Friday, June 23, 2017

Arts and Culture

Hampton Roads’ longest running outdoor Jazz Festival returns for two nights along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. On a warm summer evening, chill to the legendary sounds of top national Smooth Jazz and R & B recording artists.

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HAMPTON
A national initiative, HOPE CREW, was launched at Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton on June 19 that will help preserve the fort’s historic structures.

In partnership with the National Park Service and the Fort Monroe Authority, HOPE Crew will deploy a team of national experts and young, local participants to rehabilitate Fort Monroe National Monument’s historic quarters this summer.   

Fort Monroe National Monument, known to many as “Freedom’s Fortress,” is the place where more than 500,000 African-Americans took the first step in ending their enslavement during the American Civil War.

HOPE Crew participants working on former living quarters built in 1834 will have an opportunity to discover the site’s history while acquiring advanced preservation skills that make them competitive in the job market. These skills include foundation stabilization; wall assessments; re-pointing; masonry; painting and refinishing; and carpentry.

“We cannot understand the Civil Wa – the most significant event in American history – without knowing what happened at Fort Monroe,” said Terry E. Brown, National Park Service superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument.

Fort Monroe was the site in 1861 that provided freedom via a federal policy known as “contraband of war” for three enslaved Blacks who had escaped their owners. The Fort became the place where hundreds of escaped slaves sought and obtained freedom during the Civil War.

“In helping us preserve historic Building 50 this summer, HOPE Crew participants are also helping us commemorate the courage of Civil War-era freedom seekers and allowing future generations to understand the full American story.”

The success of HOPE Crew highlights a hands-on approach to saving places that – beyond addressing deferred maintenance at historic sites – is making a positive difference in the lives of future preservationists and the communities where they serve,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“We’re excited to continue broadening the preservation movement with our partners and to kick-off HOPE Crew’s 100th project at Fort Monroe National Monument, a National Treasure and site of one of our country’s most extraordinary chapters in the fight for freedom.”

Since the start of the program in 2014, HOPE Crew (named for “Hands-On Preservation Experience”) has completed 99 projects around the country, trained more than 600 young people and veterans in preservation trades and recruited over 2,000 volunteers to protect places that are significant to their communities.

The public event was launched on the date honoring the Juneteenth holiday that celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States. 

Additionally, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will collect and curate the multifaceted stories of descendants of Fort Monroe’s Civil War-era freedom seekers. Individuals with special connections to Fort Monroe, in the Hampton Roads area and across the country, are encouraged to share their family stories at: www.savingplaces.org/freedom-stories

For more info on HOPE Crew, please visit: www.savingplaces.org/hope-crew.

Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU).

When your partner opens the bidding with 1No Trump (NT), you as responder know that opener has 15, 16, or 17 HCP (high card points). By adding your strength to that of opener’s you can usually tell whether the partnership has at least 25 combined points, enough for a game contract, or fewer than 25 combined points, enough for only a partscore contract.

In addition to deciding the level of the contract, responder decides where (which suit or NT) to place the final contract. To do this, responder must first determine whether there is a Golden Fit (an eight-card major suit fit) in a major suit.

After your partner opens the bidding with 1NT, put your hand in one of three categories based on your total points:

0 to 7 Bid 2♦, 2♥ or 2♠with a five-card or longer suit. (2♣ is reserved for the Stayman convention.)Otherwise, pass.
8 or 9 Bid 2NT (the 2♣ Stayman convention can uncover an eight-card major- suit fit)
10- to 15 Bid 4♥ or 4♠ with a six-card or longer suit. Bid 3♥ or 3♠ with a five-card suit. Otherwise, bid 3NT (2♣ Stayman convention can uncover an eight-card major-suit fit)
The bidding messages in response to a 1NT opening bid:

Sign-off | Invitationa | Forcing
Pass 2NT 3♥, 3♠
2♦, 2♥, 2♠ 2♣
(Stayman convention)
3NT, 4♥, 4♠
5♣, 5♦ (rarely)

Rebids by opener after a 1NT opening bid:
After responder’s sign-off:
*Pass.
After responder’s invitational bid of 2NT:
*Pass with 15 HCP.
*With 16 HCP, opener should use judgment to decide whether to bid 3NT or to pass responder’s invitational bid.
*Bid 3NT with 17 HCP.
After responder’s forcing bid of 3♥ or 3♠:
*Bid four of the major with three or more cards in the major.
*Bid 3NT with two cards in the major.

