Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mandisa Set to Perform on "Good Morning America" - Thursday, August 29

Ask people to describe Mandisa and you’ll hear words like talented, gracious,
beautiful, strong, loving and joyful, but the title of her new album offers an especially apt
description of the artist---Overcomer. However, Mandisa sees it as more than her song,
but an anthem for all and she’s happy to launch the battle cry.

“I’m in a new place and I want to proclaim some things to my listeners and one of them
is that they are overcomers,” says Mandisa. “Whether or not you feel it, it’s a fact. We
are overcomers.”

Overcomer brings a lump to Mandisa’s throat as she speaks of her friend Kisha
fighting breast cancer during her recent pregnancy and surviving. It reminds her of Good
Morning America’s Robin Roberts, whose journey encouraged Mandisa in hers. Mandisa
herself is an overcomer. It’s only natural that she sings about the experience. Since
finishing in the top ten of American Idol’s fifth season, Mandisa has forged a successful
recording career and has lost over 100 lbs, inspiring women everywhere to strive for a
healthy lifestyle and to reach for their dreams.

“Overcomer” anchors Mandisa’s fourth studio album, a stunning collection of songs
percolating with energy and passion all driven by her amazingly powerful voice. “I came
in really knowing exactly what I wanted to say,” she states. “The difference with this
album is just where I am. I’ve never been better. I feel like I’m definitely walking in a new
level of freedom. I’m walking with more authority and because all of my albums reflect
my life, that is reflected in this album.”

It’s that attitude that has made Mandisa an overcomer and she revels in the
opportunity to remind others that they are overcomers too."

(From "The M Collective")

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will stage its 8th annual gala at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco
on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The Gala, featuring a reception, dinner, post-dinner concert and “after party”
attracts close to 500 attendees and is considered one of the Bay Area’s most exclusive events of the season.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Rising Star - Gone Too Soon

You've probably seen actor Lee Thompson Young (who most currently played a detective on TNT's "Rizzoli and Isles"), perhaps better known as "The Famous Jett Jackson" on the Disney Channel

But nothing in his handsome young face, warm eyes and seemingly happy smile would have given a hint that he would take his own life.  

Obviously, I don't know him personally.  What I do know is that once again, we've lost one of our young people to what appears, at this time, to be suicide.

Yet, mental illness and depression still are not being talked about in our community on the level that is necessary to possibly prevent more young people from feeling they have "no way out."

The reasons behind his untimely death we may never know.  And it's not our business.

But healing and loving and supporting our children is our business.  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bill Cosby Live

Bill Cosby Live
A Benefit For SFJAZZ

Monday, August 26, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium