Following a tour announcement with Bob Dylan this morning, vocalist Mavis Staples has announced a new album and released the title track, “If All I Was Was Black.” The tune comes from her upcoming If All I Was Was Black, a collection of originals arranged by Staples and Jeff Tweedy, and is due out November 17. The Wilco frontman penned 11 songs from the upcoming album, with three co-written by Staples. The album is focused on the ongoing racial conflicts in the United States, and how they affect her.“I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself – that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on,” explains Tweedy. If All I Was Was Black is their third collaboration together, following 2010’s You Are Not Along and 2013’s One True Vine, and is inspired by “the love I have for Mavis and the desire to be part of some kind of positive change.” Mavis Staples continues, “We didn’t make the songs point to a specific person. If you follow the lyrics it’s about yesterday and today.”In the title track below, Tweedy wrote the music to the lyrics by Mavis. If All I Was Was Black is set to drop November 17 on Anti-Records, and was written to “bring us all together as a people. That’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” Listen to her message below:
Austin, TX’s own blues and rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has announced a batch of summer tour dates ahead of his forthcoming studio album, This Land, due out on March 1st, 2019 via Warner Bros. Records.Following a performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Fest, Gary Clark Jr. will open up his late-summer tour at Rochester Hills, MI’s Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on August 4th, followed by stops at Council Bluffs, IA’s Stir Cove, Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel (8/8); Minneapolis, MN’s Surly Brewing Festival Field (8/9); St Louis, MO’s Fabulous Fox Theatre (8/12); Kansas City, KS’s Crossroads KC (8/13); and Asheville, NC’s Highland Brewing Company on August 19th.Gary Clark Jr. Tackles Southern Racism In New Video For “This Land” [Watch]Following a brief break, Clark will kick things back up the following month with a headlining performance at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 4th followed by shows at Vail, CO’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (9/5); Missoula, MT’s Kettlehouse Amphitheater (9/8); Vancouver, BC’s PNE Forum (9/10); Troutdale, OR’s McMenamin’s Edgefield Amphitheater (9/13); Bend, OR’s Les Schwab Amphitheater (9/14); Reno, NV’s Grand Sierra Resort & Casino (9/15); Aspen, CO’s Belly Up (9/17); Phoenix, AZ’s Comerica Theatre (9/24); Santa Barbara, CA’s Santa Barbara Bowl (9/27); and a final performance at Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl on September 29th.Clark will also make his performance debut on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, February 16th.Tickets for Clark’s newly announced summer shows go on sale this Friday, February 15th. For more information on tickets and a full list of Gary Clark Jr.’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website.Gary Clark Jr. 2019 Summer Tour Dates:AUG 04MEADOW BROOK AMPHITHEATREROCHESTER HILLS, MI, USAUG 08STIR COVE, HARRAH’S COUNCIL BLUFFS CASINO & HOTELCOUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, USAUG 09SURLY BREWING FESTIVAL FIELDMINNEAPOLIS, MN, USAUG 12FABULOUS FOX THEATREST LOUIS, MO, USAUG 13CROSSROADS KCKANSAS CITY, MO, USAUG 19HIGHLAND BREWING COMPANYASHEVILLE, NC, USSEP 04RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATREMORRISON, CO, USSEP 05GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATERVAIL, CO, USSEP 08KETTLEHOUSE AMPHITHEATERMISSOULA, MT, USSEP 10PNE FORUMVANCOUVER, BC, CANADASEP 13MCMENAMIN’S EDGEFIELD AMPHITHEATERTROUTDALE, OR, USSEP 14LES SCHWAB AMPHITHEATERBEND, OR, USSEP 15GRAND SIERRA RESORT & CASINORENO, NV, USSEP 17BELLY UP ASPENASPEN, CO, USSEP 24COMERICA THEATREPHOENIX, AZ, USSEP 27SANTA BARBARA BOWLSANTA BARBARA, CA, USSEP 29HOLLYWOOD BOWLLOS ANGELES, CA, USWITH MICHAEL KIWANUKA AND DJ AARON BYRDView All Tour Dates
Director for Game Day Operations Mike Seamon said Notre Dame game weekends are following an upward trend. With the unusually warm weather, enthusiasm of fans and a 59-33 victory against Air Force, Seamon said the past weekend had all the ingredients to be “first class.” “We couldn’t ask for better weather, there was just a great sense of enthusiasm and energy in the fans, you could just see it,” said Seamon, also the associate vice president of Campus Safety. Seamon said the Air Force weekend was even more successful than the Michigan State weekend. “The Michigan State weekend was a really good weekend … But the Air Force weekend, from top to bottom, was heads and shoulders above that,” he said. The temperature Saturday was about 10-15 degrees higher than the average for the beginning of October, Seamon said, making the game day uncommonly warm for this time of year. “The weather we had this weekend was more typical for an early September game than early October,” he said. Seamon said the high levels of energy on campus were apparent as early as Friday’s pep rally. “It was a really good positive pep rally,” he said. “People were loving the weather.” Saturday’s game was sold out, with more than 82,000 people in attendance, Seamon said. Police made 10 arrests Saturday, director of Notre Dame Security Police Phil Johnson said. Seven arrests were made outside the stadium: two for public intoxication, one for battery on a police officer and public intoxication, one for battery, one for battery and public intoxication, one for theft and possession of marijuana and one on an outstanding warrant. Johnson said at the stadium, three more people were arrested for public intoxication Seamon said 4,200 people visited the tunnel Friday, which was more than 1,000 more than the Michigan State weekend, and 1,300 attended Friday’s football luncheon. “That told us on Friday to start expecting some good things,” he said. He said the flyover before the game and the recognition of the marching band at halftime contributed to the energetic atmosphere. “People loved the B-2 Bomber flyover, that was kind of very special for us,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on that.” Seamon said game weekends have been following a “really good trend,” which he expects will continue for the remaining home games. “Overall I would have to say the energy and the enthusiasm was unbelievable for the weekend, [and a] great springboard into the upcoming USC weekend,” he said.
