Gregg Allman’s posthumous final album, Southern Blood, will be released Friday, September 7th, and those who purchase the album’s deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will receive a very significant portrait print of Gregg. Before his death earlier this year, Allman and his daughter, Layla Brooklyn, commissioned an odd painting from lauded surrealist painter Vincent Castiglia.Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’According to Yahoo Music, in a deal conceived by Brooklyn and sealed on December 24th, 2015, Gregg Allman, recruited Castiglia to paint a portrait of him–using his blood, and the blood of his children, as the paint–as album art for his latest album, Southern Blood. Castiglia quickly agreed, unaware that Allman would pass away before the painting was completed. Notes Castiglia, “This is the single most important work I’ve ever painted, for two of the loveliest people I’ve had the opportunity to connect with in this life.”Brooklyn described the process behind Southern Blood (both the album a the painting) after hearing that Castiglia had painted a portrait with his own blood: “A few years ago, I invited him to the studio when my metal band was tracking sessions for a record that I didn’t end up releasing. Upon listening to the early stages of my father’s Muscle Shoals sessions, I knew [the blood portrait concept] was a perfect visual representation for what would be my father’s last body of work on many levels.Gregg Allman’s Farewell Album Is Now Available For Stream“I suggested to my father he send Vincent vials of his own blood to save for his yet-to-be titled record. He did it, and nearly a year later, the title Southern Blood popped into my head to tie it all together. The story, the music, the painting and my dad’s fight to keep playing music when he became ill represent his dedication, passion and contribution, not only in metaphorically giving his blood to the fans for decades, but literally.”You can watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting here. [h/t – Yahoo Music]
On Monday night, Mavis Staples and Ben Harper served as the musical guests on ABC late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live.The duo and their backing band worked through “Change”, the lead single off of Mavis’ forthcoming studio album, We Get By, which is set to arrive this Friday, May 24th via ANTI-Records. The 11-track studio effort was co-produced by Harper, who also composed each of the songs featured on We Get By.Watch Mavis Staples and Ben Harper perform “Change” on Jimmy Kimmel Live below:Mavis Staples & Ben Harper – “Change” – Jimmy Kimmel Live[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]This isn’t the first time that Staples and Harper have teamed up to write and record new material, as the duo collaborated on “Love And Trust” from Staples’ last studio album, 2016’s Livin’ on a High Note.“These songs are delivering such a strong message,” Staples explained in a statement about her forthcoming release. “We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.”“I come from a family of Mavis fans,” Harper added in a statement. “So her music has been woven into the fabric of my life from the very start. When I got the call for this gig, it felt like my entire career, everything I’d ever written, had been pre-production for this.”Head here to pre-order We Get By ahead of its May 13th release.
The Harvard men’s basketball team play Monmouth tonight in a nonconference matchup at 7 p.m., hot on the heels of their win against Dartmouth in the Crimson’s Ivy League opener before a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion on Jan. 7. The team will next take on George Washington University in a sold-out game on Jan. 14.Oliver McNally ’12 tallied a season-high 17 points against Dartmouth, draining three of four shots from beyond the arc, leading the No. 21/22 Harvard men’s basketball team to a 63-47 win.The victory pushes Harvard’s overall record to 13-2 (1-0 Ivy), while Dartmouth slips to 3-13 (0-1). Harvard also extends its home win streak to 22. The Crimson hit eight of 20 treys on the day (.400) and held a 28-27 advantage on the boards. Kyle Casey ’13 added 10 points on three of four shooting and six boards, while Keith Wright ’12 contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Laurent Rivard ’14 buried three triples, finishing with nine points. Dartmouth had only one steal and no blocked shots, while the Crimson had three rejections and nine steals.Live video of tonight’s game will be available with a subscription at GoMUHawks.com. WHRB’s Charlie Hobbs will have the audio call on GoCrimson.com. Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.Read the full story on GoCrimson.com.
