Monthly Archives: March 2006

Ms. Anna Fisher named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers by a former accomplished student

Ms. Anna Fisher named in "Who's Who Among America's
Teachers 2005 – 2006" by a former accomplished student
who says she was the one teacher who made a difference
in his or her life. Only students who've been cited
themselves in "Who's Who of American High School
Students, Who's Who Among American High School
Students – Sports Edition, The National Dean's List
and The Chancellor's List are invited to nominate one
teacher from their entire academic experience.

She was also nominated for the First Annual Joe Higgs
Music Award this week to be announced December 8, 2006
in Miami at Florida International University's Koven's
Conference Center. Last month she attended the Grammys
as the album she recorded with Jamaica's most famous
band, Third World, "Black Gold Green" was nominated.

Anna Fisher also known as Nancy Fish Liburd started
teaching professionally in 1982. She served the U.S.
Virgin Islands Department of Education on St. John as
elementary music teacher until 1992 when she was hired
by the Department of Education and the University of
Hawaii – Hilo, Hawaii she taught in a special arts
program for Native Hawaiian Children and as a
substitute. In urban Los Angeles, she taught in a
Korean preschool.

Her latest assignment over the past ten years has been
for Los Angeles Unified School District teaching
English Learners in the elementary grades. She is the
cadre chair of an Arts Program she and 11 other
teachers wrote a grant for under her leadership. She
earned an Appreciation Award from the Community Forum
For Education in 2001. This Thursday, her school,
Wilton Place School of District 3 in
Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire will be reviewed by the
California Distinguished Schools organization as it
has been selected for notice. By Thursday afternoon,
we will hear the final decision!

This year she was granted the 'Unsigned Artist of the
Year' Award at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood from
the One Child Our Village Foundation in Watts where
violence and drugs have prevented many from
accomplishing their dreams. A headliner on the Watts
Summer Festival this year, she shared the stage with
legendary Watts Prophets and Motown's own Brenda
Holliway!

She attained a Bachelor of Music degree from North
Carolina School of the Arts in 1993 in oboe and
English horn Performance. In 1998, she completed her
Masters Degree in Education (Instructional
Leadership)at National University in Los Angeles.

Her early musical training started from birth with her
father Joseph K. Fish a child prodigy pianist and MIT
Physicist. Her first teacher, her mother Charlotte
Fish has been an advocate for children and the
educational environment her entire life. Grandmother
Ruth Elizabeth Anthony Sawyer, was little Nancy's
greatest influence besides her Great Great Aunt Mary a
school teacher for the town of Saugus for over 50
years!

She owns her own recording label and was herself
recognized in 1976-77 in "Who's Who Among America's
High School students".

She has two children, Monique Elizabeth Liburd, 20 a
first year law student at Boalt Hall University of
California Berkeley and Lincoln Sylvester Liburd, 14 a
tenth grader at Coral Bay School St. John, US Virgin
Islands. Both are extraordinary scholars and earning
awards and medals. Both born on St. Thomas US Virgin
Islands, they have traveled half the world and
brightened many faces themselves! They have attended
schools in the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii Island, and
Los Angeles Unified School District prior to their
respective current institutes of study.

Anna's mother, Charlotte Fish Lacey was also a teacher
at the same school on St. John when she retired three
years ago.

She would first of all like to thank the student who
recognized her, God, her family, her fellow co-workers
and all of her own teachers who assisted her along the
way!

Recent picture – Anna Fisher
http://www.weblogimages.com/v.p?uid=molinus&pid=443414&sid=tIT74psHJ0

Who's Who of American Teachers
http://www.whoswho-teachers.com

First Annual Joe Higgs Music Awards
http://www.joehiggsmusicawards.com

Third World Band
http://www.thirdworldband.com

Anna Fisher
http://www.annafisher.com

Legendary Lover’s Leap Gets Another Boost

The promotion of Jamaica’s south coast as a tourist destination will get an added boost, with the publication of another novel on the legendary and poignant tale of Lover’s Leap, in St. Elizabeth.

          Award-winning Jamaican-Canadian author Horane Smith’s sixth novel is Dawn at Lover’s Leap, the sequel to his popular first novel, Lover’s Leap: Based on the Jamaican Legend, which was published to international acclaim in the U.K. in 1999.

