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Snarky Puppy is a Brooklyn, New York-based instrumental fusion band led by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas.
The band's lineup is often in flux as members routinely perform with other artists such as Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, Ari Hoenig, Roy Hargrove, Snoop Dogg and others. Currently the core touring unit is Michael League, Robert "Sput" Searight, Nate Werth, Shaun Martin, Cory Henry, Justin Stanton, Bill Laurance, Bob Lanzetti, Mark Lettieri, Mike Maher and Chris Bullock. Besides performing in a traditional setting, Snarky Puppy is committed to music education. While touring, the band has held over 100 clinics, workshops, and masterclasses in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.
The band released their debut album, The Only Constant, in 2006. Snarky Puppy's first three albums were released under Sitmom Records. Since their fifth album, Tell Your Friends (2010), the band has been signed to Ropeadope Records.
The band's latest album, We Like It Here, was performed and recorded live in October 2013 at the artistic compound Kytopia in the city of Utrecht. It was released in February 2014, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. On January 26, 2014, Snarky Puppy, along with Lalah Hathaway, won a Grammy Award in the Best R&B Performance category for their rendition of the Brenda Russell song "Something" from Family Dinner - Volume 1. On October 25, 2014 the band was signed to Impulse! Records.
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Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi and by age seventeen was playing the guitar at parties, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded by Alan Lomax there for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he headed to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician, eventually recording, in 1946, for first Columbia and then Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess.
In the early 1950s, Muddy and his band, Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elgin Evans on drums and Otis Spann on piano, recorded a series of blues classics, some with bassist/songwriter Willie Dixon, including "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "I'm Ready". In 1958, Muddy headed to England, helping to lay the foundations of the subsequent blues boom there, and in 1960 performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960.
Muddy's influence is tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock 'n' roll, hard rock, folk, jazz, and country; his use of amplification is often cited as the link between Delta Blues and Rock 'N' Roll.
Although in his later years Muddy usually said that he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, in 1915, he was most likely born at Jug's Corner in neighbouring Issaquena County in 1913. Recent research has uncovered documentation showing that in the 1930s and 1940s, before his rise to fame, he reported his birth year as 1913 on his marriage license, recording notes and musicians' union card. A 1955 interview in the Chicago Defender is the earliest claim of 1915 as his year of birth, which he continued to use in interviews from that point onward. The 1920 census lists him as five years old as of March 6, 1920, suggesting that his birth year may have been 1914. The Social Security Death Index, relying on the Social Security card application submitted after his move to Chicago in the mid-1940s, lists him as being born April 4, 1913. Muddy's gravestone gives his birth year as 1915.
Muddy's grandmother, Della Grant, raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth. Della gave the boy the nickname "Muddy" at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Muddy later changed it to "Muddy Water" and finally "Muddy Waters".
The shack where Muddy Waters lived in his youth on Stovall Plantation is now located at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He started out on harmonica, but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties, emulating two blues artists in particular, Son House and Robert Johnson.
On November 20, 1932, Muddy married Mabel Berry. Guitarist Robert Nighthawk played at the wedding and the party reportedly got so wild the floor fell in. Mabel left Muddy three years later when Muddy's first child was born; the child's mother was Leola Spain, 16 years old (Leola later used her maiden name, Brown), "married to a man named Steven" and "going with a guy named Tucker". Leola was the only one of his girlfriends with whom Muddy would stay in touch throughout his life; they never married. By the time he finally cut out for Chicago in 1943, there was another Mrs. Morganfield left behind, a girl called Sallie Ann.
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Yes are an English rock band who achieved success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. The band's current line-up since February 2012 consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.
Squire formed Yes in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson. Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer's Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a line-up of Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes line-up. Their early sets were a mix of original material and cover versions.
The 1970s saw Yes release the albums that are widely viewed as their creative peak: The Yes Album, Fragile (both in 1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974) and Going for the One (1977). For most of this period, the band included Anderson, Squire, Howe (who replaced Banks in 1970), Rick Wakeman on keyboards and Bruford, or later Alan White, on drums; Kaye and Patrick Moraz each play keyboards on one of these albums. After the relative failure of Tormato (1978) and the rise of punk rock, Anderson and Wakeman left the band in 1980; Squire, Howe and White recorded Drama with Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn, both also members of The Buggles. The band disbanded in December 1980, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.
