Music Legend Sonny Rollins Endows “Sonny Scholars” Jazz Ensemble at Oberlin College


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Sonny Rollins, the legendary jazz saxophonist, has made a generous contribution to establish the Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Beginning in spring 2018, Oberlin College jazz studies majors may audition for the Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble. Each student’s candidacy will be considered on the basis of four criteria: an audition for Oberlin’s jazz faculty, evidence of academic achievement, thoughtful response to a question about the place of jazz in the world, and service to humanity.

“Sonny Scholars” must dedicate at least two semesters to performing in the ensemble. They must also complete a winter-term project that embodies Rollins’ spirit of giving.

In explaining the rationale for this aspect of the program, Sonny Rollins said “people are hungry for a reason to live and to be happy. We’re asking these young musicians…

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Courtney B. Vance Drama Series ‘Heist 88’ in the Works at FX



FX is developing “Heist 88,” a crime drama from executive producers Courtney B. Vance and Dwayne Johnson-Cochran. Under the script development deal between FX and the producers, Emmy-winner Vance is set to star in the project should it be picked up to series.

Set in 1988, “Heist 88” tells the true story of arch-criminal and master manipulator Armand Moore, who persuaded four young, African-American employees of First National Bank of Chicago to steal $70 million via a sophisticated take down of the banking wire system. Vance would star as Moore.

Johnson-Cochran, who co-created the NBC series “Minor Adjustments” and directed the HBO film “Love and Action in Chicago,” will write and serve as exec producer. Also executive producing alongside Vance and Johnson-Cochran are Pam Veasey and Hemingway Taylor Productions’ Anthony Hemingway and Mark Taylor.

Vance won the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor…

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NO FEE Submission call + interview – Hematopoiesis Press, DEADLINE: Dec. 15, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

Hematopoiesis Press is an new online literary magazine currently accepting submissions for their third issue, with the theme Scarification: “We are not asking for a universal story of scarification. Rather overlap, overlap, lineage, nonlinear, lines, lines, lines, on the body, or often not on the body, where are the scars that we can feel but can’t see? What is the evidence? Why do we need it? What are the spaces in between?”

I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked their staff and they kindly replied. See my interview and submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Hematopoiesis Press.

HP STAFF: Hematopoiesis is the body’s method of creating new blood cells. As a digital publication, our intention is to offer refuge to this process while disrupting dominant conversations on (dis)embodiment.

We come to you with questions: What is written, and…

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Saturday Mix – Same Same But Different, 2 December 2017

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Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 2 December 2017!

This week we are diving into the depths of our thesaurus and exploring the world of synonyms.

Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

Your words are:

  1. meet
  2. look
  3. annoy
  4. draw
  5. fly

Your writing form is either poetry or prose.

Synonym Searching
Synonyms are words that are similar, or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word or if your word might not be the most appropriate. You can search for synonyms online at:

You may be asking yourself, What are some examples of synonyms?
Luckily, the nice folks at YourDictionary have some for you…

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On being calm – Boundless Blessings by Kamal

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Once Gautama Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers to a village that he frequently went to. From morning they were travelling on foot and were tired, hungry and thirsty too. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, ‘I am sitting near the shade of a tree and am very thirsty, do get me some water from the lake.’ The disciple immediately did what Buddha said and walked up to the lake. At that very moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake, as a result  of which the water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought, ‘How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?’ So he came back and told Buddha, ‘The water in there is very muddy, I do not think it is fit for you to drink.’ After about half an hour…

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600 Pounds Hitting The Beach, Dolphin

These photographs were taken standing of the left side of a Dolphin while strand feeding.

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At the end of driving fish to shore a Dolphin may flip their tail, create a whirl pool in the water, or simple charge head first.

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Confused schools of fish ultimately get pushed to shallows, or right on the shore.

Here a Dolphin splashed his tail, pushed fish, then followed on the shore.

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Dolphins will hit the shore on their right side. In theory knowing this helps a photographer to be in the right location for the shot. You have something that weighs maybe 1,000 pounds, 13 feet long, and flying suddenly out of the water… just get the…

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