When the stars come out, it is not always nighttime. Take, for instance, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremony on Wednesday afternoon at Sanders Theatre.The six medalists included a White House adviser (Valerie Jarrett), a playwright with a Pulitzer Prize (Tony Kushner), a U.S. representative called “the conscious of Congress” (John Lewis), an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Sonia Sotomayor), the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (David Stern), and a Hollywood director with three Oscars (Steven Spielberg).The medals, awarded since 2000, go to writers, artists, philanthropists, and others for outstanding contributions to African-American culture.Jarrett and Lewis did not attend because of this week’s shutdown crisis in Washington, D.C. “It’s one thing for our Republican friends to shut down the government,” mused Henry Louis Gates Jr., the event’s host and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. “It’s another to disrupt this ceremony.”Even those introducing the medalists had star power. In the front were Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and NBA Hall of Fame player Bill Russell. Nearby was Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Harvard President Drew Faust, and Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater.Also in the front row, ready to present one of four readings from W.E.B. Du Bois, was Wole Soyinka, the 1986 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature and the first African laureate. He is a Hutchins Fellow at the new Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.Glenn H. Hutchins and Harvard President Drew Faust shared the stage during the star-studded event, which marked the inauguration of the new Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.The center, with Gates as its first director, was itself a star of the event, which marked its inauguration. The center brings under one roof the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, the Image of the Black Archive & Library, the Du Bois Review, Transition Magazine, the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, and the Hutchins Family Library. Four new entities will reside at the center, too: the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the History Design Studio, the Program for the Study of Race & Gender in Science and Medicine, and the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art.The center made Glenn H. Hutchins ’77, J.D.-M.B.A. ’83, yet another star. He endowed the Hutchins Family Foundation, which made the center possible with a gift of $15 million.Gates, who is also the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, started the ceremony with a long historical introduction on African-Americans at the University, a look at “fair Harvard,” he said, “and not-so-fair Harvard,” where there were no black graduates of the College for its first 234 years. (The first was Richard T. Greener in 1870. The first professional degrees — in law, medicine, and dentistry — had been awarded to three black men the year before.)Gates also made much of Sanders, sketching an arc of progress from 1869 to the present. It was in “this august space,” he said, that “two seminal events” took place more than a century ago, putting Harvard on a path to racial justice: an 1890 Commencement address by Du Bois (on Jefferson Davis), and, in 1896, the first Harvard honorary degree conferred on a black man, Booker T. Washington. (The year before, Du Bois had become Harvard’s first African-American Ph.D.)Hutchins took the podium next, thanking Gates after his lengthy history lesson for “the wonderful words,” and then promising — to laughter — to say fewer of them. Apologizing to Spielberg, he showed a video about the Hutchins Center.That too was a star-heavy production, featuring Harvard’s William Julius Wilson, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Lawrence D. Bobo, all of whom did readings from Du Bois during the ceremony. Also on screen were Faust, Lawrence Summers, Neil Rudenstine, Robert Rubin, Robert D. Reischauer, Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of the Hiphop Archive.Bobo, Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, struck at the canard that Africa was a continent that had not contributed much to world culture. “This is one of the places,” he said of the center, “correcting the deep error of that assumption.”Introducing the first medalist, Patrick apologized on behalf of Jarrett, a key White House player in President Obama’s domestic agenda. She had looked forward to being at Harvard, he read from a note she had sent, since it would take her “outside the madness of Washington, D.C.”Paulus introduced Kushner, praising him for his “fierce intellect,” his “wild imagination, and deep, deep compassion,” and noting his numerous awards, including a Pulitzer, two Tonys, three Obies, and, earlier this year, the National Medal of Arts