In 2017, Stevie Wonder was honored at the annual HEAVEN fundraiser. Past Spirit of Elysium award recipients include Camilla Belle, Elijah Wood, James Franco, Kirsten Dunst, Eva Mendes, and more. On January 6, 2018, John Legend will be honored by The Art of Elysium as the Visionary for HEAVEN. In celebration of the LA charity’s fundraising gala, Legend performs a solo piano version of Wonder’s 1970 hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Of course giving the Motown hit his own bluesy touch, Legend’s artistic beauty is displayed in full in this reinterpretation video.“Heaven is love, light and laughter,” Legend said in a statement. “I want to create an experience that celebrates love and justice, truth and light and the joy that connects us all.” Watch John Legend perform Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” in the video below:John Legend | Chapter: Creation from Elysium Bandini Studios on Vimeo.
Next Wednesday, November 22nd, modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington‘s will continue his ongoing national tour at New York’s Terminal 5, featuring a special guest appearance by slide guitar master Robert Randolph. Today, Kamasi’s camp has announced that fan favorite hybrid hip-hop/electronic duo Break Science has been added to open the evening’s festivities, rounding out an exciting and eclectic night of music that is surely not to be missed.In a recent conversation with Live For Live Music,Washington spoke about the unique energy of New York performances “It’s definitely a very inspiring place, energetic…what’s the word…intense. There’s an intensity to New York which I don’t think exists anywhere else.”INTERVIEW: Kamasi Washington On Truth, His New EP, Working With Jam Bands & Hip-Hop StarsFollowing his universally acclaimed debut album, The Epic, Kamasi Washington has been touring behind his latest release, a concept piece called Harmony of Difference. The new release was originally conceived and debuted as a multimedia art installation at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, with a film by A.G. Rojas (with WeTransfer Studios) and paintings by Kamasi’s sister, Amani Washington. The film featured five paintings focused on raw shapes and colors as the backdrop to five distinct compositions, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face–the creation of harmony and cohesiveness out of difference–for the project’s layered final movement, “Truth”. As Kamasi states, “My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.”While Harmony of Difference is no doubt incredible on record, Kamasi knows there is something about live performance that simply can’t be captured fully in the studio. “When you listen to a live performance,” he muses, “in a way, you’re a contributor. When you listen to a recording, you’re an observer…When you listen to a recording, you’re observing a moment in time. When you listen to a live show, you’re in a moment in time.”Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on this fleeting musical moment in time with Kamasi Washington on Wednesday, Novemeber 22nd at Terminal 5 featuring an appearance from Robert Randolph and newly added special guests Break Science. For tickets head HERE.**You can read our full feature interview with Kamasi Washington here, where we discuss the trials and tribulations of attaining Truth, the conceptual roadmap laid out by his latest project Harmony of Difference, and comparing playing with jam bands like The String Cheese Incident and rappers like Kendrick Lamar.**Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets Below!
Russell Hornsby & Viola Davis in ‘Fences'(Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) View Comments Russell Hornsby is no stranger to the work of August Wilson; in addition to the 2010 revival of Fences, he’s appeared off-Broadway in King Hedley II and Jitney. Now, he’s taking the playwright’s work to the screen as he reprises his performance as Lyons in the film adaptation of Fences, in theaters on December 25. Among his co-stars are four returning faces from the 2010 Broadway production, including Denzel Washington (who also directed the movie) and Viola Davis. Broadway.com recently sat down with the stage and screen alum to discuss his return to the classic, this time with Washington at the helm.How did Denzel Washington reassembling the majority of the revival cast come about?It was important to him that we keep the band together—that the same band plays the same music. He didn’t want to have a learning curve. And with him doing double duty of acting and directing, you don’t want to have to hold anybody’s hand. So everybody was ready and knew their part.So once you were back together, it was like riding a bike?Absolutely. We got right back into it. When you embody any character of August Wilson’s, the experience stays with you for a lifetime. It never leaves. The characters are so three-dimensional; it stays in your bloodstream.How did the dynamic between the five of you change or evolve since 2010?It had evolved because we had evolved as people. When we did the play, I was only married for two years, but now I’m married for eight and have a newborn son. Viola Davis at the time did not have a child, and now she has a six-year-old. She’s evolved; she’s settled down. Everybody can appreciate what Denzel would call “The Love Movement.” That love becomes more impactful as you go on the journey. The first thing Denzel said when we got to the table read was, “Let’s always remember the love.”Were there any particular moments in the play that Denzel made you consider in a new light?That final scene between me and Jovan Adepo, who plays Cory. I could not get through