Yes reformed in 1983 with Anderson, Squire, White, a returning Kaye, and singer and guitarist Trevor Rabin, adopting a more pop rock sound. This quickly became the most commercially successful Yes lineup with 90125 (1983), which spawned the US number one single "Owner of a Lonely Heart", and Big Generator (1987). The tour in support of Union (1991), which amalgamated members of Yes and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, was a commercial success that featured an eight-man line-up (instead of a quintet). Subsequent albums and singles have sold less well.
The band toured almost constantly between 1997 and 2004, including both 30th and 35th anniversary shows, also releasing the albums Open Your Eyes (1997), The Ladder (1999), and Magnification (2001) during this period. After a four-year hiatus, Yes resumed touring, replacing Anderson with Benoît David and Wakeman with his son Oliver Wakeman due to health issues. In 2011 they released Fly from Here featuring Downes, who returned on keyboards after 30 years. The following year David left the band due to illness and was replaced by Jon Davison, also of Glass Hammer. The band's twenty-first studio album Heaven & Earth, their first album with Davison, was released in July 2014.
Yes are one of the most popular, influential and critically acclaimed acts in the history of the progressive genre, and have influenced bands such as Dream Theater and Rush. Nine of their twenty studio albums have reached the top ten in either the UK or the US charts, with two reaching the number one spot in the UK. They have sold 13.5 million certified units in the US.
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Digable Planets /ˈdɪɡəbəl ˈplænəts/ was an American alternative hip hop trio based in New York City, composed of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland) and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving (from Philadelphia).
Butler and Irving met in Philadelphia in the late 1980s, whilst Viera and Irving had been a couple whilst attending Howard University. Originally from Seattle, Butler was interning at Sleeping Bag Records in New York and would visit his grandmother in Philadelphia where Irving was living and rapping with an outfit called the Dread Poets Society (later known as the 7 OD’s). Despite recording under the name Digable Planets, the initial demos featured only Butler. After a brief stint with two other members, Butler began collaborating with Irving and Vieira in 1989.
The group signed to Pendulum Records in 1992 and all three band members moved to New York, where Butler and Irving became roommates. Their debut album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) was released in 1993 and certified gold by the RIAA. The album's lead single, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on Billboard magazine's singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The track peaked at #67 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1995.
The group's second album Blowout Comb was released in 1994. The album was noted by critics as a stark departure from the previous album, being darker, less hook-oriented and more overtly political in its references to Black Panther and Communist imagery. Writing for Spin in December 1994, Craig Marks declared it "... a beguiling, demanding, damn near revolutionary follow-up." Blowout Comb features guest appearances from artists Jeru the Damaja, Sulaiman and Guru of Gang Starr.
In the same year the group appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as "Album of the Year" by Time magazine.
The band subsequently disbanded in early 1995 citing "creative differences".
In February 2005 the trio reunited and embarked on a reunion tour, which was followed by the release of a compilation album titled Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles on October 15, 2005 that combined previously released material with remixes and B-sides.
The group performed at Numbers, in Houston, Texas, on May 15, 2010, alongside the hip hop duo Camp Lo. During an interview with the Houston Chronicle near the time of this show, Doodlebug stated that a new single would be released, called "Fresh Out", and that a new album was planned for digital release in summer of 2010. The group also performed alongside hip-hop group The Pharcyde at the North by Northeast music festival in Toronto, Ontario on June 19, 2011.
A reunion show scheduled for December 2012 in Seattle, Washington was cancelled days before the performance. When asked in a subsequent interview about the group's status, Butler stated "I think it's the end."
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Jim Mullen was guitarist with Pete Brown & Piblokto! for two albums in 1970. He then played with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's first three albums together with future Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh, Mullen then joined Kokomo and later toured with the Average White Band.
It was while both musicians were touring the U.S. with AWB in the mid-70s that Mullen met up with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, and throughout the 1980s, he found considerable critical, if not commercial, acclaim as joint leader of the pioneering British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen. Record producer Richard Niles, who produced the band's sixth album, It's About Time, would go on to produce three solo albums for Mullen.
