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Booker T. Washington Economic Development Summit In September


Conference provides connections with local, regional and national procurement deal-makers

Tuskegee, AL (BlackNews.com) — Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program will host the 15th Annual Booker T. Washington Economic Development Development Summit on September 15-17, 2010. Held at the TU Kellogg Conference Center the conference theme is: “Revitalizing Entrepreneurship and Procurement Opportunities in Small Towns and Rural Communities”. Continue reading

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Esperanza Spalding’s “Chamber Music Society” debuts at #1

On August 17, the bassist/vocalist/composer/bandleader Esperanza Spalding released Chamber Music Society.

Esperanza was on NPR’s All Things Considered last Friday. Hear it here.

Chamber Music Society was recently reviewed in the New York Times and USA Today.

Chamber Music Society debut as the #1 Jazz Album on iTunes and has remained at #1 for 7 days since release, #65 iTunes Top 200 (Peak #46).

The album also debut on Amazon as the #1 Jazz Album, #25 in Top 100 Music (Peak #23), #29 Pop.
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The international urban music industry will yet again be making major breakthroughs in 2011. New Skool Rules, the biggest international Hip Hop and R&B conference in the world will be back in April  next year.  The global scene will yet again be represented on April 1st through 3rd, and once more make way for music professionals seeking to “network and exchange” in an absolutely unique setting and format.

The first edition of the New Skool Rules conference in 2009 had proven to be the ultimate international breeding ground for music professionals around the globe, reaching over 900 delegates from over 20 countries. Major as well as underground and indie contributors to the “urban” scene were represented, with delegates from; Def Jam, Universal, BET, VIBE, MTV (USA), Konvikt, Interscope, AllHipHop.com, WEA, Sony ATV, EMI Publishing, Warner Music and Talpa Music Publishing present. The 2009 event had proven to be a networking haven for established and upcoming professionals in the music industry where new business relationships were founded, talents scouted, and knowledge exchanged.

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Celebrated Japanese Smooth Jazz Artist & NYC Sax Man YAZ TAKAGI set to rls debut national album Sept 7: You Can’t Say it in Public

HSMENT Entertainment announces the national album release of You Can’t Say it In Public by Yasuyuki “Yaz” Takagi, the critically acclaimed Japanese born Tenor Saxophonist and his self-titled four-piece jazz group, Yaz Band, set for release September 7, 2010.

Yasuyuki, also know as Yaz, has a dynamic musical range that offers a fusion of silky, urban-lite grooves, funk soul and the crossover foundations of melodic jazz. The album features nine (9) original songs and four (4) covers, which were each composed by Yaz and his band. The playlist serves as a sound track to Yasuyuki’s coming of age journey, migrating from the metropolitan of his native country Osaka, Japan to Manhattan.

The first single, also titled You Can’t Say it In Public, leads the new album, released digitally in Summer 2010. The song showcases not only his artistry but also his energy packed musical abilities.

Yaz confesses, “When I recorded You Can’t Say it In Public my goal was to have people experience the sexy, cool-out vibe of a live Yaz Band performance, which we hoped to captured in a studio-recording.”

Yaz Band is an official member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s sponsored “Music Under New York” series. The talented foursome has held Jazz enthusiasts captive during rush hour for years. And now, the quartet will emerge from New York City’s underground to embark on an international tour to promote Yaz’s first national album release.

The in-demand band is know for playing indisputable R&B classics by icons such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye. In addition to covers, Yaz Band plays original instrumental tunes influenced by the styles of jazz luminaries such as Grover Washington, Jr., Maceo Parker, The Crusaders and American jazz fusion groups such as Spyro Gyra. From Harlem to Hiroshima, the soulful sounds of Yaz Band can be heard frequenting stages across the metropolitan area and in jazz festivals such as Lincoln Center’s “Out of Doors” and the historic Minton’s Playhouse. In addition, Yaz Band has performed in Asia as part of the “Under New York” music series, which were held in Seoul, Korea.

As a student, Yaz was influenced by American greats including Bob James and Dave Grusin. However, it was the legendary style of iconic sax man David Sanborn’s music that led him to pursue the saxophone as his instrument of choice.

Yaz recalls being thrilled with Smooth Jazz as a youth in Japan.

“I had a passion for the genre at an early age and this made me stand out amongst peers who preferred to listen to American pop. I often rummaged through my father’s record collections in search of music that moved me and I was instantaneously connected to the sultry sound of the sax, it stood out to me.”

You Can’t Say it In Public is Yaz’s first national studio release and fourth album. It offers up a blend jumping jazz mixed with soulful soundscapes and smooth grooves that won’t get lost in translation. The album will be available in all formats on September 7, 2010.

Yaz concludes, “I never knew and still don’t know the definition of Jazz, I just know what it feels like.”


01 You Can’t Say it In Public
02 Cold Sweat
03 First and Goal
04 Dolphin Dance
05 Low Down
06 Rush Hour
07 Thirty
08 Bridge Over Purple Sky
09 I Wish
10 Airport
11 Sweet Smell of Love
12 Every Thought is of You
13 You Can’t Say it In Public/ Extended

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JAZZY Announces Northeast Tour Dates: August 13th-18th

Singer/Songwriter Jazmine “JAZZY” Bailey confirms summer show dates, providing fans in the northeast with the long-awaited JAZZY experience they’ve been waiting for. The recent success of her latest release, Beauty And The Beat has drawn national demand from r&b fans, producers and songwriters alike. Not only has JAZZY emerged as a songwriter but she’s also evolved into a performing artist and is excited to bring her talent to the Northeast for the first time. A force to be reckoned with, it’s clear that JAZZY will be around writing for a-list artists for a long time to come. Continue reading

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Hunger Program For Haiti Earthquake Victims

Recently, celebrity chef Ron Duprat and former model Fayola Nicaisse visited Haiti to examine conditions six months after the devastating January 12, 2010 magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered near PORT-AU-PRINCE. Overcome by the deplorable post-earthquake living conditions and hunger still rampant in their homeland, Duprat and Nicasse became more determined than ever to do something to address the still existent near famine conditions. Chef Duprat has partnered with Bergeron Land Development, Inc. to establish a culinary center in Haiti in an effort to help alleviate hunger in affected areas.

Duprat teamed up with Nicaisse – who is the founder of the highly-successful ébène organic skin and hair care line – shortly after the earthquake in a common love for their country and their eagerness to contribute to relief efforts. To meet their collective goal they are also currently working on expanding her line of skin care products. A percentage of the products’ proceeds will benefit their continued relief efforts in Haiti.

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Black Youth Org Founder Wins Chess Competition


Orrin Hudson, founder of Be Someone

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Orrin Hudson, founder of Be Someone, celebrated Independence Day by taking first place in the 5-Minute Blitz Chess Championship at the 38th Annual World Open International Chess Tournament in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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