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
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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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The Dillard University theater program will continue its 77th season with a
six-performance run of “Dreamgirls,” the smash-hit Broadway musical that became
an Oscar-winning motion picture. The show opens on Friday, April 5 and runs
through Sunday, April 14 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.
“Dreamgirls” captures the spirit and hope of the Motown era through the story
of a Chicago girl group that makes it big. In a business controlled by men, this
trio of women fights for recognition and and love while superstardom challenges
their musical and cultural identity. A glowing spectacle about the price of
showbiz success, “Dreamgirls” sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul.
Dillard University’s production of “Dreamgirls” is directed by Troy R.
Poplous from Tom Eyen’s original book and Harry Krieger’s timeless music.
Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the
Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.
The Dreamgirls scheduled run:
Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.
Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.
Dillard University Theater's Presentation of Dreamgirls April 5-7 and April 12-14, 2013
Center Boulevard · New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Call for Proposals
EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
The HBCU Faculty
Development Network is hosting its 20th
National Conference October 24-26, 2013 in
New Orleans, LA. We cordially invite you to submit a proposal for
presentation. Our theme this year Relevance ●
Pedagogy ● Assessment ● Sustainability encompasses the missions and strategic plans of many
universities. Your proposal submissions should reflect the following:
that address the relevance of institutional curricular offerings in a global
teaching and learning strategies that you are currently involved in at your
assessment of student learning outcomes, and
or model academic programs that are sustainable.
should relate to any one of the following strands:
Collaborative Models of Teaching; (2) Assessment and Evaluation; (3) Active
Learning and Engagement; (4) Curriculum Design and Revision; (5) Learning
Across the Curriculum and Learning Communities; (6) Instructional/Educational
Technology; (7) Civic Engagement and Social Justice; (8) Diversity and
Globalization (9) and Special Topics that include a variety of academic
additional information on the strands and on how to submit your proposals,
please visit the website at http://www.hbcufdn.org.
The Network welcomes proposals for a variety of session
types, including the following:
All are welcome to submit a proposal.
Once a proposal is accepted, all presenters mustpay registration fees.
Number of proposals per person
attendee may propose up to one workshopas either the primary or
attendee may also propose up to two concurrent sessions where he/she may be
the primary presenter for only one of these sessions. For the second session, he/she must be listed as a
co-presenter. Please note that interactive sessions, roundtable
discussions, and posterspresentations
are included in this two-session limit.
Example #1: An attendee may submit one concurrent session proposal as
the lead presenter and a second concurrent session proposal as co-presenter.
#2: An attendee may submit two concurrent
session proposals as co-presenter.
Example#3: An attendee may
submit one workshop proposal as the lead presenter, a concurrent session
proposal as lead presenter, and a second concurrent session proposal as
Proposals may be submitted online beginning Friday,
February 1, 2013 on the HBCU website at http://www.hbcufdn.org
and will be due by 5:00 PM (CT) on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Detailed submission instructions are provided on the
Before you prepare a proposal,
please ensure that you have read the guidelines for proposals. Failure to
follow these guidelines may lead to the rejection of a proposal.
Components of the proposal
All proposals are blind-reviewed
in accordance with the guidelines described above and should include the
information for primary presenter and all co-presenters (address,
title (no more than 10 words)
abstract (no more than 100 words)
select the type of session best suited for your proposal. Be sure
that there is a fit between what you intend to accomplish and the type of
session you choose.
description (no more than 500 words)
goals, implementation, research findings, and assessment
expected outcomes for session participants
the session activities and plan for interaction. Please model exemplary
teaching and learning practices. For poster presentations, focus on
the manner in which you plan to present your work rather than on the type
of interaction you anticipate
February 1, 2013 – April 10, 2013
confirmation due from all presenters:
July 31, 2013
McClinton, Conference Coordinator
HENRY FINDLAY, Co-Conference Coordinator
Albert, Program Coordinator
blakely Foster, President, HBCU Faculty
Institution: Dillard University
of materials and the solicitation of consulting work
To avoid the possibility of a conflict of interest, the Network does not permit in any
conference session the sale of materials. Furthermore, the Network does not allow presenters to solicit consulting work during
any session listed in the program.
Session presenters are permitted to use materials they have
created and to refer to consulting work that they do, but neither materials
nor services may be offered for sale during the session. Authors, if
present, will be available to sign books at the end of a session.
about this conference practice should be addressed to the Executive Director or
the Conference Chairs.
New Deadline for
Proposals: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5:00 P.M. (CT)