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Portland Observer
Thursday. April 8. 1976
Black Journal shows Kjuka
The Kjuka tribe in South America's
Surinam is known as “The Original
Brother." because anthropologists Dr.
Allen Counter and David Evans of Har
vard University believe that the tribe
continues “more African culture and
traditions than on the mainland continent
of Africa."
Dr. Counter and Evans have made
three expeditions to Surinam to study the
Djuka, and on the next edition of BLACK
JOURNAL, they discuss their studies
with host and executive producer Tony
Brown, and show a film of their latest
trip.
The Djuka tribe are the descendents of
African slaves who were brought to
South America by the Dutch in the early
seventeenth century. In 1667, the slaves
revolted and escaped into the jungle.
by Allen Jones
Entertainment Ratings
F a ir’ Good “ Excellent • * *
THE CRUSADERS
In the world of music land jazz in particular) there is no group more respected and
better known than The Crusaders". The jazz Crusaders were formed 21 years ago. 1
can’t think of any other gosepl, rock, country or jazz group that’s been together that
long.
Through the years, their popularity, talent and music continues to flourish. Being
able to change with the times is something that comes natural to the Crusaders. They
have always been innovators in the world of music. Like everyone else in the business,
there are lean times and fat times, fortunately for Joe Sample on piano, Stix Hooper
on drums; Wilton Felder on tenor saxophone and electric bass; and Wayne
Henderson on trombone the fat times have been more prevalent. A contributing
factor is their “oneness’ . the ability to put it all together at any given time is a
trademark with the Crusaders.
Their performance at the Paramount was typical of the spit and polish that has
always been associated with “The Crusaders". They performed a half dozen musical
selections, and half were taken from the album entitled "Scratch". Tunes like- “Hard
Times." "Eleanor Rigby" the title cut from the album "Scratch"; along with a couple
of new compositions. One by pianist Joe Sample entitled "Sparrow", a melodic airy
tune that just made you feel good, and the other was entitled "Sunshine", by Larry-
Carlton on guitar la new edition to the group) was a well written and well played piece
of music.
There are many things one could say about the Crusaders, and their contributions to
the world of music. But why bother? Let’s hope that they're together another 21
years. History isn’t always in the past, its the present and the future and the
Crusaders are most definately part of it all. After all their name should tell you
something - The Crusaders! Get it!!!
STILL BILL - BILL WITHERS • • •
Look!! Up on stage, he’s a blues singer!! No! He’s a pop singer!! No! He's a jazz
singer!! Frankly, Bill Withers calls himself a singer period. I call him one of the most
sophisticated writers, arrangers, producers and yes - singers in the business. Not only
do I have every album Bill has ever recorded, but also every single.
Since the day Withers quit his job on the assembly line with General Motors a few
years ago, then sat down and wrote most of the songs on his first album, entitled "Still
Bill" (that incidently turned "Gold" in nine months or less). Just the hint that Bill will
be appearing somewhere or he's got a new album out, keeps us fans running to check
him out. When I hear that Bill has a new album out, I don't ask, "How is it?" I just go
out and buy it. I just know it’s going to be out-of sight! Like his latest entitled
"Making Music".
And what beautiful music he makes. As he displayed to a capacity audience Friday
night at the Paramount Theater. His band, consisting of John Loukin on organ; Jerry
Jones on drums; Charles Reese on guitar. Don Freeman on piano; and John Blair on
electric violin, gave a very impressive performance. Individually and collectively the
musicians are talented professionals and very good.
