Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Birthdays --Meshed With Clinical and Social

Happy Random Birthdays!   

For those of you who are the scholarly:  20th century philosopher Paul Ricoeur's birthday is today.  Or said another way?  His works are responsible for me having a dissertation that allowed many of us to have a phenomenological description with hermeneutics.  Or, discussing Motown and Baby Boomers and the link to African roots and rituals with mythology was doable because of his works!



And let's not forget the African-American contralto Marian Anderson arguably the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Aging in Hollywood is Finally Golden: Dame Shirley Bassey Receives New Career Validation.

There was Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson doing her Jennifer Holliday rendition of And I'm Telling You (standing ovation); there was Adelle’s  Skyfall; and then there was legendary Streisand's The Way We Were. But Dame Shirley Bassey made her debut at the Oscars. A new generation learned what the Streisand's of the world strive for. Entertainment singing perfection who defines how a griotte channels to the divine. Amazing: Dame Shirley Bassey!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For Those of You in Relationships?  

Internal check-ins; as well as, collaborating with your partner breeds healthy relationships.  

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Oscars are Coming!

Few of us know the history of the Academy Awards.  It could be argued that it represents a post modern construct to our connection to the mythological gods, glamour, and mortal earthbound stars.

As the Oscars are presented on February 24, 2013 would it serve us to recognize a polarity in our modern day culture ranging from domestic discussions of gun control in our president's home town a fallen modern day mythological god named Blade Runner?  So, with such international trials all over the globe; maybe... just maybe it can be a time to stop and forget and just honor artists who have something to say - regardless of their neurotic indulgence or social impact. 

And the winner goes to....