first_img*UPDATED 9/26/17*: Following the passing of Charles Bradley, we look back at his most recent masterpiece, Changes, which came out in June of 2016.For his third album, Changes, Charles Bradley continued on the vintage soul path of previous efforts, but with some exciting updates to his presentation. Moving away from a focus on his hard-luck past, and infusing uplifting, positive messages of love amid the haunting memories, Bradley and his Daptone Records brethren open up new doors in storytelling, melody and rhythms alike.Discovered while fronting a James Brown tribute band (as Black Velvet) nearly seven years ago, Bradley joined the Daptone fold and began recording and touring with the amazing Menahan Street Band. His third album really capitalizes on this long-time collaboration, as they have become excellent songwriting partners that do not solely focus on the mining glories from stories past, but instead are burrowing upward and onward with a vision for what’s happening, what’s coming next, what is new, and what is hip.The title track, a cover of the timeless Black Sabbath ballad, was offered as a Record Store Day single a few years back; next week it will spearhead the first album of new Charles Bradley material since 2013. The recording still sounds very analog, but there is a modern twist to the material too. Chronicles of despair from the singer remain his calling card, but one can behold a beam of light shining through the voice and emotions of “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.”Changes finds Bradley singing from within his longing, but is no longer nostalgic for days of yesteryear. He gives his phrases resonance and conviction; and allows his brand of soul music to transcend style and period, in exchange for re-imagining life’s twists and turns with newfound clarity. The murky “Ain’t Gonna Give it Up” shows just how far Menahan and Bradley have traveled to get where they are today. The spiritually moving “Ain’t it a Sin” is among the most compelling songs the Screaming Eagle has ever delivered.Bradley has developed into a singer with focus and authority, the song showcasing his voice and authenticity. Several tunes find Bradley telling tales of a difficult road, but also the hope toward what may come next, be it love, light, smiles, or even just satisfaction: “Good to Be Back Home” celebrates a return to the US, after a grueling, if invigorating tour. The singer shows more range, more drama, and a diverse palette of timings and accents to unveil spirituality, positivity, depravity and desperation from his lyrics and emphatic delivery.More often than not, Changes pumps blood fused with an energy culled from the here and now, arriving at a conceptually interesting middle ground. It is a choice medium for this singer, one who is clearly energized and determined to make good on the promise he made to himself some years earlier. Bradley’s voice, his story, and the Changes he made in his now promising life are apparent on this record, and onstage too. Charles Bradley seizes the day, and transcends the limits of the vintage soul genre, blazing a new path, yet remaining rich in thrilling tradition.Listen to Changes below:last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo May 30, 2012 Promoting technological development in Colombia and presenting the latest and most innovative advances in the domestic and international defense and security industries are the primary objectives of EXPODEFENSA 2012, an event that the Colombian Defense Ministry will hold at the Corferias convention center from October 31 to November 2. In its third edition, EXPODEFENSA will promote commercial and technological exchange among the Armed Forces of different countries and the firms that manufacture and supply products and services related to the defense and security sector. The most important vendors and technology representatives in the areas of individual and collective non-lethal weapons, artillery systems, individual and vehicle armor, ships and boats, aircraft (planes and helicopters), and unmanned vehicles, among others, will be at the trade fair. Deputy Defense Minister for the Social and Enterprise Defense and Wellbeing Group, Yaneth Giha; the president of Corferias, Andrés López; the deputy commanders of the Military, and the deputy director of the National Police held the official presentation of EXPODEFENSA 2012 on the evening of May 28 at the Metropolitan Club in Bogotá.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Jess WinansAfter losing several friends while serving in Afghanistan, former U.S. Marine and current Adelphi University student Julian McBride turned to art to help deal with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).McBride’s oil paintings were inspired by scenes he witnessed on the frontlines. His works were displayed as part of an exhibit called “The Horrors of War” at Adelphi last fall and following the positive response he received, he started sharing his work through public talks featuring PowerPoint slides of his paintings, including one upcoming on April 19 at Lawrence Middle School.