Archive for February, 2012
Twins Eric and Anthony McGriff demonstrated their clever musicianship playing from classics scores to tunes by Michael Jackson (Smooth Criminal and Beat It) at the T.A.P. Festival Program at Bethany Baptist Church today.
Activist Geneva Hayden was recognized as the 2012 Harriet Tubman Spirit Award during the program as well. The award was presented by Michelle Jones-Galvin, the great-grandneice of Harriet Tubman.
Bravo to the Bethany Baptist Church’s T.A.P. Festival for brining Aaron Wright and his play A Teenage Love for a Syracuse debut on Friday.
The play, which is part-drama, part-comedy, part-musical, features high school student (actors) and deals with social issues not often seen on the stage for a youth audience.
Wright and the students live in Pennsylvania and Delaware. For more information about the play, or Aaron Wright, click here.
Producer and talk show host George Kilpatrick (GK) talked last week with fellow film producer and studio executive DeVon Franklin on New Inspiration for the Nation. Franklin, who has worked with T.D. Jakes, Will Smith and Whitney Houston, discussed personal integrity and how we can blend faith with ambition each and every day.
Franklin told GK we need to realize that conflict moves the story of our individual lives forward.
Franklin’s new book is Produced by Faith.
India, the Princess of Salsa, came to Syracuse University Friday and her powerful vocals and soulful orchestra turned the Goldstein Auditorium into a dance hall for a few hours. The event was sponsored by La L.U.C.H.A. and Sigma Upsilon.
Writer, site TV personality and NBA insider Stephen A. Smith came to Syracuse University last night and schooled the students on the importance of building your work ethic as well as your personal brand.
Smith fielded dozens of questions ranging in topics from changing a major to the good bad and ugly of NBA players: Tim Duncan, Jeremy Lin, Kwame Brown and Allen Ivrerson.
He said being in college is a great place and time to pay your dues on the way to seeking any particular career path. “I’ve never taken less than 17 credit hours when I was in school…” he said. “…I also liked to party.”
Smith’s talk, which was partly motivational, but delivered in his trademark sarcasm and ribs, also touched on the the NCAA Tournament, TV revenue for sports, politics and the evolution of the black athlete.
According to Smith, too many fans over-celebrate contenders before they become champions.