Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Special English.
I'm Doug Johnson. This week on our program:
We tell about this year's
winners of the MacArthur Fellowships.
We also report on the winners of a new international
competition for videos that define democracy.
And we play music from a new album by jazz drummer
Terri Lyne Carrington.
Democracy Video Challenge
Last year, the American State Department launched a
worldwide video competition. It asked
filmmakers to create short videos that completed the sentence "Democracy
is ... " Last month, Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton congratulated the winners at an awards ceremony in Washington,
D.C. Faith Lapidus has our story.
The Democracy Video Challenge was launched last year at
the United Nations on September fifteenth, International Democracy Day. Officials said the competition was designed
to expand the discussion of democracy around the world.
had to be at least eighteen years old and could enter only one video each. The
videos were to be no longer than three minutes. They were entered into competition on the Web site YouTube.
than nine hundred people from ninety-five countries entered the Democracy Video
Challenge. There were twenty top
judges. They were from the democracy
groups, universities, and media organizations that worked with the State
Department to set up the contest. The judges chose a winning video from each of
the six major areas of the world.
Chansa Tembo of Zambia is one of the winners. His video compares democracy to a drink
called a smoothie. The drink is made by
combining different fruits into a smooth and tasty thick liquid. Chansa Tembo
CHANSA TEMBO: "I thought about democracy and I thought we all have to get along
somehow. You might not like an orange by itself, you might not like a banana by
itself, but if you combine different fruits together, you might be able to actually
produce something which is consumable by the whole society."
Penafiel is a winner from the
Philippines. Her video shows a man alone
in the darkness. He speaks of the
dangers of the abuse of democracy.
Fueled by the voice of the masses. But
what drives the masses to speak? Hunger. Fatigue. Pain. Despair. Ambition. Money. Fear. Will you not vote for the
killer if you already feel the cold steel of his gun against your head?"
other winners are from Poland, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Nepal. Along with the award, the winners also got a
free trip to New York City and Los Angeles, California, to attend screenings of
their videos. And they will meet with film industry leaders and democracy
Democracy Video Challenge for two thousand ten has already begun.
a phone call from the MacArthur Foundation can change a person's life forever.
Last month, the organization, based in Chicago, Illinois, told twenty-four
people that they had been chosen for the yearly fellowship award. Each winner
receives five hundred thousand dollars over five years. The organization sees the award as an
investment in that person's interesting work and future efforts.
doctors, writers and artists were among the winners of this year's MacArthur
Fellowship. The Haitian-American writer
Edwidge Danticat was one of the winners. Her books describe the experiences of
Haitian immigrants. Mizz Danticat said the thing artists need most is time. She
says the award money will give her a sense of security that will help her work
of this year's fellows are scientists. Peter Huybers is a scientist at Harvard
University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He uses math, physics and statistics to
study climate change patterns. Lin He at the University of California,
Berkeley, is a molecular biologist. She has made valuable discoveries about
cell behavior that could lead to future cancer treatments.
who won the fellowship include thirty-five year old photographer Lynsey
Addario. She takes powerful images of people living in war-torn countries.
James Longley makes deeply personal movies about communities in the Middle
East. His films help bring a wider understanding about the effects of conflict
in the area.
Timothy Barrett of Iowa City,
Iowa, is both an artist and scientist. He is a paper maker and historian who is
helping to document ancient paper traditions. He has also developed special
kinds of paper to help people who work in the art and book industries.
Saks is a legal expert who works to expand the rights of people with severe
mental illness. Her personal experiences influence her work. She has written a
book about her struggles with schizophrenia.
The MacArthur Foundation says this fellowship is not
just an award for past success. It says the money is aimed at ensuring that
these experts will do even more creative things in the future.
Terri Lyne Carrington
Jazz musician Terri Lyne Carrington is one of the few
women to be successful as a professional drummer. She has performed with some of the greatest
jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock since she was very
young. Shirley Griffith has more about Terri Lyne Carrington and plays music
from her new album, "More to Say."
Drummer, songwriter and producer Terri Lyne Carrington began
playing the saxophone as a child. But
the instrument became difficult to play after she lost her baby teeth. Then she discovered a set of old drums in her
family's home and became interested in playing that instrument. The drums had belonged to her grandfather,
jazz musician Matt Carrington.
By the time she was
seven, Terri Lyne had become an extraordinary drummer.
three years later, she was performing with famous jazz and blues musicians
including Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson and Joe Williams. At age eleven, the young drummer received a
full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Today she is a professor at Berklee.
Terri Lyne Carrington
released her first album, "Real Life Story," in nineteen eighty-nine. It was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her new album, "More to Say," marks her
twenty year anniversary as a solo performer. She wrote the song "Papa San" to
honor her father, saxophone player Sonny Carrington. He performs the song with Terri on her new
Lyne Carrington also is recognized as a talented singer. She sings the soulful song "Hold Me Again"
with jazz great Les McCann.
jazz singer Nancy Wilson also performs one of Terri Lyne Carrington's songs on
"More to Say." Carrington described the
experience as "a dream come true." We
leave you with that song, "Imagine This."
I'm Doug Johnson. Our program was written by Lawan
Davis, Dana Demange, and Caty Weaver, who was also the producer. Our reader was Mario Ritter.
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