           Dawn at Lover’s Leap, which is being released this month by PublishAmerica, continues the touching story surrounding a secret romance between two slaves in southern eastern St. Elizabeth in the nineteenth century.
          The prequel, Lover’s Leap: Based on the Jamaican Legend, has been Smith’s most successful novel of his sixth published works, five of which are historical fiction. At the time of its publication, it even caught the attention of the late British best-selling author John Prebble, who described Smith as one of four best emerging writers.
            Dawn at Lover’s Leap is set during the post-emancipation period, and continues up to the time of the Morant Bay rebellion.
            “A sequel was never in my plans,” Smith said from Toronto, where he lives. “But the countless requests I’ve received from all over the globe for a sequel forced me to write this intriguing story that continues to appeal to all races and cultures. My readers want to keep Lover’s Leap alive.”
          Smith, who has won a BURLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian and African-Caribbean Literature, said the sequel is as gripping as the original. “For those readers who said they couldn’t put it down, here’s another piece of Jamaica that you’ll treasure. It’s a kind of entertaining history…you learn something about our history in an entertaining but informed way.”
          Smith, who was a journalist in Jamaica for more than twenty years, was born at Yardley Chase in St. Elizabeth, the same district where Lover’s Leap is located. He was also recognized recently by the Jamaica Diaspora Foundation Canada for his outstanding contribution to Jamaican literature.
          “To have a son of the soil write about stories that touch everyone who’s familiar with the Lover’s Leap theme, or ‘Jamaica’s Romeo and Juliet,’ as some people describe it, makes me feel proud to be able to contribute to promoting the south coast,” he said.
          Dawn at Lover’s Leap will be launched in Jamaica in July. Launches are also planned for several cities including New York, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Smith’s other publications are Port Royal, Reggae Silver, Underground to Freedom and the Lynching Stream. It’s available at www.amazon.com or www.horanesmith.com www.barnesandnoble.com

Contact: Horane Smith  Horane_Smith@hotmail.com (in Canada)
               Joylene Griffiths joylene.griffiths-irving@scotiabank.com (in Jamaica)

Mystic Roots is going on tour in the US

Long-time roots favorites, MYSTIC ROOTS BAND, is going on tour after re-releasing their classic album, “Constant Struggle” with added bonus tracks after signing on with Cornerstone R.A.S. (Formerly Skunk Records)!The underground classic album that has gained MRB fans all over the world, Constant Struggle, is finally being released in stores nationwide. After singing with Cornerstone R.A.S. (who also represents Sublime, Half Pint, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Public Enemy and many more), the Mystic Roots Band has re-released their breakthrough album, which includes new bonus tracks.

Reggae legend, Barrington Levy collaborates with MRB on “Teach the Youths” bringing new blood to his classic song. If you’ve already got the original version of Constant Struggle, check out the bonus tracks – you’ll love them! If you’ve never checked out MRB – now’s the time!

Embarking on their first national tour in support of their re-released album, Mystic Roots Band will be heading to a town near you. Here are the confirmed dates – more dates coming soon!

Thursday, March 30 – Club Contour – Seattle, WA $7 – Doors 8pm
Friday, March 31 – O’Blarney’s – Olympia, WA

Saturday, April 1 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA – $12/$15 – 9pm doors
Tuesday, April 4 – Platinum – Corvallis, OR – $3 – Doors 8pm
Wednesday, April 5 – Nector Lounge – Seattle, WA – $7, ladies free til 11pm – 9pm doors
Thursday, April 6 – TBA – Boise, ID
Friday, April 7 – Whisky Jacques – Ketchum, ID – $5 – 9pm doors
Saturday, April 8 – Hawaiian Nationals Telemark Race – Sun Valley, ID – Free – 3pm show

Wednesday, April 12 – The Red Fish – Boulder, CO – $2 cover after 10pm – 9pm show
Thursday, April 13 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Friday, April 14 – The PS Collective – Omaha, NE – $5 – Doors 8pm
Saturday, April 15 – TBA – South Dakota

Sunday, April 16 – TBA – Minnesota
Monday, April 17 – TBA – Chicago, IL
Tuesday, April 18 – TBA – Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, April 19 – Denny’s – Erie, PA
Thursday, April 20 – Headz Magazine 420 Part @ The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
Friday, April 21 – TBA – Virginia
Saturday, April 22 – TBA – El Paso, TX
Sunday, April 23 – TBA – Tulsa, OK

Monday, April 24 – Santa Fe, NM
Tuesday, April 25 – Hopi Veterans Center – Kykotsmovi, AZ – 9pm show
Wednesday, April 26 – The Ketchina Lounge – Taos, NM – $7 – 9pm show
Thursday, April 27 – TBA – Tuscon, AZ
Friday, April 28 – Bash on Ash – Tempe, AZ – $8 – 9pm show
Saturday, April 29 – American Legion – San Diego, CA – $10/$12 – 9pm show

