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Wayne Shorter, Jazz Legend Who Collaborated With Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell, Dead at 89Prolific Grammy-winning saxoph...

Wayne Shorter, Jazz Legend Who Collaborated With Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell, Dead at 89

Prolific Grammy-winning saxophonist also recorded with Steely Dan and Herbie Hancock in addition to his own renowned albums and work with supergroup the Weather Report

WAYNE SHORTER, THE legendary, Grammy-winning saxophonist who — in addition to his own renowned albums and work with jazz supergroup the Weather Reporter — collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, and Joni Mitchell, has died at the age of 89.
The venerated musician died Thursday morning, March 2, in Los Angeles, Shorter’s rep confirmed to Rolling Stone. No cause of death was provided.
Over a career that spanned eight decades — from his 1959 debut to his 2023 Grammy-winning Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival — Shorter was one of the most prolific and visible ambassadors of jazz, expanding the boundaries of the art form itself while fusing its influence with all genres of music.
The Newark, New Jersey-born Shorter began his career under the tutelage of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, performing alongside fellow future jazz greats (and collaborators) like Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. After a half-decade stint with Blakey,.

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Big Announcement: Blind Boys singer Jimmy "Jimster" Carter is now entering his well-earned retirement. He earned 5 GRAMMYs and a Gospel Hall of Fame induction with the Blind Boys of Alabama. While he will no longer tour, he is featured on the next Blind Boys album, coming out later this year. The group will continue to carry on the legacy through songs, recordings, and performances including with longtime members Ricky McKinnie and Joey Williams.

"It's been among the greatest joys of my life to be able to perform for and connect with our fans throughout the world over the years. I want to thank everyone who helped make that dream come true, including my brothers of the Blind Boys, our team, and fans. I hope I will occasionally go out and reconnect with them." - Jimster

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at the State Theater of HdG 2-18-23

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Photos from Policy Foundation Of Maryland's post

Photos from Policy Foundation Of Maryland's post

Photos from Policy Foundation Of Maryland's post

 Smokey Robinson - February 19, 1940singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive director.

Smokey Robinson
- February 19, 1940
singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive director.


Lusia Harris, the First and Only Black Woman to Play in the NBA

In 1977, professional basketball changed forever when a player named Lusia Harris became the first and only Black woman to play in the NBA. Growing up in Mississippi, Harris began her basketball career as the captain of her high school team as well as earning the most valuable player award three years in a row.

After graduating, Harris continued her career in sports by playing for the women's basketball team for Delta State University, where she won the national championship in Women’s basketball NCAA Division III,' according to She became successful outside of sports, however, as she finished her time in college with a bachelor's degree in health, physical education, and recreation.

Finally, in 1977, Harris made history when she was 'chosen in the seventh round of the 1977 NBA draft by the New Orleans Jazz (Now Utah Jazz),' becoming the first-ever African American woman to be officially drafted by the NBA. Although she was unable to try out for the team due to her pregnancy at the time, Harris did play briefly for the Houston Angels of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.

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Actress Viola Davis has won a Grammy for the audiobook of her memoir, "Finding Me," earning her the coveted EGOT status ...
Viola Davis achieves EGOT status with Grammy win for audiobook

Actress Viola Davis has won a Grammy for the audiobook of her memoir, "Finding Me," earning her the coveted EGOT status — meaning she has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award in her career.

Davis has previously won an Oscar for best supporting actress for "Fences," an Emmy for her role as Annalise Keating in "How to Get Away with Murder" and two Tony awards.


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Remembering James Jamerson Funk Brother - R.I.P top ten greatest bass players in music history, birthday which was Jan 2...

Remembering James Jamerson Funk Brother - R.I.P top ten greatest bass players in music history, birthday which was Jan 29th on what would have been his 87th birthday.

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he was well known for playing bass on many Motown hits, including The Temptations #1 hit, “My Girl, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On”.

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63RD Governor of Maryland is Sworn in Wes Moore
Historic day....

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Governor Wes Moore is off and working on Day 1.
Policy talks and meetings on crime and the economy..

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Maryland has to get this right... #2023 It's been too long.


: According to data from the Federal Reserve, in 1990, white households owned 90.7% of household wealth in the United States, whereas Black households owned 3.8% and Hispanic households owned 2.1%. These numbers have changed little over the past 30 years, with white households now owning 85.5% of wealth in 2019, and Black households owning 4.2% and Hispanic households owning 3.1%.

It’s no secret the current financial system has failed at keeping wealth in the Black & Latino community. Our communities suffer from a lack of wealth, money circulation in the Black community, and generational transfer. That is why we created Greenwood. A mobile finance platform inspired by the early 1900’s Greenwood District, where recirculation of Black wealth occurred all day, every day, and where Black businesses thrived. Today’s Greenwood is a black owned financial system developed by us, for us

    wins after 14 defeats. Tough negotiations from the wild freedom caucus. Legislating will be a slippery slope for the...

wins after 14 defeats. Tough negotiations from the wild freedom caucus. Legislating will be a slippery slope for the next two years if at all. As they say be careful Kevin for what you wish for. LIKE AND SHARE


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"Black candle, placed right in the middle of red and green candles in Kinara, is lit on the very first day of the festival. It marks the commencement of the festive season. The person who takes the responsibility to light the candle makes a statement about the first principle i.e. Umoja (oo-MOH-jah) or unity. All the family members should listen to the statement and understand it in a way that all of them can explain the doctrine and its meaning. At times that particular member shares a passage or poem which is related to their lives and the principle in some way or the other.

