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Excuse me if this is last minute but please join us for this amazing event. For more information please go to http://www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org/. Please share the information with friends, family, etc. We hope to see you there!

 

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Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of Kwanzaa.  

 

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September 2016 – (Oakland, CA) – “Television’s premier scientist and STEM Ambassador, CaT Bobino, is coming to Hayward to host a seminar for parents on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The seminar will take place at California State University East Bay on November 12, 2016, and will address the need for parents to have a better understanding of STEM and will aid in guiding their children into the fields. By showcasing and thus aiding in the changing of the stereotypical image of a STEM professional, CaT Bobino aims to engage parents and students with opening up the conversation of available careers in the STEM fields.”

“Ms. Bobino was a participant on the international show Genius By Stephen Hawking, as well her local PBS station (KQED), and currently has a show on channel 76 where she interviews diverse people in STEM. She also has done work with Pride, Scientific America, San Francisco Zoo, Nonprofit Bridges, on the board for Self e-STEM, CSU East Bay, the Youth Empowerment Pageant, UC Davis, K-12 schools, and many other institutions and programs to get viable information through the proper channels for implementation. She is working hard to get the word out there: STEM is for everyone from all walks of life and with encouragement and determination, anything is possible!”

“Through her efforts via speaking engagements, media involvement, and her book In The Know: Setting Up Your Child For The STEM World, Ms. Bobino is impacting students by encouraging them to look into the STEM fields as a career choice. Ms. Bobino has been highly regarded as a mentor to the youth for her thought provoking testimonials about her entry and journey through the biological science profession. As a result, she has established a proven track record for adding true diversity to the STEM professions. By giving a diverse face to STEM, minority youth are able to see themselves throughout those fields.”

“Ms. Bobino’s new book, In The Know, is shaping up to be one of the most sought after books for parents in 2016. While promoting the book, she will also continue working on her show and hosting seminars for parents to help guide students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
More information about CaT Bobino can be found on her website www.catbobino.com.”

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Charles “Buddy” Montgomery

 

The 2016 Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert, an event that will be held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA this Saturday (September 10) will honor musicians who have made contributions to the world of jazz music. Seven-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos will receive his award for “Most Influential Artist” while bassist Jeff Chambers will receive his award for “Musical Virtuoso.” Legendary songstress Marlena Shaw will receive this year’s “Jazz Legacy Award Winner” as she makes her final performance at the event.

Charles “Buddy” Montgomery, who was a pianist and vibraphonist, was considered one of the great jazz pioneers who not only produced his own music but also taught the history of jazz to his students via “Jazz in the Schools” program. Although Montgomery died in 2009, his legacy marches on as his daughter, Charla, will serve as the Executive Producer at Saturday’s event.

I spoke to Charla via e-mail about making the event to honor her father’s legacy.

 

How did this award show come together? Is this the first award show? Is this your first award show? “I have produced a couple of jazz concerts before, but this the first awards and concert event.”

 

What’s the purpose of the award show? “The purpose of this type of event is to recognize music artists for their contribution to the jazz genre and to further inspire young musicians to carry on the jazz legacy.”

 

How long has it been going on and why have it in Berkeley? “This is our first year and we have a good relationship with the Hillside Club venue.”

 

Please tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved in the award show?  “I am Buddy’s daughter and my interest is to fulfill what he had planned. The music was not only his means of income [but] it was [also] his creative expression. I was always inspired by my father and my family and I want see this become a successful [event].”

 

What’s your role for this year’s award show?  “Executive Producer.”

 

What is it that you like about the award show? “The fabulous music.”

 

What are your thoughts and feelings about the upcoming event? “I am very happy that fans are interested in seeing this happen.”

 

How did these people receive their award? “The individuals were originally picked by my father except John Santos who we selected for his talent and community leadership.”

 

Are you familiar with the recipients? “Yes.”

 

Who are you looking forward to seeing/performing at the awards show and why?

“Marlena Shaw. I’m one of her biggest fans. She is a wonderful performer!”

 

Are you expecting a big crowd? “Yes.”

 

If this is a success what will happen next? “We will begin planning for next year.”

 

What did Buddy Montgomery mean to the jazz community? “See this info page. http://www.bmjazzlegacy.com/jazz-legacy-project.”