Federal funds received by the University for coronavirus relief will be used to aid students whose families are struggling by the loss of a job or another hardship as a result of the pandemic, Notre Dame announced in a press release Wednesday.“Almost one-half (48 percent) of Notre Dame students receive financial assistance in the form of need-based scholarships that do not require repayment,” the press release said. “The median amount per student is $38,000, about three-quarters the cost of tuition to Notre Dame.”One-third of University’s endowment goes toward student financial aid and the savings generated by Notre Dame’s early retirement package also went to student financial aid.Tags: COVID-19, Endowment, financial aid, pandemic
Laura Osnes View Comments Time to crack open that piggy bank and book a trip to Chicago! Broadway favorites Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale are heading to the Windy City to play Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. Directed by Rob Ashford, the new Lyric Opera of Chicago production begins performances April 10 and plays through May 3 at the Civic Opera House. Check out these sweet shots of Osnes and Pasquale, then catch them in Carousel this spring! Oh, and bring lots of tissues. Star Files
Georgia row-crop farmers worked hard on their fields this growing season, and Mother Nature gave them some favorable “calls.” They could break records. This coupled with fair prices could lead them, if not to a conference championship, to at least what could be called a “winning” season.Most Georgia farmers plant more than one crop during a season, usually managing a combination of peanuts, cotton, corn or soybeans. Across the board, they are looking at record or record-tying yields.Farmers planted 1 million acres of cotton this year and expect to produce1.8 million bales. (A bale is 480 pounds of lint.) This is slightly less than earlier predictions, but still 200,000 bales better than last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.“Certainly the profit potential is there for cotton when you consider the size of the crop, which will be by most accounts phenomenal,” said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Right now, the state’s average yield is forecast to be 873 pounds per acre, or 24 pounds more than the previous record set in 2005. Harvest will not be complete until later this month or next.Along with the yields, prices are also good at 70 cents per pound of lint right now. “And any price that starts with the number ‘7’ gets cotton farmers’ attention,” Shurley said.Overall, U.S. and world production is down 5 percent this year. Demand for U.S. cotton has rebounded by 2.5 percent after a major slump last year, which has kept prices higher.Georgia peanut yields are expected to be 3,500 pounds per acre, which would be 50 pounds more than the record set in 2003, according to GASS.“If we do reach or exceed 3,500, it will be amazing, considering the delayed planting in spring and the very undesirable harvest conditions,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist.The No. 1 reason, he said, Georgia may reach the record is the widespread use of improved peanut varieties, like Georgia-06 G, Florida-07 and Tifguard. These varieties have high levels of disease resistance and perform with good rainfall, which most of the state received after June.Prices for this season’s peanuts are $400 per ton, or $50 to $100 less than last year. This decrease is due to 1 million tons in surplus that hung over preplanting decisions and contract offers farmers were receiving, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension economist. Georgia peanut farmers, who produce half of the nation’s crop, responded to the surplus by planting 505,000 acres this year, or 185,000 acres less than last. The U.S. will produce 1.8 million tons this year, 300,000 tons less than the expected U.S. consumption. This will shrink the surplus which will be good for prices next year, Smith said.Demand for peanuts has recovered from the salmonella scare associated with a Georgia processing facility earlier this year. It is on track to be up 2 percent from last year, Smith said.Georgia’s average corn yield will be 140 bushels per acre, tying last year’s record. Timely rain and irrigation helped the crop. Prices are good, too, Smith said, around $3.85 to $4 per bushel. An increase in demand for ethanol, which is made from corn, has bolstered prices.Soybean farmers will also tie a yield record this year, averaging 33 bushels per acre. Prices for soybeans are high at $10 per bushel. China’s demand for U.S. soybeans has fueled the high prices. They will import 614 million bushels this year, double what they imported last year.Overall input costs, or what farmers spend to produce a crop, stayed the same or decreased 5 percent to 10 percent from the previous year, Smith said. This helps farmers’ bottom lines.Georgia’s growing season results will vary from farm to farm and so will profits, he said. Some farmers spent more, for example, to control insects or diseases in certain locations.“But overall, things do look better now compared to what we were forecasting earlier this year,” Smith said.
