Who: Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group and a large, intergenerational cast of local dancers and community members including the Roselette Dancers from the Clinton Rose Senior Center and the children participating in our collaborative camp with Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.
What: CITIZEN: a dance about belonging, and not belonging.
When: Saturday, July 28 at 2 pm (shuttle buses start running at 12:30 pm from the Brown Deer Road Park & Ride)
Where: On the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
Tickets: $25/$20 Lynden members/$15 students. Buy tickets online at https://www.
Audience members are welcome to come early to picnic and to see Ibile’s Voices, the work of artist-in-residence Arianne King Comer and the many community members who have joined her around the dye pot this month.
This performance of CITIZEN is the culmination of a three-week residency at Lynden. Using the same methodology he piloted at Lynden in 2015 to adapt Moses(es), Reggie Wilson has been remaking CITIZEN for a large, intergenerational cast of local dancers and community members—many of whom actively address citizenship in their daily lives. CITIZEN began, three years ago, as an exploration of the meaning of citizenship for iconic African Americans who chose (choose) to remain at home in the face of pervasive racism. Wilson’s investigations were shaped by two questions: What does it mean to belong?and What does it mean to NOT want to belong? As he examined the questions raised by the human desire to belong, others arose: Do the injustices in today’s America engender a feeling of belonging? What supports belonging? And, finally: Is a sense of belonging, or not belonging, a private or a public matter? Like many of Wilson’s dances, CITIZEN privileges the kinesthetic over the cerebral, and makes a strong case for using dance to raise questions, express difficult ideas, offer alternatives, and provoke dialogues. This is a Call & Response event.
The Milwaukee iteration of CITIZEN, and the Call & Response programming of which this residency and performance are part, were made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Herzfeld Foundation, the Brico Fund, and Chipstone.
Fist & Heel Performance Group
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company that investigates the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices and believes in the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing. Our performance work is a continued manifestation of the rhythm languages of the body provoked by the spiritual and the mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora, including the Blues, Slave and Gospel idioms. The group has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad.
About Reggie Wilson
Milwaukee native Reggie Wilson (Executive and Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer) founded his company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989. Wilson draws from the cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he often calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.” His work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, and Summerstage (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Lee, MA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), UCLA Live, and Redcat (Los Angeles), Linkfest and Festival e’Nkundleni (Zimbabwe), Dance Factory (South Africa), Danças na Cidade (Portugal), Festival Kaay Fecc (Senegal), The Politics of Ecstasy, and Tanzkongress 2013 (Germany).
Wilson is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and has lectured, taught and conducted workshops and community projects throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. He has traveled extensively: to the Mississippi Delta to research secular and religious aspects of life there; to Trinidad and Tobago to research the Spiritual Baptists and the Shangoists; and also to Southern, Central, West and East Africa to work with dance/performance groups as well as diverse religious communities. He has served as visiting faculty at several universities including Yale, Princeton and Wesleyan. Mr. Wilson is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance’s McKnight National Fellowship (2000-2001). Wilson is also a 2002 BESSIE-New York Dance and Performance Award recipient for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down and a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. In recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Mr. Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and is a 2009 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in Dance. In 2012, New York Live Arts presented a concert of selected Wilson works, theRevisitation, to critical acclaim and the same year he was named a Wesleyan University’s Creative Campus Fellow, received the 2012 Joyce Foundation Award for his new work Moses(es), and was named a Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2013 Moses(es) had its NY premiere on BAM’s Next Wave Festival and continues to tour. Most recently, Wilson was curator of Danspace Project’s Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) and created the commissioned work “…they stood shaking while others began to shout” specifically for the space at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.
About Call & Response
Call & Response is a summer-long project that gathers a community of artists who share a commitment to the radical Black imagination as a means to re-examine the past and imagine a better future. Many have a history of working individually and collaboratively at Lynden: choreographer Reggie Wilson, visual artist Folayemi Wilson, filmmaker Portia Cobb, textile artist Arianne King Comer, and chef/food anthropologist Scott Barton. Others are new this summer: poet Duriel E. Harris, visual artist Tyanna Buie. More information at: https://www.