and Humanities. The Du Bois medal “is named after one of my heroes,” said Kushner, and was bestowed by another, Gates.Wole Soyinka, the 1986 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature and a Hutchins Fellow, presented one of four readings from W.E.B. Du Bois at the event.Stern is retiring next year after 30 years running the NBA. A towering Russell, age 79 and sporting a gray goatee, rose from his front-row seat and loped slowly across the stage to introduce him. “A few years ago, I used to send checks” to Harvard, said Russell, a reference to his youngest daughter’s years at Harvard Law School. At her graduation, he said, she asked him to take a picture — so he turned his pockets inside out.As for the commissioner, “One of the highest honors I received as a man was to talk about David Stern,” said Russell, praising him for his respect for players and for his commitment to community service. “He’s made a lot of money for the NBA. But that is not the agenda. The agenda is to be good citizens.”“That’s one of the great honors, to be introduced by Bill Russell,” Stern said of the 12-time All-Star. Stern took a moment to marvel at Russell’s career, which began in a vanished age of basketball road games in segregated communities, “when Bill couldn’t eat and sleep with his teammates.”When Minow introduced Sotomayor, she said the medal was going not only to an accomplished jurist, but “to Sonia from the Bronx.” Sanders lit up with cheers.Sotomayor is “intellectually demanding,” said Minow of “my classmate, my friend, my hero,” but “she is also the justice who knows all the names of the cafeteria workers,” a down-to-earth champion of demystifying the law, including a primer on what judges do for an episode of “Sesame Street.”At the podium, Sotomayor said Minow had illustrated an important piece of advice: “Always invite a friend to give your introductions.”Sotomayor also remarked on the pioneers of racial justice who figured in Gates’ introductory historical remarks. “I never stood alone,” she said of her own rise from a working-class childhood. “I stand on the shoulders of all those men and women.”Hutchins discussed Lewis, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement who by age 23 had been arrested 24 times and who in 1963 was the youngest speaker during the famed March on Washington. He is the only surviving speaker from the day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.Faust introduced the last medalist, Spielberg, whose four decades of moviemaking “have shaped our lives,” she said, with visions of “hope, beauty, excitement, and nobility.”Spielberg’s remarks were the briefest, and started with a memory of 2012, when his film “Lincoln” had just been released and reviews were starting to roll in. “The only thing I cared about,” he said, was “What does Skip Gates think of my movie?”As for the Du Bois award, Spielberg summed up the collective bravery of all who came before in the fight for racial justice. “Nothing gets done,” he said, “unless we’re all going uphill.”
Loading… Read Also: Barcelona send law firm packing for advising Messi on exit strategyWhile he has no plans to retire any time soon, one of Lewandowski’s remaining objectives is to bring joy to Poland fans on the international stage.“One of my dreams has now come true and I feel huge satisfaction,” he added. “Another one is to make the fans of the national team proud of us. What exactly that means, I can’t answer myself. I can’t really describe it; I just want the fans to feel happy cheering us on.” “I was close many times, but something was missing, something was causing us to be knocked out early. Now that we’d won it, there was a childlike joy, something natural and spontaneous. I had no control over it.“The most beautiful moment after the game was when I called my wife. She sent me videos of my loved ones crying with happiness. It was something amazing. It’s what I will remember the most after many years.” The 32-year-old insists the Ballon d’Or was never on his mind this term, but he thinks he would have been a worthy winner.“I didn’t think about it at all. I knew we still had the Champions League, then the Bundesliga restarted after the short break,” he told Onet and Przeglad Sportowy when asked for his view on the award being cancelled.“I knew my priorities. My focus was on the Champions League, not on any possible individual awards. The decision to cancel the gala was made in the middle of the year and the Ballon d’Or was to be staged in December. The deadline was too distant to occupy my mind.”When asked which player he would have given the award to, he replied: “Myself. We won everything there was to win. I won the award for top goalscorer in every competition. I think a player who achieves this would win the Ballon d’Or.”Bayern’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain saw Lewandowski win the Champions League for the first time in his career, something he admitted had been a childhood dream.The Poland international was particularly emotional during post-match interviews but said the moment that truly touched him was when his wife sent him videos of family members reacting to the result.