Archive for Passing

Feb
22

R.I.P. Lesley Gore

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At the Nation, Peter Rothberg remembered Lesley Gore this way:

A singer-songwriter who topped the US charts at the age of 16 in 1963 with “It’s My Party” Brooklyn-born Lesley Sue Goldstein was discovered by Quincy Jones (before he was discovered) and produced hits like “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are,” “Maybe I Know” and the Oscar-nominated “Out Here On My Own” from the 1980 film Fame.

Her best-known song, the feminist anthem “You Don’t Own Me,” has been and will continue to be covered by scores of musicians and celebrated by an untold number of fans and will remain an indispensable legacy to both the annals of music and the fight for women’s equality. (In 2010, Gore summed up the song’s power: “I don’t care what age you are—whether you’re 16 or 116—there’s nothing more wonderful than standing on the stage and shaking your finger and singing, ‘Don’t tell me what to do.”) She also cemented her cult status with a 1967 turn as Pussycat, Catwoman’s musical minion in the hit TV series, where she mimed to “California Nights” and “Scat! Darn Catwoman.”

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“California Nights” sticks with me, sounding a lot like an influence behind Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun.”

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Feb
12

Minnie Jones’ Legacy

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Venerable local activist, Minnie Jones, has died:

Minnie Jones, a lifelong activist for civil rights and a staunch advocate for public housing and health care for Asheville’s working poor, died early Wednesday at her home. She was 81.

Friends remembered an outspoken champion who worked tirelessly for better housing, better health care and civil rights for all people. When AIDS patients couldn’t receive care at many local practices in the 1990s, Jones helped launch a clinic to care for them.

Minnie was relentless in her advocacy for the disadvantaged.

WLOS reports: Minnie’s funeral will be Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church on 146 Pine Street in Asheville.

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Feb
12

We have met the enemy …

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Vigil last night in Chapel Hill (Image via Twitter)

The shooting deaths in Chapel Hill, NC of three students sparked candlelight vigils last night:

Thousands gathered on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on Wednesday night to pay tribute to three local students who were shot to death the night before.

Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her younger sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were killed on Tuesday evening in the couple’s apartment in a leafy suburb of Chapel Hill.

The hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter trended early on social media as users complained that media coverage of the shootings would have been greater had the shooter been Muslim instead of the victims. Coverage has since picked up from Sydney to London.

In an emotional press conference, the family of the victims called on federal authorities to investigate the “execution style” shootings as a hate crime (video) directed at the three for their faith.

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Mar
06

Martin Nesbitt, Taken Home

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“He was a champion for the common man, his friends said, and always had what was best for the people of Western North Carolina in his heart.” – AC-T

Rest in peace, Martin Nesbitt. Your labors were great, and your legacy will endure.

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Jan
28

Pete Seeger, R.I.P.

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Pete singing one by his sister, Peggy. He was 94, the New York Times reports. We will miss him.

For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action.

Pete Seeger

Oct
27

R.I.P., Lou Reed

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Dec
19

Candlelight Vigil Tonight

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Tonight at 7pm Asheville will come together to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims and families of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Please join us at the Asheville Jewish Community Center.

From the Facebook Event Page:

As the darkest night of the year approaches, we will gather as a community – to mourn, to pray, to sing, to offer our support, and to further our resolve to send our light into the world that needs it now more than ever.

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Dec
13

Random Thursday Variousness

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Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve arrived in the vast cornfields of Canada…*

 

Another day, another death. Today’s featured death is Muhammad Ziad Awad Salaymah a 17 year old Palestinian teenager shot dead in West Bank. He pulled a toy pistol from his belt at a Israeli checkpoint, and was gunned down by IDF soldiers.  Protests ensued. The use of leathal force against non-violent protesters is left to the discretion of Soldiers in the field. The US give an average of $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (that’s billion with a “B”).

Israeli soldiers use rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas bombs and stun grenades against non-violent protesters in the the West Bank – in addition to spraying them with water mixed with chemicals. These tactics have led to the injuries of hundreds and even several deaths among protesters.

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Dec
12

Random Wednesday Variousness

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It’s 12.12.12. Do with that what you will. In the past 24 hours there have been approximately 153,400 deaths world-wide ( with approximately 356,201 births, do with that what you will), one of those deaths belonged to Ravi Shankar, again, do with that what you will. Also, several people were shot and killed at a mall in Portland, by a man wearing a white mask and brandishing a semi-automatic rifle. He killed himself. Also, North Korea shot something off, and had a parade. They are fond of parades.

 

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Sep
05

Happy Birthday Freddy!

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