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you live and work in Madison, Wisconsin like I do, you’ve probably heard of Project Money from Summit Credit Union (even if you don’t live here, you probably have heard of it!). It’s on the news, billboards, social media and talked about a lot due to its uniqueness and mission. Why? It’s a seven-month competition that changes people’s financial lives for starters. I recently checked in with Amy Crowe, Financial Education Specialist (and CUDE) at Summit Credit Union, about the program to learn more:What is Project Money?Summit Credit Union (Summit) Project Money is a financial education program that teaches and empowers people to take control of their finances with the guidance of a financial coach.Four participants work with their coach to set goals, increase their savings and reduce their debt over 7 months. The participant with the most change is the winner of $10,000. The other three participants each receive $2,500.Throughout the seven month journey, we document each team’s progress for the entire community to see and learn from on our website at www.summitcreditunion.com/projectmoney and with our television partner, NBC15 in Madison. The community can follow their stories and candid conversations by checking out the Project Money blogs, videos, interviews, Facebook posts and tweets. continue reading »
The housing shortage continues to plague the market. Many credit union members need affordable housing options, yet few exist. These members are stuck with increasing living expenses, a need to save for a down payment for a home, and housing prices that continue to climb. Buying a home often seems not just out of reach, but impossible.This underserved part of your community is searching for options. By offering home loans for manufactured homes, your credit union can positively impact your membership and community with growth and stability.According to the Manufactured Housing Institute, more than 22 million Americans live in manufactured homes, which make up more than 9% of the nation’s total housing stock. Those numbers are increasing rapidly among first-time homebuyers and others within your community. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » Credit unions provide access to basic financial services to people of modest means. This is why they exist. Forged by long experience in helping members navigate waves of economic disruption, credit unions now face a set of circumstances and opportunities the likes of which they’ve never seen.The nation’s member-owned financial cooperatives have turned out a decade of unprecedented growth. Now, how can they respond to the dual challenges presented by a pandemic-battered economy and the imperative to ensure inclusion and equality in all aspects of social life, including financial?Leaders from a diverse group of credit unions have more than a few ideas about how the movement can help — from fee waivers, loan deferrals, new loan products, and payroll protection to volunteer tax return preparation, Habitat for Humanity projects, community partnerships for job development, and diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. But most of all, these leaders emphasize the importance of adapting the core credit union mission of people helping people to today’s pressing circumstances. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Cathy S. Baylor, 66 of Milan passed away Friday December 9, 2016 at West Chester UC Hospital in West Chester, Ohio. Cathy was born Wednesday August 23, 1950 in Bartholomew County, Indiana the daughter of Earl and Betty (Joy) Brown. She married Jack N. Baylor March 17, 1977 and he survives. She had been a former employee of both Arvin and Cummins in Columbus. She was a member of the East Columbus Christian Church. She liked horseback riding, loved all animals, liked to sew and crochet and was an avid reader, and liked spending time with her family that she loved most of all. Cathy had battled with kidney dialysis the last 10 years.Cathy is survived by husband, Jack, daughters Kimberly Mahoney (Allen Ford) of Clifford, Indiana and Jackie Baylor of Milan, brothers Darwin (Alice) Brown and Gary (Jean) Brown, grandchildren Kayla Schultz and Alexis Smith, great grandchildren Aaron and Allen Smith, sister and brothers in law, nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by son Christopher Bass, great grandson Landon Reynolds, and her parents.Funeral services will be at 10AM Wednesday December 14, at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery at Milan. Visitation will be Tuesday 5-8PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to either the Ripley County Humane Society or Milan Fire Dept. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with Cathy’s arrangements. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.