ANN RABSON, Piano player/guitarist/vocalist. In 2003, honoring her "life-long dedication and contribution to the art of boogie piano," Ann was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in Cincinnati. That same year, at the W. C. Handy Awards in Memphis, she received her 7th nomination for a W. C. Handy Award, this time in the Traditional Female Blues Artist category. As a child (in 1949) upon hearing Big Bill Broonzy, she made her first connection with the blues. Although at the time...
URBAN BUSH WOMEN, CHRISTAL BROWN (choreographer, educator, performer, writer, activist). Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women is a dance ensemble that engages a diverse audience by producing bold and life affirming work based on women's experiences, African American history and cultural influences of the African Diaspora. Company activities include the creation and performance of works for the stage; artist training in dance and community engagement; and public project...
TRET FURE. One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure is extraordinarily talented. This year found her winning the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition in two out of three categories, Best Up-Beat and Best Overall. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure possesses an uncanny mastery of musical technology. Over the past 30 years, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, inclu...
Shirley Chisholm, who had been in declining health since suffering a series of small strokes last summer, died Saturday at age 80. This special woman so full of grace, class, wit & wisdom, not to mention the courage of her convictions, will be sorely missed. We expect to talk with SHOLA LYNCH, filmmaker, Ã¢â¬ÅChisholm Ã¢â¬â¢72 - Unbought and Unbossed.Ã¢â¬? "CHISHOLM '72" recaptures the times and spirit of a watershed event in American politics, when a black woman dared to take an equa...
Jim Wilkes is the founder and senior partner of the Tampa law firm, Wilkes & McHugh. He flew to Thailand on Sunday and personally donated $100,000 to the relief effort aiding victims of the Tsunami.
Wilkes first became familiar with Thailand and its people while stationed there back in 1971 & 1972 during the Vietnam conflict.
HeÃ¢â¬â¢s been in Thailand since SundayÃ¢â¬Â¦(roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?The preciousness of lifeÃ¢â¬?)
That was Tampa attorney Jim Wilkes,...
The city of Tampa unveiled 3 new hybrid electric buses today; the first in the state of Florida to be used for public transportation. Ed Crawford works for HARTLINE, he says the hybrid buses produce up to 90 percent less pollution, and cost 25 percent less in maintenance than regular buses.
This is the sound generated one foot away from the back of a regular HARTLINE bus
And this is the Sound behind a hybrid bus
A reputed member of the Ku Klux Klan, Edgar Ray Killen, has been arrested in the 1964 shooting deaths of 3 civil rights workers campaigning for voting rights for black people --James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Mississippi, and two white New Yorkers, 20-year-old Andrew Goodman and 24-year-old Michael Schwerner.
It was the first time the state has sought criminal charges in the case, which was made into the movie Ã¢â¬ÅMississippi BurningÃ¢â¬?
In 1967, the Justice Department t...
INTRO: Today, an estimated forty thousand people gathered to witness the ninety-ninth Epiphany celebration, in Tarpon Springs. The day began with a liturgy at the St. Nicolas cathedral, followed by a procession down Tarpon Springs streets towards Spring Bayou, where a heavily weighted wooden cross was tossed into the chilly waters. A group of Greek Orthodox youth waited in boats, awaiting passage into manhood. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Mark Antokas files this report.
SCRIPT: Forty-five Greek Orthodox ...
American Lung Association gives failing grades to Florida on Tobacco Control
A new Report on the state of Tobacco Control in Florida gave out mostly failed grades to the state this afternoon.
Breaking down the report into 4 categories, the only passing grade the health organization gave the state was on the Smokefree Air Law.
Brenda Olson is Director of Governmental Affairs at the American Lung Association of Florida. She says that high mark is laid almost 100% a...
This morning, the Hillsborough county commission discussed the issue of whether commissioners should be able to accept gifts worth more than 100 dollars. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
Commissioner Kathy Castor tried to bring up the issue last month, following a series of newspaper articles in the St Pete times which detailed how Jim Norman as a member of the Tampa Sports Authority, sat in a box at Tampa bay bucs games, and got free food and ...