Sunday, September 30, 2007

Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Featured In The Big Band Library Newsletter...

Thanks To Bro. Chris Popa The Founder And Creator Of The Big Band Library For This Great Buzz Of An Article!!!

Remember The First Annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Takes Place Oct. 19-21, 2007 In Memphis,Tn...

Go To the Official Website to find out more and how you can support this historical undertaking!!!
~Bro. Ron a.k.a. R2C2H2 Tha Artivist

Rhythm Is (Still) Their Business
Jimmie Lunceford [ above ] died in 1947, but his music lives on thanks to several current endeavors. First is a resurrected Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Orchestra; surprisingly, it's not in the United States, but, rather, in Holland. Another is a new CD by the Orchestra, "Rhythm Is Our Business," made up of 16 tracks. And third is a plan to hold a yearly Lunceford celebration in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

According to publicity, "It was only a chance discovery of the original Lunceford band book with charts and notations in 1999, gathering dust in the Smithsonian library, that inspired Dutch saxophonist and band-leader Robert Veen to embark on an epic 8 year journey to resurrect the JLO, to record and release the first 'new' Lunceford recordings in 60 years."
Though the reformed band first appeared two years ago at the North Sea Jazz Festival held in The Netherlands, their activity is just now taking off. For example, in February 2007, they performed at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam, and, last month, presented a three-hour show, "A Night At the Cotton Club," at the 10th annual Jazz Op Tilt Festival in Giessenburg. Additional details are at the webpage

Meanwhile, in Memphis, sponsors were being sought for a three-day celebration, "The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival," to take place October 19th through the 21st at various locations around the city.

According to organizer Ronald Herd II, planned events include an opening symposium at Manassas High School, discussing Lunceford's life and career; a tribute concert; and a wreath-laying ceremony at Lunceford's gravesite in Elmwood Cemetery. For more information, view the website

It was stated that the purpose of the Festival is "To Honor And Bring Awareness To The Forgotten And Impressive Legacy And Achievements Of Jimmie Lunceford," credited, among other things, for being "The First High School Band Orchestra Leader/Conductor In The History Of The Memphis City Schools."

Author Eddy Determeyer, in his recent Lunceford biography, Rhythm Is Our Business (Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 2006), wrote that "In 1927, Lunceford was one of the world's first, if not the first to teach jazz at a school."

Lunceford had been hired that year to teach English, Spanish, music, and athletics at Manassas High School in Memphis. He organized a student band there, called The Chickasaw Syncopators, which took its name from the African-American neighborhood where most of the students lived.
"Jimmie Lunceford taught his students jazz history, dance band harmony, dynamics and blending, the use of mutes, how to build a solo, and rhythm," Determeyer explained. "He used a Victrola to have them analyze how other, well-established dance orchestras performed."
Under Lunceford's leadership, The Chickasaw Syncopators turned professional and, by 1933, were billed as his own orchestra.

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Press Release - Neshoba Murders Documentary (Mississippi Burning Case), Jackson, MS, Oct 3

The Hamer Institute

The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy

Jackson State University

Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center



Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore

The Hamer Institute


John Gibson

Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center


Why Only Killen?

A Documentary That Reopens The Question Of The Adequacy Of Justice Brought To The
Mississippi Civil Rights Murders Of 1964
Jackson, MS – September 25, 2007 – In the recently released documentary, Why Only Killen?, the Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center reopens the question of the adequacy of justice rendered by the state of Mississippi in the Neshoba County civil rights murders case of 1964. “After more than 40 years it is long past the time to reveal the truth and obtain a full measure of justice in the Neshoba murders case. It is late, but it is never too late to reveal truth and render justice.” says John Gibson, co-producer of the documentary.

In June 2005, Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen was convicted of manslaughter by a Mississippi jury, 41 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. It is widely believed that there are many others who were complicit in the murders, yet Mississippi has never prosecuted any of these people.

Please join The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy of Jackson State University, the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and the Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center for a screening of the documentary on Wednesday, October 3, at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Robertson Museum at 528 Bloom Street in Jackson , Mississippi.

The screening will be the first presentation in the 24th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium Lecture Series.

This event will begin with an introduction describing how the documentary came to be made. Poet, freedom singer and veteran of the civil rights movement Margaret Block will share memories of her friends James Chaney and Michael Schwerner and lead the crowd in freedom singing. Jimmie Travis and other Mississippi civil rights movement veterans will also participate in the program.

What: Documentary screening of Why Only Killen?

Where: Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

(528 Bloom Street, Jackson, Mississippi)

When: Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. (reception to follow screening)

The Event Is Free And Open To The Public.

'Tha Artivist' Gets High Praise For His Art...

Read What Well Known And Respected Memphis Art Critic Carol Knowles Said About The Artwork Made By Your Favorite Artivist And Other Worthy Artists...

Upside Down And Inside Out
Artists Redefining The Boundaries.