Mullen has also played and recorded with, among others, Pete Brown & Piblokto!, Mose Allison, Hamish Stuart, Joanna Eden, Tam White, Claire Martin, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame, Sinan Alimanović and Frank Holder.
He has won many British music awards including "Best Guitar" in the British Telecom Jazz Awards (1994, 1996 and 2000).
Most recently, Jim Mullen has recorded as part of The AllStars, a collective of session musicians on their Paul McCartney-produced album All About the Music, alongside special guests Jocelyn Brown, Hamish Stuart and Angelo Starr.
In 2014, Mullen featured prominently on the Citrus Sun Album, People of Tomorrow, produced by Incognito co-founder, Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick.
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Gee Caver In Support of Baker's Keyboard Lounge
The tag line for my company, Key of Gee, is “Have A Very Musical Day”. My life is filled with rhythms and sounds. I am listening, writing reviews, singing and humming all day. A friend asked if I could go 24 hours without turning on music. I told him I could and then began to wonder “what was I thinking?”
I took the dare and learned a great lesson. I kept to my regular routine – up early tied up my walking shoes – headed out for some exercise with no IPod – no music!
Walking my regular route, I noticed a large pothole in the street. Every vehicle that hit that hole had a different sound da-dum da-dum. The business on the corner flies three flags. As the wind blew the flags there was a whip, pop, whip sound and the rope on the flags was banging the pole, clang um clang. I started smiling, is nature making me cheat?
Car horns blowing, loud mufflers, dogs barking, birds chirping -- the leaves on the tree – the sound of my shoes hitting the pavement -- everything has a sound – its own cadence.
For 24 hours, I didn’t turn on any music. I took the time to be present in the moment and enjoy my surrounding and heard some wonderful sounds. And I still had a Very Musical Day.
This year, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge celebrated 76 years of Jazz – maintaining its standing as the world’s oldest Jazz Club.
In an effort to keep the music playing, Roger Tucker and Three Quarter Step will host a Wednesday Night open mic Jazz Jam at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. Come out and hear Jazz-America’s music performed by Detroit’s premier artists. In the weeks to come there will be fabulous door prizes and special celebrity guest performances. You won’t want to miss a week.
The open mic Jazz Jam starts Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 9:30pm. All Musicians and vocalists are invited to perform.
Baker’s is known for hosting the best in Detroit’s Jazz including: James Carter, Rayse Biggs, Calvin Brooks, Al McKenzie, Penny Wells, Allan Barnes, Vonne', Jazzeray, Gwen Dommond, David Myles and Mylestones, Guymon Ensley, Ange Smith, Ola Hemphill, Rene King-Jackson, Earl Klugh, Straight Ahead, Port of Call, to name a few. Come and experience standing on the stage that also hosted: Dave Brubeck, Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson, Sunny Stitt, Kenny Burrell, Jon Lucien and Sea Wind. Mix with the spirits of Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Liberace, Dr. Teddy Harris, Ken Cox, Donald Walden and the list goes on and on.
Calling All Past Performers -- It’s up to us to keep the music playing!
Baker’s Keyboard Lounge
Detroit, MI 48221
HAVE A VERY MUSICAL DAY!
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Born c. 1969, in St. Petersburg, FL; daughter of Lance (a saxophone player and keyboardist) and Linda Abair. Education: Attended University of Northern Florida; graduated from Berklee College of Music, magna cum laude, 1991.
At a time of sagging sales for contemporary and smooth jazz, pop-inspired saxophonist Mindi Abair has brought the cool factor back onto the jazz scene, boosting not only her own popularity, but that of an entire genre as well. With her heavy emphasis on the sounds of R&B and dance music as well as pop and rock, her jazz tunes defy categorization, and have attracted many new, young listeners to the genre. Although most clearly defined as a jazz musician, she cut her teeth playing the saxophone for pop superstars the Backstreet Boys. That connection showed clearly in her 2003 major label debut, It Just Happens that Way. "Lucy's," a single from the album, debuted at the number one position on the Radio & Records chart for most airplay. Following on the single's heels, the album itself landed in the top ten on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart.