that during rehearsal without weeping. As the actor, you’re thinking, “I’ll use this.” But you haven’t done the work to use it; you don’t even know why you’re crying. So we get to that moment on the day of shooting, and I’m dry as a bone. I wasn’t getting it, so we went to break for lunch. We’re getting ready to start shooting again, and Denzel says to me, “Take care of your brother.” That’s all he said. That impacted the scene like you wouldn’t believe. I was too busy being selfish about what I needed my result to be instead of taking care of my scene partner—my brother. That’s a moment I’ll never forget. It reminded me of what this work is about. It’s a sense of ministry to take our experience and lift people up.The film shot in Pittsburgh—a city that’s almost its own character in August Wilson’s work. Did being on location inform your approach in any new ways?I became so familiar with Pittsburgh through his work. The Brady Street Bridge, Squirrel Hill, hearing all these neighborhoods, street names, restaurants. Then I got to go back to those places and see them. It gets into your system. It feels familiar, so it feels like home. It’s like when you go back to your mom’s house. You suddenly know where everything is.How would you describe Lyons’ place in his family and in the story?He represents that first moment of conflict for Troy. There’s an interesting line that August put in there. He’s trying to get ten dollars from his father, and he says, “I don’t criticize you and how you live.” It’s subtle, but he’s letting Troy know that what he’s doing outside his home is not a secret. Their relationship is fractured, so Troy starts another life without completing the relationship that’s here. Lyons is trying to reach out to his father and say “Love me. I matter.” He’s trying to find a way in. The ritual of coming by every other Friday to see his dad is something he can look forward to. And yeah, maybe get some money from his father for what he didn’t get.There’s also tension because of Lyons’ choice to pursue his dream. He has that line, “I stay with my music because that’s the only way I can find to live in the world.” There’s a similar quote from Howard Thurman: “Ask yourself what make you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”Right. And it’s important to be a person of passion and to believe in something. That’s what August Wilson is trying to say through Lyons: “Don’t diminish my light because yours got diminished.” Lyons and Troy both have dreams that got deferred through life’s circumstances. Troy tried to play baseball; Lyons wants to play music.Why does this story need to be told in 2016?Since the play’s inception, it needed to be told. This is an African American family. We’re living with their culture, but it’s human behavior. We’re talking about family, ego, love, resentment, all of those things that are human. These issues were here yesterday and they’ll be here today, and they’ll be here tomorrow. We need to look at a mirror and say, “My God. I need to better communicate with my family or friends. I need to be a better human being.” You take out the racial issues, and it’s still a universal story.Denzel has been tapped to bring all of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle to the screen. Are there any roles or titles you want him to keep you in mind for?I would go a happy man if I had the honor of doing King Hedley II. I was fortunate enough to do the off-Broadway revival in 2007. You’re talking about a man walking around with a scar, scarred by life, who has been told he doesn’t count or matter. We’re dealing with those elements today in our community. People who are serving jail time and coming out and hearing, “You don’t count anymore.” August speaks to that and how to redeem yourself from the inside, not just looking at redemption from society. It’s one of the more under-produced plays, but it deserves to be seen.
By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaLet’s face it. Not all of us are blessed with enough land to havea large garden. But then, some of us don’t need a large garden.Some of us may not even want a large garden.My dad always had a garden about as big as a football field. Andbelieve me, it almost took a football team to look after it.Our garden was next to a creek about a quarter of a mile belowthe house. Dad would load the farm wagon behind the old AllisChalmers tractor with transplants and seeds, hoes, rakes, bucketsand sacks of fertilizer, and my whole family would head to thegarden.Of course, with all of us down at the garden, that meant nobodywould be back up at the house. So if I ever heard the dogsbarking, I’d try my best to talk my dad into letting me go backup to the house to “see what the dogs are barking at.”It worked for me the first few times I tried it, but then Dadfigured out I was just trying to get out of working in the garden.My kind of gardenA small garden — now, that’s what I want. A small garden can bequite productive.You may not have the ideal garden spot, but you can still havefresh vegetables if you have a narrow fence line, a drivewayborder or a tiny piece of land. Many plants need very littleland, especially if it’s a plant that can be trellised.Once you’re convinced you can have a small garden, you need to dosome planning before you plant, so you can use all the availablespace wisely. If your space is very limited, just grow thosevegetables you like the best.In my case, that would be green beans, okra, pepper and tomatoes.Double upYou can use the land for more intensive gardening if you doublecrop. When one thing fades, tear it out and put in something elseright away. You can plant many vegetables right now for yourfirst crop.Early-season crops include broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, carrots,garden peas, radishes, Irish potatoes and all kinds of greens.One of your first jobs will be to prepare the soil. And the besttool for this is your neighbor’s motorized garden tiller. If yourneighbor does not have a garden tiller, then suggest he buy one.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)