The Umoja (Unity cup) filled with fruit juice is passed to all the members present in that congregating spot.

Some of the families use a Unity cup for every member present where as some just like to keep a Unity cup in the centre of the Kwanzaa table. After the ceremony of sharing fruit juice is over, the candles are turned off till the very next day."

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Happy birthday to Cab Calloway!! ❤

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was a jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer.

Calloway was a master of energetic s**t singing and led one of the United States' most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s through to the late 1940s. Calloway's band featured performers including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, New Orleans guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. Calloway continued to perform until his death in 1994 at the age of 86.

Cab Calloway with Kids and the Winner of the Calloway Quizzical, Providence, Rhode Island, ca. 1938.
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 wassup with Black Americas reparations?

wassup with Black Americas reparations?


Black Californians could get $223,000 each in reparations — and it could even help close the state's homeownership gap
By Alcynna Lloyd

The original article is from Business Insider*
How do you feel about reparations?
California is considering offering its residents $223,000 in reparations, which also help close the home ownership gap.

"Americans have long debated whether or not Black citizens should be provided with a monetary grant or other benefit as a means to acknowledge — and as an attempt to correct — the decades of systemic racism that has perpetuated the nation's racial wealth gap. But in 2023, California will tackle this complex issue head-on".


Got to join Trevor Noah on The Daily Show tonight! Tune in at 11 to hear how this is going to be Maryland’s decade.


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Executive Dir of Policy Foundation Sarahia Benn For Maryland is strong advocate of Advanced clean truck rule and the clean air act. It is necessary for this to be voted on this 2023 session to move Maryland forward.

Will Maryland replicate California’s ban on new gas cars by 2035? Advocates say it must.
By Christine Condon
Baltimore Sun

Nov 30, 2022 at 5:00 am

Maryland legislators and environmental groups are urging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to adopt California’s new electric vehicle standards by the end of the year, or risk falling behind the Golden State.

California’s regulation requires an increasing percentage of light-duty vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emission. By model year 2035, all new passenger cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the state will need to be electric, with a maximum of 20% of models being plug-in hybrids.

The rule was approved by the California Air Resources Board in August, following a 2020 executive order from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

According to Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services, Maryland must eventually do the same. That’s because in 2007, state legislators passed a law pledging to adopt and maintain California’s vehicle emissions standards, which were stricter than the federal government’s.

In a statement, a spokesman for Maryland’s Department of the Environment said officials will start “considering action” after California’s Office of Administrative Law issues a final approval for the state’s policy.

That test could come Wednesday. The California office is due to release its decision by the end of the day, said Elizabeth Heidig, its deputy director.

But Maryland should have been more proactive, said Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo, a Montgomery County Democrat.

”All too often sometimes, in government we sit and we wait,” he said. “We need to not sit and wait.”

Some 16 other states are in a similar boat, having adopted California’s stricter vehicle emission standards in the past, according to The Associated Press.

If Hogan’s administration doesn’t act by the end of this year, Maryland could fall behind, said Lindsey Mendelson, transportation representative for the Maryland Sierra Club.

The state is required to give manufacturers a two-year notice before implementing its policy. So, manufacturers would have to be notified in 2022 [during model year 2023] to have two model years to prepare for a 2026 rollout, Mendelson said. Under California’s rule, 35% of model year 2026 cars sold should be electric.

In September, Fraser-Hidalgo and two other delegates — Del. Kumar Barve and Del. Marc Korman, both Democrats — sent a letter pushing Hogan to adopt California’s standards by the end of 2022.

”The Delegates and I know the State is required to adopt this new standard,” the letter read, “but we urge you to take action as soon as possible to start reaping the benefits of cleaner air.”

The delegates didn’t receive a response from the administration, Fraser-Hidalgo said.

New car dealerships in Maryland are already preparing for the requirements to land in the state — whether this year or in the future — said Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

“In my opinion, we don’t have any choice,” Kitzmiller said. “We’ve adopted the California emissions standards.”

For dealerships, that mainly means investing thousands of dollars in electric car charging infrastructure on-site, he said.

“The dealers are committed to doing that, because that’s where the market is going to go,” Kitzmiller said.

In recent years, the electric vehicle options have improved substantially, Kitzmiller said, with longer ranges and larger vehicles on offer, easing the transition for dealers.

Earlier this year, for instance, Ford doubled the production of its new fully electric truck, the F-150 Lightning, after more than 200,000 people joined a waiting list for the vehicle, complete with $100 deposits each.

Easy access to charging infrastructure remains a concern for customers, though, Kitzmiller said, and supply chain shortages have slowed production of vehicles across the board.

