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Matthew Henson - Co-Discover of North Pole
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Matthew Henson was an African American explorer best known as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert Edwin Peary in 1909.

Famed African-American explorer Matthew Henson was born in Charles County, Maryland, on August 8, 1866. Explorer Robert Edwin Peary hired Henson as his valet for expeditions. For over two decades, they explored the Arctic, and on April 6, 1909, Peary, Henson and the rest of their team made history, becoming the first people to reach the North Pole—or at least they claimed to have. Henson died in New York City on March 9, 1955.

American explorer Matthew Alexander Henson was born on August 8, 1866, in Charles County, Maryland. The son of two freeborn black sharecroppers, Henson lost his mother at an early age. When Henson was 4 years old, his father moved the family to Washington, D.C., in search for work opportunities. His father died there, leaving Henson and his siblings in the care of relatives.

Henson ran away from home at age 11, and was taken in by a woman who lived near his home. At age 12, he left to work as a cabin boy on a ship. Over the next six years and under the mentorship of Captain Childs, Henson learned literacy and navigation skills.

After Captain Childs died, Henson returned to Washington, D.C. and worked as a store clerk for a furrier. It was there that he met Robert Edwin Peary, an explorer and officer in the U.S. Navy Corps of Civil Engineers. On the recommendation of the store owner, Peary hired Henson as his valet for his travel expeditions.

Career as an Explorer

In 1891, Henson joined Peary on a Greenland expedition. While there, Henson embraced the local Eskimo culture, learning the language and the natives' Arctic survival skills. At the trip's end, in 1893, Henson remained the sole member of Peary's entourage—the rest of the team had abandoned the mission.

Their next trip to Greenland came in 1895, this time with a goal of charting the entire ice cap. The journey almost ended in tragedy, with Peary's team on the brink of starvation; members of the team managed to survive by eating all but one of their sled dogs. Over the next two years, the explorers returned to Greenland to collect three meteorites found during prior explorations, ultimately selling them to the American Museum of Natural History and using the proceeds to help fund their future expeditions.

Over the next several years, Peary and Henson would make multiple attempts to reach the North Pole. Their 1902 attempt proved tragic, with six Eskimo team members perishing due to a lack of food and supplies. They made more progress during their 1906 trip: Backed by President Theodore Roosevelt and armed with a then state-of-the-art vessel that had the ability to cut through ice, the team was able to sail within 174 miles of the North Pole. Melted ice blocking the sea path thwarted the mission’s completion.

The team's final attempt to reach the North Pole took place in 1908. Henson proved an invaluable team member, building sledges and training others on sled-handling. Of Henson, expedition member Donald Macmillan once noted, "With years of experience equal to that of Peary himself, he was indispensable."

The expedition continued into the following year (1909). While other team members turned back, Peary and the ever-loyal Henson trudged on. Peary knew that the mission's success depended on his trusty companion, stating at the time, "Henson must go all the way. I can't make it there without him." On April 6, 1909, Peary, Henson, four Eskimos and 40 dogs (the trip had begun with 24 men, 19 sledges and 133 dogs) finally reached the North Pole—or at least they claimed to have.

Source: Biography.com   

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 Tony Faison was born and raised in North Carolina. Music has been a part of his life since he was a child. He is originally known for his unique, while extraordinary gift of playing many instruments. He professionally plays bass guitar, drums, keyboard, piano, organ, acoustic guitar and percussion. Tony has been a musician for more than 18 years. He has composed and arranged numerous instrumental tracks for stage plays, pageants, psalmists, television and film, commercials, and religious settings. Tony played bass guitar in live recordings for Wendy Wyatt Henderson and Michael Mahaffey, both were independent projects. Tony has served as Music Director for Miles Draper Mealing & YNS Chorale’s live recording on an independent project. He has he played for live concerts, inspirational services and many major events.

As music has greatly evolved over the last few decades, so has the gift and ability of Tony Faison. He has been playing and singing different styles of music for many years, as a result of listening to many influential artists. Artists that have impacted him both instrumentally and vocally are artist Ben Tankard, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Fred Hammond, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Commissioned, The Winans, Kim Burrell and many more. He has a unique sound that presents a combination of R&B, pop, urban, contemporary, jazz, and gospel.