In her exhibition "Beth Edwards: Inside Out" at David Lusk Gallery, Edwards' saturate, surreal paintings take us deep inside memory and the creative process and, along the way, turn some of Baudrillard's postmodern notions inside out. Instead of viewing representations (what Baudrillard calls "simulacra") as perversions or pretenses of reality, Edwards welcomes all images as raw materials that feed her imagination.

All color schemes and combinations of high-and-low art are possible in Edwards' worlds. In Happy Day, an exuberant anthropomorphic mouse stands in front of an orange divan and plastic plant and looks at the painting of a human figure fractured by cubism. In Annunciation, a baby doll with a green face and orange hair stands in a royal-blue room looking out an open window. In Edward Hopper-like fashion, sunlight pours into the otherwise empty room creating a geometric pattern on the wall.

All of Edwards' art is filled with spirit and anointed with light. With the vintage dolls, cartoon characters, and modernist paintings of her mid-20th-century childhood, Edwards builds highly expressive worlds that suggest what is most "real" is unfettered memory and imagination.

"Beth Edwards: Inside Out" at David Lusk Gallery through September 29th

"NIA: Salon 3," Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts' current exhibition, showcases established artists and newcomers in an unsettling, exhilarating group show that depicts the world at a boiling point.

Baby Jesus By R2C2H2 Tha Artivist (Ron Herd II)

Frank D. Robinson's mesmerizing installation, Full Support, covers the entire back wall with 21st-century posters and paraphernalia. In the large mixed-media painting, Baby Jesus, Ron Herd creates a mosaic of the hopes/needs/fears that drive us all. Crowns, crosses, and doves are everywhere. Large transparent wings flank Christ's body. Red flames burn inside him, and his crucified feet cradle an ebony baby with an all-seeing eye.

A charred lump of clay, dressed in crudely stitched burlap, stands at the end of a road blown into rubble in Dail Chambers' mixed-media installation Crossroads. While Chambers records what happens when disparate points of view collide, Aundra McCoy's Spirit Dolls provides hope that the world's cultures and creeds might find a way to co-exist. McCoy's beaded and feathered fetishes are filled with spirit all-embracing and all-encompassing enough to weave Middle Eastern, Native-American, and African motifs into one exquisitely beautiful work of art.

"NIA: Salon 3" at Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts through September 29th

Two of the most cogent images in Jonathan McNabb's exhibition "New Works," at Eclectic Eye, take us inside a cathedral and an abandoned prison.

In the silver gelatin print, Notre Dame Cathedral, Christ still hangs on the cross near the ceiling but is almost lost in the shadows. Candles burn far below.

In Prison Interior, light pours through the crumbling walls and jail cells of an abandoned correctional institute, where pictures of family members, Hollywood stars, and comedians are still tacked to the walls. The sunlight pouring through empty jail cells brings to mind Christ's message — more powerfully than the shadowy scene of the crucifixion in a grand cathedral — of stones loosened, tombs emptied, and darkness pierced by light.

"Jonathan McNabb: New Works" at Eclectic Eye through October 3rd

Photo artist Ian Lemmonds is another artist who finds beauty and hope in unexpected places. Five out of eight prints in "Serial Monogamy," Lemmonds' current exhibition at L Ross Gallery, consist of piles of Barbie doll legs backdropped by various shades of monochromatic tiles. Light reflecting off the plastic and ceramic surfaces transforms the legs into glowing bouquets. The slender, long-stemmed shapes counterpoint the square tiles on which they lie. Lemmonds captures our attention with body parts placed in obscure settings. As we stand transfixed, searching for metaphor and meaning — is there something titillating, prurient, or brutish about these dismembered limbs? — he surprises us with an experience of beauty that means everything and nothing.

Another untitled print has a similar effect. Two minuscule human figures look at a huge luminous plastic rabbit materializing out of the floor. This is not the radioactive creature that ate New York. Instead, a father hoists his son onto his shoulders to better see the limpid-eyed creature embued with something like hope and the suggestion that beauty and wonder are all around us.

"Serial Monogamy" at L Ross Gallery through September 30th

The NCRM In Crisis~Oct. 8 @ 6PM CST Meeting @ King Labor Center In Memphis, Tn

What: Urgent Community Meeting Hosted by the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee

When: Monday, October 8, 2007

Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center

485 Beale Street


Time: 6pm-8pm

No 50 Year Lease
( A Defacto Sale)

More Community Control, Less Corporate Control!

Open To The Public! Please Bring A Friend!

For More Information Contact:

State Rep. Barbara Cooper
District 86

Laurice Smith

DeKe Pope

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

90 Days For Change Or For The Same Ole Shhhh...The NCRM In Crisis...

Tenn. Gives Rights Museum Board 90 Days
Lease Extension Allows Time For Officials, Foundation, Black Caucus To Reach Pact
By Richard Locker
The Memphis Commercial Appeal
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

NASHVILLE -- The State Building Commission granted the National Civil Rights Museum a three-month extension on its lease Monday to allow time to work out a long-term renewal.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee presented state officials Monday with three "draft proposals" for the Memphis landmark's future governance.