About the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm and Wednesdays 10 am-7:30 pm; closed Thursdays. Admission to the sculpture garden is $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors; children under 6 and members are free. Annual memberships are also available.
Rap icon and Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA will perform a live re-scoring of the 1978 kung fu classic “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” at the Oriental Theatre on Aug. 25 — the production’s only Midwest stop.
The event is presented by Milwaukee Film, which runs the theatre, in collaboration with Hip-Hop Week MKE, according to Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, primary sponsor of legislation to create the week-long celebration of hip-hop and its contributions.
Ald. Rainey says the performance is an ideal representation of the week’s mission.
“Hip-Hop Week MKE is about celebrating artistic creation that transcends ethnicity, class, nation, or even time – all under the umbrella of hip-hop. To have RZA, a world renowned artist, performing to a Hong Kong movie that inspired his creativity when he was growing up in Staten Island is a perfect illustration of the international phenomena that is hip-hop.”
RZA is not the only member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan who will perform as part of Hip-Hop Week MKE. Ghostface is scheduled to perform Friday, August 24 at the Rave.
Hip-Hop Week MKE (August 20-26) is slated to include a wide mix of musical, artistic, educational, historical and other events, displays and activities to take place across Milwaukee. The week-long event will also focus on financial literacy, civic engagement, voter registration and healthy living.
Dynamic New Program for 20 Creative Entrepreneurs in Memphis and the Mid-South
Several African American ambassadors of the program will be available for networking at the Open House and Panel Discussion
Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — ArtUp, an award-winning Memphis-based arts innovator in conjunction with Rutgers University-Newark Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), announces the new Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program to further empower creatives to achieve business success. The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program leverages a leading program of the Rutgers-Newark CUEED for artists and creatives with business education tools and entrepreneurial mentorship. This combination is producing options for longer-term business sustainability for artists, creatives and their communities.
“ArtUp reimagines the creative economy. The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program will help transform the way artists work, from the gigging and part-time, starving artist to a thriving creative business owner and creative entrepreneur,” says Linda Steele, CEO of ArtUp. Lyneir Richardson, Rutgers-Newark CUEED Executive Director expressed, “Our intention in collaborating with ArtUp is to elevate creative people who operate in media, art and entertainment industries in Memphis. We aim to help creatives, (especially people of color) to become stronger entrepreneurs and property owners.”
ArtUp kicks off the Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program at their new location in the South Main Artspace, 138 St. Paul St., Suite 119. There will be two events:
The public is invited to the ArtUp Open House on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 2pm – 4pm. Paul Thomas, ArtUp Artist in Residence, will reveal his provocative installation titled, “Imagined and Real: THREADS OF LIFE.” The public will be able to learn more about the Memphis Business Hub program and how creatives can participate. Refreshments will be provided by ArtUp Fellow Chef Eli Townsend as well as an opportunity for a special tour of the Artspace Loft units. Additionally, several ArtUp ambassadors and creative entrepreneurs will be available for networking, including:
* Angels and Tomboys, all-natural fragrance company of sister kidpreneurs funded by Daymond John and Mark Cuban from ABC’s Shark Tank.
* Tonya Dyson, unmistakable vocal Memphis music talent of NeoSoulsville, blending the heritage of gospel, jazz and R&B into a unique sound.
* Justin Merrick, Grammy-nominated artist who leads JMuse, non-profit focused on healing communities through arts and music.
The second event is a robust Creative Entrepreneurs’ Panel on Monday July 16, 2018, from 10am to noon. This panel will feature Memphis Business Hub ambassadors, business leaders from Memphis, Newark Hub alumni, and innovators who believe in the importance of the creative economy. Steele says, “We envision a working, progressive program combining necessary business skills with the vision and talent of artists and creatives, redefined to include chefs and seamstresses and graphic designers. There are no limits on creativity.”
