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February 27, 1987*
Puzzle of “Fax”
Questions to Puzzle of “Fax
Wynton Marsalis’ instrument
Elijah Muhammad’s last name at
Langston Hughes’ best play
Led slave revolt in Stono, SC
“Yet Do I Marvel”
Sen. Hiram Revels’ term
Earl Klugh’s instrument
Dr. Percy Julian is famous for an
1956 Montgomery bus boycott end
ed in this month
Cosell’s “little monkey”
Wally Amos’s specialty
Herman E. Valentine’s business
Jackson’s 1984 Tour
Cowboy Bill Pickett’s horse
Founded Motown Records
Ted Rhode’s sport
B.B. King’s guitar
Billie Holiday’s trademark
“Killing Me Softly” — who sang?
1980’s largest Black business in the
James Brown Enterprises radio
Blacks vie for honors
By Sheila Simmons
Jazz and classical fans of trumpeter
Wynton Marsalis will be glad to know
that the musician has once again reaped
several top Grammy nominations for this
year's Grammy awards show.
Marsalis received four nominations
which include two in jazz, one as an in
strumentalist, and one as a group leader.
He also received nominations as a
classical trumpeter and a composer.
Bringing in almost as many nomina
tions as Marsalis, was 21-year old Janet
Jackson. The younger sister of pop and
soul star Michael Jackson received
nominations for best album and best
female rhythm and blues performance.
She also received a nomination as a
songwriter for “What Have You Done
For Me Lately?”
The 5,000 voting members of the
National Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences accepted, for nominations, 210
albums and 211 singles. These nomina
tions were from 48 categories.
Other acts nominated for a Grammy
award include Nu Shooz and Simply Red
for best new artist of the year.
Founder and former leader of the
group Genesis, Gabriel, received a
nomination for song of the year for his
“Graceland,” an LP which contains
the sounds of South African township
rhythms, earned Paul Simon a nomina
tion for album of the year and best pop
male vocal performance of the year. The
single, entitled “Graceland,” was
nominated for song of the year.
The works that the voting members
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Few black promoters
to handle big demand
Black promoters in the entertainment
industry are few and far between. Those
who are successful live in cities with
arenas which seat 10,000 to 12,000
Many area black universities and col
leges use black promoters to secure black
acts for homecoming events and spring
festivals. Student government represen
tatives from two area universities said pro
moters are willing to work with various
student committees to put on shows well
worth the student's money.
One black entertainment promoter is
Bernard Bailey Entertainers of America
in Charlotte. This agency was instrumen
tal in setting up homecoming and past Ag
gie Fests at North Carolina Agricultural
and Technical University according to the
student government vice-president.
“We work with a promotion agency,
like Bernard Bailey who is very willing
to work with students,” Albert Blake,
vice-president of external affairs said.
“We send out feelers to find out what type
of agreements we can arrange with
groups, what to expect from them and
what they can expect from us.”
Blake said a meeting is set up with
Bailey to discuss general information like
guarantees, ticket sales and possible acts.
Usually, a show has four acts v> th ticket
prices costing $10. He added that Bailey’s
response time in arranging a possible
show was usually a week.
In terms of breaking even, expenses
are covered due to good financing he said.
For example, homecoming 1986 cost
$45,000 total he added.
“We have this concept when you’re
spending activities fees, you’re getting
what you want,” Blake said.
Yet, at North Carolina Central
University, a promotion agency from
Washington, D.C. handles all special
events student government president
Kevin Armstrong said.
“They charge us $10,000 and han
dle all arrangements, like the contract in
formation,” Armstrong said. “They also
send someone out the day of the show to
set up the stage and do lights and sound. ’’
The promotion agency. Dimensions
Unlimited, handled the University’s
homecoming show which featured four
acts costing over $22,000 for performers
alone Armstrong said. Students were
charged $8 per ticket while general admis
sion the day of the show was $12.
Blake said it’s hard work, but if you
know what you want, it can be done.
“We’re working hard on Aggie Fest
right now, and thanks to promotion agen
cies like Bailey’s, it’s all worthwhile,” he
10th Annual UNC Jazz Festival
The Rufus Reid Quartet
Friday, February 27 —Hill Hall
Saturday, February 28 —Memorial Hall
with the UNC Jazz Band
Tickets $5, General Public, $3 Students
Presented by: Carolina Union and UNC Music Department