Abair grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, in a family of musicians. Her father, Lance, was a saxophone player and keyboardist. His band, the Entertainers, frequently played on the road, and Lance took his family along with him, including Abair and her mother, Linda. Abair was the third generation of musicians in the family; her grandmother had been an opera singer. Young Mindi Abair learned to play the piano when she was five years old, while on the road with her father. She soon fell in love with the saxophone, again following her father's example. She had learned to play the sax by the time she was eight years old, and that same year she began writing her own music.
By the time she reached high school, Abair was an accomplished musician, playing in her high school marching band, in which she also played drums. There was never a point at which she decided to make music her life, she recalled later, she simply always was a musician. Her early influences were not only the music of jazz musicians such as Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and others, but top 40 hits as well, and this blend of tastes defined her work in later years.
After graduation from high school, Abair won a full scholarship to the University of Northern Florida to study music. But she soon found that the music department was not receptive to her interest in contemporary jazz. "It was a great experience," she later explained to Kevin Walker in the Tampa Tribune, "but they were very traditional." After a year she transferred to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she found herself at home with instructors and fellow students, who appreciated her desire to fuse jazz with rock, dance, and pop sounds. Among her most influential teachers was famous saxophone instructor Joe Viola, who helped her further hone her composition skills. After class she got even more experience playing in jam sessions with classmates in the dorms.
Following her graduation from Berklee, Abair moved to Los Angeles. Unlike many of her peers, she chose not to get a day job to help support herself; she expected her music to support her immediately. To this end, she put together a band to play in clubs at night and, lacking other work, she played on the streets of Santa Monica during the day. The gamble paid off when new age recording artist John Tesh spotted her in one of her club gigs and invited her to join a concert tour he was putting together. She accepted, and her career was off and running. More job offers rolled in, and soon she was playing with such acts as the Gap Band, Adam Sandler, Mandy Moore, Teena Marie, and perhaps most significantly, from 1999 to 2001, the pop group the Backstreet Boys.
Bud Harner, a Verve record label representative, caught one of Abair's acts in concert. He later described the scene to Dave Scheiber in the Chicago Sun-Times: "The whole place was just mesmerized by her, this beautiful, young, blond woman ... just burning on the horn." Abair was already committed to a long-term tour with the Backstreet Boys tour, so she and Harner agreed to talk when she returned.
For Abair, the gig with the Backstreet Boys--two years on the road as the band's featured sax player--marked a major milestone in her career. She played in 50,000-seat venues throughout the United States and Europe, making professional contacts and gaining valuable experience that would serve her well in her later career as a soloist. After her return from the tour in 2001, she sent Harner a demo CD, and Verve gave her a contract. The result was an album called It Just Happens that Way, Abair's major label debut. The title of the album came from a 1962 live album by jazz saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, on which he can be heard saying, as quoted on the Verve Music Group website, "Hipness is not a state of mind. It's a fact of life. You don't decide you're hip. It just happens that way."
The album debuted to brisk sales and to critical acclaim. A single from the album titled "Lucy's" hit the number one spot on the Radio & Records chart for most airplay, and the album itself climbed to the top ten on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart. The record label began receiving fan letters from teens, an accomplishment normally reserved for pop stars. Abair has said of her debut that it was the culmination of a lifetime of work, that all of her playing and practicing and performing had been leading up to this achievement. She couldn't have been happier, too, with the success of the album at music stores and among critics, who praised it for its fresh approach to jazz. Abair was proud, not only of landing her own recording contract and playing her own compositions, but for having achieved success in a field largely dominated by men.
Abair has continued to live in Los Angeles. As for the future, she has said she plans to produce many more albums, and to one day start a family. "I grew up on the road," she explained on the Verve website, "so I think I can pull it off.... But I have to meet someone first."
by Michael Belfiore
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(born 4 January 1942, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz, and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion.
In 2010 guitarist Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive". The Indian tabla maestro Zakir Hussain has called him "one of the greatest and one of the important musicians of our times". In 2003 McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
After contributing to several key British groups of the early sixties and making his first solo record Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) he moved to the USA where he played with Tony Williams's group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric jazz-fusion albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute to Jack Johnson and On The Corner. His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences.