The Memphis Business Hub for Creatives Program is modeled on the success of the Newark Business Hub, established by Rutgers Business School CUEED in 2016. Creatives in the Memphis program will have access to business mentors and coaches, business classes, professional services, and business planning education. The Memphis program will recruit participants from across the city with a special focus on residents of the South Main Artspace Lofts.
Says Richardson, “In Newark, creatives are participating in noteworthy business ventures. They are at the forefront of inclusive equitable economic growth initiatives and are working to own property. We expect the participants in the Memphis Hub program to do the same.”
This new ArtUp program adds to the Memphis business canvass and further positions Memphis as a Regional leader for creative entrepreneurial success.
Media, journalists, and bloggers are invited to join us and schedule individual interviews by emailing [email protected]
ArtUp is an arts-based start-up and creative enterprise. ArtUp adds creative value to people, places, and communities. The mission is to invest in creative entrepreneurs to empower disinvested communities. The vision is to artup communities for the advancement of economic, social, and racial equity.
ArtUp and its signature initiative, the Fellowship, was incubated at the United Arts Fund, ArtsMemphis. ArtUp was founded in 2017 and is fiscally sponsored by Community LIFT. While at ArtsMemphis, The Fellowship received the 2016 Inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts and a 2016 and 2017 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. ArtUp is a 2017-18 member of NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator in New York, NY. ArtUp founded and operates the Orange Mound Gallery (OMG) in the first African-American neighborhood for home ownership. ArtUp hosts the podcast Artivism on the Kudzukian Network. For more information, visit www.WeArtUp.org or [email protected]
About Rutgers University-Newark
Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N) is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s cultural capital. Nearly 13,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the Rutgers Law School – Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. RU-N is exceptionally well positioned to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility. It has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It has the right mix of disciplines and interdisciplinary centers and institutes to take on those questions and challenges. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from many sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world. Most importantly, RU-N brings an incredible diversity of people to this work – students, faculty, staff, and community partners – making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead. For more information, please visit www.newark.rutgers.edu
About Rutgers Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)
The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) integrates scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors to bring renewed economic growth and vitality through urban entrepreneurship. The Newark Business Hub, a Rutgers CUEED program, is a networked accelerator dedicated to empowering media, arts and entertainment industry entrepreneurs who are focused on growing their business faster, better and stronger. For more information, visit www.business.rutgers.edu/cueed
Launched by the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation
CHICAGO – Locating classical music written by living Black composers wordwide is now just a click away thanks to a new directory developed and launched by the not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation. The directory is designed for those seeking to commission new works; for performers, conductors, and concert programmers seeking existing music; and for other researchers and scholars of contemporary classical music. The directory is part of the RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project, which aims to bring greater diversity to the ranks of classical music performers, composers, and audiences by making the music of Black composers available to everyone.
MBC’s Living Composers Directory includes information about each composer including their name, geographic region, gender, birth year, contact information and website link. Designed to be an ever-expanding work in progress, the directory currently holds the names of 170 living Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The public is invited to notify the project of any composer not currently on this list by emailing [email protected]
“Composers of African descent have created masterful classical music for centuries, yet they continue to be underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education. This absence silences a rich vein of works from global consciousness and obscures the true face of classical music,” says RBP Foundation President Rachel Barton Pine. “Young musicians seldom have the opportunity to study and perform classical music by Black composers. It’s a struggle for artists and enthusiasts of color to participate in an art form in which they do not appear to belong, perpetuating a lack of diversity on stage and among audiences. This online directory is one of the ways the RBP Foundation is working to spread awareness of and access to music by Black composers,” she adds.
The RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers, in collaboration the Orchestral Music by Black Composers (OMBC) project founded by scholar-harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson and conductor James Blachly, is working to complete an online database of all composers of African descent, living and deceased. The database will feature information about numerous individual works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, including instrumentation, length, descriptions, difficulty level, where to find the music, links to recordings, and programming suggestions.
In October 2018, MBC will take another monumental step toward showing the world #BlackisClassical, with LudwigMasters’ publication of MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a pedagogical series of books of music exclusively by Black classical composers from around the world. Each orchestral instrument will be the subject of multiple volumes, which will be graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing and will include biographies for every composer, profiles of Black classical music role models, and feature articles about Black participation in classical music past and present.
Subsequent publications will include works for school orchestra and chamber ensembles. In addition, MBC is also developing a coloring book of the 40 most prominent Black composers throughout history as well as a timeline poster featuring more than 300 Black composers.
The idea for MBC started with a recording Rachel Barton Pine made for Cedille Records in 1997 titled Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The album contains historic compositions by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-European composers from the Classical and Romantic eras that had been unjustifiably neglected. Soon after its release Pine found herself sitting on diversity panels and fielding questions from students, parents, teachers, and colleagues about where to find more works by Black composers. She quickly discovered that most repertoire by Black composers is out of print or only exists in manuscript. So, in 2001, her not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation committed to the Music by Black Composers (MBC) project. Over the past two decades, MBC has uncovered 900+ works by more than 300 Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia, from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
Pine is an award-winning, chart-topping violinist, who performs with the world’s leading orchestras and has recorded 37 acclaimed albums. Her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe and she has appeared on The Today Show four times, CBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and media outlets around the world. In addition to the MBC project, her RBP Foundation assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, and Global HeartStrings which supports musicians in developing countries.
LEAVE NO TRACE is the latest haunting film from Debra Granik (the Academy Award-nominated Winter’s Bone, Stray Dog, Down to the Bone), a moody, mysterious, and mesmerizing exploration of an unexpected existence on the edge.
A teenage girl, Tom (breakout newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), and her veteran father Will (Ben Foster of Hell or High Water andThe Messenger) have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social services agency. They try to adapt to their new surroundings, until a sudden decision sets them on a perilous journey into the wilderness seeking complete independence and forcing them to confront their conflicting desire to be part of a community and fierce need to live apart.
Running Time: 109 minutes
New Orleans, LA — Proven independent production company, JeTi Films, premieres their new original anthology detective series, Tales from the Murder Room, available today for streaming on Amazon Prime.
The project was created-by and stars the multi award-winning Hollins brothers, King Jeff and Gorio, and chronicles the activities inside one specific Louisiana police interrogation room as Homicide Detectives listen to tales told by suspects, witnesses and other individuals related to various murder cases.
Each stylishly unconventional episode opens in present day with an individual reading from the popular crime anthology book, Tales from the Murder Room. The storyline quickly shifts to a black-and-white flashback scenario of the Detectives involved in an interrogation of someone uniquely involved in a murder case. Then, as each examination concludes the story cuts back to present day and the chapter is closed.
Season One consists of four 15-minute episodes centered around different interview subjects, ranging from an alleged mailman murderer, to a pompous pimp, to a hesitant hero and even a debate among the Detectives. Gorio, who plays the role of Lt. George Rook, shares, “I love the format of the show, because it allows us to go in any direction story and style wise.”
Based on characters from King Jeff’s feature film, The Murder Men, the streaming series now delivers a fresh approach. King Jeff, who plays the role of Detective Jerry July, explains, “These four episodes are completely different from each other in regards to the guest characters, the plot and even the styles of filming. I think this is what will keep audiences interested and coming back for more. Every type of genre has been done before, but it’s our job as creators to offer a fresh take on the detective story which is different from past shows — and we have definitely accomplished that.”