All three would take control of the museum away from the 32-member nonprofit board that has operated the museum since it opened 17 years ago.

The Building Commission has jurisdiction over all state-owned property. Earlier this month, the full commission delegated authority to its three-member executive committee to extend the museum's lease with the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation for 90 days past its Sept. 30 expiration date.

The committee also removed from the museum's lease a provision that would have allowed the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation to purchase the museum property for $1. The foundation, which leases the museum property from the state and operates the museum, no longer wants to buy the property and is instead negotiating with the state for a 50-year lease.

Earlier this year when the foundation expressed interest in buying the museum, it set off a reaction among some community leaders, including Shelby County Circuit Judge D'Army Bailey, a museum co-founder, that the facility would be "privatized" because the foundation is private and nonprofit.

There's still controversy over the museum's future, however, and the lease extension to the end of the year is aimed at giving state officials, the foundation's board and community leaders, including the state legislature's Black Caucus, time to try to work out an agreement.

A group of community leaders has been meeting with the Black Caucus about the museum's future. On Monday, Rep. Barbara Cooper, D-Memphis, the Black Caucus chairman, sent a letter to the Building Commission outlining the group's draft proposals. They include:

Continued state ownership but with the creation of a new state board to operate the museum. The museum's employees would become state employees.

Transfer of ownership from the state to the city of Memphis, which appoints a public board that would operate the museum similar to how the city's other museums are operated. Employees would be city employees.

Continued state ownership but with the creation of a new nonprofit board that would operate the museum, much as the existing board has. Staff would be employees of the board.

Under all three scenarios presented by the community group, funding for the museum would be from a combination of state and local governments funding, foundation grants and museum fees, and the new boards' memberships "must reflect the participants in the civil rights movement -- with at least 80 percent (of the membership) would be of African-American descent."

Contact Nashville Bureau chief Richard Locker at (615) 255-4923.

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There's No Progress Without Struggle...And IN-Fighting....The NCRM In Crisis

Civil Rights Museum Transcends Fight Over Control

Published: Sunday, 09/16/07

I was on the telephone Thursday with the noted civil rights activist the Rev. James Lawson when he said, "A museum should become a proud culture center of the history of the people of this country because the people make the country great.

"It's the people, struggling to have equality, liberty and justice for all. That history is the most important history. So a museum ought to become a symbol of that for everyone.''

When I think of such a museum, or such a symbol, one of the first that comes to mind is the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. It's a museum that reflects the passion, sorrow and triumph of the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968.

"This is something that can keep the fires burning. For folks who are too young to remember the movement, this will be the perfect teacher,'' the Rev. Benjamin Hooks, a prominent civil rights activist and former member of the Federal Communications Commission, said during an interview for the winter 1997 edition of American Legacy magazine. "For those who have firsthand memories like myself, it'll be like going home.''

And then there was D'Army Bailey, a Memphis circuit-court judge and civil rights activist who was recently bypassed for a seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court, who came up with the idea of transforming the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated into a museum.

"We wanted to transform it into some kind of memorial to Dr. King,'' Bailey told me in 1996 as I prepared to write about the National Civil Rights Museum for American Legacy. "We wanted it to be a recreation of that era. We also wanted to highlight the heroes and dramas of that period.

"If we could recreate the spirit, the tension, the harshness and the courage of that time, we could give visitors a sense of purpose and make them want to carry on the work started by the Freedom Riders and Dr. King.''

I remembered all of that and more about the museum as I began getting e-mails recently about a squabble taking place these days over the operation and future of the museum.

"Two veterans of the civil rights movement told state legislators Wednesday they're concerned that the public doesn't have input into the operations of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis,'' the Commercial Appeal reported in its Thursday edition. "Rev. James Lawson, who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., across the South, and Bill Lucy, international secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, urged the legislature's Black Caucus to use the upcoming renewal of the state-owned museum's lease to require more legislative and public oversight for the museum.''

The meeting where Lawson and Lucy spoke was a follow-up meeting to one that took place at the labor center on Beale Street Monday night. The purpose, according to a press release that went out "is to hear factual information from state officials about the privatization of the National Civil Rights Museum. The meeting will also afford citizens the opportunity to have their questions answered and concerns heard.''

"The museum (the nonprofit Lorraine Civil Rights Foundation, which leases the museum's property from the state) has wanted a long-term lease of 50 years, and once wanted to buy it for a dollar,'' Bailey, co-founder of the museum who is no longer an official with the facility, said Thursday. "That's the issue on the table now and that would be giving away black heritage to a group of wealthy whites who would own and control it and define it for the next 50 years.