“Until now, I was hiding emotions behind a thick shell, but the Champions League is every footballer’s dream and I’ve believed all my life that I could fulfil it,” he said. Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski believes he would deserve the Ballon d’Or if the award had not been cancelled for 2020.France Football confirmed in July that the prize would not be awarded due to the disruption of the 2019-20 season caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Lewandowski would almost certainly have been one of the favourites for the men’s trophy this year, having scored 55 goals in all competitions to propel Bayern to a treble of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and UEFA Champions League titles for the second time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year
Henson: Well, they say there is a first time for everything. And now, for the first time ever, a Heisman trophy winner is forfeiting college football’s most coveted award. After months of speculation, Reggie Bush is giving the Heisman back. Bush has embarrassed not only himself in the investigations involving his career at Southern California, but he has embarrassed his university and the Heisman Trophy Trust with his actions. In 2005, Bush was one of the brightest stars in the world of sports, scoring touchdowns left and right, flying into the end zone at heights we had never really seen before. Every Saturday we knew we were going to see some insane highlights come from the Trojan running back, and he captivated an entire country with his remarkable athletic ability. It’s a shame that historic season had to be tarnished. It’s a shame fans can no longer remember Bush for the jukes and the spins. Instead, we are left with a former Heisman winner who is making news due to the poor decisions of his past. All Bush had to do was wait a couple years, wait until his name was called in the NFL draft. The money would be plentiful, and he could support his family with a hard-earned professional salary. Just stay away from the agents, stay away from the temptations. Instead, Bush elected to take improper benefits, and he’s become the face of a growing problem in college athletics. That’s a far cry from being the face of one of the most storied programs in college football. Now, USC has done all they can to erase Bush from their memory. Images and references of the electrifying running back have been removed from anything and everything involving USC. After years of hard work and dedication to a school, all it took was a couple mistakes to ruin a once proud legacy. Pretty embarrassing if you ask me.Holt: Reggie Bush is but one man. Well, I suppose he embarrassed one of college football’s most storied programs as well, but it’s always ‘USC this’ and ‘USC that,’ and I don’t think anybody outside of SoCal was really that upset about the whole thing. Over on the East Coast, the other team I got sick of hearing about on ESPN made yet another headline for some improper treatment of a media type/television personality. No, that “media type” wasn’t Glenn Beck and in that case, I would have hoped the “improper treatment” involved physical violence and a tire iron. Instead, Ines Sainz, of Mexico’s TV Azteca, was the target of the New York Jets and their catcalls on Saturday. Sainz was waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez (A former Trojan and a Jet? Can he be any more overbearing?) at practice and noticed how passing drills curiously seemed to end near and around her for a great portion of the practice. Later, she was reportedly subject to some hoots, hollers and other “H” words, while in the locker room. Whoopsy daisy. You can’t do that. I’ll back up for a second. Sainz is pretty universally recognized as an attractive woman. The Erin Andrews of Mexican sports television, if you will. She’s the kind of woman who could have you buying her dinner and forking over your bank account info in the same night, using nothing more than a pair of tight jeans and a bat of the eyes. So with that information, this behavior doesn’t seem too bad – if you’re a construction worker in the 1950s. Or an eighth-grade traveling football team. Not a professional athlete – or professional anything, for that matter. Don’t give me that “boys will be boys” nonsense. These men were at work – even if work for them is hitting people and catching a ball. Next time you’re at work, try whistling and catcalling a pretty girl. Then count to 10; that’s roughly how much longer you’ll have a job. Come on Jets. Losing to the Ravens in your shiny new home is pretty bad. But getting just as much press for acting like hormone-crazy high school freshmen? Now there’s a Rex Ryan-sized embarrassment.