Sometimes you need to develop additional tricks in order to make your No Trump contract. One technique for doing this is promotion: playing high cards to drive out the opponents’ higher-ranking cards until your lower-ranking cards become sure tricks. Promotion involves giving up the lead to the opponents. Just make sure you have enough sure tricks in other suits to regain the lead before the opponents can take enough tricks to defeat the contract.

Winning Pairs
June 13, 2017
Section A Game

Aldis Raymond – Lillye Holley
Gloria Maddux – Adrienne Ivory
Olethia Everett – Elva Taylor
Delores J Burney – Rosemarie
Oneida Lacey – Helen Lake

Winning Pairs
June 14, 2017
Section A Game

Aldis Raymond – Leon C Ragland
Lillye Holley – Harold M Kiefer
Shirley Nottingham – Elva N Taylor
Delores J Burney – Gloria Maddux
Adrienne Ivory – La Francis Rodgers
Rosemary Whitehurst – Oneida Lacey

All activities, unless otherwise noted, are located at the Berkley Senior Center, 925 S. Main Street, Norfolk, Va.

For additional information on classes, games, or tournaments, please call Delores Burney at (757) 321-0825 or Lawrence Owes at (757) 553-2601.

Special to the Guide

PORTSMOUTH
Beginning July 7th, Resistance & Resilience: A Memoir Workshop of the Jim Crow Era, a cost-free creative writing class, will meet for eight Friday mornings in July and August from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Colored Community Library Museum in Portsmouth, providing an opportunity to celebrate through the written word the strength and grace that arose under that oppressive system.

Each meeting will begin with a writing prompt and in-class time to write, loosening up memories and creative energy. Then examples of short memoir pieces on various themes will be read: work, family, faith. Participants will craft their own short pieces of memoir during the week and bring copies to the workshop for helpful, supportive advice on improvement. At the end of the course, writers will have the opportunity to choose their strongest work for inclusion in a bound anthology that will be archived at the museum and made available to the public.

The workshop is sponsored by Seven Cities Writers Project, a non-profit I direct which brings creative writing workshops to underserved communities. For the past two years, I have guided writing classes for men and women in the Norfolk City Jail, which has certainly been an influence on the development of this new project. But more significant were two stories shared with me over a number of years that have continued to resonate.

In the first, a colleague of my husband recounted his mother’s response to the rule that kept Black families from purchasing food at the concession on the ferry to the Peninsula. This man’s mother would pack the most sumptuous picnic feasts that outshone any everyday hot dogs or ordinary popcorn the white families could buy. That image has stayed with me for almost a decade – such a thoughtful, inspired response to hurtful, vindictive regulation. How empowering it must have felt for these children, and such a meaningful life lesson.

The second story was told to me by one of my students in a writing class at the Portsmouth Arts & Cultural Center. This writer recounted riding another ferry, this one from Portsmouth to Norfolk, with her grandmother to go shopping downtown. She was six years old, and when she and her grandmother stopped off at the lunch counter as they always had, she could read the sign for the first time.

“Granny,” she asked, “does that mean the Black grannies can’t bring their little girls to lunch here?”

The answer was deeply upsetting. How had her grandmother let this happen? How can they still come here knowing about this terrible rule? So many years later she still tells this story with real pain in her voice.

These stories are anecdotes, tiny moments in a vast history of restriction and empowerment, division and compassion. They are each a square in a vast quilt of a complicated and often misunderstood history that deserves to be recorded for the next generations. There are echoes of Jim Crow all around us, and I see a marvelous opportunity in our response. Perhaps especially in the year we recognize the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the time is now.

How did you, your family, and your community cope with the daily pressures and challenges under Jim Crow? Join this group and share your stories of resistance and resilience. There are no prerequisites. You do not have to be a writer, or have any writing experience. I will provide the spark to get you started, and lots of help along the way.