"With the lease they want to be able to redo the exhibit, which means retelling the story of the civil rights movement and interpreting where it ought to be going. This would be the ultimate measure of corporate control of our destiny, because they would control our history and legacy. That's what this fight is all about.''

I twice tried to contact longtime board member J.R. "Pitt" Hyde to discuss the matter but had no luck.

"The legislative Black Caucus did decide they want the (museum's) lease (which expires at the end of September) to be renewed for only six months, until they have a chance to put together a legislative case for the state to take proud ownership for being in collaboration with the private foundation,'' Lawson told me. "That is a public-community enterprise. It's a state-owned building.

"The museum doesn't understand when they have a state-owned building for $1 a year, they are actually receiving thousands of dollars in subsidies from the people's tax funds.''

This issue is one that state officials and the taxpayers of Tennessee should be concerned about. After all, when the museum was developed in 1991, it was done so with donations from schoolchildren and the Memphis community, both black and white, as well as state, county and city funds.

But the best thing about this is that one interested party told me that in the end, he thinks everyone is interested in the National Civil Rights Museum being a success, now and in the long term. I think all those civil-rights heroes would want that, too.

Published: Sunday, 09/16/07

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Informative Podcast About Jimmie Lunceford...

Big Band Serenade Episode 25...Jimmie Lunceford

Tha Artivist Says: Although The Host Doesn't Pronounce The Great Jimmie Lunceford's Name Correctly (He Calls Him Jimmie Lansford) This Podcast Is Still Very Informative And Enjoyable Which Equals Edutaining!!! Please Take A Listen For Yourself:

*Don't Forget The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Oct. 19-21, 2007*

Please Visit The Official Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Website To Find Out More:

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Please Join W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio Live Sept. 30, Sun. @ 4PM CST/5PM EST~Jena 6 Update And Identifying Other Jena 6s Of The 21st Century

September's Theme Is "We Are Bridge Builders..."

Please Join Us Once Again As We Take A Look At The 'Just Us' System As Well As At The Power Of The Internet To Empower the Masses By Disseminating The Information That The Mainstream Corporate Media Doesn't Want You To Have On This Upcoming Sunday's Edition Of Tha Artivist Presents...W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

1.) We Will Be Having Another Jena 6 Update

Our Guests For That Segment Includes...

Last Week Mychal Bell (Pictured Above) Was Denied Bail...

A.) Bro. Marcus Jones , the father of Bro. Mychal Bell, the only Jena 6 member who is still in prison and was denied bail last week after a successful Jena 6 Rally.

B.) Bro. Dell Hickman, the attorney for Jena 6 Member Bryant Ray Purvis

2.) Internet Campaigning And Grassroots Organizing Gets A Wrongly Convicted Black Man Off Death Row In TEXAS!!!
Learn how the internet and grassroots organizing helped save a wrongfully convicted Black man, Kenneth Foster, from getting executed by the State of Texas on August 30, 2007...

Kenneth And His Daughter
Learn More About The Kenneth Foster Case On W.E. A.L.L. B.E.:

Visit To Find Out What's Happening Now With The Kenneth Foster Case...

Our Special Guest For This Segment Will Be...
A.) Bro. Alex Billet~ A journalist who was active in writing articles about the Kenneth Foster case...He is also a music journalist and activist living in
Washington D.C. He is a frequent contributor to Dissident Voice and
Znet, and has also appeared in Socialist Worker, CounterPunch and MR
Zine. His blog Rebel Frequencies can be viewed at, and he may be reached at:

Read other articles by Alexander, or visit
Alexander's website.’s-songs-of-freedom/

3.) Mississippi Burning Again...This Time It's Voter Fraud...
It's 2007 But It Seems Like 1957!!! On August 10, 2007 Sis. Louise Linzy, the first Black woman police officer in Tunica County, Ms. (home of the second largest gambling mecca in the country behind Las Vegas) was denied another historic achievement when the county refused to count votes that would have made her the first Black as well as woman judge in Tunica County...

Our Special Guest Will Be...
A.) Sis. Louise Linzy

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Another Reason Why You Should Support The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival: The Original Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra In Action...

A True Fan Of Jimmie Lunceford's Wrote:
The Jimmie Lunceford Orch. playing Nagasaki. My guess is that this was probably filmed around 1934. The middle trumpeter is Sy Oliver, one of the greatest jazz arrangers of all time. The talent here is extraordinary, Where can you find players today who can match those in this band?

Tha Artivist Says: This is another reason why everyone should be supporting the first annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival...Get off the sidelines of history and get in the game today!!!

Please Visit The Official Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Website To Find Out More:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Free The Jena 6 And Save The National Civil Rights Museum Was The Battlecry On The Sunday Sept. 23, 2007 Edition Of W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

September's Theme Is "We Are Bridge Builders..."