If you’ve never heard Mystic Roots Band – here’s a little info about them. You can also check out http://www.mysticroots.com

Serving up an original style based in reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall, with overtones of rock, funk, and ska, Mystic Roots Band is constantly placed at the top of playlists by DJs & listeners of all musical genres. This Chico-born, now San Diego based group embraces the nature of roots reggae wholeheartedly and perform it confidently. The list of bands that they have shared the stage with reads like a “who’s who” of reggae music, including The Wailers, Pato Banton, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, as well as Jurassic 5, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Ozomatli, and Digital Underground to name just a few!

Winner of the 2005 Los Angeles Music Award for Best Pop/Reggae Album and having already appeared on ESPN, FOX Sports and NBC News, the Mystic Roots Band (MRB) can now add a nationally syndicated reality television show to the notches on their heavy belts. MRB was recently featured on the season finale of a hit television show That Ying Yang Thing on The Learning Channel (TLC).

Having independently sold over 10,000 albums, topping Amazon.com’s chart of independent artist sales, and killing music download sites with their underground hit “Pass”, it’s no wonder why Mystic Roots Band was recently voted #1 band in Playboy Magazine’s #1 party college town, Chico, California.

Through socially aware lyrics, Mystic Roots Band promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message. Fans describe MRB’s style as a unique combination of No Doubt, Sublime, The Police, Sean Paul, The Fugees and Cypress Hill with the spirit and consciousness of Bob Marley and Spearhead. This diverse sound enables Mystic Roots to continually produce dynamic, cutting edge songs that fans are immediately drawn to. When coming to an MRB concert you are guaranteed more than just music for your ears, but rather a high-energy show and powerful experience you’ll never forget.

With their vast catalog of full-length albums, singles and EPs, and their music heard on various compilations, surf videos, TV commercials, movie soundtracks, and countless radio stations, Mystic Roots has developed an ever-growing legion of loyal fans. This fan base lies not only in the United States, but also overseas in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and even several regions of Asia. With the release of their third album, more than 700 shows in the finest venues on the West Coast over the past eight years, and the explosion of reggae and dancehall music on the pop charts, these pioneering musicians are ready to take their message to the next level and reach the masses. “And that’s a musical stampede.”

Check out http://www.mysticroots.com

Booking inquiries, contact D. Wyman at 760-231-9465 or booking@mysticroots.com
Press inquiries, contact Amy Shapas of So You Can at 831-479-0711 or amy@soyoucan.com

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Executive Producer Charlotte Lawrence, CEO of Lawrence Pictures, LLC, American production partner with Pascal Herold, of Herold & Family (Paris), is currently in discussion with several major American distributors.

Commenting on the film, executive producer Pascal Herold of Herold & Family observes: ?Our goal with ?made in Jamaica? is to show how a small island nation of only three million people has taken their pain and suffering, and translated their emotions into music that now resonates around the world. While we are actively reviewing and editing the 160 hours of extraordinary images, live music, and observations these unique performers provided for us, our project is continuing to receive a warm welcome by the film industry world wide. We are certain that we will be presenting a unique, high energy finished product which is sure to astound audiences everywhere.?

?Made in Jamaica? is now in post-production, and on schedule for completion by the Spring of 2006. It is a powerful film portrait of the leaders of the reggae music movement, and how reggae has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film presents the candid life stories of these unique artists, captured in frank, personal interviews, strengthened by their extraordinary musical performances, filmed entirely live in the authentic backdrop of Jamaica. From their native ghetto to international fame, “made in Jamaica” presents the individual stories of these artists who represent the Jamaican Dream.

Reggae music sprang into life in the 70?s. It is Jamaica?s blues: a music of both desperation and hope. The 70?s were the first time that a third world country had made its voice heard on such a large scale. Instantly recognizable, the reggae sound is a celebration of life itself. Now a new generation of reggae artists has emerged and its fathers are still in Jamaica.

The Dance Hall, emerging from reggae, is drawing large crowds across the globe. At its origin, the Dance Hall concept is heavily influenced by religious overtones. Like rap music, Dance Hall?s message is powerful and straightforward, with lyrics about sex, violence, and social issues, including much on women?s rights.

