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Let’s not keep this secret…

I’m featured on LAMusicBlog.com as one of the 10 best kept secrets of the year. Spread the word and let’s make it to the top 10 breakout artists list next year!

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Sunday morning review of SHOTB

Last Wednesday I met a writer, Marc Goldsmith, who’s doing a 365 day music blog at the Hammer Museum after a program on LA, and Passing Strange with Stew and Heidi of The Negro Problem. Sunday morning he reviewed my album. LA is really made up of people who do things and don’t just talk about it! Check out the full review here: http://bit.ly/tSbfNf.

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New Press and Videos

Hi! Just thought you might like to know about a couple additions to the site and other links.

I’ve added some press clippings from March, which you can find here: Jason Luckett Press.

I’ve also updated my YouTube channel, so it all makes a little more sense. Check it out here: Jason Luckett YouTube.

And here’s a new clip from last week at Kulak’s Woodshed:

I started working on a new video with Simko last weekend. Hopefully we’ll finish it up when I get back from Texas.

Hope to see you or your proxies in Texas over the next few days. The Bugle Boy show is Saturday.

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Beautiful Struggle – KPFK

Last night I had the privilege to play a song on “Beautiful Struggle” on KPFK here in Los Angeles.  The theme of the evening was education and the cutbacks we’re facing in California.  For more info on the March 4th Strike, go to: http://defendcapubliceducation.wordpress.com/

Co-host, Michael Datcher, had prompted me that the show would be on education issues.  And just a few days earlier I’d performed with Anne Feeney at an activist retirement community on the campus of UCBerkeley.  One of the women after the show told me how my song, “Jackson, MS,” captured issues that aren’t being taught in schools much these days.  So I pulled that one out for the show.

      Jackson

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JL Essay Published in The Black Body

Here are some blurbs for The Black Body:

Meri Danquah has taken the race debate to another level, deeper and more provocative than we’ve gone before.”—Danzy Senna, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night? and Caucasia

“This singularly brave book recounts with poignancy, wit and fierce passion the ways that Americans, black and white, have come to understand the ‘black body.’…An utterly compelling collection.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

“A bold, cutting-edge and ultimately uplifting anthology destined to become a classic in African-American literature. There is a hunger for redemption in these ethereal essays that is triumphant.”—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior and Rosa Parks

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body’s dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors—award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians—including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and best-selling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and singer-songwriter Jason Luckett.

Ranging from deeply serious to playful, sometimes hilarious, musings, these essays explore myriad issues with wisdom and a deep sense of history. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah’s unprecedented collection illuminates the diversity of identities and individual experiences that define the black body in our culture.

Buy it on Amazon, the Seven Stories Publisher’s site, or your favorite bookstore.  Better yet come to the reading on Tuesday at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.

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