Thanks to all who participated in this past Sunday's (Sept. 23, 2007) edition of Tha Artivist Presents...W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

Please Click On The Following To Listen To the Actual Show:

Due To You All's Support This Show Easily Ranked As One Of Our Most Listened Live Shows...Thanks Once Again And Please Spread The Word...

The Show's Topics Were The Highly Successful Jena 6 Rally And The Crisis At The National Civil Rights Museum Where Their Is A Fight Raging Over Control Of The Museum And Its Future Between Corporate Interests And Community Interests...

Our Special Guests Included:
A.) Judge D'Army Bailey

The Founder And Visionary behind the National Civil Rights Museum who is leading the effort to wrestle control of the National Civil Rights Museum And Its Board From The Clutches Of Corporate America And Restore It Back To The People In The Community That The Great Dr. King Truly Represented And Died For...

B.) Sis. Shamontiel Vaughn a.k.a. The Maroonsister

An Artivist in her own right this active, civic minded, socially conscious and talented sister went down to Jena, La. from Chicago, Il. to participate in the historic Jena 6 Rally on Thursday Sept. 20, 2007...She gave our loyal W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Listeners wonderful insight into the reactions and the moods of the people on both sides of the issue that emotional and eventful day...Please read her brilliant summaries of the Jena 6 Rally March by clicking on the following link:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:

C.) Bro. Morris Howard

Title: When Mr. Moses Speaks/Medium: Pastel Over Inkwash on Paper

As always the visually gifted and thoughtful W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio regular Bro. Morris Howard offered his welcomed insights as well...Please check out his amazing artwork by clicking on the following link:

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Monday, September 24, 2007

9/16/07~W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio Was Live From I-55!!!

September’s Theme Is “We Are Bridge Builders”

The Live From I-55 Edition of W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio!!!

Topic Of Discussion:
Memphis Men

Hey Fam,
My apologies for the quality control on the show…The content was tight but production values were low because I was literally on the road going down I-55 from St. Louis, Missouri back to Memphis…I was coming back home after celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The John B. Ervin Scholars Program of Washington University in St. Louis that very busy and joyful weekend (Sept. 14-16, 2007)…I am an alum of both the program and the institution…For the most part it was a big family reunion…People I have kept in touch with since graduation as well as folks I haven’t seen in 5 years and more were on hand to spread the love…It was beautiful…

Featured Speaker Mayor Corey Booker of Newark, NJ opened up that great memorable weekend by demanding that we all do more for our respective communities than just pay lip service…

So what's a more fitting topic for me than to cover Memphis Men a.k.a. Brothers who are doing it and doing it well in the M-Town for the greater good of all…

Our special guests of note were the following brothers:

A.) The Up And Comer Known As Bro. George C. Monger...

He is currently running for Memphis City Council, but he just graduated from High School in the spring of 2007 from my alma mater Overton High School in Memphis…He made history because he got the City of Memphis to change the rules of a person’s eligibility to run for the Memphis City Council…At first a person running for the Memphis City Council had to be at least 23 years of age and a voting citizen for five years…But This Up And Comer Known As Bro. George C. Monger Changed All Of That...Even award winning documentary film maker and rebel rouser extraordinaire Michael Moore's collaborator Jason Pollack sent a documentary crew to cover this brother and Bro. Monger also has several other surprises coming soon…So let me just say that this is an honor and privilege to introduce our faithful W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio Audience To This Up And Comer Known As Bro. George C. Monger!!!

Please Go To to support this positive young brother…You will be hearing more from and about this brother in the very near future…But remember you heard it first on W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

B.) The Brother Known As Da Judge: The New Most Known Unknown…

Also music for this segment was provided by Hip Hop Underground Artist Da Judge whose highly anticipated street anthem filled and ambitious double compact disc compilation album which features some of Memphis favorite sons of hip hop, The Workhouse Volume One, just hit the streets and the eardrums of the Memphis rap faithful…

Da Judge offered colorful and real talk for our W.E. A.L.L. B.E. listeners which may surprise people who aren’t aware of thoughtful artists who really do appreciate the love and support they receive from true fans as well as those who don’t think that quality and crowd pleasing music can’t be found outside or inside the Top Forty or 106 and Barf I mean Park formats…Da Judge and his friends will also be performing at the First Annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Tribute Concert on Oct. 21, 2007 @ Church Park in Memphis…

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Louie Was Kanye And The Dixie Chicks Before Kanye And The Dixie Chicks Were Even Born!!!

Louis Armstrong: The Forgotten People's Advocate And Activist

“The Way They Are Treating My People In The South, The Government Can Go To Hell,”
---Louis Armstrong's response on the indifference of the U.S. Government towards helping "The Little Rock Nine", nine black students who made history by integrating Little Rock Arkansas' Central High School 50 years ago...