About JeTi FILMS
Based in Louisiana, JeTi FILMS is owned by multi award-winning siblings, King Jeff and Gorio Hollins. Together, they have created and produced numerous feature and short films, most notably Bang, The Murder Men, Grip: A Criminal’s Story, Shallow Creek Cult and Zombie Bite. Their projects have earned a variety of filmmaking awards from countless film festivals, including Ocean Springs, Indie Gathering, Urban Media Makers, B-Movie, Action On Film, Eerie Horror and Terror Film Fest among others. In addition, King Jeff co-executive produced Lily Keber’s documentary Bayou Maharajah, about the tragic life of New Orleans piano player James Booker and starring Harry Connick, Jr., Hugh Laurie, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Allen Touissant. King Jeff was proud to be the first filmmaker inducted into the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Roster. He is also the recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial for his efforts teaching at-risk youth the art of filmmaking. For more about JeTi FILMS, visit www.JeTiFilms.com
Tales from the Murder Room is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.
For more info and to watch the Tales from the Murder Room trailer, visit www.TalesFromTheMurderRoom.com
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Premiere: Sunday, June 10 at 9 p.m. ET/8C
Regina Belle was a college kid out of New Jersey when she burst on the R&B scene as a vocalist with the Manhattans on the hit “Where Did We Go Wrong.” She was eventually signed by Columbia Records and skyrocketed to fame with number one singles, including “Make It Like It Was” and “Baby Come to Me.” She crossed over to a mainstream audience with the Grammy Award-winning mega-hit, “A Whole New World,” a duet with Peabo Bryson for the Disney film “Aladdin.” Blessed with a soulful, pitch-perfect voice, she lived near the top of the charts for ten years until she was abruptly dropped by her label. Misfortune continued when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. How she bounced back with a renewed faith to record her first gospel album, is the inspiring story of a strong woman who overcame professional disappointment and personal tragedy to spread a message of love, family and faith.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv)using the hash tags #UNSUNG and #REPRESENT.
Indie filmmaker, Brandi Webb, brings charges to indict the U.S government in her experimental documentary entitled “Betrayal of a Nation”
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In an experimental documentary, indie filmmaker Brandi Webb has indicted the U.S. government on charges that hold it accountable for crimes committed against citizens of color. These crimes date back to the beginning of American history up to present day. Errol Louis, Amy Goodman, Akeem Browder, Ajamu Baraka, Gwen Carr, Korey Wise, Dr. Lenora Fulani, Mysonne Linen and several other activists provide real life interviews that serve as supporting evidence throughout the trial. Ms. Webb has launched a crowdfunding campaign along with a highly-charged, emotional trailer, to help raise her goal of $15,000 to complete her film project entitled, Betrayal of a Nation.
The documentary project, is centered around a scripted, heightened trial, in which an ambitious prosecutor for the People goes head to head with a defense attorney for the U.S. Government. The attorneys dispute the government’s involvement in slavery, the destruction of Black Wall Street, the execution of African-American leaders, a failed education and criminal justice system, and poverty. Betrayal of a Nation is a hybrid film that blends together the traditional elements of documentary and narrative films. Ms. Webb has labeled the project a Narrative Documentary.
Currently, 80% of the film is complete, but additional expenses are required in order to complete the entire film.
Donations can be made, and the public can view the trailer and information about the film at www.gofundme.com/bon-com. Any contributions of $1,500 or more will receive executive producer credit. Betrayal of a Nation is expected to be completed by fall of this year, however, the campaign will continue until Ms. Webb reaches her fundraising goal and has completed the project.
“Betrayal of a Nation is a powerful indictment on America!” stated Charles Barron, New York State Assembly Member of the 60th District, whom also makes an appearance in the documentary. “Reparations is the defining issue of the 21st century. Betrayal of a Nation must be produced and completed.”
Jenesis Scott, co-writer of of the film, commented, “Betrayal of a Nation is unlike any other film. It not only documents history but also provides solutions for the future. Completing this film is absolutely necessary in the fight against injustice. It not only gets to the root of the problems, but it gives us a guide on how to do something about it.”