The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum is loaded at 904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth 23704. To register, contact Emily Kilgore (757) 393-8591 kilgoree@portsmouthva.gov

By Lisa Hartz

HAMPTON ROADS
Juneteenth is regarded as the first African-American holiday and is observed today in 45 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The observance dates from June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger sailed into Galveston (Texas) harbor and issued a proclamation giving freedom to approximately 250,000 Blacks in Texas still in bondage 2 1⁄2 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was enacted on Jan. 1,1863.

Chesapeake Program: ‘Who Are You?’

Juneteenth International, Inc. will present a program on June 17, 2017 from 12-4 p.m. at The Hope Center, 1425 Gust Lane, Chesapeake, VA 23320.
This event is sponsored by Ernest Lowery, Lowery’s Custom Video & Photography and is being supported by New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. and the New Journal & Guide.
For more information, call Ernest Lowery at (757) 737-2180.

‘Village Ceremony’ At Fort Monroe

A village ceremony will be held at noon on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA. This is the site, where in August 1619, a small group (“20 and odd”) of African men and women were brought ashore on their way to indentured servitude at Jamestown. In 1861, again at Fort Monroe, three enslaved men escaped and obtained their freedom at the site via a federal policy known as “contraband of war.” This event is organized by Sheri Bailey.

Richmond Activities: ‘A Freedom Celebration’

RICHMOND
Richmond’s Cultural Ambassador, Elegba Folklore Society (EFS), will present “Juneteenth 2017, A Freedom Celebration” on June 16-18. This year’s event will include The Symposium featuring renowned historian Anthony T. Browder; Juneteenth Backyard Party; and a ceremony for Ancestral Homage.
For tickets or more information, visit http://efsinc.org.

PORTSMOUTH
Popular 70s R&B vocal group Ray, Goodman & Brown was the headliner at the Seawall Festival in Portsmouth on Saturday night (June 10). The group, originally called the Moments in the late 1960s but for contractual reasons changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown in 1979, has reorganized with new members, but still delivered the same smooth, silky soul sounds that gained them fame in the early 80s.

Ray, Goodman & Brown sang all of their classic hits, including “Special Lady” to the delight of Seawall Festival attendees. The group signed autographs and took pictures with fans after the concert. A fireworks display from Norfolk’s Harborfest closed out the evening.

By Randy Singleton
Community Affairs Correspondent

Stroll through “The Shipyard Workers of Hampton Roads” exhibit which runs from June 2-Aug. 6 at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center and notice how a hobby transported Glenn McClure from Ingleside to Ireland.

Although McClure has come a long way since he grew up in Norfolk’s Ingleside, and launched his first six-hour street shoot on Colonial Avenue in 1998 with a 4-by-5 view camera – and film, his technique has not changed. That is why it’s, well, hard to look away. Whether it is the photo of the steely-eyed man who wears a fedora, a faint scar, and signs of mental illness in his first shoot on Colonial Avenue; or his Portsmouth exhibit that shows about four dozen or so shipyard workers who wear grit, grime, and raw verve like a second skin.

“My technique is to make people look straight into my lens,” McClure said in a recent interview. “These are hard-working people and I am trying to show that. I always urge my subject to just look straight into my lens and it works 99 percent of the time.”

Organizers hope the exhibit on shipyard workers will cause a new demographic to stroll through the museum. But it’s not the first time McClure has aimed his camera at a demographic that may not stroll through museums.  He has aimed his lens at total strangers on the street. He has snapped photos of Hampton Roads watermen, those who make their living as crabbers and fishermen.

And while it took him about three years to wrap-up this exhibit on shipyard workers (because it took about a year to obtain permission and about two years to photograph dozens of shipyard workers at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair in Berkley). “I am totally happy with the work. As a visual artist you want people to see it,” he said.

“You cannot just go into a shipyard and start aiming your camera,” McClure explained. “I worked with my wife, Marshall. She is so important because she interviewed each person we photographed. We didn’t have a list of names. We didn’t have a plan. We just started in. It went great. My wife would interview somebody. And I would tell the person to concentrate on my lens, not on their buddy over in the corner trying to make them laugh.”