Listen To The Posthumous Louis Armstrong Interview On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio:

September 23, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor For The New York Times
The Day Louis Armstrong Made Noise

FIFTY years ago this week, all eyes were on Little Rock, Ark., where nine black students were trying, for the first time, to desegregate a major Southern high school. With fewer than 150 blacks, the town of Grand Forks, N.D., hardly figured to be a key front in that battle — until, that is, Larry Lubenow talked to Louis Armstrong.

On the night of Sept. 17, 1957, two weeks after the Little Rock Nine were first barred from Central High School, the jazz trumpeter happened to be on tour with his All Stars band in Grand Forks. Larry Lubenow, meanwhile, was a 21-year-old journalism student and jazz fan at the University of North Dakota, moonlighting for $1.75 an hour at The Grand Forks Herald.

Shortly before Mr. Armstrong’s concert, Mr. Lubenow’s editor sent him to the Dakota Hotel, where Mr. Armstrong was staying, to see if he could land an interview. Perhaps sensing trouble — Mr. Lubenow was, he now says, a “rabble-rouser and liberal” — his boss laid out the ground rules: “No politics,” he ordered. That hardly seemed necessary, for Mr. Armstrong rarely ventured into such things anyway. “I don’t get involved in politics,” he once said. “I just blow my horn.”

But Mr. Lubenow was thinking about other things, race relations among them. The bell captain, with whom he was friendly, had told him that Mr. Armstrong was quietly making history in Grand Forks, as he had done innumerable times and ways before, by becoming the first black man ever to stay at what was then the best hotel in town. Mr. Lubenow knew, too, that Grand Forks had its own link to Little Rock: it was the hometown of Judge Ronald Davies, who’d just ordered that the desegregation plan in Little Rock proceed after Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas and a band of local segregationists tried to block it.

As Mr. Armstrong prepared to play that night — oddly enough, at Grand Forks’s own Central High School — members of the Arkansas National Guard ringed the school in Little Rock, ordered to keep the black students out. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s meeting with Governor Faubus three days earlier in Newport, R.I., had ended inconclusively. Central High School was open, but the black children stayed home.

Mr. Lubenow was first told he couldn’t talk to Mr. Armstrong until after the concert. That wouldn’t do. With the connivance of the bell captain, he snuck into Mr. Armstrong’s suite with a room service lobster dinner. And Mr. Armstrong, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, agreed to talk. Mr. Lubenow stuck initially to his editor’s script, asking Mr. Armstrong to name his favorite musician. (Bing Crosby, it turned out.) But soon he brought up Little Rock, and he could not believe what he heard. “It’s getting almost so bad a colored man hasn’t got any country,” a furious Mr. Armstrong told him. President Eisenhower, he charged, was “two faced,” and had “no guts.” For Governor Faubus, he used a double-barreled hyphenated expletive, utterly unfit for print. The two settled on something safer: “uneducated plow boy.” The euphemism, Mr. Lubenow says, was far more his than Mr. Armstrong’s.

Mr. Armstrong bitterly recounted some of his experiences touring in the Jim Crow South. He then sang the opening bar of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” inserting obscenities into the lyrics and prompting Velma Middleton, the vocalist who toured with Mr. Armstrong and who had joined them in the room, to hush him up.

Mr. Armstrong had been contemplating a good-will tour to the Soviet Union for the State Department. “They ain’t so cold but what we couldn’t bruise them with happy music,” he had said. Now, though, he confessed to having second thoughts. “The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell,” he said, offering further choice words about the secretary of state, John Foster Dulles. “The people over there ask me what’s wrong with my country. What am I supposed to say?”

Mr. Lubenow, who came from a small North Dakota farming community, was shocked by what he heard, but he also knew he had a story; he skipped the concert and went back to the paper to write it up. It was too late to get it in his own paper; nor would the Associated Press editor in Minneapolis, dubious that Mr. Armstrong could have said such things, put it on the national wire, at least until Mr. Lubenow could prove he hadn’t made it all up. So the next morning Mr. Lubenow returned to the Dakota Hotel and, as Mr. Armstrong shaved, had the Herald photographer take their picture together. Then Mr. Lubenow showed Mr. Armstrong what he’d written. “Don’t take nothing out of that story,” Mr. Armstrong declared. “That’s just what I said, and still say.” He then wrote “solid” on the bottom of the yellow copy paper, and signed his name.

The article ran all over the country. Douglas Edwards and John Cameron Swayze broadcast it on the evening news. The Russians, an anonymous government spokesman warned, would relish everything Mr. Armstrong had said. A radio station in Hattiesburg, Miss., threw out all of Mr. Armstrong’s records. Sammy Davis Jr. criticized Mr. Armstrong for not speaking out earlier. But Jackie Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt and Marian Anderson quickly backed him up.

