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Pianist Paul Cornish Plays for Freedom, Community and Gratitude

Pianist and composer Paul Cornish has performed around the world from Europe, Australia, and South America to Carnegie Hall, and worked with esteemed artists from Herbie Hancock to John Legend. He won the American Jazz Piano Competition in 2018, and he is on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

John Legend John Legend on abortion law boycotts: ‘Money talks’

John Legend courtesy photo LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend says Hollywood should consider boycotting Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and other states that pass restrictive abortion laws. Legend admits he’s not sure if a boycott would be successful, but says “it’s a conversation that needs to be had. “Particularly when these studios are hiring people and bringing people to the state and saying, ‘Come work with us here in this state,’ but if you get pregnant there you’re going to be treated like a second-class citizen,” he said. “That’s a tough conversation to have with your staff. And so I think

Che “Rhymefest” Smith—A Man With a Mission

In 2015, I interviewed Grammy and Oscar-winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith about “In My Father’s House”—a heart -wrenching documentary about his search to find his estranged father.  What he uncovered shocked him to his core. His father had been living on the streets and in and out of homeless shelters for years,  fighting alcoholism, just miles away from him the entire time. 

Nipsey Hussle: A Legacy That Transcends Rap 

The murder of Nipsey Hussle is personal. It is personal to me. It is personal to a generation in looking at social media and news interviews, there was a clear message that his death was felt deeply and hurt immensely, and particularly for anyone who came into contact with him, no matter how brief the interaction.   

WATCH: President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry Kick off My Brother’s Keeper Summit in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling. The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100

Stephen Curry, John Legend To Join President Obama at My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s First National Gathering in Oakland

Curry / Obama / Legend CHICAGO, IL — The Obama Foundation announced that Stephen Curry and John Legend are among the speakers joining President Obama for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper’s Alliance first national convening in Oakland, California, February 18-20. MBK Rising! will bring together hundreds of young men of color and leaders from organizations in the growing network of MBK Communities to connect, learn, and share. They will join President Obama in celebrating the achievements of organizations and communities leading the way in reducing youth violence, growing impactful mentorship programs, and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.