*It’s going to be Florida State and Auburn – two schools who are ranked first and second, respectively, in the final Bowl Championship Series standings - playing each other for the national championship on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.
“We’ve gotten the matchup everybody wants to see,” said Bill Hancock, the BCS executive director. “We felt we’d get the two best teams, and we did.”
In the final year of the BCS being the Football Bowl Subdivision’s top postseason format, the Seminoles finished atop the standings for the first time since 1999. Florida State lost the first BCS championship during the 1998 season to an SEC opponent, Tennessee, before winning the title the next season against Virginia Tech.
Emotional plea from Kenneth McDade, father of Kendrec McDade on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles
Carson, Calif. – Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson will lead a rally calling for justice for Trayvon Martin Tuesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Rally participants include California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, Minister Tony Muhammad and members of the Nation of Islam, local area clergy, students, and residents. Over 200 participants are expected to participate in the demonstration in front of City Hall calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. In addition, the Councilmember will help collect donations to help bury 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, who was shot and killed in Pasadena on March 24 after a false 911 report. McDade’s family has asked for donations to help cover the unexpected $10,000 cost of burying their son. Carson City Hall is located at 701 East Carson Street.
“My 14-year-old son asked me what I was doing to help Trayvon Martin’s family,” explained Councilmember Mike Gipson. “I tried to explain to my son that I was in California and that the Martin’s were in Florida and he told me that never stopped me before. My son is right.”
Gipson, who lost his 3-year-old son in 1987 in a hit-and-run accident says that he knows the pain of losing a child.
“The driver who killed my son was never caught. I am standing in solidarity with the Martin’s and the rest of America, not as an elected official, but as the father of two sons and as a grandfather.”
In addition to calling for justice for Trayvon Martin, rally participants will also be calling for the immediate repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Not in L.A. and want to Donate?
A memorial fund has been started at Chase Bank in the name of Kendrec McDade to help pay for the young student’s burial.
Chase Bank Kenneth McDade and Anya Slaughter
Kendrec McDade Memorial Fund Account No. 452408953 Routing No. 322271627
How to Donate
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An Emotional Kenneth McDade Breaks Down Live On Air on Stevie Wonder’s KJLH-FM in Los Angeles As Family Tries to Raise Funds to Bury Son Killed by Police
Also, forensic voice expert Tom Owens explains why it’s not George Zimmerman’s voice crying for help
*Inglewood, Calif. – Kenneth McDade, the father of Kendrec McDade, the Pasadena teen killed by police on March 24th after a false 911 report of an armed robbery, called into Los Angeles radio station KJLH-FM’s Front Page show hosted by Dominique DiPrima, Tuesday, April 3rd to speak about his family’s outrage and their vow to fight for justice and the need for help in paying to bury Kendrec, which is estimated to cost $10,000.
An emotional McDade cried on air, “he’s a good boy, he didn’t deserve that.” McDade vowed to fight for justice.
Donations are being collected in the city of Carson at 5 p.m. in front of city hall with support from Councilmember Mike Gipson, State Assemblymember Isadore Hall III, 100 Black Men, and the Nation of Islam. A memorial fund has been setup at Chase Bank for public donations.
Also on the Front Page, forensic voice expert Tom Owens explained in detail why it’s not George Zimmerman’s voice crying for help on the 911 recordings, Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Sanford, Fla. teen Trayvon Martin.
Owned by Stevie Wonder’s Taxi Productions, KJLH is the leading broadcast radio station for African-Americans and urban consumers in Southern California. The Los Angeles home for the Steve Harvey Morning Show, KJLH’s award-winning Front Page show with Dominique DiPrima is Los Angeles’ only talk radio show focused on African-American issues.
Providing around the clock news coverage and updates regarding the case of the unarmed 17-year-old Sanford, Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was killed February 26 by a neighborhood block watch captain and Pasadena teen Kendrec McDade, killed by police March 24, after a false 911 report, KJLH is the most trusted radio source in Los Angeles for news affecting the African-American community in Los Angeles and around the world. KJLH’s award-winning show the Front Page show heard weekdays from 4:30AM until 6AM, has featured exclusive interviews regarding the Martin case, including police procedures expert and retired L.A.P.D. officer Timothy Williams, southern region Final Call reporter Brother Jesse Muhammad, CNN analyst Roland Martin, Florida Congressional representative Corrine Brown and Federica Wilson, political commentator and Florida native Andre Egglletion, rapper, actress, and activist Yo-Yo, “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin!” author Michael Skolnik of GlobalGrind.com and Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Action Network, Martin’s family attorney Benjamin Crump of Parks and Crump Law Firm in Florida, Tom Owens, forensic voice expert, Caree Harper, attorney for the family of Kendrec McDade, and Kenneth McDade, the father of the slain Pasadena teen.