From a family of musicians (his mother being a concert violinist), McLaughlin studied violin and piano as a child and took up the guitar at the age of 11, exploring styles from flamenco to the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. He moved to London from Yorkshire in the early 1960s, playing with Alexis Korner and the Marzipan Twisters before moving on to Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, the Graham Bond Organisation (in 1963) and Brian Auger. During the 1960s he often had to support himself with session work which he often found unsatisfying but which enhanced his playing and sight-reading.
McLaughlin moved to the U.S. in 1969 to join Tony Williams' group Lifetime. A recording from the Record Plant, NYC, dated 25 March 1969, exists of McLaughlin jamming with Jimi Hendrix. McLaughlin recollects "we played one night, just a jam session. And we played from 2 until 8, in the morning. I thought it was a wonderful experience! I was playing an acoustic guitar with a pick-up. Um, flat-top guitar, and Jimi was playing an electric. Yeah, what a lovely time! Had he lived today, you'd find that he would be employing everything he could get his hands on, and I mean acoustic guitar, synthesizers, orchestras, voices, anything he could get his hands on he'd use!"
He played on Miles Davis' albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew (which has a track named after him), On The Corner, Big Fun (where he is featured soloist on "Go Ahead John") and A Tribute to Jack Johnson. In the liner notes to Jack Johnson, Davis called McLaughlin's playing "far in." McLaughlin returned to the Davis band for one night of a week-long club date, recorded and released as part of the album Live-Evil and of the Cellar Door boxed set. His reputation as a "first-call" session player grew, resulting in recordings as a sideman with Miroslav Vitous, Larry Coryell, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, the Rolling Stones, and others.
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The 'Wedding Ringer' star says he doesn't feel comfortable playing gay characters on screen, but has no 'ill will or disrespect' for the gay community.
Kevin Hart, pictured at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, says he won't play a gay character on screen, but not because of any 'ill will' towards the gay community.
Kevin Hart has played a businessman, a security guard and even a boxing promoter, but one role you might never see him take on is a gay character.
In a recent interview with "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105.1, Hart said he just wasn't comfortable portraying a homosexual character on screen.
"No — not because I have any ill will or disrespect," the 35-year old comedian explained. "It's because ... I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100% because of insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Does that make sense? Like, what I think people are going to think while I'm trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way that I'm supposed to."
Kevin Hart said on Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club that he did not feel comfortable playing gay roles.
The actor also told the New York hip hop radio station that he had turned down a gig as a gay character in 2008 comedy "Tropic Thunder."
Hart said he declined the role of Alpa Chino, which was later given to Brandon T. Jackson, because the character was too "flagrant," although in the final script of the movie, the character's sexuality was much less obvious — with him only admitting he was gay at the end of the film.
Kevin Hart said he turned down the role as Alpa Chino in 2008’s ‘Tropic Thunder,’ which eventually went to Brandon T. Jackson, because the character was too ‘flagrant.’
"In my defense — first of all, before I say this, I'm politically correct. To the gay community, I respect and appreciate you for everything y'all do, and as people, I love you — the part was way more ... in the beginning, the dude was doing a lot of stuff in the draft that I read. I'm not saying it. It was real flagrant," the standup comedian said.
"It was a lot of stuff, and I was like, 'I can't do this,'" he added.
Hart hasn't completely ruled at the possibility taking on such a role in the future, but said, "Right now, it's just not on the drawing board."
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Dr. Myles Munroe, along with his wife and daughter, died in a plane crash on Sunday, November 9, 2014. The small plane crashed into a crane as it was approaching the Grand Bahama Airport. Dr. Munroe and eight other passengers were on the Lear 36 jet which left the Lynden Pindling International Airport at 4:07 p.m. According to the Department of Civil Aviation, the aircraft crashed as it was making its landing.
Munroe, born in 1954, was the founder and president of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BMFI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI). BMFI, a non-profit company, is not a church but a Christian Growth and Resource Center which oversees a network of agencies and ministries which provide for the training, recruitment, development and release of spiritually sound, purpose-driven, confident and character-based individuals. These individuals are motivated to excel by their conscious responsibility to make the most of their inherent leadership potential.
Pastor Munroe was the president of the International Leadership Training Institute, the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the International Third World Leaders Association. He was also an internationally renowned teacher, leadership mentor, bestselling author, motivational speaker, life coach and government consultant. He has traveled extensively around the globe as a trainer for leaders in religion, business, education, government, media and sports.
