ORLEANS - March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney
Foundation is urging area residents to give their kidneys a
Throughout the months of March and April, the
National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana will hold free screenings
through the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) in New Orleans and
More than 26 million Americans have kidney
disease, but most don't realize it. One in three Americans are at
risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes or a
family history of kidney disease. Undetected, kidney disease can lead
to kidney failure and the need for dialysis or an organ transplant.
"Keeping diabetes or high blood pressure
under control can prevent kidney disease, so it's important that
people understand the link between those conditions and kidney
disease. Those at risk should get screened as well since early
detection and if necessary, medical intervention, can often delay the
onset of kidney disease," said Julie Gable, Program Services
Because identification of the disease is such an
important first step, free KEEP screenings will be held throughout
greater New Orleans. The KEEP screenings are open to those at
risk who are 18 years old and above. The at risk criteria
includes those with high blood pressure or diabetes; or those with a
family history of these medical conditions or chronic kidney disease.
Appointment times for the screenings will be available from 8:30 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. on:
April 10, 2013 at Progressive Baptist Church,
1214 So. Robertson, New Orleans
April 20, 2013 at St. Joseph the Worker
Catholic Church, 445 Ames, Marrero
The screening will provide participants with
blood pressure and BMI measurements, urine analysis, blood test
(including glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin, and kidney function) and
the opportunity to discuss their health and review results with an
onsite physician. Pre-registration and appointments are required for
the free screening. You may contact the National Kidney Foundation of
Louisiana at 504.861.4500 or visit www.kidneyla.org to learn more about KEEP
and kidney disease.
The National Kidney Foundation
is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness,
prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands
of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families
and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
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New York City Jazz Record calls Stephanie Jordan's CD
Stephanie Jordan's cohesive album The
Stephanie Jordan Big Band: Yesterday When I Was
Young (A Tribute to Lena Horne) (Vige) is a
straightahead knockout. Since surviving Hurricane Katrina,
Jordan picked herself up and this album unites her
with Horne's kindred steadfast spirit. The music is a tribute to
persistence, a quality Jordan's voice embodies."
- Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record
Today, Here Tomorrow
Bull, April 2013
New York Jazz Record - Why is it that when a jazz vocalist
performs a tribute to a vocal jazz icon some ask, "Are they
Jazz Vocalist Stephanie Jordan
night or will they innovate?" When an instrumentalist
performs a tribute to a 'Great', it is assumed they will bring
their own artistry to the act of honoring legacy. So the above
question reveals a different set of assumptions for jazz
vocalists. This month we have the opportunity to hear singers
offer tributes to those who are no longer with us.
Consider the singers' individual styles and energies in
the context of varying approaches and you will find
the tribute that excites your listening sensibilities.
As part of Flushing Town Hall's Celebrating Women In Jazz
series, Antoinette Montague will channel Nina Simone, Alberta
Hunter, Sarah Vaughan, Bessie Smith and Etta Jones in A Tribute
to the Ladies Who Swing (Apr. 6th). Montague is a bluesy
swingwarrior. Like a tributary, her stream of energy
connects with the rivers of the women she respects, yet she
is her own voice.
Seasoned and truthfully cool, Vicki Burns will pay tribute to
Anita O'Day at Metropolitan Room (Apr. 23rd). Burns' voice is a
resonant blend of bright upper tones and warm chest sounds and
her supple phrasing and timbre are uncannily similar to O'Day's.
Burns lilts, slides and scats percussively, invoking O'Day
but maintaining her own identity.
The first definition of the word "tribute"
in Merriam-Webster's dictionary is not in reference to
a performance or oratory method of honoring; instead it is
a tax paid to display submission and to obtain protection by
those in power. Run to Jazz at Lincoln
Center's Allen Room to hear cabaret great Michael Feinstein
'pay' Ellington his due in Elegant Ellington (Apr. 24th-25th).
Feinstein's voice paints pictures of the Duke's world,
evoking shiny brass instruments in motion, crisp tuxedos and
winged gowns. It's interesting to note what Feinstein has
acknowledged in past interviews: "While some things are
set, we let it be changeable."