*PASADENA, CA – Emmy winner Wayne Brady, renowned for Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and currently the host of Let’s Make A Deal, will perform in CONCERT FOR VICTOR: A Benefit at the intimate Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse.
Brady appeared last year in RENT at The Hollywood Bowl, and starred as Billy Flynn in Broadway’s CHICAGO in 2004. Brady joins the previously-announced Melora Hardin (THE OFFICE / Broadway’s Chicago), Steven Weber (WINGS / Broadway’s The Producers) and Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven’s / Broadway’s Beauty & the Beast) in the one-night-only event.
The evening will also feature performances from Monika Beal (Long Beach Opera’s Philip Glass’ Akhnaten), 30 Rock’s Todd Buonopane (Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee), Hart of Dixie’s Deborah S. Craig (Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee), Ava Gaudet (Broadway’s Rent), Devin Kelly, Charley Izabella King (Broadway’s The Producers), Leigh Ann Larkin (Broadway’s Gypsy & A Little Night Music), High School Musical: Get in the Picture’s Jennifer Malenke (Broadway’s Into The Woods – Revival) and Jacquelynn Ware.
CONCERT FOR VICTOR: A Benefit will take place at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 PM. All proceeds go to the Rodriguez Family Care Fund.
This concert will benefit 23-year-old Victor Rodriguez and his family. In June 2011, Sacramento newlyweds Victor and Crystal Rodriguez went parasailing on the last day of their honeymoon in the Bahamas. At a height of approximately 200 feet their harness snapped, and they fell into the ocean. Crystal was killed, and Victor suffered severe injuries. Neither of them had health or life insurance. They had only been married 12 days.
Full-price tickets are $99 including admission to the post-show reception, or $45 for the show only (both include a $4.00 ticketing fee). For the next two weeks, tickets at either price level can be purchased at half-price with the code CFV50. All tickets are General Admission. Seating is limited to the intimate concert benefit.
There will also be several CDs on-sale, featuring autographs by select artists from the performance.
All of the proceeds including the $4.00 per ticket fee (generously donated by Patron Manager) will go toward Victor’s medical & recovery expenses.
CFV: A Benefit will be directed by Jordan Kai Burnett, featuring accompaniment by Dr. James Lent. The evening is co-produced by Burnett & Sacramento-area native Jonathan White.
In a statement, The Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps said:
“It is always an honor to be able to provide space in our beautiful facility for worthy and important causes. The Playhouse stage is there for the creation of our art, yes…But it also exists to support important fundraising efforts as we have often done in the past, and do again with great pleasure for this valuable event.”
Tickets for the benefit can be purchased by calling (626) 356-7529, by visiting www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org or in person at The Playhouse Box Office, located at 39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena.
Additional donations will be accepted the night of the performance as cash or check only (made out to Rodriguez Family Care Fund).
Donations can also be sent via mail to:
R. W. Baird
300 University Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Checks should be made payable to R. W. Baird; c/o Rodriguez Family Care Fund.
*Oh, it’s just a great year for concerts, music and good sounds.
Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild came together on Sunday for the 33rd Annual United Negro College Fund’s Evening of Stars fundraising ceremony in Pasadena, Calif.
While the event was all about highlighting outstanding students who have attended or are currently enrolled in historically Black colleges, the event was phenomenal for music fans.
The artists certainly strutted their stuff and made a big scene, in a good way, with Badu’s change-up style. She wore massive gold chains, colorful tights, and a wide brim hat. She sang from her “Mama’s Gun” collection, released in 2001.
“This event is important to me because the UNCF is about education, and education is important to me,” Soulchild told The BoomBox.
Very supportive of the program, he continued saying:
“There’s always going to be something that you don’t know. The concept of college is to help you gain higher learning,” the R&B crooner said. “The difference between attempting to carry on your life without going through college is a world of difference. The benefits of it [college] are lifelong. What had to happen through the years, for us [African-Americans] to even have this [college] as a privilege to entertain… the least you can do is honor that. There are a lot of people that put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this organization so out of respect for the people that came before you, let their dream shine. The more educated you are, the more options you have.”
