This week on The Local Take, we're talking about the African American community, health disparities, and why we are hesitant to trust the medical community with our care.  Not because of what they say, but because of what they do.  I reached out to two doctors.  Dr. Jayne Morgan from the Association of Black Cardiologists and Dr. Thaddeus Bell, founder of Closing the Gap in Healthcare.  We discuss the historical disparities that have impacted our community.  

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by the Manely Firm, PC. They will be regularly sponsoring Fonda Smith's traffic reports during Morning Jazz with Morris Baxter and during The SOUL of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad. The Attorneys of the Manely Firm have been providing experienced representation in family law matters in Georgia for over 30 years. They practice international family law, divorce, child custody, division of marital assets, estate planning and probate matters.

Brian Simpson & Steve Oliver release a new single from their album Unified(Shanachie Entertainment).  The Road Never Ends is a mid- tempo soothing song featuring Brian’s noticeable keyboard/piano strokes complimented nicely by Steve’s well known guitarist licks. Rounding out the ensemble is Alex Al on bass, Eric Valentine on drums and Roman Yslas on percussion.  This is the kind of song that will compliment any activity, like your afternoon ride with Jamal Ahmad, host of the SOUL of Jazz daily from 2p-7p on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Democrat Raphael Warnock made history in one of Georgia's two Senate runoffs on Tuesday when he became the first Black person to be elected to the Senate from the state and the first Black Democratic senator from the South.

"Georgia certainly made me proud last night," Warnock told NPR's Noel King Wednesday morning. "They decided to send a kid who grew up in public housing to the United States Senate to represent the concerns of ordinary people."

Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET Tuesday

The political world has trained its focus on Georgia's two U.S. Senate races, which will settle the kind of Senate that President-elect Joe Biden will be dealing with.

The races, taking place Tuesday — the day before Biden is slated to be certified by Congress as the winner of the 2020 presidential election — are expected to be close. Consider that Biden won the rapidly changing but previously traditionally Republican state by fewer than 12,000 votes.

The Local Take, Kathleen Bertrand Says Vote Tuesday

Jan 3, 2021

This week on The Local Take, I reached out to Kathleen Bertrand, singer and Black Girl Magic personified, to talk about her new song My Voice, My Vote, which I'm sure WCLK listeners have been enjoying.  

Tuesday, January 5th is the last day to vote in the Georgia Senate Run-Off Races. For more information.

 

I ask Bertrand about her family's survival during the Pandemic, and she explains that "Testimony #1" is that she's still here. 

 

 

This is the last Saturday before the January 5th Georgia Senate Run-off elections. I reached out to Maynard Eaton, an Emmy award-winning local journalist, a journalism professor, and the current National Director of Communications for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to speak about what voting in a run-off election means. 

Eaton shares that his family has relocated to Indianapolis, where his wife picked up work during the Pandemic. Like most of us, he's zooming, working remotely, and being careful of COVID-19. 

Blake Aaron: Sunday Strut (feat. Najee)

Jan 1, 2021
Innervision Records

As we ring in the New Year many of your favorite Jazz artists are releasing new music. Guitarist Blake Aaron jumpstarts 2021 with Sunday Strut, the third single from his Color and Passions full length released in September of 2020. This infectious single featuring Najee is an  uptempo tune designed to get your New Year off to a lively start.

French jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Claude Bolling, whose work spanned jazz clubs, the big screen, and Carnegie Hall, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His death was announced by his representatives.

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Dec 31, 2020
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Your holiday season probably looks pretty different this year and it's more important than ever to nurture our sense of community.  It’s a reminder to support organizations like Jazz 91.9 WCLK. We're a nonprofit radio station that helps the community stay informed and connected.

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2020 was very good for Phil Denny with Billboard’s Top 10 Lifted which followed his #1 Feel Alright which featured guitarist David P. Stevens. Tough Get Goin’ is an uptempo song that may reflect the mood of us all after a year we won’t soon forget.

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This week on The Local Take, I'm speaking with Economy Jackson, the Asset Building Director with the United Way of Greater Atlanta. She will tell us about the 15th Anniversary of EITC Awareness Day, January 29, 2021. I've never heard of this day. EITC stands for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness.

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