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Posted: 9/18/2005 4:32:01 PM EDT
Another reason I won't contribute to Hurricane Katrina victims.



Emotions Run High at Katrina Jazz Concert
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer


NEW YORK - With the exception of the now-famous Kanye West outburst, celebrity-driven benefits for Hurricane Katrina victims have followed a familiar formula — musicians singing heart-tugging ballads while famous faces implore viewers to give, all in a sanitized, apolitical tone.

Those elements were present at Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Higher Ground" hurricane relief benefit concert Saturday night. But the five-hour concert was also stirring for the emotionally charged performances and speeches that assigned blame for the tragedy.

"When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country ... it revealed one," actor and activist Danny Glover said in a speech with Harry Belafonte in which both criticized the government, not only for the response to the hurricane but for the conditions prior to it.

"Katrina was not unforeseeable," Belafonte said. "It was the result of a political structure that subcontracts its responsibility to private contractors and abdicates its responsibility altogether."

Celebrities taking part included Bette Midler, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Toni Morrison, Robert De Niro, Cassandra Wilson, Meryl Streep, Shirley Caesar and the evening's host, Laurence Fishburne. A condensed version was broadcast on PBS.

Robin Williams poked fun at the administration during his standup routine, in which he imagined an ethnically named Hurricane and its attitude: "I'm going to go to Kennebunkport and see if they respond any quicker!"

The Bush family compound is in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Bill Cosby played it straight as he called on the American people to hold government accountable.

"This happened to the people. The constitution says of the people, by the people, for the people," he said. "But the people who got the office, got into office and forgot about the people."

Elvis Costello, who performed with jazz giant Allen Toussaint, said he heard conservatives were worried about Katrina's rebuilding cost: "I just hope we keep in our minds that an effort like this can never be too expensive."

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks best summed up the tone of the evening. After singing one tribute, he said: "That's the way I feel about New Orleans; This is the way I feel about the country right now."

Then he launched into the angry song "Tell Me The Truth," singing lines like "Nowadays, wrong is right, down is up, black is white, bad is good, truth is a lie" before defiantly singing, "Somebody tell me what's right," to applause.

But some of the most poignant moments didn't need a political agenda.

Young jazz trumpet player Irvin Mayfield of New Orleans played the melancholy tune "Just A Closer Walk with Thee," and dedicated it to the rebuilding of New Orleans and "to my father, who is still missing."

Other performances transplanted the audience to the city's vibrant musical scene: Diana Krall gave a sultry performance of "Basin Street Blues"; Paul Simon joined Buckwheat Zydeco for a zydeco jam fest; jazz singer and pianist Peter Cincotti played a tune called "Bring New Orleans Back."

The evening ended with Wynton Marsalis, event organizer (and Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director), leading members of the jazz orchestra through a Duke Ellington tune that played out like a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral.

It began somber and searing, as the horns wailed for the city. Then it transformed into a joyous celebration, complete with dancing, snaking through the auditorium and back on stage.

In the end, instead of a funeral, it represented a resurrection, which is what is hoped for New Orleans.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 4:38:39 PM EDT
im shocked..
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 4:40:59 PM EDT
Gee... Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte critical of Bush?


Say it ain't so...
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 4:53:35 PM EDT
fuckers are ALWAYS around to take pot shots but can never defend their bullshit in a debate.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:01:25 PM EDT
Belafonte can go step on a land mine for all I care.

He's an asswhipe.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:04:56 PM EDT
I haven't heard any Republicans taking shots at the mayor or governor when helping out/fundraising. Hell I saw an article in the newspaper today that said that the Republicans in Congress were at fault for those who died in NO because they didn't raise the minimum wage.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:05:37 PM EDT
`Belafonte is a communist pig
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:14:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mag162:
`Belafonte is a communist pig


You got that right.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:29:41 PM EDT
Womb to the tomb.....these fucking idiots can't do for themselves, they expect the government to wipe their collective asses...because they are too stupid or too scared to do it themselves.

I have just about had a belly full of these intellectual wannabes. If they are so goddamn smart...why didn't they ban together and just deal with all the relief efforts themselves?

I can see Commrade Belefonte pulling dead bodies out of the wreckage or Robinov Williamski dangling under a helicopter to help some fucking idiot off the roof of his flooded shack. They CANT do it so they bitch about the government.

These people aren't in-touch with reality for the most part, and neither were the 100k+ idgits that stayed during a mandatory hurricane evacuation order. They wanna blame someone...try Mayor Notmyfault.

Fuck em all!
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:34:53 PM EDT

Robert De Niro
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:40:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
I haven't heard any Republicans taking shots at the mayor or governor when helping out/fundraising. Hell I saw an article in the newspaper today that said that the Republicans in Congress were at fault for those who died in NO because they didn't raise the minimum wage.



I'm sure someone famous has something to say about it, but do you seriously think the liberal media would broadcast that? It'd have to be live, they'd have to pull a Kanye (not in what they say, just meaning that the broadcast is live feed), that way it wouldn't be edited out.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:42:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:45:04 PM EDT
Free country and they are free to critique the President as they see fit.

And I am equally free to not purchase their products (films, albums) nor those of any advertisers (who pay their salaries) on their TV shows.