So meeting a 35% requirement for 2026 could be challenging, he said, particularly given that only about 6% of Maryland’s new car sales are electric as of 2022, according to a Maryland Department of the Environment report.

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change, which includes Maryland legislators, agency heads and industry groups, has also recommended the state move to adopt California’s policy before the end of the year to help meet the state’s goal of a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2006 levels by 2031.

In addition, two dozen environmental groups, including the Maryland Sierra Club and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, also sent a letter to Hogan pushing for a 2022 adoption.

According to a Sierra Club analysis, the adoption of California’s rule would reduce light-duty car carbon dioxide emissions in Maryland 63% below 2021 levels in 2035. That analysis was performed using EV-REDI, a model developed by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.

”It’s absolutely needed for us to meet our climate targets,” Mendelson said. “We’re going to be in trouble in 13 years if new cars being sold are still pumping out carbon pollution.”

The transportation sector accounted for 35% of Maryland’s greenhouse gas pollution in 2020, according to a report from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The vast majority of those emissions came from on-road gas and diesel-powered vehicles.



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Complaints continue with Maryland unemployment site as jobless workers report confusion, glitches

"Jobless Marylanders continued to report problems Monday with claiming unemployment benefits through the state’s online portal, even as the state said the system is working properly.

Hundreds of people began reporting problems Sunday, when they couldn’t file their required weekly questionnaire to continue receiving benefits, known as certification."

"Joseph Jeffers, a 31-year-old former chef from Havre de Grace, said he originally applied for aid in October, so he hasn’t yet hit one year on unemployment. And, he sent in his weekly certification last week.

But around 8 a.m. Monday he tried to reapply for benefits anyway, following the state’s instructions.

“Worst mistake I ever made,” he said.

After he reapplied, his account information changed. It marked him as a recipient of regular unemployment, when he’d been receiving special Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. And the balance in his account had decreased by more than $1,000.

“It threw me from PUA to regular UI, which I know for a fact ... that I won’t be eligible for,” Jeffers said.

Jeffers decided to file his weekly unemployment certification anyway, just to make sure he wouldn’t lose his benefits. He called the state’s hotline, and all they could do was put a ticket in to address his problem in the future.

Jeffers said he waited several months for aid after losing his job due to the pandemic because of a prolonged dispute with his former employer. It was a stressful experience, during which he moved back in with his parents, sold his car and made plans to start taking classes at Harford Community College. Sunday’s difficulties added to his burden.

“It’s just been a roller coaster of emotions,” he said."

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MoCo's Senator Brian Feldman has been a leading advocate in Annapolis for harm reduction policies since he joined the House of Delegates in 2003. If the General Assembly had followed Sen. Feldman's policy proposals, Maryland would have hundreds-of-thousands fewer citizen/police interactions and tens-of-thousands fewer arrests. Sen. Feldman sponsored legislation to make ma*****na home cultivation a protected right under the Maryland state constitution - not because he loves ma*****na, but because he loves freedom and the appropriate use of public institutions. Other than ACLU of Maryland and Out For Justice, Inc., I'm not sure if any of the "progressive" organizations listed as part of the December Maryland Legislative Coalition criminal justice workshop have provided institutional support for these efforts. Maryland NORML has been on the front line of this effort, and we have repeatedly tried to get support from the legislative black caucus and "progressive" organizations, and they have NOT helped us, even when the entire Pacific Coast of north America has already established responsible, regulated ma*****na supply chains for consumers. These "progressive" organizations are NOT the most credible when it comes to criminal justice reform... they have in fact been obstacles.

Many folks might not know that 60 percent of all drug related arrests in Maryland are ma*****na related arrests.

We have ~18,000 ma*****na possession arrests annually in Maryland, ~5,000 ma*****na possession arrests annually in Montgomery County alone. This doesn't count the many thousands of humiliating, avoidable, life-threatening, and daily encounters between police and ma*****na consumers that don't lead to an arrest. All this while we invite investment capital into our state to build ma*****na production, processing, and sales infrastructure. Most of the MONTHLY $40,000,000 medical cannabis market is with multi-state operators, making our allocation of police resources for ma*****na all the more overtly unjust. This is an obscene injustice, and all progressive organizations should call for the immediate end to the racist ma*****na prohibition era - it is not too late to join us in this righteous fight.

A worker at the Havre de Grace Middle/High School construction site died from coronavirus earlier this week, according to Harford County school officials, prompting construction of the new school to BE HALTED FOR TWO WEEK quarantine. HCPS and Hess Construction mutually agreed to the measures.

School officials were notified Tuesday of the death of the Hess Construction contractual employee at the Havre de Grace site, said Jillian Lader, a spokesperson for Harford County Public Schools.

Messages left with Gaithersburg-based Hess Construction seeking comment have not been returned to any media source.

It’s unclear where the worker lived? Still no reported deaths of covid 19 amongst Harford residents. 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Harford county and 7,000 statewide with 171 deaths reported statewide.

Something to query....why is Hess Construction is such a prevalent builder in Harco? There are zero minority companies involved in this project which would reinject monies into the economy.
What was the bidding process? Why zero local companies and laborers? What politicians is Hess Construction has ties? We should demand answers and now?

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