Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wallace Roney, US jazz trumpeter, dies aged 59 from coronavirus

Grammy-winning trumpeter who played with Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman dies in New Jersey hospital after being admitted last week.

Wallace Roney, a Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter celebrated for his interpretations of Miles Davis, has died aged 59 after contracting Covid-19.

He died in hospital in Paterson, New Jersey, where he had been admitted last week, according to his fiancee, Dawn Felice Jones.

Roney, born in 1960, trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University and Berklee College of Music. After playing clubs in New York, he was invited into the storied hard bop band led by Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers. He was then hired by Tony Williams, the drummer who had played alongside Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter in Miles Davis’s second great quintet, and recorded a number of albums with him during the 1980s. Roney also recorded 22 albums as leader in a post-bop or fusion style, beginning with 1987’s Verses.

Aged 23, he met his hero Miles Davis, after playing in an ensemble for a retrospective concert as Davis collected an honorary degree. Davis became his mentor, and Roney’s style would be frequently compared to Davis’s. “I never get tired of the comparisons to Miles – I get tired of the critics trying to make it into a negative,” he said last year. “Because to me, it’s no comparison. Miles Davis is the greatest ever. What I’m trying to do is continue and push forward from the lessons I learned from him and try to play this music.”  Read more

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gig Workers Would Get Unemployment Safety Net In Rescue Package

Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts and other gig workers who have lost their livelihoods because of the coronavirus pandemic would get some relief under the proposed new $2 trillion federal rescue package.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Supreme Court, In Unanimous Decision, Says Byron Allen Must Meet Higher Threshold To Continue Racial Bias Case Against Comcast

By Ted Johnson  March 23, 2020 7:08am

UPDATED, with comment from Byron Allen: The Supreme Court sided with Comcast over Byron Allen in his racial discrimination case against the cable giant, ruling that in order for his lawsuit to survive, he bears the burden of showing racial discrimination was the “but for” cause in the cable giant’s refusal to carry his entertainment channels.

The justices, in a unanimous decision, ruled that to prevail, “a plaintiff must initially plead and ultimately prove that, but for race, it would not have suffered the loss of a legally protected right,” according to the opinion. (Read it here).

The decision means that Allen’s lawsuit will go back to the lower court, where he can again try to prove his case, but he will have a much greater threshold to meet for his case to survive.

At issue was whether Allen’s $20 billion lawsuit should have survived beyond the pleading stage by merely proving that, in Comcast’s decision to deny carriage of his Entertainment Studios’ channels, his race was a “motivating factor” or whether it was the sole cause, also known as “but for” in legalese. The ruling was viewed as having a potentially significant impact on future racial discrimination cases. Read more here

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

THE WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW: Thur, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM @ the State Theatre Center for the Arts


@ the State Theatre Center for the Arts
453 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18042
610-258-7766 x204
Fx: 610-258-2570

Thu, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM

A Tribute to Whitney Houston 
starring Belinda Davids

Back by Popular Demand! The Greatest Love of All, A Tribute To Whitney Houston, starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids (Showtime at the Apollo!) with full band and dancers live on stage. All of Houston’s most memorable tunes are lined up for Davids’ treatment, including Pop highlights “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” “How Will I Know” and “I’m Every Woman,” favorites from her movie career and of course all her most iconic and timeless ballads including “I Have Nothing,” “Didn’t We Almost Have it All,” “Run to You,” ” One Moment in Time” and “I Will Always Love You.”

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

After meeting with interfaith group, Allentown mayor decides to nominate Gregory Edwards for NIZ board after all


THE MORNING CALL | FEB 25, 2020 | 7:07 PM

Edwards will almost certainly not be joining the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority anytime soon. Browne, Schweyer and O’Connell each are in charge of making appointments to three seats on the ANIZDA board, and thanks to a bylaw change last month, each has the power to veto another’s pick. In other words, all three need to agree on every nominee before Allentown City Council votes on appointment.

Schweyer said Tuesday he still planned to reject Edwards’ nomination.
“Nothing over the last couple of months makes me think this is the right appointment,” Schweyer said. “I’m hoping we can move past this drama and identify someone who’s willing to serve and understands how important the NIZ is to the redevelopment of downtown.”
Browne said he’s never spoken to Edwards but doesn’t think he would be an appropriate member “based on recent activities.”
“His intentions would not be in line with the legal purpose for which the program was established: to maximize investment in the zone,” Browne said. “I do not believe he would advance that legal purpose, and members of the ANIZDA board don’t have the legal discretion to deviate.” Read full article here

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:

Director, Financial Aid

Chef, Culinary Operations

Dean, STEM

Electromechanical Technology Teaching Faculty

Electronics Technology Teaching Faculty

Program Manager, CAD-CAM Technologies

Director, Automotive Technology

Part time:


Adjunct teaching positions (various)

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, Saturday Feb. 22, 7:00pm in Easton @ the Williams Center for the Arts Lafayette College

Manual Cinema / No Blue Memories: 
The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Williams Center for the Arts

Manual Cinema creates theatrical wonderment using simple technologies: with vintage overhead projectors, paper puppetry, actors, live-feed cameras, multichannel sound, and an onstage musical ensemble, the experience is immersive, cinematic, and magical. No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks illustrates the story of a remarkable figure in American literary history, her beloved Chicago, and how she navigated identity, craft, and politics. A poet laureate and the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize, Gwendolyn Brooks inspired generations of artists and children. Only Manual Cinema could capture this literary legend in such poetic fashion.

This performance is specially scheduled with families in mind and suitable for children 8 and older.

Click here to buy tickets\

Also join us for: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Art, Influence, and Literary Legacy of the American Poet
A lunchtime talk by assistant professors of English Megan Fernandes and Randi Gill-Sadler
Tuesday / February 18 / 12:15–1:15 p.m. Skillman Library, Gendebien Room
Free and open to the public; lunch will be provided
Williams Center for the Arts
Lafayette College
317 Hamilton Street
Easton, PA 18042
Ticket Office: (610) 330-5009

Friday, February 7, 2020

Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee Tour: Wed • Feb 12 • 8:00 PM @ The Fillmore Philadelphia

Wed • Feb 12 • 8:00 PM @ The Fillmore Philadelphia presented by Cricket Wireless, Philadelphia, PA

29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123