Sun Ra is (a Girl Power Academy) featured Jazz Musician

image of Sun Ra

Sun Ra was a highly productive jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader best known for his “cosmic” philosophies on life and music, and for leading his musical ensemble, the Arkestra.

Famed jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. He began performing professionally as a teen and, after moving to Chicago in 1945, immersed himself in jazz and the blues. Along the way, Sun Ra was influenced by space, religion and radical social movements—all of which found their way into his music. A prolific composer and record label owner, he took to wearing colorful, outlandish costumes with his band members.

Born Herman Poole Blount on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama, Sun Ra had an affinity for the piano at a very young age. Ra, who came from a religious family, began performing with other musicians as a teen. In addition to playing with a wide range of musicians from different genres, he wrote and produced songs. After moving to Chicago in 1945, Ra gained important experience working with a growing number of blues and jazz singers, composers and bandleaders, including Wynonie Harris, Fletcher Henderson and Coleman Hawkins.

Chicago also exposed Ra to an African-American intelligentsia and a hotbed of political activism. These religious, cultural and political influences found their way into his music.

In 1952, Ra officially changed his name to Le Sony’r Ra (he also performed under the names Sonny Lee and Le Sonra) while continuing to compose and work with a wide range of jazz practitioners. He also started a record label, Saturn Records, inspired by his love and respect of astronomy as well as the growing influence of spirituality in his life and music. Also in the ’50s, Ra and his band, widely known as the Arkestra (a riff on “orchestra”) began wearing ornate, outlandish costumes in performance—a further manifestation of Ra’s spiritual and theatrical nature.

Performances often included free expression, drum choirs and dancers, and sometimes even acrobats. In The New York Times’ obituary of Ra, writer Peter Watrous noted that the performer’s “willingness to play almost anywhere, from jazz clubs to Egyptian pyramids, from Lower East Side dives with huge 50-member bands, to Coney Island with John Cage, allied him with early performance artists. His career argues persuasively against limitations.”

Ra’s reputation as an Afro-eccentric charlatan-genius in the tradition of Marcus Garvey or Elijah Muhammad led to him becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest avant-garde musician-composers.

But Ra’s skills as an exceptional pianist and composer, always aligned with the swing jazz and blues traditions, never waivered. He also played the organ, harpsichord, celesta and Moog synthesizer. He remained a great innovator, moving to New York in 1961 and to Philadelphia in 1970, and absorbing the spiritual and creative energies of those cities and distilling them into his music. Ra’s extensive discography of studio and live recordings continues to be a reference point for established and up-and-coming jazz musicians and composers.

Sun Ra died in Birmingham on May 30, 1993.

~this music Biography abut Sun Ra was  provided by: http://www.biography.com/people/sun-ra-39870

The Sun Ra “Nuclear War” (music audio) is being posted here FOR NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. Special thanks and a shout out to Scott for sharing this last night!!!  

Sun Ra Official Website: http://www.sunraarkestra.com

Michael Archie is (a Girl Power Academy) featured Comic Book Artist recommendation

Michael Archie, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and the Creator of WorkForce Comics.
Michael Archie, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and the Creator of WorkForce Comics.

Michael Archie is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and the Creator of WorkForce Comics. An Atlanta native, he elected to attend Georgia Southern University where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2007, Archie began creating freelance artwork under his privately owned art company Perfect Man Designs. Chasing a childhood dream, Archie began developing a comic series in 2012. His dream came to fruition in 2014 when he Self-Published WorkForce Comics: Vol. 1.

