On Saturday, May 11th, Hammond B3 organ master Cory Henry is coming in hot to Denver, CO’s Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom with his high-powered, gospel-oriented trio, The Revival. Henry and company will also welcome some surprise special guests to add some extra sauce to the Denver “service.”Cory Henry, a Brooklyn NY native, is a two-time Grammy Award-winning keyboardist with musical roots in gospel, jazz, and soul. Raised and schooled in the art of the organ through church starting at the age of 2, Cory Henry’s music has always carried an element of spiritual awakening. Henry’s 2016 release and touring project, The Revival, features his dynamic and improvisational performances of music ranging from old gospel to Stevie Wonder and beyond. You can listen to Cory Henry’s 2016 The Revival record below:Cory Henry – The Revival (2016) – Full Live AlbumCory’s current touring lineup for The Revival is rounded out by players as talented and prolific as the man behind the organ. On guitar, there’s Chicago native and fellow church-bred musical Isaiah Sharkey. Though he’s less than 30 years of age, Sharkey has already worked with a veritable who’s-who of award-winning musicians. He earned a Grammy for his contributions to D’Angelo‘s acclaimed third album, Black Messiah (2014), and toured the world as part of John Mayer‘s band in 2017, among other notable collaborations. On drums, there’s TaRon Lockett, who also serves as the drummer for Henry’s Funk Apostles. Before he began working with Cory, TaRon collaborated with his own list of high-profile artists Erykah Badu to Cee Lo Green to Prince to Snoop Dogg.The performance at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom follows a number of early-2019 gigs by The Revival, including a lengthy European tour and a 4-night, 8-show residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York in honor of his birthday in late-February and early-March. The Denver performance will also feature some surprise special guests to round out a band lineup already bursting with talent.Below, you can get a taste of what’s to come at The Revival’s Denver blowout with some entertaining footage of Cory Henry, TaRon Lockett, and Isaiah Sharkey from their recent show in Leuven, Belgium—shot by Henry himself, mid-performance.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Tickets for The Revival featuring Cory Henry, TaRon Lockett, and Isaiah Sharkey on Saturday, May 11th at Cervantes’ in Denver are currently on sale here.
Agreement signed, ends financial barriers for Brazilian science students On Monday, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil took the stand to defend herself against impeachment charges, calling the trial an injustice and a coup d’etat. But her downfall was already inevitable. Two days later, Brazil’s Senate voted 61-20 to impeach Rousseff for breaking fiscal laws to cover up a budget deficit, intensifying the political polarization that has wreaked havoc in the country of 200 million. A deep economic recession hurt Rousseff’s popularity and weakened her governing coalition, but what sealed her fate was the upsurge of public anger over the discovery by federal investigators of a $20 billion corruption scheme at the state oil company, Petrobras. The probe, known as Lava Jato for the Portuguese “car wash” because it began at a service station, has implicated dozens of government officials and businessmen, and is now Brazil’s largest corruption investigation. The Gazette spoke with Frances Hagopian, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, about the startling reversal of fortune for Rousseff, a former guerilla fighter who became Brazil’s first female president with the leftist Worker’s Party in 2010. GAZETTE: Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has been impeached — how did this happen?HAGOPIAN: I’m sure that a lot of people are asking the same question because a few months before, when the vote of impeachment passed in the Chamber of Deputies, most experts did not think this would go forward. This government was very popular for its achievements in social inclusion, but the crack started with the protests of 2013 against rising bus fares, police abuse, and government corruption. And after that, her government grew weaker.GAZETTE: What factors weakened her government?HAGOPIAN: Two big issues, the slowing economy and corruption. First, the economy slowed in part because China’s economy slowed — China is Brazil’s biggest trading partner — and the government postponed necessary economic adjustments because of the 2014 presidential elections. And this happened at the same time that Brazilians were growing more concerned about corruption. There was a sense in 2013 that there was impunity, and then when Lava Jato broke, it was like adding kerosene to the fire. This put her government in a very difficult position. It was weakened and unpopular. As she grew weaker, it was harder for her to right the ship because she was losing support within the governing coalition, which was not well set up to support her programs.GAZETTE: Corruption has been a common problem in Brazilian politics for many years. Why did this scandal suddenly pose a threat to her government?HAGOPIAN: It’s true that corruption was always there, but it could be that the scale was getting worse. Secondly, the scandal was brought to light by investigative institutions of the Brazilian state. And third, corruption always stinks more when things aren’t going well. When the economy is going well, and people are taking some cuts, everything is OK, but when times get tough, people get angry. And I’d also say that a key factor is where the corruption scandal hit. In this case, investigators found corruption at the heart of Petrobras, the state oil company that was the