?Made in Jamaica? Director Jerome Laperrousaz

Past films include:

“Prisoners in the Street, Third World” 1980 (Cannes Festival Selection)

“Human” casting Terence Stamp and Jeanne Moreau, 1975

“Continental Circus”, 1972 (Jean Vigo Award and Academy Award selection for foreign production)

Jerome Laperrousaz has twenty-five years of family history in Jamaica. In 1980 he directed “Prisoners in the Street: ?Third World? “. The film highlights Jamaican reggae through the experience of the group “Third World.” ?Jerome has a special talent for exposing the sensitive and personal. In “made in Jamaica”, Jerome shows the magnificent beauty which is the Jamaican landscape, from the renowned recording studios of Kingston, the pulsing sounds of Ocho-Rios, the morning light of the Blue Mountains, the vendors lining the narrows streets, the ghettos, and the creativity of Rasta and its inspired fashions.

What has reggae become today? “Made in Jamaica” will expose two main themes present in reggae: the old school reggae of the founders and that of the new generation.

“Made In Jamaica” Cast

Grammy Award Winner Toots; Gregory Isaacs; Bunny Wailer (Bob Marley?s brother); Grammy Award Nominees Third World; Beres Hammond; Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare; Alaine; Tanya Stephens; Bounty Killer; Elephant Man; Lady Saw; Joseph Current; Vybz Kartel; Brick and Lace; Dr. Marshall; Capleton; Koolant; Grammy Award Winner Toots Frederick “Toots” born in Maypen, grew up singing gospel music at church. The lights of Kingston were his dream and arrived in Trenchtown barefoot and moneyless. He recorded with Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Matthias, forming the original Maytals. In 1968, their song “Do the Reggay”coined the phrase ?reggae?. In 1973 Toots and The Maytals held their first concert in the United States. It was the beginning of a successful career managed by Bob Marley?s producer Chris Blackwell. The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for reggae for the album “True Love”. This album has some re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such a Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.

About Lawrence Pictures

Lawrence Pictures is an entertainment company that produces and acquires innovative film projects. The company focuses on the marketing and domestic distribution of independent films.

Lawrence Pictures is the creation of Charlotte Lawrence. The two inaugural projects are “made in Jamaica” and a 3D animated film. Lawrence Pictures works in close collaboration with the top 3D animation Studios in Paris, France. Charlotte Lawrence is the CEO of Lawrence Pictures, LLC. On “made in Jamaica” Charlotte Lawrence comments: ?Our intention with ?made in Jamaica? is to reach an entirely new generation with the philosophies, the people, and of course the music of the reggae movement. ?made in Jamaica? is a great project for Lawrence Pictures, as well as all of our participating partners.?

About HEROLD & FAMILY Pascal Herold

Pascal Herold founded DURAN-DUBOI in 1984. In 1997 DURAN-DUBOI became a publicly traded company on the French stock exchange. Under his dedicated and relentless leadership, DURAN-DUBOI became the unchallenged leader in France in 3D animation. The company?s spectacular R&D department lead DURAN-DUBOI to win first class international producers’ trust and loyalties. DURAN-DUBOI also became a leader in the TV post production market in Europe. Its “virtual effects” artists, “CGI” animators and “sound designers” developed technical and artistic internationally recognized expertise in digital special effects image and sound. DURAN-DUBOI’s abilities in the creation of SFX (?Amelie of Montmatre,? ?Joan of Arc?, ?Alien, the Resurrection?), production of music video and films are now recognized throughout Europe. After founding and leading DURAN-DUBOI for over twenty years, Pascal Herold recently decided to focus all of his his energy on his personal passion for producing and directing feature films, through Herold & Family.

CONTACT

Lawrence Pictures LLC
P: 202 882 3187
F: 202 882 4184
C: 831 915 0184
www.lawrencepictures.com
www.madeinjamaicamovie.com
4408 15th Street NW, Washington DC 20011

Angel Magik Presents Baby Cham LIVE

Strictly The Best Vol. 3BABY CHAM performing Jamaica’s #1 Smash Hit “Ghetto Story” and “Vitamin S” as seen on BET & MTV

3 Rooms with different DJs performing.

Mar 31, 2006
8:00 PM PST to 4:00 AM PST
BABY CHAM, Sake 1, DJ Jah-Kno, DJ Backside, DJ Polo, DJ Irie Dole, DJ I-vier, DJ Profeta, DJ Mpenzi, DJ Papa Chocolate, DJ Prieto
1st 150 ppl $5, $10 presaleticketsonline.com, $15 before 12am
21+
http://www.jonathanmack.com
Club Six (more details)
60 Sixth St.
San Francisco, CA USA
415.863.1221