University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst yet again left his mark on the recruiting trail Sunday afternoon when Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked offensive tackle Tyler Beach verbally committed to the Badgers.pic.twitter.com/T34LhHCbG9— Tyler Beach (@venomt57) April 3, 2016Beach, a four-star recruit, tweeted the following statement:“My dream is finally a reality! I would like to thank my parents for making me the man I have become today, and I would like to thank all the coaches who have spent their time recruiting me. They have all given me a chance to do great things. With that announcement I would like to say I am committing to the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Thank you”Beach, who attends Port Washington High School, had offers from football powerhouses like Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State, but ultimately chose to stay in his home state.Beach visited Wisconsin Thursday, and apparently that last visit was all it took to get him to give the school his commitment.Wisconsin Visit tomorrow! Excited to see more of the University.— Tyler Beach (@venomt57) March 30, 2016“They left a great impression,” Beach said to 24/7 sports. “They always do every time I go. The culture and tradition isn’t matched by many schools.”Tyler Beach: “I just had the feeling I need to go here.” #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) April 3, 2016Beach’s commitment gives UW the state’s best offensive tackles for the second straight season after they signed Cole Van Lanen — Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in 2016, according to Scout.com.Meet the 2016 Wisconsin football recruiting class: OffenseThe Wisconsin football team struggled mightily at times on offense due to numerous injuries and lack of depth. Despite those Read…In terms of the university’s current recruiting class, Beach’s commitment gives the Badgers their fourth commitment on the offensive line — all of whom have been their top four recruiting targets on the line — and ninth overall commitment of the 2017 season.Beach’s commitment also puts them at No. 19 in Scout.com’s 2017 class rankings and they currently have the fourth highest class ranking in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (No. 1), Michigan (No. 8) and Iowa (No. 18).Wisconsin has landed its top four offensive line targets by April 3rd. That’s incredible. UW off to a STRONG recruiting start in 2017— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) April 3, 2016
Former President of AngloGold Ashanti, Sir Sam Jonah, has urged ex- Ghanaian footballers to venture into football administration after their playing careers. Sam Jonah made these comments when Ex Black Stars Captain Stephen Appiah paid a courtesy call on him at his office to officially invite him to his dinner and testimonial match June 26th and 27thThe Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital based in Johannesburg intimated the setting was right for these retired footballers to lead the reforms in soccer administration in the country since they had the required knowledge and insight to drive soccer forward in the county.“Platini was playing when Ayew was playing and yet we don’t seem to have a place for the Ayew’s and Stephen’s of this world. The GFA needs to move from ordinary guys who do not have the game at heart”.“Platini, Figo all of these guys were footballers. They loved the game and they want to move the game to the next level. All these FIFA reforms we are talking about can only happen when the likes of Steve (Appiah) Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah get involved in the administration of soccer in this country”. The event is set to attract the big names of the land including former Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour, Sam Korankye Ankrah and the Ga Wulomo. The dinner will take place on the 26th of June at the Banquet hall of the State House and the Testimonial match will follow 27th of June 2015 at the Accra Stadium. The Event is being put together by Primeval Media.
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures intended at improving school bus safety and preventing bear poaching.The school bus safety bill (HB 37) will increase penalties for motorists who do not follow traffic rules when buses are stopped to load and unload children.It would increase the minimum penalty from $100 to $200 for drivers who fail to stop for school buses. In addition, the law would double the minimum penalty from $200 to $400 for motorists who pass stopped school buses on the side where children enter and exit.“This bill is a step in the right direction,” Republican House sponsor Ardian Zika, of Land O’ Lakes, said before the House approved the measure last February. “Today, we are sending a loud and clear message that the Florida House of Representatives stands by the safety of our children and our communities.” However, Democratic Rep. Joe Geller, of Aventura, said he was “reluctantly” supporting the bill, as he believes the proposed fines are too high.“We’re fining someone up to $400 because they look away for a second, maybe because their kids are fighting in the backseat, and they don’t see that they’re passing a school bus that’s stopped,” Geller said in February. “That’s just too high. It’s just too much money to be charging for what is likely to be an inadvertent mistake.”Another bill signed by Gov. DeSantis (HB 327) seeks to stop poaching of black bears. It is a practice that stems partially from killing the animals for their gallbladders. Bear bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, can bring hundreds or thousands of dollars on the black market, where it is promoted as a cure for numerous illnesses.The governor is also in the process of signing the upcoming year’s $93.2 billion budget.