McClure and his wife, Marshall, also released a 192-page book on the shipworkers in May. “All of the photos are in Black and white,” he explained. “I use Black and white photos because it shows texture and makes a photo look timeless.”

McClure paused for a moment and said, “People should come to this exhibit because these are our friends and neighbors who live down the street from us and work for the greatest industrial employer in Virginia. These workers are proud to do what they do. They work on Navy Ships and are proud of what they do. It is dangerous hard work but it is also highly skilled work and takes years of training.”

This exhibit is awesome, said Stephen Grunnet, assistant curator at Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center. “People should come to this exhibit because Glenn McClure has been doing this for years. His eye is spot-on. He always captures people in their element. Throughout history artists have looked at the maritime industry and focused on the ships or the landscape. But this exhibit focuses on the men and women who make this region what it is today.”

“It’s like you’re opening up a history book, Grunnet added. “The history of shipbuilding goes hand-in-glove with the history of Portsmouth, Va.  Each person in these photographs has a story behind them and what their role is at the shipyard.   It would be a crime to miss such a visually and historically stimulating exhibition.”

In a sense, McClure has come full circle. He grew up in Ingleside, bought a camera at age 19, set-up a tripod and began to teach himself how to shoot. A few years later, he began working in advertising.

But scroll through his online portfolio. Specifically, his hobby has catapulted him from Colonial Avenue to many distant lands. His weighty online portfolio shows men in kilts carrying bagpipes in Ireland. In Italy, shy girls in frilly white dresses wait for their first communion. In Spain, there are breathtaking sunsets, cobble sidewalks and towering mountains.
In other words, he has come full circle because his online portfolio contains local and exotic photos. You will also see familiar local faces such as Dr. L.D. Britt, department chair at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Andrey Kasparov, a composer and Old Dominion University professor.

His work has been featured in numerous museums including the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, the Chrysler Museum, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

By Rosaland Tyler
Associate Editor

NORFOLK
A summer enrichment program for middle school girls kicks off this week at Old Dominion University’s Strome Entrepreneurial Center in Norfolk.

Businesswoman Angela D. Reddix, President and CEO of ARDX, a Norfolk-based healthcare management and technology consulting company, is the founder of Envision Lead Grow to encourage the girls nationwide to build their future through entrepreneurship.

The summer program involves a seven city bus tour which begins in Norfolk to Memphis, Tennessee, the first stop on the tour.

Over the course of the summer, the bus will make stops in Greensboro, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia, ending with the grand finale in Norfolk. In each city, the Envision Lead Grow team will share an entrepreneurship curriculum to middle school girls in underserved communities.

Envision Lead Grow has partnered with local universities, local businesses and local female professionals in each city to create a ring of support for the young women.

“It has long been a dream of mine to inspire young women to achieve more. The mission and vision of Envision Lead Grow is to break the cycle of poverty for 1,000 girls in underserved communities in the U.S. each year.

With the launch of this program, we are thrilled to be able to make inroads to reach that goal,” said Reddix, the creator of Envision Lead Grow.

The camps in each city are made up of week-long sessions. It is a 40-hour entrepreneurship immersion program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be offered 100% free to camp participants with snacks and lunch included.

The girls will spend the week learning key skills to think in an entrepreneurial mindset, and will work on creating a “Passion Pitch” around their business ideas. All of this will culminate in a pitch competition, where one girl will receive $500 seed money for her venture.

The program doesn’t end after the week is over. Each girl will also be assigned a female mentor within the community to help her continue to develop her business idea after camp is over. The girls will also be included in an Envision Lead Grow online community and have access to online seminars and newsletters.

Reddix created this movement in 2016. In the last decade, her company ARDX has grown into a multi-million dollar firm that employs more than 125 associates.

Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU).
COME OUT AND PLAY IN OUR NATIONWIDE GAME ON JUNE 2, 2017!!! Bridge points, food, and fun will be the highlights of the day. This is where EVERYONE will be a winner!
When the partnership has 25 or more combined points and a Golden Fit in a major suit, it should play in a Golden Game contract in the major suit.
West (W) is Dealer

North
♠ KQ10
♥ 4
♦ 87432
♣ A643

West East
♠ A763 ♠ 95
♥ AK7 ♥QJ10986
♦ K106 ♦AQ9
♣ K82 ♣75

South
♠ J842
♥ 532
♦ J5
♣ QJ109

1. How many points in each partnership?
2. Does either partnership have enough points for game?
3. Which partnership has a Golden Fit?
4. Which partnership has the majority of the strength?
5. Who will make the opening bid? What will the opening bid be?
6. Which player is responder & captain?
7. How does East know there is enough combined strength for game?
8. Does East know about the Golden Fit?
9. What might be a reasonable contract?
10. Who will make the opening lead? What will the opening lead be?
11. How many tricks must declarer win to fulfill the contract?
12. How many “sure” tricks are in the
combined East & West hands?
13. Another saying “get the kiddies off the street” (play the trump suit as soon as you get the lead), applies to this deal. Why?
14. What would happen if declarer did not play the trump suit before trying to take the other sure tricks?

Answers:

1. North-South has 14 combined points; East-West has 26 combined points
2. East-West has enough points for a Golden Game
3. North-South has a Golden Fit in clubs. East-West has a Golden Fit in hearts
4. East-West has the majority of the strength
5. West opens the bidding with 1No Trump
6. East is the responder and the captain
7. East knows that there is enough combined strength for a game contract because East has 11 total points and West has at least 15 H(high) C(card) P(points)—a combined total of at least 26 points
8. East knows there is a Golden Fit in hearts because West must have at least two hearts to open the bidding with 1NT
9. The contract should be 4♥
10. South is on lead. South leads the ♣Q.
11. Declarer must take ten tricks
12. There are ten sure tricks between East & West
13. Declarer should draw trumps to take away the opponents’ trump cards.
14. If declarer did not do this, the opponents could score a low trump when South ruffs the third diamond trick.

Winning Pairs
May 24, 2017
Section A Game

Lillye Holley – Harold M Kiefer
Cindy Burrell-Jones – LaFrancis Rodgers
Aldis Raymond – Gil Watson
Wilma Horne – Olethia Everett
Oneida Lacey – Shirley Nottingham

All activities, unless otherwise noted, are located at the Berkley Senior Center, 925 S. Main Street, Norfolk, Va.

For additional information on classes, games, or tournaments, please call Delores Burney at (757) 321-0825 or Lawrence Owes at (757) 553-2601.

NORFOLK
It was a homecoming of sorts when Chef Danielle Saunders returned to Norfolk State University for a cooking demonstration at “Taste of NSU,” on May 18. Chef Danielle began her college education at NSU before returning to her home in New Jersey and pursuing a career in culinary arts. She became the first black woman to win the Food Network competition show “Chopped”.

Taste of NSU made its debut appearance in the Student Center and was presented by the Norfolk State University Foundation. Its subtitle was “An Evening of Culture and Cuisine” and offered food sampling from area restaurants, culinary arts students, along with entertainment provided by NSU performing arts students.

All proceeds will benefit the NSUF Scholarships Fund for deserving NSU students. 2017 Honorary Community Co-Chairs were Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander and WHRO Executive Barbara Hamm-Lee. Both were on hand, with Hamm Lee also serving as the evening’s emcee. The Event Chair was Brenda H. Andrews, NSUF Board Secretary and Publisher of New Journal and Guide.

“It is a humbling experience for me to even come back,” said Saunders, who majored in chemistry at Norfolk State. During her visit to Hampton Roads, she also met with and assisted the NSU students who participated in the “Taste”.

Accompanying Chef Danielle was her fiance Chef Tod Wilson, a celebrity baker of his own sweet potato pie brand and a Portsmouth native.

Participating restaurants were Rajput Indian Cuisine, Ashley’s American Bistro, and Supper Southern Morsels. Special guest judges were .Judy Cowling; Tammy Jaxtheimer, and Chef Glen Mason.