“I lost six of my friends during my time overseas,” said the 25-year-old Freeport resident. “It hit me from there—nothing is guaranteed. One day I was hanging with my friends playing golf and the next they were killed by explosive devices.”McBride had never painted until he returned from his deployment. After enrolling in Adelphi in 2013 to study criminal justice, forensics and anthropology, he took a technical drawing in archaeology course, where he learned how to illustrate corpses and decomposed bodies.With his newly acquired art skills, he began painting what was going on inside his head. McBride said he is haunted by his combat experience. But painting helps him cope with his trauma better than any other form of therapy, he discovered.McBride isn’t the only one who benefits. His professors say his work has helped teach the community about the impact of the war.“He’s an exceptional young man who strives to be the most genuine and thoughtful person he can be,” said Stephanie Lake, director of Adelphi’s criminal justice program. “I have no doubt he will end up being incredibly successful in whatever he does.”Julian McBride will be exhibiting “The Horrors of War” at Lawrence Middle School on April 19. Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus is located at 195 Broadway, in Lawrence, NY. 516-295-7000 For more information, visit lawrencemiddleschool.lawrence.orglast_img read more


first_img Loading… “Over the past decade, the 2.06m (6ft 9in) power forward became an inspirational figure for the D’Tigers never missing call up from his country.” Commenting on 34-year-old Nigerian shooting guard, Chamberlain ‘champ’ Oguchi, FIBA Africa said: “One of the biggest storylines at FIBA AfroBasket 2015 was the way Oguchi carried Nigeria to glory. “Perhaps motivated by the last-minute decision that prevented him from playing at FIBA AfroBasket 2013, Oguchi arrived in Tunisia ready for revenge, and Nigerians thanked him for his masterclass performance as they won their first ever African title. “And although the 1.96m (6ft 5in) shooting guard finished with a game-high 19 points in the final against Angola, it was his display in the semifinal against Senegal that epitomised his desperation to make history for Nigeria. Read Also: Video: Timo Werner first Chelsea training emerges online “Even though Oguchi has had some eye-catching displays with the D’Tigers uniform on – Oguchi’s FIBA AfroBasket 2015 performance was one for the ages. So much so, that he was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Others on the list top 10 includes, Souleyman Diabate (Cote d’Ivoire), Carlos Morais (Angola), Salah Mejri (Tunisia), Abdelali Lahrichi (Morocco), Gorgui Dieng (Senegal), Makram Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) and Eduardo Mingas (Angola). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria basketball stars, Al Farouq Aminu, Ike Diogu and Chamberlain Oguchi have been listed among the top 10 African players of the last decade, Sportinglife.ng reports. The D’Tigers trio were selected among the best 10 players by the FIBA Africa’s editorial team from a list of 55 African players based on their impact at club and/or national teams’ participations at FIBA competitions, which run from 2010 to 2020. On Orlando Magic power forward, Al Farouq Aminu, FIBA Africa said: “Aminu’s first appearance with D’Tigers has coincided with the revival, and maybe, the highest moment of Nigerian basketball. “The 29-year-old small forward has played a vital role in helping Nigeria shock the world as they became the first African team to secure an Olympic berth via FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela. “Following a disappointing FIBA AfroBasket 2013 campaign where the star-studded Nigeria team finished seventh, Aminu returned two years later to help his country win their first-ever African title thanks to a convincing 74-65 win over then-defending champions Angola in the final. “And although, Aminu sat out the 2016 Rio Olympics, he has helped Nigeria claim Africa’s best-placed team at FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, which qualified the D’Tigers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.” On Shimane Susanoo Magic power forward, Ike Diogu, FIBA said: “Just a few days before Nigeria travelled to Tunisia for what turned out to be a historic moment for their country’s basketball – as they won their first African title – Diogu got hurt. It was an unexpected experience, yet, he was so determined to make a difference that he watched the entire FIBA AfroBasket 2015 from the sidelines. “Nigeria may have finished runners-up at FIBA AfroBasket 2017, but Diogu was huge. So much so, that he returned home with a special trophy, the Most Valuable Player award.center_img Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Best Cars Of All Time12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink PineappleYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more