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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New York’s latest effort to combat domestic violence

first_imgGovernor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of ten regional councils to address the issue. It is currently Domestic Violence Awareness Month here in New York. “I talk a lot to other victim service providers in our region, but a lot of our conversations are not formalized. It’s kind of more shared concerns and issues we’re seeing,” Nicole Barren said Friday. “Our voices aren’t going up to lawmakers that can actually change policy.” The Southern Tier council is holding a virtual meeting to begin working on these issues together November 5. Barren said she would like to see two things change about how organizations like hers are funded: the criteria used to determine how much funding the provider receives and the ways in which the funds can be used. The executive director of Rise-NY, a local domestic violence service provider, told 12 News she has conversations with other groups like her own, but rarely is she able to make their voices truly heard. The councils, which are the same regions used as control rooms for the pandemic, will connect lawmakers with organizations on the frontline. The goal is to improve services and help survivors across the Southern Tier and beyond. (WBNG) — The state is tackling the problem of domestic violence with a new approach that will have impacts across New York.last_img read more

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U.S. to boost LNG exports to Europe with sanctions on Russia

first_imgThe latest decision by the U.S. Senate to impose new sanctions on Russia over alleged involvement in the 2016 elections is aimed at boosting U.S. LNG exports to Europe, according to a report.Responding to potential new sanctions, Gazprom’s deputy chief, Alexander Medvedev, was quoted by Interfax as saying that the implementation of sanctions is aimed at ensuring a larger stake of American LNG in the European market.The Russian giant has dismissed competition from US-produced LNG to its piped natural gas in the European market, with high transportation costs hampering its competitiveness.Medvedev went on to say the company hopes that the United States president, Donald Trump will not approve the newly proposed sanctions.The United States Senate is strongly opposing Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, claiming it would have severe impacts on EU’s energy security.Austria and Germany have noted that sanctions on Russia would lead to European companies breaching U.S. law due to their involvement in Russian energy projects, Reuters reports.Five energy companies, Shell, Engie, OMV, Uniper and Wintershall, have committed to each committed to providing financing and guarantees for up to 10 percent of the total cost of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which is currently estimated to be €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion). LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Family Bonds Over Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — The Fourth of July allows families to come together over parades, fireworks, and good food.For one Alpena family, a regatta continues to bring them closer together each year. The Zbytowski family has been competing in the Thunder Bay Cardboard Boat Regatta for the past four years. Before those four years, the family members were spectators until one summer.“Every year we would go down and watch it and there’s four engineers in the family so I always said that someone has to be able to build a boat,” said Gayle Zbytowski, grandmother of the family.The group put their minds together and crafted “Over Engineered.” Eric Zbytowski was the first to take on the challenge of engineering, designing, and creating a cardboard boat that would float and win the competition. The boat was in commission for four years, facing tweaks and alterations to get the vessel just right for each competition. The boat won two awards over those fours years, but Eric believed that this year it was time for a change not only in boats but the number of boats.“This year we built the first [new] boat pretty much as the same format as the other one, just a lot smaller,” said Eric. “We’re also building a second boat so I can compete with the kids.”With Zibby 1 and Zibby 2 in the water, the Zbytowski’s can double their chances of victory. Eric’s children Jacob and Kelana will pilot the smaller boat. The boats are sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. The Zbytowski’s will enter their fifth year competing at the regatta. No matter the outcome, it’s always a fun time for the family to get together and work towards achieving victory but ultimately having fun. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Use caution on the 4th: Fireworks can trigger PTSD in veteransNext Battle of the Paddles Kicks Off 18th Annual Maritime Festivallast_img read more

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