Cowee Mountain Overlook as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo courtesy of Mary Anne Baker via Flickr.Do you look forward to a scenic fall drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or a leaf peapin’ cruise on Virginia’s Skyline Drive every year? Well here is your chance to prove it. Vote for the Blue Ride Parkway or Skyline Drive in USA Today‘s 10 Best Readers Choice Award selecting America’s favorite scenic autumn drives.The field includes such notable thoroughfares as the Going-to-The-Sun-Road in Montana’s Glacier National Park, Colorado’s West Elk Loop, and the scenic route 100 Byway of Vermont. Right now the BRP is at 6th place in the standings behind the Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive of Washington state while Skyline Drive is holding strong at number eight. Throw you support behind our home town roads today. Nowhere does fall colors like the Blue Ridge!Here’s more from the USA Today staff:“The kids are back in school, temperatures are starting to drop and Mother Nature’s gearing up for her annual spectacle of fall color. ‘Tis the season for leaf-peeping, and USA TODAY 10Best travel experts have selected their 20 favorite fall foliage-lined stretches of pavement as nominees for the title of Best Scenic Autumn Drive. So hop in the car and be dazzled by the seasonal colors, but before you do, vote for your favorite once per day until Monday, September 28 at noon ET.”Vote here!
It may come as no surprise that the cooperative structure and “people helping people” philosophy of credit unions thrive in the state of Hawaii, where the Aloha Spirit is not just a saying, but a way of life.Hawaii has long embraced credit unions, and their success continues to grow. In 2016, credit unions controlled 18 percent of deposits in Hawaii, compared to 8.7 percent nationally. Membership increased by 1 percent last year to nearly 878,000 in 2017. In a state of 1.429 million residents, more than 61.4 percent are served by credit unions.The success of credit unions is uniquely tied to the rise of two sweet crops that were once essential to Hawaii’s economy. Long before Hawaii became a state, both pineapple and sugarcane became booming industries throughout the islands. In the early 1900s, laborers from Japan, China, Korea, the Philippines, and many other countries came to work in the fields.Plantation workers had no credit and minimal income, so banks were quick to deny them loans. Groups of friends and neighbors formed financial co-ops based on the Japanese money-pooling concept of “tanomoshi.” Tanomoshi was an informal, word-of-mouth tradition in which plantation workers would meet monthly to contribute a predetermined amount. Members would take turns receiving their payout, until everyone had a chance to benefit. While the first tanomoshi groups were bound by a shared ethnicity or culture, they soon evolved into circles of individuals that had common jobs or interests. From those groups, credit unions were born.In 1936, a group of government employees chartered the first credit union on Oahu, the Hawaii Territorial Employees FCU. Today, we are known as the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, serving government workers, select employer groups and their families.Credit unions continue to operate in the islands on the basis of helping every member succeed financially. Members, even those of modest means, know they can count on credit unions to be there for them — to offer fair rates, minimal fees and resources that help them reach their financial dreams. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Rosen Hawaii State Federal Credit Union is one of Hawaii’s largest credit unions, serving more than 96,000 members. Rosen became President & CEO of Hawaii State FCU in 2012 … Web: https://www.hawaiistatefcu.com Details
He replaced Mark Chaloner as head of the investment team.Fletcher had been at USS since 1995, having joined from British Airways Pension Fund.He started at USS as head of Asian equities (ex Japan), before moving to the scheme’s Americas desk in 1999.This included responsibility for a Latin American portfolio before it was transferred to another team.Between 2007 and 2012, Fletcher also shared the role of deputy CIO at USS in addition to leading the Americas equities team.The deputy CIO roles were devolved in 2012, when Fletcher became deputy head of equities in addition to his role as head of North American equities.WMPF has been restructuring its portfolio and last year introduced an in-house actively managed global equities portfolio.The fund is one of the eight local government pension schemes (LGPS) forming the £32.6bn Central asset pool.Drever is WPMF’s programme director for investment pooling, with Fletcher expected to have some involvement in this, too. The former deputy head of equities at the UK’s largest pension fund has joined the £11.5bn (€15.7bn) West Midlands Pension Fund to lead the local government scheme’s in-house investment team.Jason Fletcher joined WMPF as assistant director of investments on 16 September.He joined from the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), where he was head of North American equities and deputy head of equities until April.At WMPF, Fletcher reports to Geik Drever, the head of the pension fund.