Mostly, there was surprise, especially among blacks. Secretary Dulles might just as well have stood up at the United Nations and led a chorus of the Russian national anthem, declared Jet magazine, which once called Mr. Armstrong an “Uncle Tom.” Mr. Armstrong had long tried to convince people throughout the world that “the Negro’s lot in America is a happy one,” it observed, but in one bold stroke he’d pulled nearly 15 million American blacks to his bosom. Any white confused by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s polite talk need only listen to Mr. Armstrong, The Amsterdam News declared. Mr. Armstrong’s words had the “explosive effect of an H-bomb,” said The Chicago Defender. “He may not have been grammatical, but he was eloquent.”

His road manager quickly put out that Mr. Armstrong had been tricked, and regretted his statements, but Mr. Armstrong would have none of that. “I said what somebody should have said a long time ago,” he said the following day in Montevideo, Minn., where he gave his next concert. He closed that show with “The Star-Spangled Banner” — this time, minus the obscenities.

Mr. Armstrong was to pay a price for his outspokenness. There were calls for boycotts of his concerts. The Ford Motor Company threatened to pull out of a Bing Crosby special on which Mr. Armstrong was to appear. Van Cliburn’s manager refused to let him perform a duet with Mr. Armstrong on Steve Allen’s talk show.

But it didn’t really matter. On Sept. 24, President Eisenhower sent 1,200 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne into Little Rock, and the next day soldiers escorted the nine students into Central High School. Mr. Armstrong exulted. “If you decide to walk into the schools with the little colored kids, take me along, Daddy,” he wired the president. “God bless you.” As for Mr. Lubenow, who now works in public relations in Cedar Park, Tex., he got $3.50 for writing the story and, perhaps, for changing history. But his editor was miffed — he’d gotten into politics, after all. Within a week, he left the paper.

David Margolick, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of “Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink.’’

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Prof. Emerson Able Was Able And Ready To Teach On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

September's Theme Is
"We Are Bridge Builders..."

On Sunday Sept. 9,2007 Our Special Guest Was...

Legendary Memphis Music Educator And Musician Emerson Able...

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Emerson Able, Former Legendary Band Director @ Manassas High School And Jimmie Lunceford Advocate...This Is The Man Who Kicked Isaac Hayes Out Of The Band At Manassas High School!!! Able Recorded And Traveled With The Isaac Hayes Movement, Including The Great Wattstax Festival In 1972, And The Infamous Re-Shoot Of The Hayes Set There.

As A Band Teacher In North Memphis, He Cultivated Many Fine Talents Over The Years, And Is One Of The Unrecognized Influences Of The Memphis Sound.

Mr. Emerson Able Is Also A Jimmie Lunceford Fan And Advocate...He Is A Member Of The Honorary Committee For The First Annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

R2C2H2 Late Summer /Early Fall 2007 Newsletter: Help The First Annual Jimme Lunceford Jamboree Festival 10/19-10/21, 2007...

"Jimmie Lunceford Has The Best Of All Bands. Duke [Ellington] Is Great, [Count] Basie Is Remarkable, But Lunceford Tops Them Both."
-- Legendary Swing Band Leader Glenn Miller

"Jimmy Lunceford Was Buried Here In Memphis. The Spot He Occupies Should Have Something Of A Special Significance. ...He Took A Group Of Relatively Unsophisticated Memphis Colored Boys And Welded Them Into An Organization Which Scaled The Heights Of Musical Eminence. ... He Presented Something New In The Way Of Musical Presentations By Negro Orchestras."
--Legendary Memphis Educator And Syndicated Columnist Nat D. Williams

Artasic & Jazzlicious Greetings To All,

This newsletter is dedicated to bringing awareness about the first annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival which will take place over Three Days ( Oct. 19-21, 2007 ) in Memphis, Tn, an important distribution center of culture and commerce for the nation and the world…

This is a true grassroots effort and we need all the support that we can get whether it be financial, spiritual, charitable as well as all the volunteerism possible to make this a successful event which will make an impact and immeasurable difference in a countless number of lives…If you are interested in being part of something historic and positive please continue to read this newsletter to learn of ways to support this effort…Remember there is strength in numbers and we must be the change we want to see in the world because we are the leaders that we are looking for…

I actually just created a website in honor of the event:

The Purpose Of The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival:

To Honor And Bring Awareness To The Forgotten And Impressive Legacy And Achievements Of Jimmie Lunceford, The First High School Band Orchestra Leader/Conductor In The History Of The Memphis City Schools…Jimmie Lunceford Formed The First High School Band In Memphis At Manassas High School Where He Also Taught Football, Baseball, English And Spanish…Jimmie Lunceford Formed The Band With Money Out Of His Own Pocket And Donations From The Community…He Later Took His Band Of High School Students And Turned Them Into A Professional And Popular Local Memphis Band Known As The Chickasaw Syncopators…

In the early 1930s Lunceford took his band to the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, NY to take over as the house band for Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway…The group eventually became known as The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra…The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra would regularly broadcast live from the Cotton Club gaining a huge national audience…Jimmie Lunceford would constantly beat the great swing bands of his era in numerous “battle of the bands” contests including those led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Chick Webb…The Lunceford Orchestra was considered by many including Glenn Miller and Miles Davis to be one of if not the best swing band ever!!!

