Archive | March 2014

Two Important Videos

This first video is an interview by Al Carter-bey, radio DJ at WHPK 88.5 FM in Chicago with Joan Cartwright on the status of women musicians in the U.S.A.

The second video is an interview on KCBS with trumpeter Ellen Seeling on the rally against the all-male Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra that pays each of its members $100,000 annually, funded by governmental agencies like the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

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Joan Cartwright

Founder/Executive Director

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.

SPRING 2014 – Second Issue



The second issue to publish online in SPRING 2014

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The online rate sheet is on page two. Featured artists will be determined by accomplishments as far as original compositions. Our goal is to identify talented women who compose music and the men who support them. More info to come.

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HERstories vs HIStories

What do they call you?

Women Herstories

Since WORDS create our world, this is the problem:

The refusal to acknowledge that white men are not the only folks responsible for creating knowledge makes it easy to run roughshod over the histories of black women knowledge creators and academics who tried to hip us to the political realities of academese long before some of these people were even born.  (Cooper, 2014, p. 1)

Do you see it? The problem?

Black women knowledge creators and academics produce HERstories NOT HIStories!!!

Words are powerful and as long as we allow herstory to be written in the vernacular of history, there will be no clear understanding of herstories. [Reminder: Add “herstories” to your computer’s dictionary.]

Brittany Cooper (2014) wrote:

The new emphasis on literary critical theory is as hegemonic as the world it attacks. I see the language it creates as one that mystifies rather than clarifies our condition…

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2014 Update

TCCI Library of Congress Link:
TCCI Raises $$$ for Student Tallahassee Trip
TCCI raised funds to take 3 students to Tallahassee to take on weeklong jobs as page and messengers. Here are the photos with their peers and Governor Rick Scott.

NAACP had a Rally at the Capitol & Inferred Racial Profiling

NAACP had a Rally at the Capitol & Inferred Racial Profiling & the Issues Surrounding Stand Your Ground for the opening day of Legislative Session. US Congresswoman Corrine Brown and State Representatives Oscar Braynon, Chris Smith, Alan Williams, Perry E. Thurston, Lori Berman, Audrey Gibson & Geraldine Thompson. Attorney Ennis Leon Jacobs, Jr. sang, “A Change is Gong to Come”. NAACP Florida President Adora Obi Nweze & Vice Chair Leon Russell, & Dale Landry NAACP Chapter President, were also in attendance.

Taking a Break at the Aloft Hotel
We took a break the night before Palm Beach County Day at the Aloft Hotel with the County Officials and their staff who had come for their yearly visit to the State Capitol & State Representatives. Some of the officials who were in attendance were County Commissioners Priscilla Taylor, Paulette Burdick, Shelly Vana, Steve Abrams, Riviera Beach Commissioner Judy Davis, County Administrators & Staff Bob Weisman, Verdenia Baker, Jon Van Arnam, Todd Bonalrron, & Judge Jonathan D. Gerber.

Dream Defenders Showed Up to Defend the Dream

Dream Defenders, Comprised Mainly of Young Adults, Showed Up at The Capitol & Showed Unity Regarding Racial Profiling & the Issues Surrounding Stand Your Ground for the Opening Week of Legislative Session.

Representatives Mark Pafford with TCCIKids

State Representatives Mark Pafford took time out from his busy schedule to visit with TCCIKids.

Visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs

TCCIKIDS Visit with US Army Colonel, Retired, Executive Director, Mike Prendergast at the Department of Veterans Affairs, in between their Page/Messenger Rounds at the Capitol.

State Representative Dave Kerner Gets A Motion Passed
TCCIKIDS Accompany State Representative Dave Kerner to A Committee Meeting to Learn About Due Process

Senator Maria Sachs Visits with TCCIKIDS
Senator Maria Sachs Visits with TCCIKIDS While Making Her Rounds at The Capitol

State Representative Bill Hager Visits With TCCIKIDS

State Representative Bill Hager Visits With TCCIKIDS in between committee meetings.

TCCIKIDS Wrap It Up At The Governor’s Mansion
The Students closed out their workweek by taking a tour of the Governor’s Mansion with their peers, before heading back home to Palm Beach County.