The Weather Channel’s Vivian Brown speaks at alma mater- JSU

Jackson State University’s very own Vivian Brown of The Weather Channel was home to participate in the school’s annual Mass Comm Celebration earlier this week. JSU’s official newspaper, The Blue & White Flash, was on hand to report all the details. Check it out below. (Photo credit: Dominique McCraney)

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Experimenting with Encaustic Art

Hi there! How are you? We have been pretty good over here. Enjoying the beautiful Spring blossoms everywhere and the more frequent sun breaks too!

Maybe it’s the Spring energy or the fact that I’ve started the second part to the Brené Brown online class but I’m feeling inspired! I have been wanting to try encaustic art forever but I’ve always been a bit intimidated by all that comes with it.

Well…this week I finally dove right in! I ordered my encaustic medium, a heated palette (mini griddle), hake brushes, encaustic boards and a heat gun. While waiting for it all, I devoured this book and watched every youtube video on encaustic that I could find.  Yesterday, it all arrived on my doorstep and I was like a kid at Christmas! All smiles, clapping my hands and doing a little jig. I was that excited. Dorky but…

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Chuck D Keynote Speaker at JSU’s 8th Annual Creative Arts Festival

Member of Public Enemy and 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Chuck D will deliver the keynote address for Jackson State University’s 8th Annual Creative Arts Festival: The Legacy of Freedom Summer.

The festival will open Friday, April 13 in the Johnson Hall Art Gallery with a reception and photo exhibit from 6 pm to 8 pm. The exhibit will feature the work of Dr. Doris Derby entitled Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Chuck D will deliver the keynote at 10:45 am Saturday April 12 in the Student Center Theater followed by a book signing for Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality and Chuck D: Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionary. 

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This event is free and open to the public. Get a full schedule of events which include panel discussions and student performances here.

For more info on Chuck D and Public Enemy, including a current tour schedule visit the group’s official website.

Tamar Braxton’s Voice

(by Deleesa Hunter)

Tamar Braxton’s voice has been on my mind lately, so I’m glad I got the chance to finally write about it. Tamar Braxton is the star of reality hit reality series Braxton Family Values and the spin-off Tamar and Vince. She also just happens to have an amazing singing voice. There is so much about her voice that I just LOVE, while there are some things she does with her voice that I am not a fan of. I will explore all of these points in this blog.

What I love about her voice is the clarity, weight, agility and timbre. Tamar’s voice, especially in the upper register, reminds me of a horn. As she ascends in her range her voice gets more resonant and freer. It’s almost as if her voice is relieved to finally hit an f5. It’s a very light voice which allows her to move very freely, again, mostly in her upper chest register. She is a true coloratura soprano. Unfortunately it takes her a while to get to the freedom she achieves in her high notes. Most times it doesn’t happen until the very end of the song. Why is this? Aren’t lower notes, by default, easier to sing  than high notes? Not necessarily. Continue reading Tamar Braxton’s Voice