This multi-gifted speaker has authored 69 books and helped countless people transition from potential into purpose. His ministry centered on the Kingdom of God and not a religion. His teachings emphasized that the whole Bible and the message of Jesus has nothing to do with a particular religion as most people understood it. When asked about his vision he replied:
I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is, trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest herself or himself.
As the president of MMI, Dr. Munroe said his personal commitment, dedication and passion was to help as many people as he could discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for life. He vowed to give all of his time, gifts, energy and talent to serve the success of others. Munroe said:
"They deserve the best and I intend to give them my best."
In 1988 Munroe was recognized as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire Award. This honor was bestowed by Her Majesty, England’s Queen Elizabeth, for his social and spiritual contributions to the country’s national development. For providing 25 years of outstanding service, he also received the Silver Jubilee Award from the government of the Bahamas.
At the time of his death Dr. Munroe was headed to the Global Leadership Forum. This conference, hosted by Munroe, was scheduled for November 10th through 13th. The Forum is reportedly continuing despite the leader’s untimely death. It is being held at the Grand Lucayan Resort Bahamas under the theme, “Leading Change in a Globalized World Through Principled Innovative Leadership.”
Leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Branville McCartney, said Dr. Munroe’s legacy will not be forgotten but will continue to impact and inspire generations of great Bahamians. He offered his condolences to the family and his loved ones and said:
The Bahamas lost one of its greatest sons. His work as a religious and community leader over the years has inspired a generation of Bahamians. Dr. Munroe was always eternally invested in the future and development of our great country, its direction, the strength of its leadership and its focus on the will of God.
Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth Ann, were the proud parents of two children: Myles Jr. and Charisa. Reportedly, his wife and daughter were also among the passengers who did not survive the crash. His son, church family and leaders worldwide mourn the passing of one of the greatest leaders of this generation who devoted his life to empowering people to reach their full potential.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
What will Bruce Jenner think?
Ever since Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner announced their divorce, 'sources' have been crawling out of a whole house load of woodwork to start rumours that both parties have already got themselves back into the dating scene.
Most prominent was a rumour that Kris was now dating a certain Corey Gamble, after they were spotted looking awfully couple-like at Kim Kardashian's bday in Las Vegas.
Now, daughter Khloe Kardashian has come forward to confirm that her YES, momager is, in fact, no longer a single ladee.
Mother Kris Jenner is the subject of alleged unwanted attention, while daughter Khloe Kardashian is busy with her …
Sad times for, er, anyone looking for their five minutes of fame on the show.
Talking to E! News, Khloe, 30, actually gave her mumma's new BF the grand seal of approval - because every Kardashian needs another Kardashian's dating approval, obvs.
She revealed: "Corey was over last night and he's great. I love him."He's so sweet and my mom is really happy."
AWW. That's actually kinda cute.
She added: "I like to see her in such a positive, happy state. It's a good Kris Jenner."
Corey AKA Justin Bieber's co-manager natch, started off as being just friends with 58-year-old Kris, but as an insider told E!, their spark couldn't really be ignored. AWW.
The insider said: "What started off as a friendship has turned romantic, but it's all very new."
New, schmew. We're imagining this one could go on for at LEAST three series.
Although Kris and Bruce only filed for divorce in SEPTEMBER, it looks like her new beau has already taken her on a romantic getaway to Mexico, as you do really.
After Corey was spotted boarding the private jet to Kim's Vegas birthday celebrations, reports claiming he's the best thing since sliced bread popped up all other place, which is good isn't it?
A source recently told E! Online: "He's a really great guy. He's been part of [Justin] Bieber's group for a while and they met through mutual friends.
"He's so nice, and a very responsible man. He doesn't drink or party. He is very caring and generally just an all-around good guy."
Perhaps someone should go on a hunt for a similar guy for poor Khlo, who's having relationship troubles of her own after losing ex-husband Lamar Odom.
Just when she wants to sign the divorce papers, conveniently.
30-year-old Khloe filed for divorce ten months ago, but an insider told Us Weekly: “Khloe can’t even get in touch with him right now.”
