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Roots of Music aims to change New Orleans kids’ lives

Aug. 06, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One. Two. Three. Four. One. Two. Ready. Breathe. For a brief moment, it’s silent as a roomful of grade-schoolers take a breath and wait for a signal. With a wave of his hand, their director, Lawrence Rawlins, queues them in and...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 05, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Ringo Starr gets honorary degree from Boston music school

Jun. 02, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Ringo Starr finally made it to Boston on Thursday to receive his honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music. The school originally announced that the Beatles drummer would receive a doctorate in music at commencement ceremonies in May, but Starr was unable to...

Prize-winning Texas drama teacher to get special Tony Award

Jun. 02, 2022 10:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators will go to a drama teacher in Texas who argues that “musical theater has a unique way of bringing people together.” Roshunda Jones-Koumba, the theater director at G.W. Carver Magnet High School in Houston will receive...

Utah students pick transgender teacher as graduation speaker

May. 28, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, Utah (AP) — The ninth graders who graduated from Syracuse Arts Academy this week hold a special place in science teacher Bree Borrowman’s heart. Borrowman began transitioning two years ago when the students were seventh graders, and they supported her, she said, at...

2 women working to diversify access to music in Wilmington

May. 23, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Christina Brier described music as a stability in her life. No matter what was going on as a child, she could always turn to her harp and find comfort in it. Now, Brier and her childhood friend Linda Estep are trying to spread the same comfort and joy to...

USC-Upstate grad’s bold artwork is gaining global acclaim

May. 23, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Early on a school day sometime in 2014, a retired police cruiser pulled around to the loading dock at Dorman High School. Strapped to the top of the Crown Victoria were a pair of giant canvases, paintings in progress for Ludovic Nkoth, who was trying,...