Link Posted: 9/18/2005 5:48:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 5:48:59 PM EDT by V-Rod]
I make it a practic NOT to see or listen to any of these scumbags preformers. I know that I alone wont make a big dent in their pocket books, but Im sure others think like me and there is power in numbers.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:08:44 PM EDT
No big surprise there. Many musicians are too STONED to know 1. what's REALLY going on 2. have a mind that is capable of coming up with their own opinion. Celebrities, such as actors typically never had a "real" life while occupied "pretending" (Acting) to be someone else, with so many "Personalities" floating around in a celebrity's head, I'm amazed these morons even manage to tie their own shoes. It's far easier for these "Sheep" to be spoon fed opinions and ideas by the cookie cutter mentality of a socialist media. Of course, you have guys like Michael Moore who've always felt inadequate around alpha males who hunt, fish, shoot, engage in sports, the Michael Moore types, being inferrior are against EVERYTHING that alpha males are into. Welcome to the Queer-i-zation of society. Democraps, will grovel to minority yet LOUD protesting groups that are "Anti" everything, they will sell you the idea that they can legislate out crime when their goal is to simply legislate out those with opposing opinions and political alignments, with the "In the business of doing business" mindset, they produce nothing, they serve no one other than themselves and political agendas all at the cost of US, and they tell us we will be safer for it wich is a lie they successfully tell Americans everyday, all the while laughing about how gullible the people are while furthering the push to a NEWER and more diabolical aristocracy.

Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:12:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WizardOfAhs:
No big surprise there. Many musicians are too STONED to know 1. what's REALLY going on 2. have a mind that is capable of coming up with their own opinion. Celebrities, such as actors typically never had a "real" life while occupied "pretending" (Acting) to be someone else, with so many "Personalities" floating around in a celebrity's head, I'm amazed these morons even manage to tie their own shoes. It's far easier for these "Sheep" to be spoon fed opinions and ideas by the cookie cutter mentality of a socialist media. Of course, you have guys like Michael Moore who've always felt inadequate around alpha males who hunt, fish, shoot, engage in sports, the Michael Moore types, being inferrior are against EVERYTHING that alpha males are into. Welcome to the Queer-i-zation of society. Democraps, will grovel to minority yet LOUD protesting groups that are "Anti" everything, they will sell you the idea that they can legislate out crime when their goal is to simply legislate out those with opposing opinions and political alignments, with the "In the business of doing business" mindset, they produce nothing, they serve no one other than themselves and political agendas all at the cost of US, and they tell us we will be safer for it wich is a lie they successfully tell Americans everyday, all the while laughing about how gullible the people are while furthering the push to a NEWER and more diabolical aristocracy.




Well........uh........HOOAHHH!!!
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:14:06 PM EDT
Marxist Love-Fest...
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:25:24 PM EDT
Isn't Belafonte the one that called Colin Powell a 'house nigger'?

I don't see how people can stomach being a libtard.. my head would explode from sheer cognitive dissonance.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:35:32 PM EDT
Liberal traitors
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 6:43:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 5:40:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/19/2005 5:42:08 AM EDT by KlubMarcus]

Originally Posted By Midnight-Sniper:
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer

Anyone got a pic of this girl? Oops, here's one. Looks like a Kerry voter.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 5:48:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jtw2:
fuckers are ALWAYS around to take pot shots but can never defend their bullshit in a debate.



Nor do you see them in the neighborhoods they bitch about, after dark, on foot.

It doesn't cost washed up actors and singers a dime to show up to a "fundraiser" and try to say something stupid enough to get in the news. They're pathetic grasps at relevance only highlight how useless they are.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:07:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Merrell:
Free country and they are free to critique the President as they see fit.




Just the same as I am free to call them fucktards!

Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:13:32 AM EDT

"When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country ... it revealed one," actor and activist Danny Glover said in a speech with Harry Belafonte in which both criticized the government, not only for the response to the hurricane but for the conditions prior to it.

"Katrina was not unforeseeable," Belafonte said. "It was the result of a political structure that subcontracts its responsibility to private contractors and abdicates its responsibility altogether."




And how in the hell is this The Bush Administration's fault? In 5 years his policies led to the conditions NO is in today? Pure BS!

They just don't know what to say anymore. This great country is heading down the drain .
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:20:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By leelaw:

Robert De Niro



DeNiro talks a good game, but he's just as big of a Hollywood leftist as the rest of them.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:36:44 AM EDT
If they can't find and put any blame on the Governor or the Mayor then they're some first order hypocrites.

But really, it's just more Hate Bush rhetoric.

I liked the way Bush said we'lll cut some other spending to help New Orleans. That should get their blood pressure near fatal levels.

The Perfect Storm. No matter what you're talking about in NO, the majority will be black. The only better thing that could have happened would have been for the Hurricane to have been the 7th of the season and named George.

Maybe it wasn't a disaster you could plan for? Maybe it was always just a catastrophe living on the edge of nature's grace and man's ambition?
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:40:42 AM EDT
no celebrity I give a rats ass about.

Essayons
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:45:11 AM EDT
Hey, I live in Kennebunkport!
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:50:26 AM EDT

Celebrities taking part included Bette Midler, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Toni Morrison, Robert De Niro, Cassandra Wilson, Meryl Streep, Shirley Caesar and the evening's host, Laurence Fishburne. A condensed version was broadcast on PBS.


How much money did they raise?

That's not a lineup I would pay to see for any cause.....
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