Another added: “He refuses to sign the divorce papers.”
Still, at least she can distract herself with be-friending her new potential step-dad, right?
By Rachel Pilcher | omg
Corey is SUPPOSEDLY standing behind Kris here Copyright: [Instagram]
Things are getting VERY, VERY MESSY!
It's all kicking off!
Just days after Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa announced their shock split, the public war of words has well and truly begun.
We reckon things are about to get very, very, messy!
Clearly wanting to put a stop to the rumours that she'd been getting cosy with Mariah's ex Nick Cannon, the 30-year-old model decided to take Twitter for a good old-fashioned rant.
And instead of just blasting the claims that SHE'D been unfaithful, she decided to throw her hubbie, 27, under the bus... claiming that he was the cheat!
Amber wrote: "Please stop with the fake stories. I would never ever ever cheat on my husband in a million years I think u guys know this.....
"Unfortunately my now ex husband can't say the same…."
Admitting that she was totally heartbroken, Amber added that all she cared about now was her 19-month-old son.
She wrote: "I'm devastated and crushed but my main focus is Sebastian. Thank u for all the support in this difficult time."
Despite the bitter breakdown of the relationship, it seems that Amber stands to gain a whopping $1m thanks to her hefty, 8-page per-nuptial agreement.
The model officially filed for divorce from the rapper this week, after tying the knot in a secret LA ceremony just 14-months ago.
Who says that romance is dead, eh?
News of the split comes just one month after Amber shared a wedding pic on her Instagram page, alongside the now slightly awkward caption of: "I knew as soon as I met u, u were the one for me sweetheart. Happy 1 year anniversary@mistercap and many more to come"
Erm... Perhaps not?
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Kanye West's ex cites irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split, and she also wants full legal and physical custody of their 19-month-old son, Sebastian, but she is willing to give Wiz visitation access.
But while Amber had been tweeting about how upset she is, it doesn't seem like Wiz is *quite* as cut-up about the whole thing.
Around the same time, he posted: "Today is a magical day for many of us. Let it be yours too."
Yeah, slightly different vibe there. Awks.
By Jennifer Ruby | omg
Amber Rose has blasted hubbie Wiz Khalifa on Twitter and it's AWKS. Copyright [REX]
Wiz and Amber with their son Sebastian on their wedding day. Copyright: [Instagram]
He sent an EMAIL instead of telling her in person...
It put a major cloud over her big day.
And months after her wedding, Kim Kardashian has FINALLY spoken out about why her little brother ditched off the ceremony.
WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!
The 33-year-old has revealed that Rob decided to jet home to the US BEFORE she actually tied the knot because he was feeling 'uncomfortable.'
Apparently, the 27-year-old was feeling so insecure and depressed about his weight and size that he couldn't face seeing anyone... and left without even speaking to his sis.
According to Kim, her bro didn't even tell her face-to-face that he was bailing on the wedding and sent her an EMAIL to just hours before.
Kim told Andy Cohen: "Yeah, he sent me a long email the morning of [the wedding], saying that he was gonna leave, and there was no fight.
"I just thought, 'You know what, this is my day, I'm not even going to worry about it,'" she added.
"I totally understand that he wouldn't want to see a lot of people if he was feeling uncomfortable and you can only pray and wish that someone would not miss out on more memories in life, because life is about memories."
But while Kim seemed (kind of) understanding about the MAJOR BRUSH OFF, she admitted that she was still doing her while tough love thing.
She told Andy: "My brother and I are so close – he’s one of my best friends. I try to encourage him but once you don’t make that change don't for so long, I get frustrated and my patience runs out.
"I'm definitely a tough love kind of person. If i don't like something that's going on in my life, I change it, and I don't sit and complain about it for a year."
Doesn't sound like it's all water under the bridge *quite* yet.
By Jennifer Ruby | omg
Kim Kardashian has FINALLY spoken out about Rob ditching off her wedding. Copyright [Bravo]
Rob has been struggling with his weight for over a year. Copyright [REX]
He fled the country before the wedding as he felt so insecure. Copyright [Splash]
Rob completely missed his sister's big day. Copyright [E! Online]
Kim and Rob used to be very close. Copyright: [Splash]