Tag: world peace

hearts, history, hunger

This year for Black History Month I thought I’d share the stories Thurgood Marshall and Hazel Scott.

Justice Thurgood Marshall…

never stopped having empathy for the common folk and the disadvantaged” and he used the law to help those folk…. Regardless of color. He proved a tremendous force for good and is someone that everyone should know about. Here is a short 8 minute clip…. you won’t be disappointed. 

Hazel Scott

was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actor. She was also an activist. Here is her story….

Here are some of my songs of romance….. 

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone –  we find it with one another.

Thomas Merton


My staff here at gregoryabbott.com  thought they’d have a bit of fun and came up with this Valentine’s Day t-shirt. lol

“I know of only one duty and that is to love”

Albert Camus

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL

I wrote recently about my long term interest in learning about and understanding how to address … as a planet… a sustainable future for all. There are seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  that were adopted in 2015 by countries all over the world. I spoke about the first… which is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The SECOND is to end HUNGER

World hunger is caused by so much more than a shortage of food. Even in places where food is plentiful or can be grown, challenges like disasters, conflict or poverty prevent people from accessing it. Imagine…. if one of us was living in a country that made the basic necessity of food a challenge….People in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food, which can force them to prioritize feeding their families over meeting other basic needs or reaching long-term goals, like sending their children to school. If an emergency strikes, they may need to skip meals in order to cope financially — and the cycle of hunger continues.

Despite decades of progress in reducing world hunger, 2017 saw increases in the number of people who are hungry. More than 820 million people still go to bed hungry every night — that’s one in every nine people who don’t have the food they need to live a healthy, productive life.

What can WE do?
Well…. here are a few ideas people are coming up with…. Non profits are doing most of the work and there is no one way to do this. It takes a group effort on the part of all of us. The main thing is to be aware that this is happening….

Borgen Project

Ten Things That You Can Do To Fight World Hunger


Top 100 Eco Friendly Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020 https://blog.feedspot.com/eco_friendly_blogs/

As always, I am musically yours, Gregory

P. S. My prayers for an effective end to the threat of the coronavirus.

A World Health Organization committee is set to meet for the second time in a week to decide whether the outbreak is a global health emergency. Today’s meeting comes as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 7,700 worldwide, most of them in China

UPDATE: The virus has now been declared a global health emergency.


…… holiday wishes


……giving thanks

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I am thankful for my family, my friends and my fans. You all have given me so much. In the wake of the extremest attacks happening all over the world; this Thanksgiving and this holiday season means even more to me. And as I have always loved this time of year, I am grateful. I pray that we have the strength and courage for peace in the world. Blessings to you all.

And I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it”.

WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

What are you grateful for?

 


 

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I was at the UNAFF International Documentary Film Festival in October (United Nations Association Film Festival) and saw some great films at my Alma Mater Stanford University. The festival covers cutting edge films that make you think. This is their 18th year.

I am telling you now that this festival covers difficult topics.

The director of the festival Jasmina Bojic works tirelessly to find films that will make an impact on the world… and especially on children. I am in agreement with Jasmina that our children are the answer to a bright and healthy future.

They were all very important films but one that really stood out to me that I thought I would mention. It’s called “I’m Not Racist… Am I”?

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It’s a film about twelve high school students asking questions we don’t normally ask. It takes place in New York City. The links to the trailer are above. It’s not something you will find in your local movie theaters, but IT IS SOMETHING that is a great thing to share with young people– your children and grand children. If you are compelled to see the film; I am pretty sure you can contact the producer André Robert Lee for a showing.

Being multi-cultural myself; issues like these are something I think about and talk about with friends and family. They are a part of who I am. I know that my friends understand how to communicate different and difficult ideas and the like; but I ask friends of friends etc… to please treat this topic with respect. If it’s not for you then its not for you. Thank you.


On a different note- I spent a few days in the snow in Lake Tahoe California.

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It was beautiful. I’m sporting a beard for a little while (see clip above) because I’m tired of shaving. (Can’t a man take a break)! LOL.

There was a local pet; a chocolate Lab named Doobie who came in and out as he pleased and got treats from all until we noticed on his collar (PLEASE DO NOT FEED) then the jig was up! He still came around though. (There is always hope). It was a great three day break from the studio and I feel refreshed and ready for more….

Bear

 

On the last day we noticed something odd about the car…. and found out a bear had tried to break in and completely took off the door handle…. (this was not the bear but just imagine).  Glad I wasn’t there to see him. This is definitely bear country and the locals respect bears and the wildness of the area and try and co exist. I saw a picture at checkout in the local pharmacy of a bear in the store. It just wandered in and started eating face cream. The people gave it a wide berth and gently “shooed” it away and it left. That’s Lake Tahoe!

Here’s the full song of the snippet in the video above. “Seasons Change”


INTERVIEWS in December

I have three interviews coming up. Click the photos to links of the stations etc…

KOSR Radio Network

KOSR Radio Network

First on December 9th I will be interviewing with Mia Williams on Nite Moods on the KOSR Radio Network (click pic) via  Tunein .

Later, I will post the exact air date and time.


 

Cresent City Radiio JuLā DuCré

 

On the 19th of December I will be LIVE with JuLā DuCré on ‘Real Talk’ with Big G and JuLā DuCré    “Making Radio Cool Again…”

Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (CST)  Call-in: 504-865-3635www.crescentcityradio.com

http://tunein.com/radio/Real-Talk-with-Big-G-and-Jula-Ducre-p500195/


show talk with Angela Butler

 

And on December 29th I will be taping: Show Talk with Angela Butler @ 1:00PM PST

You can listen via either blogtalkradio or livestream.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/angela-butler

http://original.livestream.com/showtalkwithangelabutler

And again- we will post when we know the exact air date and time.


 

On a totally unrelated note: I thought this was funny and thought I’d share.

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That’s about it for now. Enjoy the holidays.

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My quote for this post: Everything you want is on the other side of fear”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be well,  As always I am musically yours,

Gregory