Following the 2016 murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers, Ms. Webb became overwhelmed with emotion and was frustrated with the countless acquittals and non- indictments of these police officers, throughout the nation. She created Betrayal of a Nation in an effort to educate and explore what actual justice in America might look like in the form of storytelling.
For more information about Brandi Webb or her production company, visit www.yet2evolve.com
Music fans and execs take note: Stock charts may hold the key to understanding the pop charts.
If that sounds counterintuitive, consider this: Researcher Hisam Sabouni of Claremont Graduate University posted a paper in March that used computational tools from Spotify to show that the sentiment of popular music has tracked the ups and downs in major U.S. stock market indexes.
Matt Lampert, director of research at the Socionomics Institute (www.socionomics.net), points out that these findings are consistent with his colleague Robert Prechter’s research from 1985. Prechter surveyed more than 60 years of American popular music and found the music had “been virtually in lock-step with the Dow Jones Industrial Average.”
It’s not just an American phenomenon. Sabouni found evidence that markets and music have trended together in the UK. And Lampert and collaborator Mikko Ketovuori from the University of Turku found a similar tendency in a recently published study of Finland.
Why the connection? Prechter proposed that both popular entertainment and the stock market reflect underlying social mood trends. And if that sounds like economists should consider the songs on the pop charts as a public sentiment indicator, then the Bank of England’s chief economist Andrew Haldane just might agree. He noted in a speech in April that Sabouni’s music sentiment index “does at least as well in tracking consumer spending as the Michigan survey of consumer confidence,” adding, “And why stop at music? People’s tastes in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on their soul. So too might their taste in games.”
Indeed, the Socionomics Institute’s 2017 book Socionomic Studies of Society and Culture documented correspondences between financial markets and the public’s preferences in entertainment, architecture, baby names and beyond.
So, with that in mind, what should we look for in the “songs of the summer” this year?
* DON’T COUNT ON A REPEAT OF A SONG LIKE “DESPACITO.” Lampert says last year’s song of the summer was an upbeat, danceable love song in Spanish, a combo that can play well in a period of elevated mood and markets. From Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” in the 1950s to Gloria Estefan, Selena, the “Macarena” dance craze and Ricky Martin in the 1990s to Enrique Iglesias’ prolonged success in the 2000s, some of Latin music’s biggest hits have come in bull markets.
* EMBRACE CONTRAST. After a historic run, in late January the Dow Jones Industrial Average began its biggest correction in 9 years. Still, the correction has been fairly mild so far. If that remains to be the case, Lampert says to look for hit songs to have a corresponding mix of the positive and the negative.
Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” is a prime example, with Pitchfork describing it as a song “built on the sharp contrast between jolly, syncretic melodies and menacing trap cadences.” Drake’s knack for almost-monotone vocals, danceable beats and optimistic lyrics are also scoring. Post Malone, Camila Cabello and Kendrick Lamar are other contenders. “As a dark horse,” Lampert says, “check out the artists playing around with ‘80s throwback sounds with occasional doses of musical and lyrical quirk, sparseness and dissonance.”
If the stock market makes up its mind and either blasts off or falls hard, look for the sentiment in hit music to match the sentiment behind the move in the market.
ABOUT MATT LAMPERT
Matt Lampert is the director of research at the Socionomics Institute (www.socionomics.net ), a think tank dedicated to using data on social mood to understand and anticipate social trends.
Nationwide — The new kid on the block, TITAN Reginald F. Lewis FILM HONORS: A Salute to Multicultural Excellence, brought together Bollywood, Hollywood and Nollywood under one roof for the first time ever. The eclectic and diverse mixture did not disappoint, from a lively business exchange, networking, cultural style tips, to an all out dance challenge. Held in the middle of Festival de Cannes at Le Majestic Beach, May 15, it reigned as the extraordinary engagement that Cannes welcomed and needed.
