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Relatives grieve for Texas woman with flu who died



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This week should have been a joyous time for Judy Trunnell, a 33-year-old schoolteacher who had just given birth to a healthy baby girl.

But the friends and relatives whose cars lined the quiet street in front of her home in a quiet subdivision Tuesday instead were mourning her, the first American with swine flu to die.

“We’re grieving now,” said a woman with tear-streaked eyes who declined to give her name.

In Maryland, her cousin told WMAR-TV in Baltimore that Trunnell had died after spending two weeks in the hospital. She slipped into a coma, and her baby was delivered by Cesarean section, Mario Zamora said.

“She was just a beautiful person, warm at heart. She worked with disabled children as a teacher,” Zamora said. “Those that knew her will always remember her.”

Texas health officials stopped short of saying that swine flu caused Trunnell’s death. State health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the schoolteacher had “chronic underlying health conditions” but wouldn’t give any more details.

She died early Tuesday after being hospitalized since April 19, said Leonel Lopez, Cameron County epidemiologist.

CORRECTION Swine Flu TexasTrunnell’s death came as life in the areas hardest hit by the outbreak began returning to normal. In Mexico, where the current strain is thought to have originated, stores, restaurants and factories were officially allowed to reopen Tuesday. And U.S. health officials withdrew their recommendation that schools with suspected swine flu cases shut down for two weeks.

The only other swine flu death in the U.S. was that of a Mexico City toddler who also had other health problems and had been visiting relatives in Brownsville, near Harlingen. He died last week at a Houston children’s hospital.

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An Author Talk w/Comedian Tommy Davidson – Saturday, 3/14/20





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An Author Talk w/Comedian Tommy Davidson

March 14th | 5PM

MahoganyBooks proudly presents a special book event with actor, comedian, Tommy Davidson. Join us for an insightful discussion featuring Tommy’s new book, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me.
In 1990, Tommy Davidson burst onto the scene in the Emmy Award-winning show In Living Color, a pioneering sketch comedy show, featuring a multi-racial cast of actors and dancers who spoke to an underrepresented new generation created by Hip Hop Nation. In this revealing memoir, Tommy shares his unique perspective on making it in Hollywood, being an integral part of television history, on fame and family, and on living a life that has never been black and white–just funny and true.

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DC Music Summit Goes Boom! (Panel and Performance at The Kennedy Center)





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The DC Music Summit (DCMS) has partnered up with This Could Go Boom to do a panel discussion on women in music and the potential to spark change on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 6 pm – 7 pm. Also, a live performance by Iza Flo a DMV supergroup blending funk/disco and hip-hop. The show is an awareness and fundraising event held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millenium Stage.  

Patrons will get a sneak peek into what DC Music Summit participants can anticipate on the day of the Summit, February 1, 2020. The panel includes Erin Frisbey, Ara Casey, Selena Benally. The panel will highlight gender equality within the music industry and share their knowledge on starting a record label. 

“One of our most important jobs is to not define why music and stories and traditions are important but to facilitate authentic creative growth and expression and to create avenues for the success of those individual lived experiences through music. That’s why events like DC Music Summit, that seek to empower, are important,” panelist Erin Frisby said. 

This event is in support of the DC Music Summit and an opportunity to allow DMV musicians to come around the important topics within the local music community, discuss, and network. There will also be opportunities to donate, both online and in-person, to help keep the DC Music Summit sustainable.

The DC Music Summit (DCMS), which is set to offer local musicians a catalog of educational sessions, discussions by industry leaders, and highlight local talent including live performances, will be held at Eaton Hotel in Washington, DC, Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 8 am-6 pm.   

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Media contact: Adeela Abbasi, DCMS Team Lead, (202) 630-0955 or

About the DC Music Summit

In 2016, The Summit was founded by three black women who love music, who care about the DC community, and who saw an opportunity to highlight the link between creativity and entrepreneurship. The goal of the Summit is to support musicians in building their creative business and create sustainability through their craft. 

The Summit focuses on the DC Musician’s business, community, and the art,  the sessions are intensive, building greater understanding, deeper connections, and bursting opportunities.  The DC Music Summit puts itself in the heart of the underserved communities/business, making it accessible, focusing on creative minorities, underserved businesses, and underground independent artists.

