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Former US Attorney: Trump’s Reckoning Has Begun



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Former US Lawyer Harry Litman stated that the New York lawsuit strikes on the coronary heart of Trump’s model and exhibits that his day of reckoning has begun.

Video of Litman on Deadline: White Home:

Litman stated on MSNBC’s Deadline: White Home:

So, lots of people are clamoring for Trump the particular person to be in an Orange jumpsuit. Might or could not ever occur, even when he’s convicted, however to the extent Trump the model has been, you already know, equated with him as he’s needed it to, that is an absolute cannon shot towards Trump the model and I feel it’s principally indefensible on their half. 

Sure, there are some difficulties burden of proof, and the like, however I don’t see the way you convey this case to a jury, simply take heed to what he stated on the high of this section right here, a jury would detest him, placed on high of that the decrease burden of proof and the wildly inflated valuations.

That is actually an existential menace to what’s second solely to his bodily particular person, and that’s the Trump model. Now, up to now, and in historical past. That is — I might argue, the longer term is now, because it had been. Everybody’s ready for issues to I feel given the type of mortal menace that is to the model itself, we are actually within the interval the place a reckoning has begun.

The New York AG civil lawsuit might spiral right into a felony case, however the civil case itself is a big drawback for the Trumps as a result of it has the potential to destroy the Trump model and reduce off the household’s entry to money. Trump isn’t rich in respect of getting a lot of cash within the financial institution.

The Trump enterprise mannequin relies on loans and actual property valuations. If New York bars Trump from getting a mortgage from any financial institution registered within the state, that cuts off his money circulate. If Trump’s actual property belongings are instantly correctly valued, his wealth goes out of the door.

The reckoning for Donald Trump may not be jail time however complete destruction of the model that he constructed and financial ruin.


National Archives Says It Still Doesn’t Have All Of Trump’s Records



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The Nationwide Archives says that it nonetheless doesn’t have management over all the Trump presidential information that it ought to have.

CNN reported:

In a Friday letter to the panel’s chairwoman, New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney, the Nationwide Archives and Information Administration, or NARA, mentioned it had been unable to acquire information from quite a lot of former officers and can proceed to pursue the return of comparable kinds of Presidential information from former officers.

However, “whereas there isn’t a straightforward strategy to set up absolute accountability, we do know that we should not have custody of the whole lot we should always,” NARA mentioned.

Particularly, information from likely to be incarcerated soon Peter Navarro are lacking.

It’s borderline insane that just about two years after leaving workplace, there are nonetheless lacking presidential information from the Trump administration.

Authorities officers who’re appearing within the public curiosity and never doubtlessly utilizing their places of work for corrupt means don’t have to cover or destroy their information.

Within the long-term, the lacking information are unhealthy for the nation as a result of governmental transparency is harmed. When the manager department is just not clear, the connection between a authorities and the desire of the individuals is damaged.

Trump stealing labeled paperwork is the largest downside going through the Nationwide Archives, however it’s removed from the one one, as the previous president and his cronies try to destroy transparency and governmental accountability.

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Brazilians Face Radically Opposite Choices



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“For the previous decade, Brazil has lurched from one disaster to the following: environmental destruction, an financial recession, one president impeached, two presidents imprisoned and a pandemic that killed extra individuals than wherever else outdoors the US,” the New York Times experiences.

“On Sunday, Brazilians will solid their ballots for his or her subsequent president, hoping to push Latin America’s largest nation towards a extra secure and brighter future — by deciding between two males who’re deeply tied to its tumultuous previous.”

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Much ado about Lizzo and James Madison’s flute



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All of it began when Hayden tweeted at Lizzo:

Hayden was appointed as Librarian of Congress by former President Obama, and is the primary girl and first Black girl to ever maintain that place.

Lizzo then visited and tried out a variety of flutes, together with Madison’s. However simply who is Lizzo

Lizzo was born as Melissa Viviane Jefferson in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1988. Lizzo’s household was a part of a Pentecostal church in Detroit. As a result of their religion, gospel music held sway of their family. Lizzo’s dad and mom additionally listened to Elton John, Queen and Stevie Wonder. When Lizzo was 9, her household moved to Houston, Texas. There, she has mentioned, her horizons expanded to incorporate Future’s Youngster, Missy Elliott and twerking.