The UK’s largest defined contribution (DC) master trust is giving up on the tobacco industry because it does not think it will be viable in the long term.The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) today announced it would be excluding tobacco from its entire portfolio, a process that it estimated would take up to two years.The auto-enrolment provider’s exposure to tobacco was worth around £40m (€45m) today, it said.In NEST’s view the tobacco sector was a dying industry, facing stricter worldwide regulation, increasingly aggressive legal action by governments, and falling global smoking rates. “In our opinion, tobacco is a struggling industry which is being regulated out of existence,” said Mark Fawcett, CIO of the £6bn pension fund.“We have not taken this decision lightly but we don’t think it makes sense to continue investing in an industry whose business model looks increasingly unsustainable.”NEST has already excluded tobacco from its ESG emerging markets fund and commodities fund, and it said other external fund managers had agreed to support the divestment decision.Sergei Strigo, co-head of emerging markets fixed income at Amundi, said: “We do not see attractive risk reward of the tobacco sector in the emerging market bond universe and the market share is fairly modest in the emerging market debt space.“NEST’s decision to go tobacco-free is consistent with Amundi’s ESG view to cap tobacco companies in our lowest two ratings before exclusion.”Amundi has run emerging market debt investments for NEST since 2016.Other European pension investors have recently announced decisions to divest from tobacco.Earlier this month Sweden’s AP2 said it was doing so as part of a decision to realign its approach with “the underlying purpose” of international conventions. The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control targets a sharp reduction in tobacco consumption and the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.Last month AP2’s compatriot, pension and insurance company Länsförsäkringar, said it had sold all its holdings in tobacco producers, saying they had become an increasingly poor investment choice and had negative social and environmental impacts.In March Varma became the first Finnish pension provider to sign up to the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge, an initiative founded by campaign group Tobacco Free Portfolios.
Paul George Strassingerof Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Aurora, IN, passed away January 6, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH .He was born October 17, 1918 in Wilmington, IN, son of the late George Strassinger and Lydia Busse Strassinger.Paul was the oldest living graduate of Aurora High School and a proud graduate of Indiana University. Paul served his country in the Army during WWII. While in the Army, Paul played the clarinet for the Army Band. He was a lifetime member of St. John Lutheran Church Aurora. Paul was Baptized 11/24/1918 by Pastor Fisher, Confirmed 05/1932, by Reverend Dau, was a church Elder, and served as the church treasurer and was a volunteer at The Hillforest Mansion for many years.Paul worked as an Accountant for United States Drill Head Co., retiring after over 30 years of service.Surviving are his nephew, William “Bill” (Kelly) Fisher of North Bend, OH; nieces, Nancy DiBlasi of Long Island, NY, and Patti (Jeff) Anderson of Boca Raton, FL; several great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by Father, George Strassinger, Mother, Lydia Busse Strassinger, sisters, Dolores Fisher and Marjorie Strassinger.Friends will be received Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Wednesday at 1:00 pm, following visitation with Pastor Edward A. Davis officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, IN.Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, Hillforest Historical Society, or Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Trainer Dermot Weld has a close eye on the weather ahead of the showpiece five days and would not have been too thrilled to see the Berkshire track mainly escaping the rain that has hit many parts of the country. Speaking at Navan on Saturday, he said: “He’s in great form and we’re very happy with him. As has been well documented, the ground is vital. Unfortunately Ascot missed all the thunderstorms, but we’re very hopeful. If the ground is safe he’ll run. He’s a very high-class horse.” Brown Panther was ruled out earlier in the day after suffering a setback. The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old passed the post a close fourth in last year’s renewal of the prestigious two-and-a-half-mile contest before going on to claim Group One glory in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Having looked as good as ever when making a winning return in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in late March before a narrow reverse in last month’s Yorkshire Cup, Brown Panther was set to return as a leading contender. Part-owner and ex-footballer Michael Owen posted on Twitter: “A bsolutely gutted to announce that Brown Panther injured his near fore leg this morning and is out of the Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday.” Dascombe is unsure how long Brown Panther is likely to be sidelined for. He said: “He suffered an injury this morning and he needs some anti-inflammatories, so he won’t be able to run on Thursday. “At this stage we don’t know the extent of the injury, so I can’t tell you any more. “It’s very disappointing.” Press Association Ante-post favourite Forgotten Rules remains in contention for the Gold Cup at Ascot on Thursday.