Although being a musician was the start of his career, singing was always a love that remained behind the scenes. Leading praise and worship, wedding solo’s, teaching choir parts, and vocal training over the years is what led to the maturation of his vocal abilities. He has spent the last 5 years recording, producing, and discovering his own style.

Currently, this singer, songwriter, producer and musician has recorded 4 CD’s, Stay Together: Inspirational Love Songs, The Christ Culture, The Greatest Gift of All: Christmas Project, & Testimony. The newest project is called “Smooth Jazz”, which is a very relaxing while romantic smooth jazz cd.

Tony currently lives in Columbus Ga. He has several tracks in TV and film including music that was featured at the 2011 Emmy awards.  He currently serves as the Music Manager for two churches, Faith Worship Center, International in Columbus, GA, and River Of Life, International in Asheville, NC both under the leadership of Dr. Ann L. Hardman. Much like Matti Moss Clark, the mother of the Clark Sisters, this young man has bright future ahead! Please check him out.

 

 

  

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Through various genres – soul, jazz and gospel – Nicci communicates with listeners in a way that can only be described as magical. With a vintage flare that takes you back to the likes of Billie Holiday and carries you into the next wave of music. 

Singer and songwriter Nicci Canada presents her debut album "Twenty Twelve", available now on all digital media. Her newest smash, entitled “Attraction”, which showcases her sultrier and sensual side; is a follow up to her first single “Love” and you literally cannot get enough! “I love to create and express who I am through music. I'm a walking melody and it’s a Gift that I want to present to the world.” Nicci’s messages of love, passion and worship create the musical canvases on which she paints her voice. Through various genres – jazz, soul and gospel – Nicci communicates with listeners in a way that can only be described as magical. With a vintage flare, Nicci that takes you back to the likes of Billie holiday and carries you into the next wave of music. Nicci was born into a family of vocalists in Charleston, West Virginia, and she has been surrounded by music since birth. In 2001 Nicci decided to make music a career after moving to Charlotte, NC. Realizing the possibilities of pursuing her passion professionally, she worked with Paul Whitley to release a three-song demo in 2005. Recently, Nicci has teamed up with business mogul Eric Mitchell, and founded Jevenity Music Entertainment, LLC. Her debut CD, featuring the singles “Love" and “Attraction” will be the first project on the label with a collection of 14 tracks, there's a treat for everyone to enjoy. Through her warm, sultry vocals, the influence of Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle and Nina Simone is clear, yet, Nicci Canada’s amazing sound is all her own. 

"A most expressive vocalist with strong, precise, and distinctive pipes, Canada incorporates R&B and jazz phrasings and mixes in her own excitement and heavy doses of confidence on this project. Alternating between classily assertive (e.g., “Welcome to My World” and “Rivertown”) to sweetly sexy and almost demure (“Attraction” and “Boaz”), Canada’s material is diverse and unique, fitting her vocal style like a glove."

Ronald Jackson, Jazz Critic / The Smooth Jazz Ride

 "After listening to Nicci Canada's sultry soulful voice, I came to one conclusion; It's about time! Way too many artist sound the same, but Nicci Canada Blows that concept out of the water. The pure magic mixture of Jazz, Neo-Soul, R&B, and yes Gospel, is refreshing to say the least. I definitely recommend you buy this album."

 - Bigday of "The Bigday Morning Show

 “Like a warm blanket you would welcome to your bed during the night of a quieting snow… She is soothing, comforting, sultry and inspiring.”

 – Rick Cochran, WKAZ FM, Charleston, WV

 “Her song writing abilities and exceptional voice compelled the crowd to listen closely to her unique styling. I truly believe she has that “something” that will take her far. I am looking to having her back.”

 – Stephan R. Starks, Founder and President, Multifest

 “Nicci Canada is an inspired artist, who is full of life, love and passion. These qualities come through in her music and makes her a perfect complement to our awards program,"

 - Rahman Khan, president of GoodWorks Media Group

 


 

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