In fifth grade, Lizzo began enjoying the flute, an instrument she turned dedicated to and ultimately performed in her highschool marching band. Although the flute was her focus, Lizzo additionally rapped. She was writing rhymes as an adolescent and shaped teams along with her associates. Lizzo’s flute expertise resulted in a scholarship to the College of Houston, the place she studied music efficiency. She initially planned to proceed her research on the Paris Conservatory and ultimately play in live performance halls.

Along with hours of flute follow, Lizzo continued to rap and carry out in reveals whereas in school. By her junior 12 months, she determined to depart faculty to deal with making her title within the music business. She defined on the radio program Fresh Air, “I used to be like, I am already performing. What do I want a music efficiency diploma for? And I simply stopped.”

She went on to do exactly that, and in the midst of her profession she has obtained three Grammys, a Primetime Emmy, and awards from Billboard, Soul Practice, and BET.  

Lizzo’s go to to the Library of Congress turned huge information: 


From the Washington Publish report:

Lizzo was even in a position to borrow Madison’s flute for her efficiency in D.C.:

Lizzo reverently took Madison’s crystal flute in hand and blew just a few notes. This isn’t simple, because the instrument is greater than 200 years previous. She blew just a few extra when she was within the Nice Corridor and Important Studying Room. Then, reaching for a extra sensible flute from the gathering, she serenaded staff and some researchers. It stuffed the area with music as chic because the artwork and structure.

Cameras snapped and video rolled. On your pleasant nationwide library, this was an ideal second to point out a brand new era how we protect the nation’s wealthy cultural heritage. The Library’s imaginative and prescient is that every one Individuals are linked to our holdings. We would like folks to see them.

So when Lizzo requested if she may play the flute at her Tuesday live performance in entrance of hundreds of followers, the Library’s assortment, preservation and safety groups had been as much as the problem. When an merchandise this precious leaves any museum or library, for mortgage or show in an exhibition, preservation and safety are the priorities. On the Library, curators be certain that the merchandise will be transported in a personalized protecting container and a Library curator and safety officer are at all times guarding the merchandise till it’s secured as soon as extra.

So why is there a problem? Apparently right-wing racist pundits and commentators discovered it to be completely offensive {that a} huge Black girl, in seductive apparel, who *gasp* is a rapper, can be on stage with a holy object (that Madison flute) and wiggle her hips—i.e “twerk.”

Right here’s Lizzo’s tweet about her efficiency with the crystal flute:

I’m not going to put up direct hyperlinks to the remarks from racists. They’re simple sufficient to seek out if you wish to waste your time.

RELATED: World’s most famous flute player plays a flute. Conservatives explode in racist outrage

Right here’s one in every of many tweets with a rebuttal :


Right here’s some extra anti-racist pushback:



LBGTQ Nation compiled quite a few of the virulently racist comments (in case you are ).

I particularly appreciated seeing this remark from Texas AP Historical past instructor Emily Glankler, who has an illuminating Anti-Social Studies blog, together with a YouTube channel, and posted her tackle TikTok. She explains that President James Madison, whose flute Lizzo performed, was a slaveholder, architect of the infamous Three-fifths Compromise that allowed slaveholding states to depend Black folks as three-fifths of a human, and that Lizzo enjoying the crystal flute in the Capitol of the nation which was constructed on slave labor—is solely wonderful! Give her a hear.

In honor of Lizzo’s use of the flute, let’s go to her Grammy awards efficiency in 2020. (At 4:21 she performs the flute.)

And this comedic tackle the Jazz flute scene in Anchorman:

Rolling Stone’s Jon Blisten reported on her amazing video after she accepted Will Ferrell’s #FluteAndShoot problem:

The clip stars Lizzo, Este Haim and Rightor Doyle, and is virtually a shot-for-shot remake of the unique Anchorman scene with Lizzo modestly accepting an invite to carry out – “Truthfully, I’m not even ready!” – whereas concurrently pulling a flute from the sleeve of her gown. As Lizzo rips by the graceful jazz remake of “Juice,” she tramples on prime of tables, randomly pops up within the toilet and turns the instrument right into a boozy flamethrower all earlier than closing the efficiency with a mighty flute drop.

