Organization breaks ground on promising new center

Feeding America brings Community Solution Center to northwest neighborhood.

(l to r) Councilman Bill Bestpitch; Rob Ward, operations director, Food Lion Corp; Mayor Sherman Lea; Captain Rick Morrison, Vice Mayor Anita Price; Councilwoman Michelle Dykstra and FASWVA CEO Pamela irvine at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Community Solution Center Monday, June 26. – Photos by S. hale

by S. Rotan Hale

Thanks to the concerted efforts of a group of conscientious individuals, things are changing in a big way for a northwest Roanoke community.

Representatives from Feeding America Southwest Va. (FASWVA) gathered Monday, June 26 to break ground on their newest project–a Community Solution Center (CSC).

The plan has been in the works for several months and will transform the former JB’s Lounge, at 2328 Melrose Ave. to a vibrant facility offering a host of services aimed at providing food for area youth and empowering the community on various levels.  Continue reading Organization breaks ground on promising new center

NAACP’s Jazz on the Lawn goes over the top!

Mixture of good music and tasty food proved to be an afternoon delight.
Members of the G4 band keep the crowd ‘rockin.’ The group was one of three bands featured at Jazz on the Lawn. – Photos by S. Hale

by Jazmine Otey

Sensuous jazz melodies, strong vocal chords, and the mouthwatering aroma of fried foods filled the air as the NAACP ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ event kicked off Sunday, June 25. The fun took place on the spacious lawn of Clint Barlow and couldn’t have happened on a better evening. The sky was clear crisp blue and a soft breeze worked against the summer heat, creating a solely idyllic experience.  Continue reading NAACP’s Jazz on the Lawn goes over the top!

Major Update on Dumas Hotel Legacy, Inc. purchase

The Historic Dumas Hotel

The Dumas Hotel Legacy, Inc. made major announcements today regarding its campaign to secure ownership of the historic Dumas Hotel from Total Action for Progress.

Formal negotiations have been with TAP to purchase the historic property! A group spokesperson has announced that through their realtor they have recently made a second offer to TAP and have received a counter offer! Continue reading Major Update on Dumas Hotel Legacy, Inc. purchase

Internationally acclaimed native son to perform

Adrian Crutchfield

Native Roanoker Adrian Crutchfield, known around the world for his neo-soul sound creating music in a variety of genres such as jazz, R&B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and fusion, will be featured over the weekend in Roanoke on several occasions. Starting with a reception at the Harrison Museum on June 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

His high-energy shows bring diversity to jazz never seen before with music for every generation! Adrian takes pride in bringing a new and powerful sound, merging jazz with today’s pop and hip-hop. Adrian has taken the world by storm in recent years, not only as the last sax player to perform and record with Prince, touring the world and being featured on Prince’s last three albums, but also touring domestically and internationally with acts such as Lionel Ritchie, Bette Midler, and Cee Lo Green, all the while writing and building his 2017 release titled ‘Leap.’ Continue reading Internationally acclaimed native son to perform

Continentals install officers and award scholarships

Recipients and parents from left: Kim and Kendra Corpening, Kai Washington-Brown, Asia Moore, Quo Vadis Washington-Brown and Johnny Brown.

The Roanoke Chapter Continental Societies, Inc. met Saturday, June 17, at the Gainsboro Library with local president Donna Lee presiding, completing another extraordinary year. Chapter accomplishments include last year’s “First Annual Black and White Evening of Jazz,” initiation of four new members: Iris King, Shirley Poindexter, Vickeishia Smith and Eunice Younger, and the “Black Girls Really Rock” scholarship fundraiser.” Continue reading Continentals install officers and award scholarships

The perpetual sound of music . . .

It has been said, “Music is a ladder whereby the spirit of man may ascend to the Supreme Horizon.” Also that music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

“Give me the making of the songs of a nation and I will tell you the nature and characteristics of its people,” stated another, as music is allied to the highest sentiments of man’s moral nature. Music emanates best through LOVE–of God, country, home, family and friends–as opposed to things! Music is also among the most important of arts as it has the greatest effect upon the human spirit–as well as the animal kingdom. Continue reading The perpetual sound of music . . .