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Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival Returns With Blues King Bobby Rush

For more than 20 years, the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival has been a much-anticipated highlight of the summer and a North Nashville community staple. Even the 2020 pandemic couldn’t stop it: That year, the festival went virtual. The celebration returned in full glory last year, with lauded R&B ensemble After 7 headlining the daylong event. It was held on Fisk University’s campus, which was even more appropriate as all ticket proceeds went to the Fisk Jubilee Singers and their 150th anniversary fundraising campaign.
NASHVILLE, TN
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Slippin’ Through the Cracks – The Blues Journey of Bobby Rush

Since last summer, New Stage Theatre has been involved with the development of a new musical play about the life of Bobby Rush. A very talented group of Mississippi actors, singers and musicians gathered to work on the new musical, SLIPPIN’ THROUGH THE CRACKS, THE BLUES JOURNEY OF BOBBY RUSH with songs by Bobby Rush and written by Stephen Helper and Bobby Rush. The piece was presented as a stage reading on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, to an invited audience at New Stage Theatre.
MISSISSIPPI STATE
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Political spending in the race to replace Congressman Bobby Rush

Early on, candidates began to separate themselves from the pack in the race to replace Congressman Bobby Rush. Many, due to fundraising ability, name recognition, and experience in politics. The top fundraiser in the race, Jonathan Swain, was able to secure only 3.3% of the votes. That is roughly 2,200 voters. How did this happen? Where did Swain spend $388K that did not raise his visibility with voters? A look at Swains' financial disclosure supplied insight into his campaign spending. Swains spent a whopping $85,389.70 with a media company called Gambit Strategies, LLC. This news is astonishing since barely 1,000 viewers saw these ads. The campaign spent no funds boosting social media posts. Both Dowell and Norrington-Reaves took advantage of the cheap and effective marketing tools of social media. Additionally, the Swain campaign spent $33K on direct mail. As a resident of the 1st congressional district, I did not receive his direct mail until Election Day and after I had already cast my vote. Overall, there was a complete lack of momentum in the Swain campaign. Promotion of the candidate-centered around Summerfest, formally known as Brew Fest, a local block party Swain hosts in the Hyde Park Neighborhood. Turnout for the 2022 fest was stellar, featuring entertainment by famous acts like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti, Lupe fiasco, Jhene Aiko, Lucky Daye, Marsha Ambrosius, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. I attended this event both days and watched as congressional candidate Jonathan Swain took the stage to tell potential voters why he was running and to ask the attendees to make sure they get out to vote. At no time did I hear Swain ask anyone in the audience to vote for him. Swain and his management did not secure any endorsements for the candidate. He also opted to skip the Chicago pride parade, which in Chicago is political suicide. Swain neglected to use his $388k war chest for television advertising, billboards, radio ads, or bench ads. Team Swain did not even bother to send out supporter emails with updates on the campaign. Rumor has it that this was deliberate and that Swain was never serious about winning. However, I believe sheer arrogance and poor management lead to the collapse, of a train that never left the station.
CHICAGO, IL

Jonathan Jackson declares victory in 1st Congressional District Democratic primary

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Jonathan Jackson has declared victory in the 1st Congressional District race. Jackson was ahead with 28 percent of the vote late Tuesday – compared with 19 percent for Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), and 14 percent for Karin Norington-Reaves. While final results were not in as of 10 p.m., both Dowell and Norington-Reaves have now conceded. Jonathan Jackson is the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jonathan Jackson's brother, Jesse Jackson Jr., also served in Congress. Jonathan Jackson is a business owner and spokesman for his father's Rainbow PUSH Coalition.   In his victory speech at the DuSable...
CHICAGO, IL
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Jonathan Jackson wins 1st District congressional primary, is favorite to replace Rep. Bobby Rush

Jonathan Jackson won the 17-candidate contested Democratic congressional primary to replace retiring 15-term Rep. Bobby Rush (1st) in Washington. Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, took a plurality of the vote in his first run for elected office. Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) came in second, and Karin Norington-Reaves, former CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and Rush's endorsed candidate, came in third.
CHICAGO, IL

Jonathan Jackson Declares Victory In 1st District Primary To Replace Bobby Rush In Congress

WASHINGTON PARK — Jonathan Jackson declared victory against 16 competitors for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District seat, making him Rep. Bobby Rush’s likely successor in representing the deep-blue South Side district. With all precincts reporting, Jackson, a 56-year-old activist and businessman, received 28.1 percent...
CHICAGO, IL
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Juneteenth Jackson Expo featured weddings, Bobby Rush

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Juneteenth festivities got off to a special start at the New Horizon Church where ten couples had their wedding ceremonies. Co-Founder and Creative Director of the 2022 Juneteenth Jackson Expo, Pastor Allan Cole, talked about how special the celebrations are. “The Richard Schwartz & Associates Juneteenth Jackson Expo presented by Atmos […]
JACKSON, MS

Rep. Bobby Rush asks DOJ to investigate Idaho white supremacists

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is urging the Department of Justice to investigate whether the 31 white nationalists arrested by Idaho Police for conspiracy to riot at an Idaho Pride event violated federal law. The men, identified as members of the white supremacist organization Patriot Front, have been charged with the...
IDAHO STATE
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LIVE! in NWA: Bobby Rush shares songs and stories at The Juke Joint

The King of the Chitlin’ Circuit is coming to Fayetteville. The legendary Bobby Rush will share a night of stories and songs May 20 at “The Juke Joint Project: An Exhibit” at the Pryor Center. Known for his Southern folk blues and suggestive wit, Bobby Rush has shared the stage with the late greats Muddy Waters, BB King and more. His most well-known song to date is “Chicken Heads,” but he is a two-time Grammy winner, Blues Hall of Famer, six-time Grammy nominee, and 13-time Blues Music Award winner. The octogenarian bluesman will perform in the replica of a Delta Juke Joint in the atrium of the Pryor Center on the Fayetteville downtown square.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR