Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown Shares New Soul-Infused Single “Destination Hope” [Listen]

first_imgGrammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:last_img read more

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States hold the power on health care, experts say

first_img Related Experts urge vaccination, share ideas for making it better Fighting the flu at less than full strength Sorrow, frustration, hope in opioid crisis Though all eyes are on Congress as Election Day looms, U.S. health care may look more like a local issue when the polls close on Tuesday, experts say. That’s because new leaders in states that skipped Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion could extend health insurance to millions of Americans.John McDonough, a professor of the practice of public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, noted that Virginia has already decided to expand the program starting Jan. 1.McDonough listed Maine, Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska as other states where post-Election Day expansion is likely, with Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Georgia, and Florida dependent on the outcome of races for governor.Medicaid provides health insurance to the poor in all 50 states. The Affordable Care Act sought to expand benefits to those still struggling financially but not poor enough to qualify for the program under its original guidelines. After the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not compel states to participate in the program, many decided against expansion, leaving millions uninsured.Louisiana was the 31st state to expand Medicaid under the ACA, in 2016. Following Tuesday’s vote, “We might start to see, after a long dry period, a deliberate rush,” McDonough said.McDonough spoke during a webcast of The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was joined at the event, billed “The 2018 Midterm Elections: Key Issues for Healthcare,” by Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis Robert Blendon; former director of Medicare and Medicaid Gail Wilensky; and Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.Panelists didn’t ignore Washington, D.C. Blendon, discussing an analysis of polling recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said it is clear that the House and Senate elections are a referendum on President Trump. And when it comes to health care, he said, party matters. Republican voters don’t list health care among their top issues, while Democrats do.That’s important, Blendon said, because the days when Congress acted on legislation according to the wishes of the wider electorate are gone. Today, he said, the party in power tends to push through changes desired by its partisans.Agreement does exist on several key issues, Blendon said, noting the likelihood of action on the opioid crisis, health and science research, and drug prices.If Tuesday’s result is a Democrat House and a Republican Senate, dramatic change to federal health care policy is unlikely, McDonough said. But new negotiating power for House Democrats could help to stabilize the ACA, he said.Wilensky, who headed Medicaid and Medicare under President George H.W. Bush, pointed out that the 2020 presidential race will be underway Wednesday morning. As Democrats jockey for position in the coming primary races, debate will include the single-payer proposal “Medicare for all.”Roy said that if Democrats cater to their liberal base by pushing single-payer, a door will open for Trump and fellow Republicans to run a more “pragmatic” campaign on health care.Panelists also discussed recent efforts by states to add work requirements to Medicaid. Wilensky said that the measures are likely to prove popular, including with the working poor already receiving benefits.McDonough voiced concern that the requirements will mean more people will lose their insurance, but described the policies as an “experiment” whose results will soon be apparent.center_img Urging a response to ‘deaths of despair’ Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton among speakers at Harvard Chan School forum Harvard panels share experiences, ideas in health, policy, law enforcementlast_img read more

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Kris Boyd: Table-topping Rangers a different team this season | Football News

first_img2:37 3:01 – Advertisement – Kris Boyd insists table-topping Rangers are a completely different team this season.Steven Gerrard’s side have made a brilliant start to the season, opening up a nine-point gap over Old Firm rivals Celtic – who have two games in hand – at the top of the Scottish Premiership.- Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. They have also had success in Europe, moving to the top of Europa League Group D at the halfway point of the group stage.Ex-Rangers striker Boyd believes his former club are a much-improved side because of the confidence Gerrard has in his squad.“Their performances this season, especially after coming back from Europe, have improved,” Boyd told Sky Sports News.- Advertisement –  Image:Celtic beat Motherwell 4-1 on Sunday Celtic cruised past Motherwell with a 4-1 victory to stay in touch with Rangers heading into the international break, but Boyd insists the champions’ inconsistency will be a huge concern for Neil Lennon.“What will be annoying Neil Lennon is the inconsistency of his team,” Boyd said.“In the past fortnight, there was a good performance against Aberdeen and one for 20 minutes against AC Milan, one for 45 minutes against Lille and then at the weekend. But he’s not seen such inconsistency from his team since going back to the club – and that will worry him.“Mohamed Elyounoussi was excellent against Motherwell, taking his goals really well and that will be one of the most frustrating things for supporters as they can see players who can perform at a really high level but they’re not doing it in every game at this moment in time.” “Defensively, they’re aggressive from the front playing high up the pitch,” he added. “A lot of the goals against Hamilton were caused by pressing.“Successful teams have to do the other side of the game by working hard and forcing their opponents into mistakes, and they’ve been excellent so far this season.”‘Inconsistency a problem for Lennon and Celtic’ Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic. 2:21 ‘A reality check for Duffy’ Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. “It’s been a totally different team, as Steven Gerrard has so much confidence in his players. He can look around at the bench and he’s got international players and everyone seems to be playing with a smile on their face.“Even with players like Jermain Defoe not scoring, they’re still having a big impact on the game. Celtic cruised past Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Neil Lennon who was delighted with win. Meanwhile, Celtic defender Shane Duffy – a summer signing on loan from Brighton – found himself on the bench for Celtic’s win at Motherwell, and Boyd insists being out of the team will be a reality check for the Republic of Ireland defender.“Shane Duffy has been struggling,” Boyd added.“A lot of people down south have said that Scottish football is easy and have criticised it for a number of years, but a lot of players have experienced difficulties in the past and Duffy is on that list right now.“He has been struggling but because of the way Celtic play on the front foot, it’s natural to drop five or 10 yards as a defender and he’s been a bit isolated.“There’s definitely a defender in there with the number of years he’s played in the Premier League. Being out of the team on Sunday will be a reality check and it’s up to him to force his way back into the team as Celtic have paid big wages for him.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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