Present were Students, Investors, Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist, Executives, Activist, Producers, Directors, Screen Writers, Actresses, Actors, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, Engineers, etc. They came from NY, LA, Mumbai, India, London, England, Cannes, France Lagos, Nigeria, Tunisia, Sweden, Canada, Cameroon, South Africa, Dutch, Netherlands to Zurich, it was GLOBAL interaction and engagement at its best. People across the world who never heard of the subject matter, never would have met, discussed working together. The FILM HONORS namesake, Reginald F. Lewis, the 1st Black $Billion DealMaker would have been ecstatic. His passion in life was to excel beyond anyone’s expectations and lead by example; inspiring, educating and elevating.
TITAN RFL FILM HONORS presented the European Premier, WNET PIONEERS: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire Documentary, with widow Loida N. Lewis (dedicated to RFL’s Legacy and an accomplished attorney), and Dr. Ben Chavis, President and CEO, NNPA, National Newspaper Publishers Association (over 220 black owned media outlets and former Chair HipHop Summit) as co-hosts. Strangers new to his legacy were in tears, asking about the origin of RFL’s strength. Of course the foundation that helped shape and mold his mindset was Mother Carolyn Fugett, the matriarch of the Fugett/Lewis family.
The FILM Honors and the documentary (not entered in the competition) received the endorsement from the Georges Goldenstern Directeur of Cine Foundation, Festival de Cannes, France Official, Babette De Rozieres, Vice President, Ile de France Region, Manuel Collas de la Roche, Founder and President, Better World Forum, under the patronage of Prince Albert of Monaco, and Lawrence David Foldes, OSCARS Academy Award Executive Committee and Student Academy Awards. The TITAN RFL FILM HONORS was selected as one of the top 10 events.
It is a celebration of diversity filmmakers and film triumphs. President Barack Obama tweeted, “Being the first of anything requires a certain mindset. Reginald Lewis had it”. So therefore, it is befitting to have their first multicultural film award named for him.
Bollywood Icon Sridevi Kapoor (posthumous), received the Iconic Award. Accepting were Subhash Ghai, the Showman of India, Top Indian filmmaker, Director, screenwriter, known predominantly for Hindi Film. And Namrata Goed, niece and Indian actress, from the film Manto, an official selection in Cannes this year. In her honor a medley of songs were performed by Rahul Lahanpal from the Hollywood film Tiger Hunter. And the trailer of a new film trailer Sade Waala was shared. When the word reached her husband Boney Kapoor of the results of the evening, he and his daughters were overjoyed with the outpouring of love, admiration and support.
The HONORS was held at Hotel Barriere Le Majestic, the Epicenter of the Cannes Film Festival, operated by Pierre- Louis Renou, Directeur General Pole Hotelier Cannes, and Le Majestic Beach operated by Antoine Dray, CEO and Founder of ADR Agence. The creator and founder, LMarilyn Crawford said, “This has been an mega night to remember. It is more than just an event, it is a movement for Inclusion, Understanding, Mutual Respect and Contagious Enthusiasm for all cultures, races and genders. This is where civi rights, human rights, equality, and the MeToo movements aligned for the growth of humanity.”
French Actress Aissa Maiga, Leader and all 16 Activist & Actresses from France, received the TITAN FIM HONORS, Drum major for Justice Certificates. They were at the forefront of media stories of Cannes.
