Duke Ellington School of the Arts to Release New Single Featuring Lamman Rucker

From Its First-Ever Alumni Compilation CD


Washington, DC, January 12, 2012 – Duke Ellington School of the Arts is proud to announce that the first single to be released from its upcoming “Bridging the Gap Vol. 1” CD features distinguished actor and alum, Lamman Rucker.

Rucker, best known for his role in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” lends his sultry voice to “Waiting on You,” a spoken-word performance set to music. The single will be released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012 on iTunes and

“‘Waiting On You’ is a fun, sincere, flirtatious, vulnerable and hopeful monologue from a man longing for his special lady to show herself to him; all the while praying that his personal journey and evolution has prepared him for the blessing,” said Rucker, who is currently starring in the play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” in New York.  “Us strong brothas need love, too!”. The song is produced by fellow alumni Sharif Walters (aka) Shawn Sharif and Mike Pryor Sr.

“Bridging the Gap: Volume 1,” is a compilation CD completely produced and performed by graduates of the famed school, including such artists as Tony Terry, Sylver Logan Sharp, and Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon. The CD will be released March 6 and will be available on iTunes and, as well as select retailers. All proceeds will go to support Duke Ellington programs and its students.

“This Alumni CD Project is all about ‘bridging the gap’ between the Duke Ellington School of the Arts’ glorious past and its bright future,” said Ellington Head of School/CEO Rory Pullens. “We are so fortunate that alumni have remembered the greatest lesson ever taught at Ellington – that artists must give back to their community, to the next generation of artists.”

As one such proud alum, Rucker is excited to have the opportunity to share the gift that Ellington nurtured.

“The school is a landmark, a beacon of salvation, self-expression, self-actualization and self-sufficiency for all who’ve ever been a part of it,” he said. “Duke Ellington was one of the highlights of my life and is the foundation of all of my success as an actor, activist, educator & entrepreneur.”

Founded in 1974, Duke Ellington School of the Arts is the only DC public high school that provides pre-professional arts training to students through an intensive arts program that nurtures and inspires passion for arts and learning.

Watch Lamman talk about his family and roots!

Lamman Rucker’s Great Migration Story from MYBLACK JOURNEY on Vimeo.


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Chuck Brown Godfather of Go-Go Dies at 75

Chuck Brown Godfather of Go-Go Dies at 75

D.C. lost its most recognizable musical icon on Wednesday when Chuck Brown , the “Godfather of Go-Go,” passed away at the age of 75. It was Brown who, in the 1970s, created the genre that came to be the capital’s indigenous sound and penned one of its most enduring hits, “Bustin’ Loose.”

Brown died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed Brown had died after a hospital stay that began April 18.

His publicist says the cause of death is multiorgan failure due to sepsis.

Brown’s passing comes about a week after the Washington Post confirmed that the musician, considered  the pioneer of Go-Go music, had been hospitalized with pneumonia.



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RIP MCA aka Adam Yauch

Per Global Grind. Adam Yauch founding member of the Beastie Boys passed away. Yauch was a member of the groundbreaking, rap group, The Beastie Boys, MCA, Mike D and Ad-Roc, changed hip hop forever.

In 2009, Yauch was treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy. He is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47.

Our condolences go out to the family of Adam and the Beastie Boys. MCA will be missed….

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America’s Teenager….Dick Clark Dies at 82

Host and TV producer Dick Clark has died. He was 82.

Spokesman Paul Shefrin said the “American Bandstand” creator had a heart attack Wednesday morning at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.
Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits: “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.
For a time in the 1980s, he had shows on all three networks and was listed among the Forbes 400 of wealthiest Americans. Clark also was part of radio as partner in the United Stations Radio Networks, which provided programs – including Clark’s – to thousands of stations.

“There’s hardly any segment of the population that doesn’t see what I do,” Clark told The Associated Press in a 1985 interview.

“It can be embarrassing. People come up to me and say, ‘I love your show,’ and I have no idea which one they’re talking about.”

The original “American Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longest-running series as part of ABC’s daytime lineup from 1957 to 1987. It later aired for a year in syndication and briefly on the USA Network. Over the years, it introduced stars ranging from Buddy Holly to Madonna. The show’s status as an American cultural institution was solidified when Clark donated Bandstand’s original podium and backdrop to the Smithsonian Institution.

Clark joined “Bandstand” in 1956 after Bob Horn, who’d been the host since its 1952 debut, was fired. Under Clark’s guidance, it went from a local Philadelphia show to a national phenomenon.

“I played records, the kids danced, and America watched,” was how Clark once described the series’ simplicity. In his 1958 hit “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Chuck Berry sang that “they’ll be rocking on Bandstand, Philadelphia, P-A.”

As a host, he had the smooth delivery of a seasoned radio announcer. As a producer, he had an ear for a hit record. He also knew how to make wary adults welcome this odd new breed of music in their homes. (CBS News)

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