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Semifinalists for the 2017 Grammy Music Educator Award revealed


Twenty-five music teachers have been selected for the 2017 Music Educator Award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation to recognize “current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.”  Last year’s winner, Phillip Riggs, has displayed his award on his living room mantle, …

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Historic recordings from National Press Club now online


The Library of Congress unveiled this week a new online presentation of speeches by some of the most noted newsmakers of the 20th century, as originally presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Press Club has hosted luncheons featuring prominent guest speakers (including presidents, international leaders, and …

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Carole Bayer Sager: Playing her song


“That’s What Friends Are For” was a huge hit in 1985 for Dionne Warwick and Friends … and for lyricist Carol Bayer Sager. Fans never seem to tire of playing her songs, as we hear now from Rita Braver: Her face may not be familiar, but her songs certainly are, …

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"Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira is a global citizen


For “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira, part of keeping a positive outlook in today’s difficult world means making sure she’s part of the solution, not part of the problem.  That means taking on projects like the video she co-wrote about creating sustainable communities in parts of Africa that have …

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Donald Faison is back to his TV doctor roots


Donald Faison put on his stethoscope again to play Dr. Christopher Turk, but this time, it wasn’t for scrubs.  Faison teamed up with actors Patrick Dempsey, Alan Alda, Noah Wyle and Lisa Edelstein in a video to encourage people to see a real doctor for annual check-ups and take control …

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