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Justin Robinson: On his latest album ‘Alana’s Fantasy’

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Justin Robinson is a jazz saxophonist and flutist. Robinson established himself as a child prodigy when, while still a teenager, he began running after-hours jam sessions at the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City in the late 1980’s. He released his debut album “Justin Time” in 1991, which featured saxophone legends such as Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz. Robinson has shared the stage with greats like Diana Ross, Abbey Lincoln, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and currently tours with trumpeter Roy Hargrove. His newest album, ‘Alana’s Fantasy,’ comes out today (July 1) under the Criss Cross Jazz label.
 
What was the artistic vision for “Alana’s Fantasy?”

Climate change can change one’s well-being

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WASHINGTON – For most of the nearly 30 years since Dr. Nicole Brodie’s asthma diagnosis, the athlete and Army veteran has been able to maintain an uninterrupted life, continuing to teach elementary school, coach a children’s team, and remain active. She was partly able to do this by moving her family from New York State to Atlanta for the warmer climate.
 
“When I arrived in Atlanta, my asthma was controlled with just [an] albuterol [inhaler] as needed,” she said at a panel event last week. “But in the last 10 to 15 years, I have had to be on oral steroids…I’ve increased to daily Allegra [allergy pill] and nasal sprays. And I keep a Benadryl on me at all times. I have to take four-to-five pills a day to manage my symptoms.”
 
And three weeks ago, she found herself in the hospital for an emergency intervention. The heat index had risen too quickly, causing her lungs to fall to 75 percent capacity.

Tamron Hall’s natural hair is a bigger deal than you might think

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Friday morning, Tamron Hall, the “Today” show’s first African-American female co-host, unexpectedly revealed her natural kinks and curls on national television.
 
After the unveiling, the news program – in an “I can’t believe they’re actually doing this” move – polled its audience regarding whether Hall, 43, should stick with her natural look on-air.
 
Somewhat surprisingly and thankfully – given white America’s well-documented resistance to African-American women who buck conventional beauty ideals – 70 percent of viewers who tweeted in response said that Hall’s tightly curled style was a winner.

Yes, mentoring works: It’s why I graduated from college

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My name is Sakinah Muhammad. I graduated from Temple University in May, as a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology. My next step is working for Houston Teach for America Corps while I attend graduate school at St. Thomas University. So much of where I am now is because of what I learned, and the support I received, from the mentor I was assigned through a nonprofit that is dedicated to preparing kids like me to succeed in college.
 
We hear a lot about mentoring from the adults who use it to give back, but I want to talk about it from the perspective of a younger person—someone whose education and life were changed over the past eight years by a great organization and a committed adult.

Launch day for the new JET Magazine Digital App

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Today, Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) launched its new JET magazine app. The app replaces the printed edition of the magazine.
 
The new digital magazine app will add fresh content on a weekly basis, every Friday.  Readers will access to 3D images, video interviews, enhanced digital maps, audio content and photography from the JPC archives. 
 
The app will be available on all tablet and mobile platforms via a free introductory offer of 30 days for all subscribers.