Bill started the set with his chart busting "Gold Record", "Make Love to Your
Mind" (which is on his latest album "Making Music”; followed by "The Best You Can,"
I Love Y ou Dawn, I Wish You Well," “She’s Lonely," and a medley of some of his
prior releases
It s probably safe to say that more than half of the audience was there to see and
hear Bill Withers, but apparently no one’s appetite was totally satisfied. Although I
thought his half of the concert was excellent, seeing that there was a time factor
involved, too. He sang a total of eight selections, plus a medley of others. His phrasing
is flawless, his vocal projection is polished, his timing is impeccable and his voice is
mellow. I suppose one quality about Bill Withers that impresses me the most is his
ability to put everyday life to music. Which is a quality most singers haven’t been able
to do. If you’er into life, education and music, and not “really" hip to Bill Withers, and
his music, don't deprive yourself of the pleasure - he's the bed!!!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ENTERTAINMENT
April 9th - Spend an enjoyable evening viewing the latest American and European
fashions by attending the Ebony Fashion Fair at the Civic Auditorium, Friday, April
9th, at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the show will go to the scholarship fund to benefit
Links Community Campship Fund for Disadvantaged Youths and Portland Urban
League Education Fund. Get your tickets today at the Civic Auditorium, Stevens and
Son (Lloyd Center) or Hardy's Treasure Chest (Jantaen Beach Center,. Student
tickets are $5.00 up to age 26 with ID.
April 30th - The Albina Lions Club are having their third annual “Unity in the
Community” Fashion Show and Dance. Friday, April 30th at the Hilton Hotel
Ballroom A. West Coast Sound Assembly will provide the music. Tickets are $7.50
couple, $5.00 single. Ticket outlets are: Elks Lodge and House of Sounds or call
George Rankins at 288-6517 or Lonnie Bates at 225-3832.
April U th - Paramount presents - Les McCann (Dinner Show,.
April 17th - Paramount presents - Smokey Robinson.
May ? - Paramount will be presenting Count Basie and his Orchestra (As soon as we
know - you’ll know. Keep checking the Entertainment Guide for date and time.,
Correction:
Chairman of Commissioner Jordan’s Champagne Sip was Geri Ward.
Joe Joseph
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According to Counter, they were a
"rebellious people who refused the whole
concept of slavery," but their descen
dants are non violent murder is almost
non existent.
Counter and Evans show a film of their
latest ex,»edition to the Surinam interior
which depicts the cleansing ceremony
visitors undergo before entering a Djuka
village, the communal building of a hut,
native dances, children learning to paddle
Djuka boats and fiah with a bow and
arrow, and the preparation of bitter
cassava, the Djuka’s main staple.
BLACK JOURNAL is produced by
WNET/13, New York, with the assis
Lance of a grant from Pepsi Cola Com
,»any. BLACK JOURNAL will be seen on
KOAP TV on April 12th at 9:30 p.m.
PARAMOUNT CABARET PRESENTS
the renowned jazz pianist
Les
McCann
in a special dinner cocktail concert
Sunday, April 11, Show at 8:30
DINNER 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.
Dinner A Show $16.00
Cocktail - M ain Floor $6.50
M A R IE O 'H EN R Y
Starlet wins NAACP award
Marie O’Henry received an NAACP
Award for her work in "Deliver Us From
Evil".
On March 24, 1975. Miss O’Henry made
her co-starring debut in crime-drama
‘‘C aribe,’’ starring male lead Stacy
Reach; some of her other appearances
include such films as "Deliver Us From
Evil," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Three
The Hard Way," and ’Rape Squad.” In
between movies and TV assignments,
this m ulti-talented perform er spends
time modeling, a profession she has been
actively involved in since she was thir­
teen months old. During Miss O'Henry’s
college years she worked in the casting
department of an agency that booked
primarily models.
Marie O’Henry, formerly Marie 0 .
Carter, was born in New York City where
she obtained her elementary education;
she also attended schools in New Jersey
and Connecticut.
With the constant
support and encouragement of her fa
mily, Marie was a devoted student of the
arts, including dancing, singing, painting,
writing and muskal instruments, includ
ing the piano and guitar.