Special celebrity and VIP guest were the most eclectic and include; Global stylist Anne de Champigneul, Cameron Bailey, Founder & President, Toronto International Film Festival, Salma Agha actress and daughter Zara, Olivier Enoggo, VoxAfrica, Prominent Philanthropist Denise Rich and Peter Cerverkin, Bruno Dumitrescu, Julius Baer, Manuel Collas de la Rue, BW Forum, Marco Mazzicchellu, Prakash Hinduja, Massimo Gargia, Delphine Pruitt, VP Bank of the West, BNP Paribas, Karen China, Beat Motion Productions, Maritza Cordero, Lockheed Martin, Dr. Antonio Gellini, Olympic Awards, John Bell, Merrill Lunch Bodwar & Ann Hafstrom, BODWAR Rose, Anastasia Gai, Director, Actor & Producer Yohann Chopin, Anastasia Gai, John Brel, Geri Kuka, Rivena Kuka, Elvis Lule, Jean Luc Berlot, President of Adline Group, Michela Scolari, Edward Chitate, Shannon Hales, Citigroup, WME Agent Sam Rabinowitz, Jonathan Kasdan writer of StarWars Solo, Jerome Duboz, Daniel Molina Meyash Prabhu, Thomas Hamilton, Toms Cinetrips, classic remakes, Popular Artist Neste Morgan, Hair Stylist Jorge Buccio and Parisian MakeUp Artist Chelsea, LA Ramo Law Film Industry Attorneys, Erika Canchola, Michelle Chang, Tiffany Boyle, and AGuyWithaTurban Gaganpreet Singh who captured artistic photos and video, and the list goes on…
Adding to the festivities was female Popular DeeJay JULIA GAUTIER, and the man that got the party started, Movin Melvin Brown
To highlight the theme, Wakanda meets Bollywood, the TITAN RFL Ambassadors and Staff wore African and Indian influenced costumes and jewelry. The event concluded with a French and English version of Titan Lewis’s favorite song, “What a Wonderful World”, song by Boris Bouillet.
The FILM HONORS was created to educate, inform, inspire and elevate, to initiate conversations that lead to living together in peace and harmony. Widow Loida N. Lewis said, “We chose to execute this unprecedented unique event, at world class the most popular film world class stage, Festival de Cannes to draw attention from international audiences. My RFL always said he was International”.
Dr. Ben Chavis, “Offering a transcendent message for millennials, it accomplished multiple goals as noted by the attendance of a very eclectic and engaged group of all ages”. Even the business themed food stations “meat in the deal”, “sweeten the deal”, etc. encapsulated all that RFL was about. Entrepreneurism, Education, Inspiration, Motivation, & Actually showing an example and sharing the message on a world stage!
The message, the event had people in the audience crying and admiring the persistence and determination Titan Lewis obviously acquired from his mother, Mrs. Carolyn Fugett, and he went on to have his widow Loida Lewis as his largest cheerleader and greatest supporter.
RFL’s story and message touched hearts around the world.
Spike Lee, Executive Producer, his lead actor David Washington and the cast of his new movie, Blackkklansman, was in rare form at his celebration. He had just received a 6-minute standing ovation and was ready to party. Accompanied by Tonya Lewis Lee and their children, and Pauletta and the entire Washington family, there supporting each other. Denzel and Pauletta’s son had just delivered a powerful, riveting performance.
Chris Tucker did not disappoint dancing to a Michael Jackson music for 2 hours straight and of course Naomi Campbell looked Uber fashionable and is an accomplished actress in her own right.
At the hotel, Model Bella Hadid, was gracious and was fascinated to learn the strength of Titan Reginald F. Lewis.
Also Vashti Henson was present promoting and having discussions around the financing of Congressman John Lewis’s Documentary.
If ever 3 Black successful men deserve a world stage to educate and enlighten the minds of all people, so they see what a black man can do, this is it.
Real-Life Black American Heroes exist, Marvel at that. As Marvel’s Black Panther wows moviegoers and shatters box-office records with a fictional tale of cinematic proportions, the real and moving story of Black American Pioneer Reginald F. Lewis had its European Premiere during the most popular and largest film event in the world, Festival de Cannes.
For more details about Reginald F. Lewis, visit www.ReginaldFLewis.com
View the online streaming of the RFL documentary at www.RFL.film