New museum traces history of Black music across genres

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new music museum in Nashville is telling an important and often overlooked story about the roots of American popular music. The National Museum of African American Music has opened in Nashville’s musical tourism district. Unlike museums that focus on a genre or label, this museum is touted as the first to span multiple genres including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who serves as a national chair for the museum, says it was long overdue to honor African American music and the role it has played in America.  The museum has 1,600 artifacts in the collection. Visitors can learn dance moves with a virtual instructor and sing “Oh Happy Day” with a choir.last_img read more

Sun & Soil

first_imgTemperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and home gardeners are beginning to plan their fall vegetables.If you’re new to food gardening, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers tips that should lead to a successful fall harvest.Establish the garden in a location that receives full sunlight, from six to eight hours per day.Prepare the soil before planting based on soil test recommendations. A laboratory soil test takes the guesswork out of determining whether the soil needs fertilizer or lime to nourish your fall garden crops.To have your soil tested, visit the Extension website for directions on taking soil samples. Then bring your dry soil sample to your local Extension office with the $10 testing fee.Plant fall vegetables on schedule and use varieties that are recommended for Georgia. For a list of recommended cultivars and planting dates, refer to UGA Extension Circular 963, “Vegetable Gardening in Georgia,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.Control weeds, pest insects and diseases.When Mother Nature does not supply rainfall, water your garden thoroughly at soil level. And, as always, if you have any questions, contact your local Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for advice.last_img read more

Hero CPL tournament to bowl off in St Lucia on August 4

first_img… CEO Damien O’Donohoe says fifth instalment of Hero CPL will be ‘the year of the fans’THE stage is set for the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to be the biggest and best party tournament to date, after tournament organisers confirmed that the fifth instalment will start on Friday, August 4 with St Lucia Stars welcoming 2015 champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.The 34-game competition, which will be staged in seven countries over a six-week period, will conclude with the final on Saturday, September 9, with the name of the host country set to be announced in due course.The times for the Florida swing of matches have been confirmed, while the remaining start times will be confirmed in the coming weeks.There will be the usual blend of day and night games, with the starting times to be announced shortly, and the St Lucia opener will lead into two keenly-contested double-headers in Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida (on the weekend of August 5-6) where Guyana Amazon Warriors will face Chris Gayle’s St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Barbados Tridents will square off against reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in back-to-back games.The action will then move to Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago which will run simultaneously with the St Lucia leg of matches (from the week of August 7 to 15), before Guyana and St Kitts & Nevis host the middle legs of the biggest party in sport (August 17-23).As the race for one of the coveted finals berths heats up, the final rounds of matches will be held in Jamaica (from August 25 – September 1) and Barbados (from August 29 – September 3).Finals week will begin with a play-off on Tuesday, September 5 before the two eliminators and the final, which will round off the 2017 tournament on Saturday, September 9.Looking ahead to the 2017 campaign, Hero CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe said; “We are delighted to announce the dates of the Hero CPL fixtures earlier than usual this year which we believe will enable fans, sponsors, media and all of our key stakeholders ample opportunity to plan their trips and holidays for the biggest party in sport.“Last year was the tournament’s biggest, with a global TV and online audience of almost 150 million and in the region of 250 000 fans attending our games. We are determined to enhance the fan participation across each venue, ensuring an even better experience for the many thousands of fans who will descend on each of our seven host countries.“Once more we have the best talent in world cricket across our six teams. There have been a lot of eye-catching transfers, with Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Smith moving sides in the close season and the likes of Afghanistan’s exciting leg-spinner Rashid Khan, Chris Morris and Kane Williamson set to make their tournament bows. We are excited to welcome such a high calibre of talented, local and international players to the Hero CPL in just a few months’ time.“It is our pledge to make the 2017 Hero CPL the ‘Year-of-the-Fan’ and there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes to showcase all that is great about Caribbean culture, society and sport around the world.”Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks online from www.cplt20.com.last_img read more

