Joseph Wapner, judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ dies at 97 – The Washington Post

Flinty, folksy real-life judge helped spawn courtroom-based reality TV.

Source: Joseph Wapner, judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ dies at 97 – The Washington Post

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.

From the trade’s beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion in the 19th, slave merchants brought the vast majority of enslaved Africans to two places: the Caribbean and Brazil. Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.

Source: This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

India Launches Record 104 Satellites at One Time

Who knew India had a space program? I’m glad they do. It seems as though China and India have caught up with the white world and in many instances have passed them by. This is great news.

Art Tatum King of Stride Piano

https://youtu.be/G_esHyqvbPY

Stephanie Trick is keeping stride alive.

Have you ever noticed that not many musicians have recorded tributes to pianist Art Tatum? The reason for that is pretty simple: Nobody but nobody can play like Art Tatum. In fact, there’s an often-told story about the night Tatum entered a club where Fats Waller was playing. Waller immediately got up from the piano to allow Tatum to play, saying, “I only play the piano. Tonight, God is in the house.” Tatum’s technical facility and gift for lightning-fast improvisations are unequaled. In this version of “Tea for Two,” you can hear what stride piano sounds like in a group configuration. After a solo opening from Tatum, he’s joined by bassist Slam Stewart and guitarist Everett Barksdale. All three players get solo spotlights, and their interplay — especially between Tatum and Barksdale — is awe-inspiring.

Art Tatum artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

 

Source: Stride Piano: Bottom-End Jazz 

Telling Trenton’s Stories

It’s important to tell our stories. The Nubian News each week will tell the story of Trenton’s people. When our young know what we went through they’ll realize they really are not alone, we went through it too. This is my Mom Blanche Harmon. I have hours of her talking and I want to get more.

Adele’s Grammy Award Dedication To Beyonce Isn’t Enough To Address Racism

Though many applaud the British superstar for dedicating her award to Beyoncé, the symbolic gesture does nothing to address the real issue of racism at the Grammys, or the historic problem of Black women standing on the sidelines while others take credit for their artistry.

Source: Adele’s Grammy Award Dedication To Beyonce Isn’t Enough To Address Racism

Michael Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

Bennett wrote via Twitter and Instagram Friday night that “I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading this article about the trip in the Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.’’

Bennett further cited boxing legend Muhammad Ali and that Ali “stood strongly with the Palestinian people’’ and wrote “I cannot do that by going on this kind of trip to Israel” and that he was making the decision “to be in accord with my own values and my own conscience.”

Bennett’s brother Martellus has also reportedly pulled out of the trip.

Source: Michael Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

The fall of US empire has already begun – Daily Post Nigeria

“obvious”. The US cannot go on forever waging so many wars against so many countries and bombing all over without there being a counter-attack.

Norwegian Professor and founder of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, says the fall of the United States empire has already begun. Galtung observed that, the

Source: The fall of US empire has already begun – Man who predicted 9(11) attack, Prof. Galtung – Daily Post Nigeria

Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad allegedly detained by US Customs

The 31-year-old fencer from New Jersey said she was left in tears after allegedly being detained at US Customs and Border Protection for two hours. The athlete won bronze for her country in Rio.

Source: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad allegedly detained by US

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