Wednesday, May 23, 2007

NYC Dream Concert to Benefit MLK JR DC Memorial

Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, David Stern, Joel Horowitz, Edgar Bronfman Jr., and Tommy Hilfiger have come together to create The Dream Concert, a one-night benefit for The Martin Luther King Jr. Washington DC National Memorial.

Stern is the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association, Bronfman the Chairman of the Warner Music Group, and Horowitz is the CEO of Tommy Hilfiger.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will be the artistic directors of The Dream Concert.  Jam and Lewis have produced Grammy Award winning albums for many artists, including Janet Jackson.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Washington DC National Memorial project is running out of time to secure the rest of the money needed to finish construction.

Groundbreaking took place on November 13, 2006.  $21 million is still needed to complete the $100 million project.

Muhammad Ali, Angela Bassett, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kerry Washington, and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins are on the host committee for the Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Dream Concert at Radio City Music Hall in the Big Apple.

You can go to and click on “Programs and Events,” and “The Dream Concert” for further information about when tickets will go on sale this Summer.

The King Memorial is scheduled to be completed in 2008.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Alex Haley: The Man Who Traced America's Roots

In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Roots, Reader’s Digest has compiled a collection of outstanding Alex Haley articles written between 1954 - 1991.

Alex Haley The Man Who Traced America’s Roots also includes an excerpt from Roots.

Race, politics, and class expert Lawrence Otis Graham introduces the book by highlighting some of Haley’s accomplishments.

Haley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, shook the conscience of America and the world when the story of his African ancestor Kunta Kinte was first published in 1976.

Roots on television had an even bigger impact on millions of viewers as it humanized the story using emotional connections we all could relate to.

Kunta Kinte’s family story framed inside the vicious backdrop of slavery left a visual impact most people will never forget.

The new book includes a fascinating 30 minute bonus DVD, with candid footage of Alex Haley talking about some of his challenges while writing Roots.

Additional footage includes Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and how Haley came to write about them in his Reader’s Digest assignments.

You’ll also enjoy reading the section, “What Roots Means to Me.” Halle Berry, B.B. King, Leslie Uggams, General Colin Powell, and others reflect on the impact of Roots on their lives.

Audio highlights of these special comments are also included on the DVD.

You can read an excerpt from the book, and discover more information, by visiting

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