SPRINGFIELD OHIO BRINGS OUT THE BEST! WE MAKE LEGENDS!
JOHN WITH MICHAEL BAISDEN!
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JOHN GIVING MY COUSIN'S HIS AUTOGRAPH...THEY BOTH HAVE CHILDREN BY HIS COUSINS...LOL
JOHN AND HIS BROTHER PERFORMING AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
JOHN AND HIS BROTHER'S
JOHN, CHRISSY AND HIS DAD
JOHN HOSTS A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR HIS BROTHER VAUGHN
JOHN COMES HOME TO PERFORM! TO GET PEOPLE REGISTER TO VOTE!
Legend stumps for Obama, voter registration
Springfield, Ohio — R&B sensation John Legend was not stumping for Democratic presidential nominee as a celebrity on Monday, Sept. 29.
"A lot of times (people) criticize the campaign because they have celebrity endorsements," the Grammy award-winning Springfield native told a crowd of more than 750 people at a free concert at Veterans Park. "But before I was a celebrity, I was an Ohioan and my family is still here in this state ... I come to you as somebody from Ohio who cares about Ohio."
And 29-year-old Legend is not satisfied with the way issues like the economy and health care for seniors are going.
The North High grad said that long before finances imploded on Wall Street, manufacturing jobs were leaving Ohio and people were struggling financially.
"All these decisions that folks make in the White House, they impact us," Legend said. "So we need to make sure that we put somebody in the White House who is going to represent our interests."
Legend included Springfield on a four-city campaign tour for Obama, promoting voter registration and early voting, which begins today, Sept. 30.
Though promoting his own new album, "Evolver," Legend said he thought it was important enough to take a day off to campaign in Ohio, a swing state.
Legend contacted the Obama campaign and said he wanted to come to Springfield before the deadline to register to vote. On Monday, he was scheduled to stump in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati as well.
Legend has had similar shows in Georgia and Iowa, but said no other states have been put on the agenda yet.
"I'm doing my part to make sure that Ohio (is) not going to be fooled again," Legend said to applause. "We're going to get out and vote. We're going to vote early ... we're going to vote for Obama."
In theory, Ohio residents can register to vote today and vote immediately afterward because of an overlap between the start of early voting Sept. 30 and the voter registration deadline Oct. 6. But that window is in jeopardy.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner claims that through two Ohio residents, the state Republican party is seeking to close that gap — a measure that she does not support.
"The Ohio GOP is seeking to close the long-established overlap and effectively disenfranchise registering Ohioans who want or need to vote absentee," Brunner said in a recent statement. "The Ohio GOP is effectively asking the Supreme Court to create a 30-day waiting period for new registrants before they may receive an absentee ballot — a waiting period that does not exist in Ohio law."
Brunner has instructed all of Ohio's 88 counties to move forward with the overlap, Clark County Board of Elections Director Mark Oster said Monday.
Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine denied that the same-day registration lawsuit was filed by the Republican party.
"The lawsuit was filed by citizens who expressed to us their concern," DeWine said in a statement. "They believe, as we do, that the law is very clear in prohibiting a person from registering to vote and obtaining a ballot on the same day."
Appeals at the state and federal level are pending, said Brunner's spokesman, Jeff Ortega.
JOHN'S MOTHER PHYLISS STEPHENS IS SO PROUD OF HER SON!
HIS BROTHER VAUGHN IS COMING OUT SOON WITH HIS ALBUM!
JOHN WITH AN ISEECOLOR MEMBER!
Local pastor, John Legend's grandfather, dies By Andrew McGinn
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
SPRINGFIELD — With his church on Clifton Avenue, Bishop Raymond Lloyd Sr. gave his grandson a place to grow musically.
But as a "studious man" who never stopped trying to learn, Lloyd left his true mark on Grammy-winner John Legend, one of his 26 grandchildren.
Lloyd, who led El Bethel Temple for 40 years, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ohio Masonic Home. He was 88.
"When he found out Johnny had won the spelling bee, he went and bought the biggest dictionary you could have," remembered daughter Phyllis Stephens, Legend's mother. "He bought two of them. One for him and one for Johnny."
Legend — then known as John Stephens — would go on to graduate second in his class at age 16 from North High.
"He's a lot like my dad was," Phyllis Stephens said.
Of course, there were notable differences.
Born in Tennessee and raised in Michigan, Lloyd left school in the eighth grade.
"But when we were kids," Phyllis Stephens said, "he went back to school. He was a man who just wouldn't quit."
Lloyd ended up graduating from South High in 1960.
He had been called to pastor at El Bethel — then located on Yellow Springs Street — in 1953. He retired in 1993.
His son, Raymond, continues to lead the church.
Legend, who joined the choir at age 6, began a musical journey there that would include winning six Grammys.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife, Elmira.
Visitation will be at El Bethel from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, with services at 7 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park. John Legend to NY Post: Shame on You for Cartoon
Musician John Legend responded to the cartoon with the following open letter to the Post:
I'm trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really?
Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to you that our president has been receiving death threats since early in his candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?
If that's not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully ignorant of you not to connect these easily connectable dots. If it is what you intended, then you obviously wanted to be grossly provocative, racist and offensive to the sensibilities of most reasonable Americans. Either way, you should not have printed this cartoon, and the fact that you did is truly reprehensible. I can't imagine what possible justification you have for this. I've read your lame statement in response to the outrage you provoked. Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to attack the Rev. Sharpton. This is not about Sharpton. It's about the cartoon being blatantly racist and offensive.
I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it. I'm personally boycotting your paper and won't do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well.
You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed.
I'm well aware of our country's history of racism and violence, but I truly believe we are better than this filth. As we attempt to rise above our difficult past and look toward a better future, we don't need the New York Post to resurrect the images of Jim Crow to deride the new administration and put black folks in our place. Please feel free to criticize and honestly evaluate our new president, but do so without the incendiary images and rhetoric.