Sometimes a concept about genres is the tribute. Miles Griffith
and Carolyn Leonhart are both featured in drummer Tommy
Campbell's Vocal-Eyes group, where the idea is to fuse
traditional, ethnic, contemporary and progressive jazz. Boy,
does he have the right singers for that approach. When
Griffith blasts off the stage, there is no telling where he
might go. The entire spectrum of sonic communication,
from primordial to traditional to alien and back again, is
at this man's vocal beck and call. Interwoven is
Leonhart's energetically calm and beautifully sensual voice.
Vocal-Eyes is a tribute to the art of song itself. Hear
the band at Smoke (Apr.17th).
of life can be honored in tribute. Don't Cry for No Hipster
(Nardis), from singer/keyboardist Ben Sidran, is an entertaining
album featuring 12 original songs celebrating the hipster way.
In his liner notes Sidran quotes theater improvisation legend
Del Close: "The hipster has the Taoist's aversion to
pinning down the changing world." Sidran's album sates his
curiosity about the changing hipster culture - he's one of
the artists who helped create it. Enjoy Sidran
"hooglin'" at Jazz Standard (Apr. 24th).
CD releases falling into the tribute realm
this month include Giacomo Gates' wonderful Miles
Tones: Giacomo Gates Sings Miles Davis (Savant). Gates is completely
in the Davis pocket on this album. Singing vocalese in warm,
husky long tones that are weighty, he leaves plenty of space.
Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix
is the highlight of
Gates' seamlessly connected sextet.
Jordan's cohesive album The Stephanie Jordan Big
Band: Yesterday When I Was Young (A Tribute to Lena Horne)
(Vige) is a straightahead knockout. Since surviving Hurricane
Katrina, Jordan picked herself up and this album unites her
with Horne's kindred steadfast spirit. The music is a
tribute to persistence, a quality Jordan's voice embodies.
Whether inspired by the invocation or innovation impulse, good
tributes say seize the day - with gratitude. While gone today,
jazz greats live on tomorrow through their legacies. Looking back
tribute, the artist
pays it forward.
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EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE MOVES TO NEW ORLEANS
the Superwoman in You; May 17 & 18
Hyatt Regency Hotel
ORLEANS - Women who want to do better, be better, and help
Celebrating the Superwoman in You
get better, will be converging on the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans,
Louisiana on May 17 and 18 for Celebrating the Superwoman
in You, a women's conference inviting women to rise up,
stand up, and lift another woman up.
am passionate about the empowerment of women," said founder Jil
Greene. "Too many women find themselves in situations that they
don't know how to get out of. Sometimes, the right information, the
right tool, the right connection can make all the difference in
putting together a plan that can change a woman's life. What we plan
to do at Celebrating the Superwoman in You is provide that
information, provide the tool, provide the connection so women can
make the plan."
The conference begins at 4:00pm on Friday, May
17. The event kicks off with a high powered networking session with
some of New Orleans top women leaders in Corporate America, Business,
Law, Education, Finance, Health and Community. It will also include
live music & entertainment, dramatic productions directed by
Jacqueline Fleming (actress from Abraham Lincoln, Contraband, Woman
Thou Art Loose), General Sessions and a late night pajama party where
the women will participate in a dinner reception called "Real
WYENing Conversations After Dark".
2013 WYEN Video Promo
Saturday workshops tackle topics that describe a
Super Woman: A Super Woman: Makes Time for Her God, Mentors Others,
Markets Herself, Masters Relationship (Marriage/Single), Minds Her
Money, Maximizes Her Health, Motivates herself, Makes Her Mark
(through her passion and purpose). It will also include a special
awards luncheon where women leaders in the City will be recognized
with the first series of the "WYEN" awards.