 

The 2016 Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards and Concert will be held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA this Saturday, September 10. Tickets are on sale for $30.00. The show starts at 7:30 PM. For more information about the event go to http://www.bmjazzlegacy.com. Don’t miss it!

 

Here is a sample of what will be in store for this Saturday’s event.

Marlena Shaw – “Go Away Little Boy” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QZu7AJvFvQ)

 

Buddy Montgomery – “This Rather Than That” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LxYVK430W8&list=RDEMs-3zo0m9tyjNTJRG5jGsEg&index=2)

 

Community Yard SaleHello. How is everybody doing? I’m involved with a non-profit organization called Partnership For Affordable Housing (PAH). PAH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide temporary and transitional housing assistance and life-essential services to low income seniors, displaced single parent families, and veterans. PAH also provides services including job counseling, food distribution, and relapse prevention. Please spread the word of our organization and event to friends, family, coworkers, etc. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Please like us on Facebook.

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(Author’s Note: I haven’t seen the movie yet. Please feel free to make any comments about the movie. No spoilers please.)

  Batman. Superman. For years these two comic book superheroes have appeared in separate movies without any interaction whatsoever. But all of that will change when these two legends will come together for the first time in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” This movie will mark the first meeting between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. And if you’ve seen the previews you know that the heroes will clash with one another. However Batman and Superman will eventually get over their differences and join up with Wonder Woman to take on the villainous Lex Luthor and his monstrous creation, Doomsday. A movie of this magnitude will no doubt set a new standard for movies due to the epic showdown between Superman and Batman. Not only that but “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be a prelude to next year’s “Justice League” movie. I haven’t seen the movie yet but there are things that I want to see in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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    Despite the fact that Batman and Superman are superheroes, they see each other as the bad guys. In the aftermath of “Man of Steel,” Bruce Wayne/Batman blames Superman for the death and destruction that occurred in Metropolis while Clark Kent/Superman sees Batman as a man who dishes out justice by brutally beating criminals to a pulp. It’s these differences (along with manipulation from Lex Luthor) that will cause the heroes to come to blows. There is also an inner struggle in the heroes as well. Bruce, who has been fighting crime for years, is questioning if he has done enough to make his home, Gotham City, a safe place. While Clark has doubts of his own as he is struggling to earn the trust of those that he is trying to protect. This conflict (both inside and outside) will be the main focus of the story. However the thing that I want to see is how these heroes will resolve their feud for they have a lot in common (dead parents, protecting the innocent, etc.) The way that Batman and Superman can resolve their conflict is to connect and understand one another. That and the fact that they can bring out the best in each other. I want to see Superman give Batman the hope that he needs to keep fighting and to have faith that what he’s doing will make a difference. And for Batman to let Superman know that even though that not everyone will like him to keep doing what he’s doing so that folks will know that he is on their side. Both heroes must look past their differences and lift each other up so that they can take on real threats far and wide.

      

   Another thing that I want to see is how Superman and Batman fight each other both mentally and physically. The movie must also show us the power that lies within Wonder Woman as well.

   Although Batman does not have superpowers, he compensates that with his mind and his physical prowess. The Dark Knight  not only uses his keen mind to help him solve crimes (as seen in the comics and the TV shows) but he also uses it to invent special gadgets (i.e. the Batarang and armor) to help him take down his enemies. He even made precautionary measures to take down the Justice League if they go rogue. This is a man who took down White Martians by using fire as their weakness. This is a man who challenged a crazed Azrael (who took over as Batman after Bruce’s back was broken by Bane) to reclaim the bat mantle and won. And this is a man who solved the many riddles of the Riddler. Batman is the one opponent that no one should take lightly.   

   Superman is super strong. “Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive.(You know the rest). The Man of Steel can do almost anything from freezing his foes with his super breath to moving planets with his unearthly super strength. However, Superman isn’t a mental slouch. In one adventure, Superman convinced a gunman to release his hostage without using his superpowers. Superman also created a tsunami and froze it to save a building from crashing to the ground and he used his powers to fool Manchester Black into thinking that he killed his team, the Elite. Superman has the power but he has the brains to back up that power as well.

 

   

   Another hero who will join the mix is Wonder Woman. A warrior and a peacemaker, this Amazon princess is one of the strongest women in comic books. Not only was she trained in the art of combat by her fellow Amazon sisters but she has the power of the Gods as well. She used those powers and skills on take Cheetah and Ares, the God of War. Wonder Woman even slayed Medusa without using her sight. Wonder Woman is strong enough to hold her ground without relying on a man but she’s also strong enough to accept help from other people should the need arise.

    On one Facebook post, one person mention that the real winner will be the fans because “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will unite Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to form the Justice League. And that would be super cool. To the movie; show us a world that’s bigger than the heroes. Show us the heroes and villains that exist far and wide. And show us that you can give the Marvel movies (no offense Marvel) that they are not the only ones who can make blockbuster movies. Also if we see supporting characters interacting with each other like Alfred talking to Lois Lane then that would be gold.

 

 

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Stan Marsh: “Oh my God! Amy Schumer killed Jimmy Kimmel!”

Kyle Broflovski: “You bastard!”

Amy Schumer said that Kevin Hart has been in “…two million movies this year.” Where does Mr. Hart have the time and energy to be in two million movies? Does he clone himself like Naruto?

Now is it me or does Amy Schumer look like Amy Adams? And is Jennifer Lopez starting to look like Angelina Jolie?

Yes Wall Street. Please “…bring back our water.”

(Cinema Sins voice): “Jennifer Lopez is not my lover.”

Congrats to Shailene Woodley for receiving the “MTV Trailblazer Award.” (BTW who do you think would win in a fight? Tris from “Divergent” or Katniss from “The Hunger Games?”)

Ladies please treat the shirtless men with respect. They have feelings you know. J

Three words: Ahhh! My eyes! Thanks Fetty Wap and Fall Out Boy! Don’t worry I’m fine. But how can one stand to be so close to those lights?

The Avengers have assembled once again to present Robert Downey, Jr. the “MTV Generation Award.” Oh yes. He is Iron errr Robert Downey, Jr!

Is there anyway that I can erase any part of my memory? Two guys spoiled “Gone Girl’s” major plot points.

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara won’t be nominated for a “Best Kiss” award for their new movie, “Hot Pursuit” (which comes out in theaters next month.) Hey at least they can look forward to next year.

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley won the award for “Best Kiss.” (Can you say “Divergent?”)

“Drop that kitty down low!”

“Pop that kitty down low!”

Fortunately no kitties were dropped or popped during the Charlie XCX/ Ty Dolla $ign/Tinashe performance.

Rebel Wilson has wings. Sadly she won’t play Angel in the new X-Men movie.

Holy crap! Jimmy Kimmel is alive. I guess we can let Amy Schumer off the hook. (Or should I say bow and arrow).

Dwayne Johnson gave the award for “Best Movie” to “The Fault in our Stars.” I guess that movie “rocked” everyone’s world.

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My Thoughts on Grammys 2015

My Thoughts on Grammys 2015

First we see devil horns on the heads of audiences during AC/DC’s performance of “Highway to Hell.” Then we see black horns on the heads of performers during Madonna’s performance. Is it me were the folks at the Grammys feeling horny?

“I’m Going Back to Cali.” Ummm…you’re in Cali LL Cool J. Nice suit and all but when are you gonna to make another album?

Oh yeah! Go Miranda Tate! I like the red guitars.

“Stayin’ Alive” anyone? The Bee Gees spirit is still alive. Congrats to the Bee Gees and George Harrison (RIP) for receiving their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Fountain of youth much Sir Paul McCartney?

Yes people. Beyoncé and Jay-Z are still a couple. Deal with it!

Was Ryan Seacrest wearing LL’s suit?

I love the red dress Gwen Stefani. “Yes, yes, yes.”

Wow. That performance by Katy Perry. Just wow. That was beautiful.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga really jazzed it up.

I like the orange suit Prince.

Stevie Wonder got a standing ovation. Nice.

Sam Smith killed it with four Grammys. And congrats to Beck on his award win as well. I’ll bet the people who picked on Beck (or Kid Beck for that matter) have kicked themselves for seeing him win. Remember be nice to folks.

To Kayne West. Wait for the presenter to mention your name. Then you can hop on the stage and claim your award.

Alright. Beyoncé is an angel. Don’t believe me see this for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcNWxlHaAMo

The last performance by Common and John Legend is worthy this year’s Oscar performance.

LL Cool J: “Dreams don’t have deadlines. Believe in yourself.”