Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the long-running and culturally significant gospel outfit Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away on Sunday, June 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by longtime Blind Boys manager Charles Driebe.Fountain was born November 28th, 1929 and grew up in a religious household in Selma, Alabama. Notes Celebrity Access, After losing his sight as a small child, Clarence Fountain was enrolled at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, where he joined the school’s large boys choir. There, in the mid-1940’s, inspired by the weekly radio broadcasts of the Golden Gate Quartet, he and a group of his classmates decided to start their own singing group, eventually dubbed the Blind Boys.Explains the Blind Boys’ eloquent official bio:In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys’ music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as “pioneers,” the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House – where they’ve performed for three different presidents – the band’s story is, in many ways, America’s story.The Blind Boys went on to win multiple Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, as well as being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and performing at the White House. Watch Clarence Fountain sing lead with the Blind Boys on “Too Close To Heaven” from How Sweet It Was, The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age:The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Too Close To Heaven”[Video: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music]Due to declining health, Fountain stopped touring with the band in 2007 but did contribute vocals to the Blind Boys’ latest album, Almost Home, released last year. Below, you can also listen to a fascinating NPR World Cafe interview by Fountain and his fellow founding Blind Boys member, Jimmy Carter, about their early lives and their incredible 70-year career.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[H/T Celebrity Access]
Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGina Rinehart’s property portfolio00:35The house now transferred into Rinehart’s name. Picture: Jack TranAUSTRALIA’S richest woman Gina Rinehart is now the owner of an $18.5 million Hawthorne riverfront property.Technically she, or one of her companies — Wingfield Ave Pty Ltd, already owned the riverfront home, but property records reveal it has now been transferred into Rinehart’s name personally.The house and adjoining block covers 4545 sqm of prime riverfront land. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoProperty records reveal Wingfield Ave Pty Ltd, bought the site in August 2014. At the time of the deal it was the highest residential property sale in Brisbane.● BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE SALES● HOUSE THAT SKASE BUILT SELLS FOR A SONGThat was surpassed by the sale of 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point for $18,488,888 in late 2016, so technically Rinehart’s property transfer makes it the most expensive residential sale in Brisbane.Records now reveal the properties at Aaron Ave, Hawthorne have changed hands in a “beneficial interest’’ sale to Rinehart.Wingfield Ave Pty Ltd, paid a total of $18 million for the properties in 2014.The property was not publicly listed for sale at the time, so little is known is about it. It does have an inground pool, tennis court, views across the river to New Farm and a private pontoon.Wingfield Ave Pty Ltd, owns a couple of other luxury properties in Brisbane, including a home at Sutton St, Chelmer which it bought for $3.175 million March 2010 and a riverfront home at Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane, which it paid $4.95 million for in July 2008.
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute hosted Andrä Rupprechter, the Austrian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, on Monday evening at the University Club for a roundtable discussion among 31 other guests on the subject of climate change and environmentally sustainable practices. Guests in attendance included the former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and the executive director of R20. Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his predecessor, former Gov. Gray Davis were also in attendance. Thirteen members of the Austrian Trade Commission, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Minister’s office also joined the discussion on global climate change and offered parallels between California and Austria’s climate change programs.Topics of discussion included the implementation of a universal agreement for a legally binding contract that would enforce rules for accurately reporting, measuring and submitting emission reports at the annual Conference of Parties 21 in Paris in December.Schwarzenegger began the discussion by comparing both Austria and California’s political, economic and environmental landscape by stating that both are exemplary to the rest of the world and demonstrate that both the subnational and national government are vehicles through which the issue can be approached.The roundtable discussion honed in on major crises surrounding the issue of creating awareness for climate change. Members of the discussion repeatedly expressed that the general public often equates environmental protection programs with a plummeting economy.Schwarzenegger explained that it is possible to implement environmental protection programs in conjunction with the creation of a thriving economic system. According to the former governor, partisan debate often leaves officials and their constituents falsely believing that the economy will suffer and thus, draws attention away from the real issue at stake: air pollution and health-related risks associated with poor air quality.California, Schwarzenegger said, has thrived because it has built upon the work of former governors who did not derail members of the other political party, but continued to work together to combat issues associated with climate change.“No matter what party you are in or represent, our responsibility is to protect the people,” Schwarzenegger said. “That is our ultimate responsibility and if you want to protect the people — climate change and pollution and this disastrous situation we are in [are] killing people and therefore we should do something about it.”California Sen. Robert Hertzberg explained the dichotomy between the creation of environmentally friendly innovations and the funding. Members agreed that activists must look to decrease the risk in establishing new policies with technology and should allow partnerships with financiers to become more comfortable.“The bottom line is this: you start a new company and what happens is you’re taking business from the existing company,” Hertzberg said. “It’s war. It is a financial war. It’s like the telephone industry beating out the telegraph industry, you just have to figure it out.”Members agreed that activists must look to decrease the risk in establishing new policies with technology and should allow partnerships with financiers to become more comfortable.“I do think the Kyoto protocols that were done back in 1992 when Clinton was president did not get adopted because there was not enough political pressure and [they got] lost in Congress,” Hertzberg said. “Today there is optimism that we can actually get something done.”This post has been updated.