Happy 100th, Ella! American Musical Legend Ella Fitzgerald Born on this Day in 1917


Happy 100th Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald! ♡

 

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Early Hardship Couldn't Muffle Ella Fitzgerald's Joy Legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald (photo via npr.org)

article by Tom Vitale vianpr.org

Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 today, was one of the most beloved and versatile singers of the 20th century. In a career that spanned six decades, Fitzgerald recorded hundreds of songs, including definitive versions of many standards. Along the way, she influenced generations of singers.

But the first thing that strikes you about Fitzgerald is that voice.

Cécile McLorin Salvant, who won a Grammy last year for Best Jazz Vocal Album, says a combination of qualities made Fitzgerald’s voice unique. “When you hear the tone of her voice — which has kind of a brightness, kind of a breathiness, but it also has this really great depth, and kind of a laser-like, really clear quality to it — it hits you,” she says.

Salvant, 27, says she learned to sing jazz standards by…

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Memphis High School’s Graduating Class Earns $80 Million in College Scholarships


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(L to R) Dillard University’s associate admissions director Christopher Stewart and Zariah Nolan, Whitehaven High School senior and future Dillard University Student, taken from Nolan’s Twitter on April 24, 2017. (photo via colorlines.com)

article by Sameer Rao via colorlines.com

Seniors at an almost-exclusively Black high school in Memphis, Tennessee, earned more than $80 million in university scholarship offers.

ABC News reported Friday (April 21) that more than 40 Whitehaven High School students contributed to this number with at least $1 million in offers each. A call to determine the total number of students who earned scholarships was not immediately returned. Per the Tennessee Department of Education’s website, Whitehaven’s student body is more than 99 percent Black.

One student, 18-year-old Zariah Nolan, earned nearly $9.6 million in scholarships, including 17 full-ride packages. Nolan told ABC News that she applied to nearly 100 colleges across the country using application packages like…

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Watch “Lucille Ball in Vitameatavegamin” on YouTube


 
I had to riff on this famous Lucille Ball episode.  Those who have been following me for the last six months or so know of my Vitamin Quest. Sometimes you just gotta laugh at efforts to get and stay healthy.

Today I was thinking about something new my supervisor had suggested for me. She is a kind, compassionate, gentle young lady who looks out for my health. We also share many laughs together during our museum night shift. 

I bought: ‘Vega Protein Smoothie, Choc-a-lot, Pouch, 9.2 oz’ by Vega.

Enjoy I Love Lucy Laugh fest. 



Painter Barkley L. Hendricks Dies at 72


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New York Today: Our State Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa – NYTimes.com


https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/nyregion/new-york-today-our-state-poet-yusef-komunyakaa.html?emc=edit_ur_20170424&nl=nytoday&nlid=58215227&_r=0&referer=android-app://com.google.android.gm

For the last week of National Poetry Month Let’s Welcome New York State Poet Laureate. 

Jolts causing rapid emotional or psychological switches


This post resonated with me. I once had a friend who told me that I chose to be depressed which is the dumbest stupidest statement on earth. Does a person choose cancer, diabetes, heart attack? Why would I choose to be in the hospital, on pills that don’t work or sometimes spending entire days in bed? No it is not a choice and so little is know about the functioning of the human brain it will be ages before a cure is found.

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I think we’ve all experienced emotional jolts at times in our lives. Imagine one moment we feel happy and positive, and then during a conversation someone says something that brings on a sudden feeling of fear, self-consciousness, fury, or the like. Or imagine that you go to your living room and discover your beloved pet is seriously ill, and are later told that he/she needs to be put down.

funny joltPowerful emotional jolts can also work in the opposite ways, as well.

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