About This Could Go Boom

This Could Go Boom! believes in the potency of unheard, under-promoted musical narratives and their potential to spark action and cultural change. We champion these voices by offering record label services, workshops, performance opportunities, and community outreach programming focused on womxn and non-binary musicians, sound engineers, music business professionals, students, and music lovers.

About the Speakers

Erin Frisby – Erin is a multi-disciplinary artist. In addition to playing with The OSYX, she fronts the rock band FuzzQueen, described by Huffington Post as, “a gorgeous nastily tight storm of ragged raw energy.” Erin finds meaning in working in the community and was selected as a mixed cohort member for The Sanctuaries DC’s 2018 Arts For Social Impact program. She previously created the music education program for a Chicago-based non-profit providing programming for 7,000 students annually. Erin works as a teaching artist and presents workshops such as the recent “Freestyle” with the Off The Top Team workshop at The Luce Foundation Center. Erin participated as a singer in Tino Sehgal’s This You at the Hirshhorn Museum. She sits on the board of Girls Rock! DC and recently completed an MSAC Creativity Grant supported recording project “Charting the Chaotic Sea”. She is currently working on a mixed media piece Ecdysis, funded by PG County Arts and Humanities.

Ara Casey – A DC area native, Ara launched her music journey in 2014 with the 100 Songs in 365 Days project. She has performed in Ragnar Kjartansson’s critically acclaimed “Woman In E” and at the Lincoln Theater. She directs an independent preschool program that nurtures love and appreciation for music in small humans. In addition to writing and performing with The OSYX, and her work with This Could Go Boom!, Ara is an avid beekeeper, volunteers for The Moth DC, and plays soccer just for kicks.

Selena Benally – Native American musician and graphic designer Selena Benally has always had a love for the arts. She has been performing in punk and hard rock bands for several years including power trio, More AM Than FM, which was most recently featured at the DC Music Rocks Fest at the 9:30 Club. She has volunteered with Girls Rock! camps in DC and Baltimore. In 2016, she performed in Ragnar Kjartansson’s performance piece, “Woman In E” at the Hirshhorn Museum. Selena has done graphic design work for Tagg Magazine, DC Music Rocks, and the DC Public Charter School Board. Selena has toured with the band FuzzQueen and enjoys building cigar box guitars.

About Iza Flo

Iza Flo is a supergroup of DMV artists blending funk/disco and hip-hop to make you dance. While dynamic rhythms are at the forefront of Iza Flo, held down by bandleader and drummer Isabelle De Leon, and percussionist Rikayyah Wilson, its unique fusion of sounds results from the funky low-end lines by bassist Tiffany Lloyd, heavy Rock shreds by guitarist Beth Cannon, and nostalgic synth sounds by Natalie Ahearn. Top it off with the angelic voice of Jillian Willis and soulful spitfire by Dior Ashley Brown, and you get a performance that is emotional and energetic at the same time. Though newly formed, Iza Flo has already made its mark in the DMV with appearances on WUSA9 TV, at the Apple Carnegie Library and the historic 9:30 Club. They plan to debut their EP in 2020, so be sure to follow them online for the latest updates!

About the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility. Touring Kennedy Center productions and its television, radio, and Internet broadcasts reach more than 40 million people around the world each year. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone program, more than 400 free performances are offered each year featuring international, national, and local artists. These include daily 6 p.m. concerts on the Millennium Stage—now in its 16th year—which are streamed live over the Internet and digitally archived on

The Center has co-produced more than 300 new works of theater over the past 40 years, including Tony Award®-winning shows ranging from Annie in 1977 to A Few Good Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The King and I, Titanic, and the American premiere of Les Misérables. In 2002, the Center presented the unprecedented, astonishingly successful Sondheim Celebration, featuring new Kennedy Center productions of Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Passion, and A Little Night Music. In the spring of 2004, the Center produced three Tennessee Williams classics, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie. Other Center productions include Mame; Carnival!; August Wilson’s 20th Century, the playwright’s complete 10-play cycle performed as fully-staged readings; Terrence McNally’s Nights at the Opera, which featured three of the author’s plays performed concurrently in three of the Center’s theaters; a revival production of Ragtime which transferred to Broadway in October 2009 and received six Tony® nominations; and a revival production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies, which transferred to Broadway in 2011 and received eight Tony® nominations, winning one for Best Costume Design of a Musical.

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