After two years of college at Syracuse
University (New York), she went on to
earn a B.A. degree from Spelman College
in Atlanta, Georgia, with a double major
in Drama and English. Upon graduation
she moved to I x>s Angeles where she
presently resides. Here she began a
concentrated professional career in the
theatre, participating in various work
shops in Ix»s Angeles including Watts
Writers Workshop, Kilpatrick
Cam
bridge Theatre Arts School and Inner
City Cultural Center. Performing with
these acting troupes and studying under
such notables as Rick Edelstein and Beah
Richards, provided the vital background
and experience that made the transition
to film work in 1973 so natural.
Jefferson High School's auditorium is
usually quite crowded with all types of
people on performance nights, but on
April 9th the audience will be made up of
students who all have one specific thing
in common - they're all Thespians.
Jefferson is to be the setting of the
Oregon State Thespian Conference, a
yearly tradition that includes many facets
of acting and all the performing arts.
"Seesaw", the show Jefferson will
present at the conference, is a bitter
sweet sto>-y of a New York dancer and
her brief love affair with an Omaha
lawyer. With a large chorus of 35, and
plenty of musical numbers and costume
changes, the show promises to be excit­
ing.
Workshops will be held during the
conference which runs the weekend of
April 9th through the 11th.
Topics
include scene design, dance and even
publicity. All of this proves the Thes­
pians will have a productive weekend at
the North Portland high school. Jefferson
Thespian president Ron net La Walker ex
plained her excitement about the upcom
ing event, “I think it’s a really great idea
getting a lot of Thespians together and
sharing ideas.”
This is all just a beginning for Jefferson
theater students who are in the play.
They will make a one week trip to
Muncie, Indiana in June to perform
"Seesaw" at the International Thespian
Conference which is held every other
year.
Once in Muncie, the cast will live on the
campus of Ball State University and
attend workshops and performances by
an assortment of other schools from
numerous states in the union. Along with
doing their own show, the Jefferson
Thespians will conduct a workshop in
acting techniques. Thia means that the
performers from Jefferson will be kept
very busy during their week long stay.
Janice Flowers, a "Seesaw" cast mem
ber, expressed her delight about the
coming trip, “Everyone needs a little
travel in their life and it'll be great to go
out and show people that we've got
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Dinner A Cocktail Reservations: Call 228-2053 or 228-5262 ext. 238
Other Seating: Paramount Box Office, Stevens A Son, Meier A Frank Statewide
The Portland Chapter
National Association For The
Advancement Of Colored People
and the Portland State University
Black Cultural Affairs Board
yam hands in extending to you an imitation to
The Premiere Opening N ight Performance
of
THE RIVER NIGER
by Joseph A. W alker
F R I D A Y , A P R I L 23, 1976
8:00 I N PUP. E V E N IN G
PSU P A R K P U P A P R E
Shattuck Hall, S. IF. Broadway and Hall
Join with us in our celebration
Jefferson hosts Thespians
by Debbie Shapiro
Balcony $4.50, $5.50
talent!”
Funds for getting to Muncie aren't easy
to come by, but slowly the cast is finding
ways of earning some. Candy sales,
performances of lecture demonstrations,
and a children's play all help add to the
growing account.
Loral audiences will have to wait for
the April 16th through 17th, and 23rd
through 24th show dates. Tickets are $2
for adults and $1 for students. The show
will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on all
nights and reservations may be made by
calling 287 2631, extension 74.
According to Craig Kinsman, cast
member, “It’s going to be a great
experience!”
CHAMPAGNE PARTY
following the play
R O Y A L E S Q U IR E C LU B
1 7 0 0 Northeast Alberta
10 u n til2 p.m
hors d'oeuvres
$ 1 0 .0 0 per person
(SO percent tax deductible)
For Reservations 2 2 9 -4 0 7 5 or 2 8 4 -7 7 2 2
Please make reservations by April 16.
Refreshments following
Black Tie A ffa ir
HOW’S YOUR
SAVINGS GAME
PORTLAND?
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