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Sep 03rd

Soul legend Willie Murphy wins 2010 Sally Award

Soul legend Willie Murphy wins 2010 Sally AwardThe Ordway Center for the Performing Arts this week named West  Bank bluesman Willie Murphy as 2010 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards honoree for the category of life time commitment. A soul, R&B, blues and rock legend, Murphy is a  charter member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, he has performed with everyone from Jefferson Airplane and Joan Baez to Muddy Waters and Carl Perkins.

Born in Minneapolis, Murphy started playing the piano at age four and soon developed a passion for rhythm and blues. It was while hanging around the West Bank music scene that he met folk musician “Spider” John Koerner. Together they began to write songs and tour the club and festival circuit, eventually producing the iconic Elektra release “Running, Jumping, Standing Still” and landing a top spot at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival. But Murphy was eager to return to his R&B roots, and formed a new band, Willie and the Bees, that went on to become underground legends. The Bees were also featured on Bonnie Raitt’s first Warner Bros. album that Willie produced in 1971. After the Bees’ final gig in 1984, Murphy started playing solo blues and rock piano, and launched his own label, Atomic Theory, which produced great local musicians like Becky Thompson, Boiled in Lead and The New International Trio. Now, Murphy surprises his fans once again with his new genre-bending release on Red House Records, “A Shot of Love in a Time of Need,” featuring soul, jazz, funk, rock and folk.

Hill Harper Interview

Hill Harper InterviewWhen love is on the menu, what do you do if the choices aren’t made to order? According to author/actor Hill Harper, who wrote the stunning book—The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships—love is more than just about finding the perfect match, it also means ditching the fairytales and fantasy, and realizing that love is really what we make of it.

Harper, who is also a current regular on CSI: New York, sat down with Insight News to discuss his book, and illustrate his continued journey of helping African American’s rebuild loving relationships through power of conversation.

Muhammad selected for educational exchange in China

Muhammad selected for educational exchange in ChinaAamina Muhammad, a senior studying dance at the Arts High School at Perpich Center in Golden Valley, has been selected to go to Luoyang, China for a unique two-week educational and cultural exchange.

Aamina, 18, daughter of Fatima Muhammad, will be part of a group of eight students and two teachers who will represent the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

The students will attend high school and will live in a residential dorm at Luoyang #1 Senior High School and will spend weekends in home stays with local Chinese host families.

Disgraced Vet Gets Shot At Redemption in Apocalyptic Sci-fi

Disgraced Vet Gets Shot At Redemption in Apocalyptic Sci-fiBetween an apocalyptic plotline and a $100+ million budget, it’s no wonder that Battle:LA is being touted as the first summer blockbuster of 2011. Forget the fact that it’s still winter, from the breathtaking panoramas to the bombastic pyrotechnics to the eye-popping FX to the mob scenes of mass hysteria, this film is filled with fixings which just scream 4th of July weekend.

And provided you’re prematurely in the mood for such unseasonably-overblown fare, Battle:LA won’t disappoint. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel), this high-impact, action flick revolves around the daring exploits of a rag-tag team of Marines representing the last hope for humanity in the wake of an alien invasion which is decimating the planet.

Music Legends Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins receive 2010 National Medal of Arts Award during White House Ceremony

Music Legends Quincy Jones and Sonny Rollins receive 2010 National Medal of Arts Award during White House Ceremony
(NNPA) – The ceremony was brief.  But, that was no reflection on the significance of the event or the remarkable contributions of the award recipients.

When introducing the 2010 National Medal of Arts recipients, President Barrack Obama said the artists “helped inspire me, or get me through a tough day or take risk that I might not otherwise have taken.”

This year’s list of 10 poets, authors, and musicians, who received this country’s highest award for their individual contribution to the creation and production of the arts, included producer Quincy Jones and jazz musician Sonny Rollins. 

Taboo Interview/Book Review

Taboo Interview/Book ReviewIn order to walk upright in the sunshine, you have to be willing to let go of the storm.

Taboo, one of the founding members of the super group the Black Eyed Peas knows all too well the struggle of breaking out of one’s own personal rain cloud. Unbeknownst to many, while we were all dangling at the ear candy of hits like Where Is the Love, Don’t Phunk with My Heart, My Humps, and Pump It, the kid who’d once survived the mean streets of Los Angeles, was now an adult dealing with an even bigger battle; his personal struggle to overcome a reckless addiction to drugs and alcohol.

“Fallin’ Up”, his new autobiography, written with the help of ghostwriter Steve Dennis, illustrates how the Black Eyed Peas were formed, how they rose to superstardom, as well as Taboo’s parallel journey to overcome his addictions, adhere to the roles of fatherhood, and capture serendipity with a love named Jaymie Dizon.

Chrishan the Prince

Chrishan the PrinceDetermination is the name of the game for singer/songwriter, Chrishan the Prince, a St. Paul, Minnesota native, whose spent years successfully maneuvering through the music industry’s independent neck, with hit tracks like Do It To It, Gucci Swag, and Somethin’ Like It.

In December 2010, his newest LP Night And Day: Platinum Vol I, sent his career into new heights when it went number one on the charts in one of the most unlikeliest places—Japan. But this presence in Tokyo, all over Europe, Australia and Asia have helped to make this Midwest superstar an international great.

Chrishan is also the winner of this year’s Twin Cities Hip Hop Award for Best R&B Male Artist, and he sat down with Insight News to tell us about his international success, his music, and what it’s like to be in control of his own musical destiny. Take a look.
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