prominent participants in the Pacers - Pistons  brawl (l - r) Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine  O'neal, Ben Wallace.

The four prominent participants in the Pacers – Pistons brawl (l – r) Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’neal, Ben Wallace.

There were many opponents to some of the changes, specifically the dress code, as the changes seemed to be an overreaction to the “Malice at the Palace.” However, there was no doubt the NBA as facing an image problem. There was also increasing frustration with the NBA as they struggled in their representation of the USA in the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Cup. These events provided enough of an impetus by Stern to make major changes to the way people view NBA players.

Stern has made a number of questionable decisions but the approach he took to reshape the image of the NBA at that time was a necessary one. The changes were not popular amongst everyone, including many fans. There was also renewed efforts to bring the best players to international competition. This calculated move helped bring national support to the NBA players during their gold medal run in the 2008 Olympics and thereafter.

The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell (c) could learn from the NBA on how to change league perception following scandals involving Ray Rice (r) and Adrian Peterson (l).

The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell (c) could learn from the NBA on how to change league perception following scandals involving Ray Rice (r) and Adrian Peterson (l).

The changes to NBA policies and initiatives were reactions to a number of negative incidents that were highlighted by the “Malice at the Palace.” Stern and NBA executives were wise enough to sense that there was enough of the fan-base that desired noticeable changes to some aspects of how NBA players operate. There are times when it is necessary to make forceful changes to make a lasting impact and the NBA was able to shift the perception in their favor.

However, the shift in perception took years to take effect. The lesson NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can apply to the current dismal state of affairs with the NFL with the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandal is that it is necessary to make forceful changes that address the problem. There also must be patience that is earned from operating in a matter that demonstrates that the league is as appalled by the troubles of the league and will take exceptional measures to rectify matters.

(l - r) Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James have helped reshape the NBA image with Team USA and by making an impact in their communities as well as for their teams.

(l – r) Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James have helped reshape the NBA image with Team USA and by making an impact in their communities as well as for their teams.

The NBA now has a number of stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul who are noticed for their great play on the court and positive impact away from the game as well. The NBA has also seen increase in viewership and monetary growth in the 10 years since the “Malice at the Palace.” As the next 10 years unfold, the NBA seems to be miles away from the negativity that surrounded the league in 2004.will the NFL be smart enough to emulate the NBA model, which has improved the league’s image and profitability at the same time? Only time will tell.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindoMES on Twitter.com.

Reggae singer Duane Stephenson releases album, ‘Dangerously Roots’

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By Tiffany Mea

Singer-songwriter Duane Stephenson has greatly impacted Jamaica’s musical landscape with his stunning introductory album “From August Town” (2008) and his sophomore effort “Black Gold “(2010), both released on VP Records. His heartfelt lyrics, sincere vocals, insightful commentaries and deeply rooted spirituality make roots reggae a global force that lives on in the 21st century. His upcoming album “Dangerously Roots,” was released September 23, 2014 on Kongstar Records/Greensleeves, expands on his talents and puts him among the new generation of roots artists who are revitalizing the genre.

After spending the past three years touring as the lead vocalist with the Original Wailers, Stephenson makes a strong return to solo artist status. He enlists an all-star production team for his “Dangerously Roots,” including Jamaican heavyweights Clive Hunt, Dean Fraser, Christopher Birch, Phillip ‘Winta’ James and Donovan Germain. Guest appearances from Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, Lutan Fyah and
Mutabaruka add impact to the 14-song set. The album’s latest single is contemporary remake of the 1981 Bunny Wailer classic “Cool Runnings,” which is accompanied by a stylish, retro-flavored music video.

Entertainer Duane Stephenson.

Entertainer Duane Stephenson.

Born in the August Town parish of Kingston, Jamaica, Stephenson started his professional career as the lead vocalist of the 7-piece band To Isis. His solo debut album “From August Town,” featuring the brilliant title track, was cited by Billboard Magazine as one of six albums “collectively galvanizing a roots reggae revival” with “lyrics that convey romantic longings and the anguish of ghetto realities with
equal conviction” and similarly hailed by Pitchfork as “undoubtedly a highlight of not just 2008, but perhaps the past few years.”

His second album, “Black Gold,” was nominated for the 2010 Album of the Year Award at Jamaica’s EME (Excellence in Music & Entertainment) Awards. That same year, before joining The Wailers, Stephenson collaborated with them on “A Step for Mankind,” the global anthem for hunger eradication. In October 2010, he was invited by the UN World Food Program to honor then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony. The roots singer continues to fight for social change and gives a voice to community that is often silenced on his latest release.

Stephenson has toured and performed at major stage shows in Jamaica, such as Reggae Sumfest & Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; North America , including Sierra Nevada’s World Music Festival; Europe, including Rotterdam Reggae Festival; South America and the rest of the Caribbean.-OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Industry leaders organize day of service to promote financial literacy

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Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) and Operation Hope Future (BOOF) DC have joined forces to put on a Financial Literacy Day of Service in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2014. Individuals attending the Congressional Black Caucus’ 44th Annual Legislative Conference, professionals and business owners in the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland areas are invited to learn about how technology and money can empower a community, provide financial literacy for youth and enjoy an opportunity to network with power players.

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On Wednesday, September 24, the organizations will put on activities which include an 8: 00 a.m. breakfast  to discuss money and technology. The breakfast event is billed as a  “thought-provoking panel discussion at the Microsoft Retail Store, at The Fashion Centre, Pentagon City Mall.” The discussion will feature panelists from Microsoft, government agencies and community organizations, who will talk about how technology and money can work together to make communities more financially savvy. The breakfast will be followed by a financial workshop for youth at Kenmore Middle School at 11:00 a.m.

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“Nothing is more exciting than providing financial literacy for over 300 school students at Kenmore Middle school, located at 200 South Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204,” said the event’s organizers. “We need 18 volunteers, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm that are passionate about depositing the seeds of financial literacy in the minds of middle school students that will grow into financially savvy minority professionals. Banking on Our Future (BOOF) – DC will provide training and financial literacy curriculum to all volunteers.”

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The day will conclude with a Green Carpet networking reception at 5:30 p.m. at Washington DC’s newest financial institution, Premara Bank. Premara Bank Office is . located at 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Branch, Washington, DC 20004.

The Economic Evolution of Our Future Selves

Operation HOPE’S Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program educates youth ages 9 to 18 at no cost to school districts and community-based organizations, with a focus on urban, underserved communities. The Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC), formerly known as the National Association of Urban Bankers (NAUB), is an organization of minority professionals in the financial services industry and related fields. Affiliation with UFSC offers a unique opportunity to influence the shape of the banking and financial services industries

For more information or questions, please email president@ufscnet.org or contact Ditu Kasuyi at 804-651-7739-OnPointPress.net.