Green Party Music Benefit March 22nd

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Please join peace activist Marcy Winograd, the Goo Goo Dolls’ Mike Malinin, Violinist Lili Haydn and others for the Green Party Music Benefit in Santa Monica.

It’s What — Not Who — Killed Whitney Houston

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Rev. Irene Monroe: We may never know all the demons that took this internationally renown pop star diva down a torturous and troubling road of self destruction, but one demon not mentioned is homophobia.

Just Imagine the Rose Parade Occupied for the People

Linda Milazzo: On January 2nd, thanks to the hard work and determination of members of the Occupy Movement, the 123rd Rose Parade is permitting viewers to Just Imagine how spectacular our country could be if greed and war disappeared.

Occupy Wall Street: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

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Joseph Palermo: Out in the real world people are showing a spirit that hasn’t been around since the 1930s; a genuine feeling of solidarity like we’re all in it together and to hell with the elites that stand in our way. The illegitimacy of a rigged economic system is beginning to sink in.

In Their “Right” Mind

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Brad Parker: What if the focus of all of our anxieties can be directed to the Orchestrators, to Crony? What if we can help them to disenthrall themselves from the illusion of a past that never was and awaken their courage for a future that must be?

Encountering Racism Through Poetry

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Encountering Race Through Poetry – Paula Cole Jones speaks with a poet’s heart, with a longing to pen words that resonate in the lives of others.

A Hotel, A Phone Number, and a Song

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Michael Sigman: But while New York — and the nation — are obsessed about whether a certain cultural center should go up in lower Manhattan, few noticed that the Penn Plaza plan will bring down the legendary Hotel Pennsylvania.

All about Chaz

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Rev. Irene Monroe: when we see in the documentary Cher — gay icon nonpareil — not celebratory about Chaz’s transition as her close friends and girlfriend Jenny are, it’s unnerving.

Online Egocentricty

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Mike Price: It’s like when Ella sings. Sang. When she wanted it to, her last note faded into itself, and then there was sweet silence wrapped into its own perfect moment.

“The Fight Is Not Over”

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“We recognize that this is just one piece of a broader political fight vs. Scott Walker and his extreme agenda — a fight that we are winning.”

Look Away, Dixieland

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Tom Degan: Listening to some of them defending the the secession ball was amusing, to say the least. In their minds, the War Between the States had not a thing to do with human bondage. It was all about “states rights”. Oh, brother!

You’re a Dead Woman… In the Pink Ghetto

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Women have been the unsung and UNPAID heroes during key periods of societal change and transition. The Pink Ghetto, a term that was coined in 1983, describes the limits women have in furthering their careers. Our nation is clearly in the midst of change and transition. As we reboot, reset, and restart – let’s not, once again, leave women to live out their years in the pink ghetto.

Does It Matter that Hip-Hop’s Queen Latifah Is “Outed”?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: As one of the most prominent and influential female hip-hoppers of her generation, however, Queen Latifah hides her sexuality as a way to not only survive her own internalized homophobia, but also the musical genre’s.

Why Elvis?

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H. Scott Prosterman: Elvis brought color, rhythm and soul to the white music market, which was dominated at the time by Como , Dean Martin, Tennessee Ernie, Mitch Miller and the Maguire Sisters.

My Heart Cries for Mitch Miller

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Michael Sigman: Mitch Miller, the musical maven of middle-of-the-road pop who died in Manhattan Saturday at 99, became a household name via his early-’60s TV show Sing Along With Mitch . Long before that, he — along with Frank Sinatra and a guy named Al Cernick — provided my dad, songwriter Carl Sigman, with the flukiest hit of his career.

Savannah Book Festival: Escape From a Cold Virtual World

Songwriter Claire Holley performs in Sierra Madre on January 13.

Georgianne Nienaber: My New Year’s resolution is that I will abandon virtual networking for authentic, human contact. It’s time to venture into the heady world of writers and meet artists who excel at their craft. No mere dream-like avatars of the internet, these are verifiable, living, breathing originals, and you can find them at mostly unheralded literary events.

Michael Jackson the Trail Blazer

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I was already in a somewhat somber mood on the morning of June 25th after hearing on the radio that Farrah Fawcett had lost her battle with cancer. Of course, I didn’t know her, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t be saddened, especially after having seen the documentary she produced—“Farrah’s Story”— which provided a window [...]

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