The event raised more than $200 million, which will go to helping thousands of college students.
In other news, for those of you who fell into his trap, Badu is not getting back with D.O.C. Her publicist cleared up the rumors and insisted that the father of their seven-year-old daughter Puma is just that … the father.
D.O.C. gave an interview with The Dallas Observer and apparently implied a romantic connection between him and the singer. He even stated that they are living together.
But it’s oh so not true, Badu says.
“Erykah Badu and The D.O.C. share parental responsibilities for their daughter and their relationship as it regards that aim is very good. Erykah has no plans to marry or have any sort of courtship with the D.O.C.,” says Paul Levatino, spokesperson for Badu’s company Badu World.
“Ms. Badu has no plans to allow a reality show to be filmed in her private Dallas residence or to include any of her children in the filming. Ms. Badu has no concrete plans further than a guest appearance in his reality show. The D.O.C.’s comments were either taken out of context, improperly interpreted, or reflective of his now, not-so-secret desires. Whatever the case, Erykah wishes D.O.C. well both spiritually and professionally.”
*The United Negro College Fund will be hosting its annual star studded event, An Evening with Stars in Pasadena, Calif. Aug. 14 for the 33rd year in a row. And guess who’s on the line-up for the night?
Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Marsha Abrosius, Estelle, Musiq Soulchild and Miguel will be lighting the stage will fabulous performances all in the name of education.
The event’s purpose is to raise money for education advocacy.
Other guest appearances include Tatyana Ali, Hosea Chanchez, Pooch Hall, Jill Marie Jones, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams, Shaun Robinson, Kenny Smith, Brian White, and several others.
Tickets are now on sale and will premiere on BET Sunday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. EST.
*Pasadena – The 3rd Annual Jazzy Jam-Pasadena: Education for Empowerment Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
This worthy benefit concert with the proceeds supporting enrichment programs for children and youth served by Charity Events LA and Flintridge Center was held in Central Park on a cool, overcast day.
An enthusiastic crowd was in attendance at Pasadena’s Central Park, which is experiencing a cultural revival with the return of the 3rd Annual Jazzy Jam Pasadena.
The crowd and I were having a church going experience in the Park. The Pasadena City Wide Gospel Choir directed by Pastor Jonathan DeCuir and Carolyn Hopkins replenished our spiritual needs with the following uplifting songs “Souled Out,” “Psalm 3,” “I Won’t Forget It,” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”
Rapid Response were making a return engagement to the Jazzy Jam Pasadena. This professional group consists of Pasadena employees from the Police, Fire and various departments for the city. They took the crowd down memory lane with a set of Old School R&B/Rock & Roll. The crowd eagerly travelled with the band on “Boogie Oogie,” “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Funky Stuff,” “Don’t Ask My Neighbor,” “Get Ready,” and concluded their set with “Rock Steady.”
The Supa Lowery Brothers featuring brothers Christopher on trumpet and Wesley on drums. The group were outstanding on their arrangements of “Little Sunflower,” and “Funky Good Time.”
Vessel(s) & The Band brought an uplifting message in the form of fusion of Worship/Inspirational/Contemporary Christian songs on “This is The Day The Lord Has Made,” “I Just Want to Say Thank You,” and “I’m Going to Keep Pressing On.”
The Jazzy Jam Band, directed by bassist Cornelius Mimms presented a delightful variety show with an all-star group of special guests. Vocalist/guitarist Kori Withers, daughter of legendary singer Bill Withers performed two original tunes. Keep your eyes and ears on the look out for more from this talented young lady in the near future. Cornelius and the band took it up a notch on “Boogie Night,” “Rock Steady” featuring Sherine Netters working this tune inside and out, followed by “Soulchestral,” “You Got Me,” and “Little Sunflower” with violinist Kren Briggs. If that wasn’t enough Evelyn “Champagne” King and smooth jazz guitarist Freddie Fox were great on “Happy Feelings,” “Love Come Down,” and “Shame,” with the audience singing along to these oldies but goodies.
Johnny Polanco and Su Conjunto Amistad provided infectious, rhythmic, multilayered Latin music that brought out the salseros to the dance floor. Mr. Polanco is adept at playing thirteen different instruments. He played the trombone, tres and vibraphone on this gig.
Mainstream/Contemporary jazz saxophonist Everette Harp closed out the festival with hits from his extended catalog.