Conference speakers include New Orleans own,
Kelder Summers, Radio Host of Old School 106.7, Kim
Bondi, former TV Producer, VP of CNN, Judy Reese
Morse, Deputy Mayor, Chief of Staff, City of New Orleans;
Laverne Saulney, Regional Manager, New Orleans U.S Senator
Mary Landrieu; Dr. Tami Singleton, Chief,
Hematology/Oncology, Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics; Michelle
Craig, Partner at Adams & Reese law firm; Jade
Brown Russell, General Counsel Caesar's Entertainment; Lisa
Crinel, Owner and CEO of three New Orleans area based
companies devoted to assisting women who are sick or in recovery; Dr.
Toya Barnes-Teamer, Vice President, Student Success at
Dillard University, Kem Washington, a CPA and
Financial consultant; Therese Badon, Vice President
of Development, UNCF; and a host of others including speakers from
Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte and Dallas! Cee Cee
Michaela, former Co-star of the hit comedy Girl Friends; Stacii
Jae Johnson, CEO, Mama Said Productions, host of Atlanta's
WAEC Love 860 AM Black Girls Radio; Charity Jordan,
Film Maker, creator of the break out web series Mommy Uncensored;; Alicia
Johnson, Software Engineer for IBM and certified belief
therapy counselor, Co-Pastor Brandi Gibson, Word of
Faith Christian Center, Lestine Bell, Motivational
Speaker, Author of "You were meant to be a Queen, not a
Fling"; Mrs. V (Valencia Johnson), BET
Comedian, and many more.
A special feature and new addition to this year's
conference is the men's panel entitled Men Who Get It.
The Men Who Get It include Fred Keeton,
chief diversity officer, vice president external affairs Caesar's Entertainment-Las
Vegas; Dr. Shelton Goode, author and diversity
leader, Georgia Power; Roderick Miller, President
and CEO New Orleans Business Alliance; and Nolan Rollins,
president and CEO of the Urban League, New Orleans, Henry
Coaxum, CEO of Coaxum Enterprises, Tod Smith,
General Manager of WWLTV, Damon Singleton,
Meteorologist of WDSU, Dr. Andre Perry, Director at
Loyola Institute, Cleveland Spears, CEO of Spears
Consulting Enterprises, and others. These business professionals will
discuss hot topics, and growing trends that women face in the
workplace openly and honestly but they will come at it from a man's
perspective. This insight into a man's point of view should prove
useful when trying to market one's self in today's workforce.
It's about improving women's lives," said
Greene. "It's about empowerment. It's about learning the lessons
we need to teach our
Hyatt Regency Hotel - Register Today
daughters and hearing the messages we need to
give to empower them to move strongly into today's world. It's about
benefitting and bettering women. That's why I am asking women to come
and bring a sister, a friend, a daughter. It's time for us to rise
up, stand up, and lift another woman up."
Event sponsors are: Hyatt Regency New Orleans,
NolaWoman Magazine, New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, The
New Orleans Agenda, and Jaq's Acting Studio.
Welcome back to the historic Carver
Theater; during the 1950's hailed as "America's finest theater
exclusively for colored patrons" with the latest in technology,
architectural designs, and the finest amenities. Return as
history moves forward with the installation of the Carver Theater's
new state-of-the-art natural sounding Meyer Sound Constellation;
an extraordinary breakthrough in sound technology which provides the
optimal acoustical experience.
Re-designed as a live performance
entertainment venue primarily focus on jazz, big band ensembles,
chamber music, operetta, musicals, stage plays, dance recitals, and
Off-Broadway Shows; the fully renovated 16,000-square-foot theater
with the "finest amenities" will comfortably seat
approximately 750 guests with the ability to accommodate a greater
number for non-seated performances and special events. The beamless
construction and flat flooring design provides for an obstruction
less view and present endless opportunities for various productions.
State of the arts technology and the
development of acoustical sound barriers designed to prevent the
intrusion or extrusion of sound during performances allow the Carver
to create the proper ambience for live audio and video recordings by
the music, film, and entertainment industry. Located just
blocks from the French Quarter, proximal to downtown New Orleans, the
Carver serves as an excellent location for music conferences, film
festivals, screenings, and other arts related events.
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