You can check out more work by Michael Archie and buy Workforce Comics at:

https://perfectman.wordpress.com

Archie’s influential WorkForce Comics and coveted T-shirts as well as his music inspirations have a devoted audience in Portland, Oregon spanning Mt. Tabor to Goose Hollow, East Burnside to the skirts of Beaverton and Hillsboro.  His comics are making rounds in Vancouver and Seattle, Washington. New Jersey peeps have delivered his good news to Virginia.  New York received him and took him to Ferguson… So, if you ain’t familiar with Mykel yet… NOW is the time to get on board!!!  

a Girl Power Academy is honored to present a few choice works and WorkForce Comic strips with permission from the artist:

"Cosmic Chilln" colored pencil 24x18 2014 illustration by Michael Archie
“Cosmic Chilln” colored pencil 24×18 2014 illustration by Michael Archie
"Critical Beat Down" excerpt from WorkForce Comics Volume 1 by Michael Archie
“Critical Beat Down” excerpt from WorkForce Comic Volume 1 by Michael Archie
"What About Landlines" excerpt from WorkForce Comic Volume 4 by Michael Archie
“What About Landlines” excerpt from WorkForce Comic Volume 4 by Michael Archie

THE INTERVIEW PART 1 (D@MN A SETH ROGAN)
Posted on January 7, 2015

Polite Conversation Interviews Michael Archie about Workforce Comics

THE INTERVIEW PART 2 (D@MN A SETH ROGAN)
Posted on January 9, 2015

Polite Conversation interviews Michael Archie about Workforce Comics (continued)

"Stop Police Terror" Nov. 2010 illustration by Michael Archie "I did this piece as tribute to resistance. Also to pay respects for Derrick Jones, Oscar Grant, Leonard Bradley Jr. and anyone else who has been murdered by the hands of law enforcement." (~M.A.)
“Stop Police Terror” Nov. 2010 illustration by Michael Archie
“I did this piece as tribute to resistance. Also to pay respects for Derrick Jones, Oscar Grant, Leonard Bradley Jr. and anyone else who has been murdered by the hands of law enforcement.” (~M.A.)
"Revolutionary Spirit" colored pencil, 22x18, Jan 2014, by Michael Archie
“Revolutionary Spirit” colored pencil, 22×18, Jan 2014, by Michael Archie

workforce-comic-business-cards-by-michael-archie

Portland fans can buy WorkForce comics at Music Millennium on Burnside.
Portland fans can buy WorkForce comics at Music Millennium on Burnside.
Music Millennium endorses WORKFORCE COMICS by Michael Archie!
a Book Club Logo (sold) by Michael Archie
a Book Club Logo (*sold) by Michael Archie

“Pain Killers” by K. J. Legry

Associated Press FYI: 1. Drug makers are seeking to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids. 2. The Industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide from 2006 through 2015. 3. a coalition of pharmaceutical companies and advocacy groups formed the Pain Care forum.
Associated Press FYI: 1. Drug makers are seeking to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids.
2. The Industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide from 2006 through 2015.
3. a coalition of pharmaceutical companies and advocacy groups formed the Pain Care forum.

Lobbyists work against opiate reforms
(Geoff Mulvihill, Liz Essley Whyte and Ben Wieder, Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity 9:21 a.m. EDT September 19, 2016)

Makers of prescription painkillers have hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

The drugmakers vow they’re combatting the addiction epidemic, but the Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on their drugs, such as OxyContin; Vicodin; and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince’s death.

The industry and its allies spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015 – more than 200 times what those advocating for stricter policies spent and eight times more than the influential gun lobby recorded for similar activities during that same period, the AP and Center for Public Integrity found.  (to read the complete AP Sourced article click on: Delaware Online ) 

Fashion Victims:

co-workers dialogue "sugar and spice and everything nice" series excerpt from Girl Soda Atlas, by K. J. Legry as featured by Girl Power Academy
co-workers dialogue “sugar and spice and everything nice” fashion victim series excerpt from Girl Soda Atlas, by K. J. Legry as featured by Girl Power Academy

To view more of K. J. Legry’s Girl Soda Atlas you may click on and Visit the following links:

About the artist: K. J. Legry

Introduction to the Girl Soda Atlas (the alap):

The Alap of Girl Soda Atlas

Most Current Chapter Installment:

girlsodaatlas.wordpress.com