Jazzy Jam-Pasadena was produced by Jacqueline Snell-Brown for Charity Events LA, in partnership with the City of Pasadena, and sponsored by US Band, Old Pasadena Management District, Pasadena Star-News, Rose Magazine, Pasadena Scene, Studio City Sound, Pasadena Water & Power, SEP Music, and AT&T.
Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: firstname.lastname@example.org
*The magnificent sculptures of trailblazing athletes Jackie Robinson and Mack Robinson across the street from City Hall in Pasadena, California are breathtaking reminders that that African-American history is American history. The massive metal effigies are covered with inscriptions trumpeting the Robinson brothers’ stellar achievements in sports and in life. With all of their heroism on the athletic field, it is the personal dedication reflected on the Robison monument that is the most inspiring of all.
JACKIE ROBINSON BEATS THE STREETS
As a teenager in Pasadena back in the 1930s, legendary athlete Jackie got caught up in thug life almost became another statistic of the streets. But with guidance from father figures (his real dad abandoned the family when he was a baby) including his revered big brother, Mack, Jackie started making better, wiser choices and he put his life back on the road toward the greatness for which he had been born.
Robinson frequently referenced his youthful struggles in an effort to inspire other kids facing difficult, seemingly hopeless circumstances. While reflecting on his extraordinary, pioneering career in Major League Baseball, Robinson spoke the words which, today, are etched onto his bronze portrait in downtown Pasadena:
“…if this can happen to a guy from a broken home, whose mother worked from sun up to sundown, if this can happen to someone who was a delinquent and who learned he had to change his life, then it can happen to you out there who think life is against you!”
That motivating message from Jackie Robinson reflects the resourceful, conquering, “never say die” spirit that has enabled African-Americans to triumph over centuries of brutal, calculating and entrenched racism. It is the spirit that empowers us to meet the challenges of the present age, to seize the opportunities made possible by our forebears and to achieve greatness today – during Black History Month, and every month!
MACK ROBINSON’S QUIET HEROISM
As a student at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, I often saw the kind, elderly gentleman on campus. He was a humble, quiet man of great warmth who always had a word of advice, encouragement or expectation for us kids. He was frequently found on the athletic field, particularly during track and field season…
How amazed I was to discover that this unassuming, aged gentleman was a living legend! He was Mack Robinson, silver medal champion sprinter at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, older brother of Jackie Robinson and a lifelong supporter of young people and justice here in Pasadena…
Just goes to show that sometimes we have no idea when we’re in the presence of greatness! We see our elders but rarely do we contemplate the extraordinary lives that they have lived. In so doing, we fail to extend to them the honor that they have earned and we deprive ourselves of the empowering benefits of their vast experience. For, whether or not their accomplishments are recorded in the history books, our elders – through their wisdom, dedication, courage and, most of all, their love — have guided the generations.
Look closely at Mack Robinson’s sculpted image across the street from Pasadena City Hall and you’ll find his personal mission statement inscribed: “My desire was to bring about a drastic change in education and the attitudes of America’s youth.”
That’s the commitment that so many of our forebears – the renowned and the unsung – have lived by! So, let us continue to celebrate, learn from and be empowered by them! This is the greatness that we celebrate during Black History Month and the whole year through!
Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents.
*It started with a phone call from RadioFacts.com editor/publisher Kevin Ross to me asking “Is it true?” Is what true I responded. “That Teena Marie died,” he said.
Of course I was dumbstruck and had no answer.
Since I’ve known Teena for almost thirty years, I immediately called her house and her assistant Meeko answered and confirmed the bad news. At that point I decided to rush over to Teena’s house in Pasadena, about 5 minutes my home in the Monterey Hills section of Los Angeles.
Needless to say family members, friends and musical associates had gathered, and were filled with grief awaiting the coroner who arrived about 5 minutes after I did.
After about 45 minutes to an hour the LA County corner’s crew and Pasadena police brought her body out. Needless to say, it was a very overwhelming and emotional scene when they placed her in the morgue vehicle to be be taken away.
As far as specific details of her death are concerned, all we know at this point is that Teena was discovered by her daughter Alia Rose when she went to wake her up Sunday afternoon around 1pm.
While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Teena suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.
“Luckily, someone was there,” Jeter told CNN of the seizure. “The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure.”
Jeter said that she had a “great” conversation on Saturday with the singer, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week (at the Fox theater) — in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.