I watched all of the Sturm und Drang unfold over Lizzo having “tarnished by twerking” round a white presidential Founding Father’s historic relic. I’m certain all of the backlash had nothing to do along with her being a feminine flutist, or perhaps a Black feminine flutist, and all the pieces to do with the Founding Father mythology this nation embraces, ignoring their legacy as slaveholders. It bought me to dive into my music assortment and I made a decision to revisit some notable Black girls who had been and are referred to as mistresses of the flute. 

Within the jazz world, as in lots of different music realms, most notable flutists have been male: Hubert Legal guidelines, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, Eric Dolphy, and Dave Valentin come to thoughts instantly. Nevertheless, wading by my assortment, I immediately pulled up some Bobbi Humphrey, who in some ways jogs my memory of Lizzo just because she was a crossover artist for many years, enjoying a mixture of jazz, pop, and R&B.  

Right here she is on her first Blue Observe album,  with trumpeter Lee Morgan:

All About Jazz covers her profession and biography:

She has been named “First Woman of the Flute” by the critics and listeners alike and, from the accomplishments in her musical profession, deservedly so. For 3 many years now, Bobbi Humphrey has been enjoying her particular model of music to audiences around the globe. Her skilled profession started in 1971 when she was the primary feminine signed to Blue Observe Data.

Definitely a woman enjoying a flute should have appeared one thing of a novelty then. Humphrey proved, nonetheless, she was not only a “first” or novelty, however a expertise to be reckoned with. For in 1973, her LP, Blues and Blues was not solely an enormous business success, however established a powerful crossover marketplace for her. Additionally, in 1973, she was invited to the celebrated Montreux Worldwide Music Competition in Switzerland the place Leonard Feather, famous critic of the Los Angeles Instances, acclaimed her “the shock hit of the pageant”. Since then Humphrey has repeatedly proved her sustaining energy, for at present she is the one profitable feminine urban-pop flutist on the scene. Additional proof is the truth that she was acclaimed “Finest Feminine Instrumentalist” (1976 and 1978 to each Billboard and Report World, and “Finest Feminine Vocalist” in Cashbox. That is actually a milestone for any instrumentalist.

Born in Marlin, Texas and raised in Dallas, Humphrey’s coaching on flute started in highschool and continued by her years at Texas Southern College and Southern Methodist College. It was there that Dizzy Gillespie noticed her when he served as a choose in a school-wide competitors . With Gillespie encouraging her to pursue a profession in New York Metropolis, Humphrey wrote a letter to New York’s famed Apollo Theatre and obtained a telegram quickly afterwards telling her, “We’ve got reserved a spot for you on Newbie Evening”. She didn’t take additional convincing , nor did she have hassle discovering her “spot” within the music business.

Considered one of her huge hits within the crossover mode is heard right here, with visuals from Wattstax, a massively profitable pageant in 1972 which celebrated African American music, artwork, and tradition:

In 1976 Stevie Marvel invited her to play on what would develop into one in every of his iconic albums, Songs Within the Key of Life. Right here she is taking the flute solo on “One other Star,” which is over eight minutes lengthy.  Humphrey’s solo begins at 6:05.

I haven’t been capable of finding something about what’s she’s as much as at present—her web site is now not out there, and at 72, she could also be retired. Wherever she is, I thank her for the music.

I went to Howard College with one other notable flutist, Sherry Winston. AllMusic has this quick bio by MacKenzie Wilson:

At age 11, Winston first picked up the flute and by the point she was a scholar at Howard College, she was already shaping a reputation for herself. She started touring with a jazz ensemble, which included R&B chanteuse Roberta Flack, later touchdown herself a job because the Nationwide Director of Jazz Promotions at Columbia Data. There, Winston formed the careers of Miles Davis, George Michael, Hubert Laws, and the Marsalis Brothers. Her defining position within the music business, nonetheless, was to not be on the enterprise facet: Winston yearned to have a recording profession as a flutist. She issued Do It for Love simply previous to her major-label Grammy-nominated debut Love Is… in 1980. Love Madness adopted in 1986, however Winston took a protracted break earlier than releasing her fourth album Life Is Love and Love Is You in mid-2000.