Unfortunately Jimmie Lunceford (after dying under mysterious circumstances on July 12, 1947 in Seaside, Oregon) has been forgotten by many in the Memphis Community for 60 years and counting…

Jimmie Lunceford, the essence of a true teacher, never forgot about Memphis or Manassas High School and would constantly come back to talk to students at Manassas High School and hold free concerts despite being one of the most popular bandleaders in the country, Black or White…

The purpose of this event is to bring awareness about Jimmie Lunceford and to instill community pride in the achievements and accomplishments of a native Memphian who never forgot Memphis…Jimmie Lunceford’s remains are interred at the famous Elmwood Cemetery along with his wonderful legacy. Hopefully three days in October and many years to come we plan to change that.

More On Jimmie Lunceford:

1.) The Official Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Website:

2.) The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Internet Radio Broadcast Sunday August 26, 2007) Which Featured People Who Knew Or Know Of The Legacy Of Jimmie Lunceford:

I interviewed Mrs. Kathyrn Perry Thomas (Manassas High Class of 1932 and classical pianist who practiced with Jimmie Lunceford when he was band director at Manassas High School in the 1920s), jazz great Gerald Wilson (who went to Manassas for a couple of years back in the 1930s and who also played with Jimmie Lunceford) and Memphis journalist Preston Lauterbach who wrote the excellent story on Jimmie Lunceford in The Memphis Flyer.

3.) W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Article On Jimmie Lunceford And Other Forgotten Memphis Music Greats:

The Three Day Celebration Which Will Take Place Oct. 19-21, 2007 Includes:

1.) Date: 10/19/07 Venue: Manassas High School Time: 9am-12pm~ An opening symposium about the life and legacy of Jimmie Lunceford at his old stomping grounds…

Panelists will include people who knew Jimmie Lunceford personally, renowned music experts, and legendary musical figures who benefited from the example and music of Jimmie Lunceford…This will be broadcast live throughout the country and world via internet.

2.) Date: 10/20/07 Venue: Elmwood Cemetery Time: 9AM-10AM~ Wreath laying ceremony at Jimmie Lunceford’s gravesite in Elmwood Cemetery.

3.) Date: 10/20/07 Venue: TBA Time: TBA~ Parade And “Battle of the Bands” featuring local area high school and middle school bands in honor of Jimmie Lunceford the first high school band director in Memphis...

4.) Date: 10/21/07 Venue: TBA Time: TBA~ Tribute Concert to Jimmie Lunceford featuring local as well as national acts.

5.) Date: 10/19-10/21 Venue: TBA Time: TBA~ An art exhibit paying homage to Jimmie Lunceford and jazz music.

6.) Debut Of The Jimmie Lunceford Scholars Fund Awarded To Top Students Pursuing A Career In Music And Music Education

7.) Debut Of The Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Award Which Is A Lifetime Achievement Award Dedicated To Those Who Tirelessly Devote Themselves To The Practice And Promotion Of Jazz Music And History

NOTE: Please Visit Http:// Often For Updates On Festival Events Info...Some Times And Dates Are Subject To Change...

5 Concrete Ways To Support The First Annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival

1.) Buy A Jimmie Lunceford Jam Shirt Autographed And Created By R2C2H2 Tha Artivist!!!

(note: r2c2h2 copyright not part of actual shirt and design)

Please Click Here To Learn How To Order And Buy A Shirt.

2.) Become An Official Sponsor Of The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival.

Put your money where our Paypal Account is and we will do the rest...People who donate a certain amount for sponsorship will have access to advertisement opportunities
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3.) Donate Your Spare Change To Our Paypal Account.

There is no such thing as small change in this effort for change...If you have a penny or more please feel free to donate to this cause…Please Send Your "Change For Change" To Our Paypal Account By Clicking Here.

4.) Volunteer Your Time And Talents To Make This Event 60 Years In The Making A Truly Extraordinary One.

If you have a talent(s) or a service that would benefit the festival please feel free to contact us through e-mail jimmie.lunceford.jam or call us anytime @ 901-299-4355…All good vibrations are welcomed!!!

5.) Spread The Word To Your Networks And Beyond…

We need to get the word out about this event…Word of mouth, all types of media attention is welcomed…The more people know the more people can support…Remember the official website is

If you are reading this I would like to thank you for taking the time to do so and for your consideration...If you are reading this and want to be a part of something historic, fun and that will make an impact for years and generations to come I would like to welcome you to the family!!!

All That Jazz With Some Love,

Bro. Ron Herd II a.k.a. R2C2H2 Tha Artivist
Founder of The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival

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