model of the perfect, efficient state enterprise, and one of the world’s biggest companies, commanding a significant percentage of Brazil’s economic activity. It was a toxic mix of investigative institutions, the economic crisis, the scale of the corruption, and the fact that it was Petrobras. Related GAZETTE: Was Rousseff part of the corruption scandal?HAGOPIAN: We do not know that.GAZETTE: What are the charges against her? Why is she being impeached?HAGOPIAN: The charge of which she was accused in the Chamber of Deputies, and for which she stood trial in the Senate, was violation of Brazil’s Fiscal Responsibility Law. She’s accused of having fudged accounts in order to cover a budget deficit as she was going into the 2014 election campaign. She’s not accused of corruption. There are a number of government officials who have been accused of corruption, but no evidence has come to light that she was involved in corruption. She was the head of Petrobras during that period, but there is no indication of her knowledge or involvement. That could change. The Supreme Court has just opened an investigation into her and a few very-high-ranking officials. It could come out that she’s guilty of corruption, but there is no evidence of that. … So she’s not being impeached because of corruption. She’s being impeached because of a transgression of the Fiscal Responsibility Law.GAZETTE: Some experts say that is not a crime for which she should be impeached.HAGOPIAN: I am not a jurist, but the Brazilian Constitution provides for impeachment in the case of a crime of responsibility. Loosely translated, this is a high crime or misdemeanor in the United States. The Brazilian Constitution does not lay out what constitutes a crime of responsibility any more than the U.S. Constitution lays out what a high crime or misdemeanor is. Is having an affair with an intern in the Oval Office a high crime or misdemeanor? Or is it lying to Congress about a war? What is revealing is that during the impeachment vote, very few of the 360-something deputies who voted to impeach her mentioned the crime of fiscal responsibility. They mentioned the economic crisis and a number of other things. So to me, that raises questions about whether that was an impeachable offense.GAZETTE: Rousseff has said that the impeachment trial is an injustice orchestrated by her political opponents. Many of her opponents who voted to impeach her are being investigated for corruption.HAGOPIAN: Including the then-presidents of the Chamber and the Senate.GAZETTE: So what does this impeachment vote actually represent?HAGOPIAN: I don’t think it’s a secret that the impeachment vote was really a vote of no confidence in the government. The problem is that Brazil doesn’t have a parliamentary system of government. In that sense, the impeachment was political. Many members of the Congress were concerned about the Lava Jato investigation continuing and reaching them, and they may have hoped that by threatening her with impeachment, she would have somehow tried to stop the investigation, but I don’t think any president would have had the capacity to stop it. GAZETTE: So was this a political trial orchestrated by her opponents, as she said?HAGOPIAN: It is political, but perhaps it’s too simple to say that only her opponents played a pivotal role. Whether or not that’s fair, I don’t know. Brazil has a party system with many parties — 34 — and every president in order to govern needs to enter into a coalition. Brazilians said that former President Lula [Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva] could manage a coalition and Dilma could not. She had a cabinet with many parties, and it was an unwieldy coalition to manage. And again, as the economy weakened, and corruption started coming to light, her supposed allies thought they could gain some ground and then her actual opponents joined them.‘What’s problematic for Brazilian democracy is that this process does not have broader legitimacy.’ — Frances HagopianGAZETTE: What about her support among Brazil’s poor, who benefited from her government’s social programs? Did she lose support among them?HAGOPIAN: The support for impeachment peaked in March at 68 percent. In July, it was 58 percent. And the truly interesting thing is that there is no a huge difference between the level of education and income in those who favor her impeachment. She still has support among the popular sectors — 30, 40 percent — but it isn’t simply the wealthy and well-educated who support the impeachment.GAZETTE: What impact is this going to have on Brazilian democracy? Rousseff has said this is a coup.HAGOPIAN: This is not a coup because it followed constitutional procedures. But what’s problematic for Brazilian democracy is that this process does not have broader legitimacy. There are many people, supporters and opponents of the impeachment, who feel this was a necessary action to remove the president — without clear charges — in order to govern and right the economy. But that is not the way democracy is supposed to work. What does this suggest for the future? If presidents are unpopular or are not doing well, should we just remove them? Without commenting on the merits of the charges against her, it’s not a good precedent to remove presidents just because they are unpopular.GAZETTE: All this political drama was unfolding as the Olympic Games were taking place. What do you think of the way Brazil hosted the games?HAGOPIAN: Brazil exceeded expectations, given how low the baseline was, and given the extraordinarily difficult circumstances in which Rio served as host. Most cities don’t host the Olympic Games in a country in which the economy shrank by 3.8 percent the preceding year. The state of Rio also passed the security test. There were no terrorist attacks, and the most widely reported armed robbery attempt turned out to be a hoax. Brazil celebrated its diversity, and Rio will inherit some badly needed infrastructural improvements.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. President of Brazil comes to Harvard
Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League clubs remain committed to finishing the top-flight season, but did not set a June 30 deadline to complete the fixture list at their latest meeting on Friday.With the Premier League postponed since March 13 due to the coronavirus, it had been suggested a firm closing date for the season needed to be imposed.But the 20 clubs did not discuss wrapping up the remaining 92 Premier League fixtures by June 30 when they met on a conference call with league chiefs.With fears that failure to finish the season could cost the Premier League more than £1 billion ($1.2 billion), clubs looked at various models for a potential return to action.However, Britain is on lockdown until May 7 at the earliest to limit the spread of the pandemic, leaving English football to play a waiting game in the hope of an improvement in the health crisis. A Premier League spokesman said a number of complex scenarios were being worked through.“We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the government,” added the spokesman.“The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the league will only restart when medical guidance allows.“Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”
“A lot of professionals asked me to put information into a format that is easy to understand,” said Smith, a University of Pittsburgh police officer and martial arts instructor. “The BYAM Method believes people are creatures of habit, conditioned to specific behaviors. With my method, people learn how to protect themselves on the street, in the car, in the home, on the phone and in many other places.”Smith maintains that BYAM is not a self-defense course, but a lifestyle change.“A person can learn all of the techniques of self-defense, but unless they practice every day, they will be forgotten. By learning the proper observation and awareness skills, participants can take a minute—actually a second or two—to think about any situation and interpret its degree of threat,” said Smith who created the BYAM Method in 1987.“In the class, I get people to put their whole minds and psyche on how the criminal thinks.”Smith is well-known as a sports star. While enrolled at Brentwood High School in Long Island, N.Y., he played football, ran track and wrestled. His stellar football play earned him the Hanson Award and the status of All American and All State Player. As a result, he won a scholarship to play football under the tutelage of coach Johnny Majors at the University of Pittsburgh.While enrolled at Pitt, Smith played in the Sun and Fiesta bowls. His wrestling skills netted him more than 136 wins. He graduated from Pitt in 1976 with a degree in Social Sciences. After graduating, Smith devoted his energy to the martial arts. He was named Competitor of the Year by the Kwan Mu Kan Federation in 1977-1978. He was also a member of the winning AAU Tae Kwon Do national team in 1977. He is listed in “Who’s Who in Karate,” The World’s Martial Arts Hall of Fame Directory.Smith holds master rank in Ju-Jitsu, Shotokan, Kwanmuzendokai Karate. He has an accredited class at the University of Pittsburgh and the Community College of Allegheny County. His company, Universal Professional Training, operates martial arts classes at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and several community locations.Smith graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy in 1980. He was the 1987 Police Athletic League Martial Arts Director and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He works as a police instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Center of Pennsylvania.“BYAM’s main purpose is to teach people to take a moment and use their mind and think about what to do without panicking in the face of danger,” Smith said.That was one of the reasons Pitt student Shantel Butler took one of Smith’s classes.“From taking this class, I have learned how to avoid danger and how to respond in certain situations. I learned different techniques that will help me defend myself, like how to position my body when walking, or how to hold my purse and much more. In the long run, this class will allow me to protect myself physically and mentally,” Butler said.According to Smith, a large number of women take his courses.“We have a high amount of women in our classes, but there are men, too. Men say that women really need the classes, but that’s fallacy. Men need to be street-savvy as well,” Smith said.Although he has been featured on many television shows, commercials and newscasts, Smith is searching for a national platform to get his BYAM Method of Protection to a broader audience.“We need to get out and do more lectures. I am looking for that national forum to get the message out there,” Smith said.(For more information on BYAM Method of Protection or Curtis Smith, call 412-661-2244.) GET OFF ME—Curtis Smith oversees Shantel Butler, an 18-year-old freshman from Chicago, fend off a staged attack from Coniah Grimes, a 25-year-old junior from Americus, Ga., with whatever she had in her hand at the time, which was an umbrella. Curtis Smith took his love for martial arts and parlayed it into a formula for self-defense that has been used to prevent sexual, physical and criminal assaults.The Buy Yourself A Minute Method of Personal Protection uses a behavior modification approach that teaches people how to avoid incidents before they happen. The method teaches people how to increase awareness and recognition skills so they can identify and evaluate threatening situations.