The Skanner News - Commentary Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:32:09 -0800 MYOB en-gb (The Skanner News) American Colleges Must Stop Honouring Slaveholders Student protests are forcing Georgetown, Yale and other universities to confront their connections to slavery  

]]> (Marian Wright Edelman) Commentary Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:58:00 -0800
US Black Chamber Backs Presidents Clean Power Plan Reducing carbon emissions will also prevent premature deaths caused by pollution in communities of color  

]]> (US Black Chamber of Commerce) Commentary Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:37:44 -0800
ISIS and Changing the Game Tom Hastings of PeaceVoice argues against a violent response to ISIS   

]]> (Tom H. Hastings, Founding Director of PeaceVoice) Commentary Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:13:54 -0800
Black Students Who Study at "Predominately White" Universities Video report: Black at a PWI  

]]> (Jazmyn Cadogan of) Commentary Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:04:22 -0800
Cornel West Grades President Obama and its not an A West faults Obama on Wall Street, bombs and surveillance  

]]> (Lagloria Wheatfall Special to the NNPA News Wire from The Houston Defender) Commentary Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:49:13 -0800
Without Southern Democrats How do we Break Through? Battle every state, fight voter suppression and deliver a message of hope and change to voters    

]]> (Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist) Commentary Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:25:08 -0800
Sen. Chip Shields: I Will Not Be Seeking Re-election  Oregon's District 22 covers North, and parts of Northeast Portland from St Johns to PDX  

]]> (Sen Chip Shields) Commentary Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:03:20 -0800
Congress Must Fund Highway Bill Without Rewarding Corporate Tax Avoidance Giving tax breaks to multinationals is short-sighted fix that will hurt America in long-term   

]]> (Eric Blackledge, president of Blackledge Furniture in Corvallis, Oregon and chair of the National Small Business Network.) Commentary Sat, 07 Nov 2015 11:56:48 -0800
Making Beautiful Music with Warren Shadd By Willie Jolley

Warren Shadd is making history while making beautiful music! He’s a third generation musician; a second-generation piano technician; and now the first African American piano manufacturer!  The “Shadd Pianos” are not only being played at the Vatican, but are the pianos currently used on the set of the massively successful Fox television show, Empire!

The Shadd Pianos are called the “Stradivarius of pianos.” They are made by a master musician for those who love “masterful piano music.”

Warren Shadd’s generational talent can be traced back to his father, one of the top piano technicians/tuners in America. Shadd senior taught his son everything he knew about tuning and preparing a piano for beautiful music.

Initially, Warren was more interested in the performance side of music. Then one day, while visiting an older musician, Warren was asked to make the piano “sound better.” After he worked on the piano for a few minutes, the old man said, “You make this piano sound better than it has ever sounded! You need to have your name on that piano rather than Steinway’s!”

That day, Warren Shadd decided to create his own high end piano, with his name on it! Over the past ten years, Warren has struggled to “bootstrap” his piano company; battling setback after setback and disappointment after disappointment. Yet, he refused to give up on his dream to create the best sounding piano ever made!

He had thrown three prototypes in the trash, because he didn’t like the quality, even though many musicians said they were fantastic! Warren continued to say, “Not good enough! It’s not right yet! It has to be better!”

Today, Warren Shadd is the CEO of Shadd Pianos. In addition to the Vatican and being used on the hit show, Empire, his pianos are being played on American Idol. Richwood Smallwood (the great Gospel maestro and pianist) used a Shadd Piano for his new live album recording. Smallwood even talked about his magnificent piano during the concert!

In addition, Shadd has created another instrument that is both acoustic and digital. It’s an acoustic hybrid with modern electronic tools to help musicians compose, edit or teach. In conjunction with Dr. Phillip Pearl, Chief of Neurology at Children's National Medical Center (who is also a jazz & classical pianist), Shadd has even authored a manuscript detailing the technical changes that augment the use of the his new instruments which assists individuals with neuro-developmental disabilities.

This includes special features to help persons with vision loss, which can read music by Braille. For people with hearing loss there’s special vibratory seating so they can feel the vibrations of the music's frequencies! And Alzheimer's patients, who've lost their verbal skills, can still express their musical language with Shadd's technology.

Warren Shadd is an entrepreneur and maestro who has weathered many storms and beat the odds. He willingly shares his secrets with others on how they can do the same.

Here are powerful lessons Warren Shadd learned while refusing to give up on his dreams!

  • Be willing to go through the ring of fire to get to the prize – your dreams!
  • Just because it has not been done, does not mean it cannot be done! So Go Do It!
  • Think Big. Think Innovation!
  • Fear will come to visit, but you need not let fear stay. Kick fear out!
  • Some will stop when they hear the word “No.” But winners continue to get to the “Yes!”
  • Excellence costs. The question is, “Are you willing to pay the price!”
  • Learn to differentiate between constructive criticism and destructive criticism – the haters.
  • Focus on your dreams, not on the haters!
  • After each disappointment, pick yourself up off the canvas. Get yourself together. Get back in the fight. Keep fighting!
  • Affirm daily – “Failure is not an option!”
]]> (Christen McCurdy) Commentary Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:09:11 -0800
Questions Every Presidential Candidate Must Answer Columnist Julianne Malveaux lists her top ten questions to ask presidential candidates

Commentary Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:21:52 -0700
African Americans Benefit from Urban News Service Publisher Andre Johnson explains why the Urabna News Service matters  

]]> (The Skanner News) Commentary Sun, 25 Oct 2015 15:11:44 -0700
Banks Caught Redlining Black Communities From New York and New Jersey to Chicago and Philadelphia, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has found violations  

]]> (By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist) Commentary Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:58:55 -0700
Mayor Hales: Hip Hop Day, Ban the Box, Housing "I Couldn't be More Proud" Portland's mayor sent this message to Portland this week detailing his accomplishments  

]]> (Mayor Charlie Hales) Commentary Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:48:37 -0700
This is Why Calling the Black Lives Matter “Anti-Police” Won’t Work Bill Fletcher dispels the myths about a Black Lives Matter war against the police   

Commentary Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:02:22 -0700
Sunshine Week Highlights Need for Openness in Government Congress must do more to make transparent government last for more than a week  

]]> (Kevin M. Goldberg) Commentary Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:58:27 -0700