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Pure Jazz Magazine Special Women's/Jazz Month Issue

PJM celebrates women's month and Jazz month with this special issue

It is my pleasure to

It is my pleasure to introduce an all-women’s issue to celebrate Women’s History Month. In addition, for April we celebrated Jazz Month. Since the essence of this magazine is Jazz we will always give you our “pure” version of it. In this issue you will see women in all phases of the industry giving you their view musically from real life perspectives. Our feature artist; Kim Clarke has a long resume that you will find fascinating. As a staff we decided to “dig in the crates” and reprint our Abby Lincoln article. Although she is no longer with us, there is still relevance in her story. We also feature this month a serious look at sister Miriam Makeba. As a talented musician from South Africa she was instrumental in bringing the fight for justice in South Africa to America as part of their Civil Rights struggle. In this era of #MeToo we are proud to bring to these two women who are at the forefront of what we know today as the #Me- Too movement. We feel confident you will enjoy both articles. Although black women haven’t been very visible in the #MeToo Movement, many women in our community have a story to tell. We are sharing two women’s view from a long-overlooked community. In past issues we’ve had male poets share with us, but I think you will fall in love with our female poet this month! Your support is always welcomed as we need your continued viewership to assist us to remain a success in the Jazz community. With the country as deeply divided as it is Pure Jazz is a great place to relax and chill knowing that Jazz remains Jazz. Enjoy! With The Music In Mind Publisher’s Statement Agneta Ballesteros Publisher Page 6 - Pure Jazz Magazine

A LONG WAY FROM HOME C. Imani Parker – Revised 6/12© CHOCOLATE…CARAMEL…TAN…EBONY BLACK WOMAN ACROSS THE OCEAN OF TIME, SHE SAILED A LONG WAY FROM HOME.. ON BENDED KNEES AND ACHING BACK SHE HUMMED A LONG WAY FROM HOME. MAMA, MAMA, MAMA…SINGING, CLAPPING, PRAYING A LONG WAY FROM HOME….A LONG LONG WAY FROM HOME IN THE KITCHEN BAKING HOMEMADE BISCUITS, FATBACK, COLLARD GREENS NOBODY KNOW THE TROUBLE SHE’S SEEN A LONG WAY FROM HOME THE STRUGGLES HAVE COME AND GONE, YET SHE’S STILL MOVING ON A LONG WAY FROM HOME. CHOCOLATE…CARAMEL…TAN…EBONY BLACK WOMAN ALL COLORS….ALL SHAPES…ALL STYLES…ALL HUES TIPPIN’ DOWN THE AVENUE IN HER STILLETO HIGH HEEL SHOES HOT TIGHT TIGHT SHORTS…HUGGIN’ HER BIG JUICY THIGHS A LONG WAY FROM HOME YES, SHE’S STUTTING, STRUTTING WITH PRIDE IN HER CORN ROWED, TWISTED, DREADLOCKED, BALD, PERMED, FREE STYLE, WEAVED HAIR FLOWING WITHOUT A CARE. CHOCOLATE…CARAMEL…TAN…EBONY BLACK WOMAN STRUTTING…PRANCING…STROLLING MAJESTICALLY GOT A BRAND NEW RHYTHM…A BRAND NEW BEAT NOBODY KNOWS DE TROUBLE SHE’S SEEN… A LONG WAY FROM HOME MAMA…MAMA…MAMA STRUTTING TALL, PROUD AND STRONG GOT A BRAND NEW RHYTHM…A BRAND NEW SONG I WILL SURVIVE SHE SINGS…I WILL SURVIVE AIN’T NOTHING GONNA STOP ME NOW… AIN’T NOTHING GONNA STOP ME NOW A LONG WAY FROM HOME….A LONG LONG WAY FROM HOME.. *Excerpts from ESSENCE 25 by Kephra Burns Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 7