Whicker: If the Dodgers get just a few good swings, nobody cares about the misses

first_imgA generation ago, someone asked Wally Joyner where home runs came from.“If I hit them, it’s because of two mistakes,” said Joyner, then the Angels’ first baseman. “The pitcher made one, and I made one.”The facts of life have changed.The Dodgers hit 237 home runs. Few were by mistake. Those long shots are the game plan, just like the power sweep was to the old Packers. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season This, in their minds, is the logical answer to defensive shifting. The outfielders can’t sit in the pavilion.So that’s the task for the Atlanta Braves, who have returned to the playoffs ahead of schedule and are here for Game 1 of the Division Series on Thursday night.The Braves’ pitchers allow the lowest slugging percentage in the National League and the second-fewest home runs. The Dodgers lead the league in both categories.The Braves must be mindful of the quick strike, since 101 of L.A.’s homers have come with nobody out, and 49 have happened on 0-and-0 counts.And they need to be creative when finishing. The Dodgers have homered more times on 0-and-2 pitches (nine) than on 2-and-0 (six).But the intent is not mysterious. Only 15 of the homers were stroked to the opposite field. When their swings put numbers on the board, nobody asks about their misses.“It’s what (Angels general manager) Billy Eppler was saying when he talked about hiring a probability-based manager,” said Garret Anderson, the all-time Angel in terms of hits and doubles. “That’s the business model that is being used.“I didn’t have a home run swing. In 2000, I had 26 before the All-Star break but I was hitting .246. Mo Vaughn came over one day and said, ‘That’s not you,’ and he was right. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Trout, they’ve got that natural uppercut. But now you’re seeing guys model their swings that way.”Anderson’s career included 287 home runs and 2,529 hits.“I was worried about the batting average,” he said. “If your batting average got too low, you didn’t play. Today they don’t seem to care about that, or the strikeouts, either. So I’d probably try to do what they’re doing.”Bill James invented a “game score” to measure starting pitchers. Anything 80 or above is really good. Only 13 starters had a game score of 66 or higher against the Dodgers after the All-Star break. Seven were left-handers. The other six were right-handers with high-caliber weapons, such as Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom and Jack Flaherty.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img The Dodgers have gone deep in 38 of their past 41 games. The last time they won a game without hitting a home run was Aug. 15, against San Francisco. They have gone without a bomb only 17 times since July 1.This is nothing new or unique in today’s baseball, but it’s difficult to grasp the extent of it when you’re watching day by day.All eight spots in the batting order, prior to the pitcher, have produced at least 20 home runs this season. They are betting that your pitcher(s) can’t cross that eight-lane street four times, against the light, without getting hit. Statistically, they are winning that bet.When the 1988 club got to the World Series and won it, the long ball was just a byproduct. It took those Dodgers 54.9 at-bats to hit a home run (according to Baseball-Reference.com). Only 7.4 percent of their fly balls scaled the fence.In 2018 the Dodgers got a homer every 23.2 at-bats, and 10.9 percent of their fly balls landed in somebody’s lap, in fair territory. Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb was one of those lefties, with an 85 game score in a win on July 29.Staying close is Atlanta’s key. The Dodgers are 22-22 in one-run games, thanks to an oscillating bullpen, and their occasional struggles to actually construct a run.The Braves ranked No. 2 in the league in hits and batting average, and Freddie Freeman led the league with 191 hits. Nick Markakis was third. They, too, have lineup depth. They also won 23 of 35 one-run games.“I’m watching the wild-card game Monday night,” Anderson said. “Javier Baez is trying to hit a homer off a guy throwing 95 (Scott Oberg) in the bottom of the 13th (and struck out). Maybe you’d rather just try to get on base there. You get into October against the good pitchers, and it might not be that easy to hit home runs.”If it were easy, every Dodger would do it. On these given nights of the playoffs, they don’t all have to. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more