Listed below are two of my favourite Winston tunes. The primary is her lyrical cowl model of Stevie Marvel’s “All is Truthful in Love”:

The second is a full of life lilting tune with an Afro-Caribbean beat.

My remaining choice for at present, although I’ll have extra within the feedback beneath, is from Nicole Mitchell. Her web site provides you an summary of her work:

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning inventive flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is maybe finest recognized for her work as a flutist, having developed a singular improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “High Flutist of the Yr” by Downbeat Journal Critics Ballot and the Jazz Journalists Affiliation (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s progressive music scene within the late 90s, and her music celebrates up to date African American tradition. She is the founding father of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and he or she composes for up to date ensembles of assorted instrumentation and dimension, whereas incorporating improvisation and a large aesthetic expression. The previous first girl president of Chicago’s Affiliation for the Development of Artistic Musicians, Mitchell celebrates infinite chance by “creating visionary worlds by music that bridge the conversant in the unknown.” A few of her latest work with Black Earth Ensemble explores intercultural collaborations; Bamako*Chicago, that includes Malian kora grasp, Ballake Sissoko, made its American debut at Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Competition in September 2017. offers some perception into her background:

A local of Syracuse, New York, Mitchell was born round 1967. Her father, an engineer, moved the household to Anaheim, California, when she was eight years previous, and he or she spent most of her youth in Southern California—and located that racist attitudes gave her extra issues there than in Syracuse. For instance, her neighbors informed her to not stand in entrance of their home as a result of her presence would drive down property values. With a pure aptitude for music, math, and physics, she began enjoying the piano and the viola in fourth grade. She switched to the flute at age fifteen, she informed J. F. Tapiz of, as a result of “the sound drew me in and I recognized with it spiritually.” She tried out for her highschool jazz band however was turned down as a result of the director didn’t need to make the particular effort obligatory to permit a flute to be heard over trumpets and trombones.

Enrolling on the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Mitchell studied math whereas she thought of making an attempt to develop into a classical flutist and listened to musicians comparable to Irish classical famous person James Galway. Her first prolonged publicity to enjoying jazz got here as a sophomore at UCSD, when she took an improvisation class from jazz trombonist Jimmy Cheatham. Cheatham launched her to the flute recordings of Nineteen Sixties multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, and he or she was immediately hooked. With little outlet for her jazz energies at UCSD as soon as she was completed with Cheatham’s course, she started acting on the streets of San Diego for spare change. Removed from being immersed in her personal world, she would tailor her improvisations in keeping with her impressions of particular person passers-by.

She would in the end wind up in Chicago, the place she was road busking:

For a gifted jazz participant, road busking in downtown Chicago (her regular spot was the nook of Jackson and Wabash streets) was a greater guess than San Diego: Chicago was dwelling to a big neighborhood of progressive jazz gamers, lots of whom had been related to a collective known as the Affiliation for the Development of Artistic Musicians (AACM). The collective dated again to the mid-Nineteen Sixties however was (and stays) a potent drive in Chicago jazz, nurturing massive, freeform ensembles that will affect Mitchell’s personal music profoundly. Different musicians she met on the road steered her towards the AACM, and shortly she was enjoying in an all-female AACM group known as Samana that experimented with vocals, hand percussion, and different devices comparable to a sitar.

Right here she is in 2019 performing reside in live performance in Atlanta, the place she tells a narrative along with her flute.

The Atlantic Middle for the Arts in collaboration with Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Basis offered Nicole Mitchell, reside at Timucua in July 2019.Along with her had been Doug Mathews and Anthony Cole, and for the finale, the associates from ACA Residency # 174 joined in for a newly minted piece: Border Parade.

Try the full of life “dialog” between flute and kora on this Black Earth Ensemble efficiency.

I hope at present’s story has launched you to some flutists you didn’t know, or introduced again reminiscences of these you already did.

As for Lizzo, I’m pleased to report that her enjoying a lifeless white president’s flute has raised lots of consciousness in regards to the Library of Congress’ collections, which can hopefully ship a few of her thousands and thousands of followers exploring.

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