Monthly Archives: April 2017
The Convention, which is annually held in the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which featured leaders in civil rights, government, tech, education, clergy, and entertainment from April 26-29 in New York City.
National Action Network (NAN), founded by civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, will convene its annual national convention from April 26-29 at the Sheraton Times Square (811 7th Avenue @ 52nd Street). The convention is free and open to the public but registration is required and isolated events are ticketed.
NAN’s convention was held in President Donald Trump’s home town, featuring high profile plenary sessions and panel discussions around crucial issues, such as voting rights, criminal justice reform, immigration, health care, education, corporate responsibility, economic equity and more. Each day of the NAN convention there was a hackathon and technology competition, and each evening there were be revivals featuring leading national preachers.
Keepers of the Dream Awards, which was hosted by Actor Samuel L. Jackson and honored Harry Belafonte, Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, the pastor who organized Moral Mondays, Terry O’Neill the President of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and other national leaders. The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, honor those who have continued to advocate the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. Former President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards in 2011.
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Saxophonist Kenny G rose to fame in the mid-1980s with his signature smooth jazz sound. He is the top-selling instrumental musician of the modern era.
In 1973, at just 17 years old, Kenny G was hired by Barry White to play with his Love Unlimited Orchestra at the Paramount Northwest Theater in Seattle. The gig with White and his band was the first of several for the saxophonist, and it was around this time that he changed his name to Kenny G.
In 1982, after inking a deal with Arista Records, Kenny G released his self-titled debut album. Striking a balance between jazz and R&B, the record marked a solid start to his solo career.
His next two albums, G Force (1983) and Gravity (1985), continued his upward trajectory, but it was his fourth studio album, Duotones (1986), that made the saxophonist an international star. Eventually topping 5 million sales, the silky-smooth jazz album led the way for Kenny G to work with other big-name stars, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole. During his long career, he’s also performed with Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra.
In addition to his recording success, Kenny G set a Guinness World Record in 1997 for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. At a performance at J&R Music World in New York City, he employed a method called circular breathing to hold an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. Although his mark was surpassed in 2000 by Vann Burchfield, Kenny G was hopeful of reclaiming the record.
Kenny G plays the Selmer Mark VI Soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. He has created his own line of saxophones called “Kenny G Saxophones.
Kenny G Live Performance by Saxophone Great Kenny G at Promise Night Gala -2017, See more Entertainers and Celebrity’s in our World Liberty TV Celebrity and Entertainment Channels by Clicking here.
America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, welcomes two-time Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter and 2017 Promise Hero honoree, Andra Day; Grammy-award winning saxophonist, Kenny G; and five-time winner of the Apollo Theater’s rising new star award, saxophonist Austin Paul, Jr. at the third annual Promise Night Gala in NYC.
Andra Day will sing her motivational anthem “Rise Up” with Harlem’s Boys & Girls Harbor Choir.
Promise Night honorees exemplify how leaders from business, entertainment, government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector can each have a role in improving the lives of America’s youth.
America’s Promise Founding Chair Gen. Colin Powell and Chair Alma Powell will present several awards throughout the event.
This year’s Promise of America honorees include:
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express Company
Common, hip-hop artist, actor, film producer, and founder of the Common Ground Foundation
Arne Duncan, managing partner, Emerson Collective
Bryan Stevenson, executive director, Equal Justice Initiative
Dorothy Stoneman, founder, YouthBuild
Promise Hero honorees include: Andra Day and New England Patriot and Founder of Reading with Malcolm initiative, Malcolm Mitchell.
A salute by the Children of Gen. Colin Powell and Chair Alma Powell were done for their mother and father and there 20 years of Contribution to America’s Promise Alliance.
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