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Looking Back on 2019

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2019 has been a banner year for INFEMNITY Productions and The Noshing with Nina Show (TNWNS). The year began with the broadcast of our recap of “The People’s State of the Union” in January. For Black History Month we broadcast the first of a two-part series on the award-winning documentary film Matthew Kennedy: One Man’s Journey, produced and directed by host Nina Kennedy.




In March, the Rock Ballerina Kimberly Nichole was our special guest on TNWNS. Kimberly is most recognized for her amazing performance of “House of the Rising Sun” on NBC’s The Voice.

Also in March, the Fisk Jubilee Singers performed at Carnegie Hall under sponsorship of the H.T. Burleigh Society, and Nina was asked to participate in a panel discussion with the descendants of Ella Sheppard, Harry Burleigh, J. Rosamond Johnson, W.C. Handy and Bob Cole on the legacies of famous African American musicians. After that panel discussion, Nina asked current Fisk Jubilee Singers director Paul Kwami if she could conduct a maste…

"Practicing for Love" Versus Mary Trump, John Bolton, Michael Cohen, et al

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I couldn't care less about Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, John Bolton, et al. Trump's niece, Mary, writes a book on her uncle, and hundreds of thousands of books are ordered before its release. John Bolton has a best-seller out, and he chose to make money instead of testifying before Congress. Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen wants to write a book, but Trump sent him back to prison for refusing to sign a statement saying that he would not write a book. Convicted felon Roger Stone is talking about writing a book, and is free to do so since Trump commuted his sentence.
All of it is disgusting to me. Trump has murdered well over a hundred thousand Americans via his incompetence, denial, and self-absorption. Yet nothing seems to happen to the bad guys. Meanwhile, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, et al are still dead - killed by police for being black.

In my book (Practicing for Love: A Memoir), which has not sold hundreds of thousand…

A Conversation with "Blue White and Red" Stars Nina Kennedy and Nejma Nefertiti

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Juneteenth 2020 marked the world premiere of a music video for the single "Blue White and Red" starring lyricist/rapper Nejma Nefertiti and pianist Nina Kennedy. An INFEMNITY Production, the video was filmed and edited by April Gibson.


INFEMNITY: Tell us how "Blue White and Red" happened.


Nina Kennedy: The first step was that April's nephew Mike Gutta [owner of Ryan Premier1989 LLC] sent us some beats to choose from. I listened to them and thought about which pieces in my classical repertoire would fit well around the beat. I decided on the opening of the Grieg Concerto since the mood is a bit defiant yet melancholic. I knew I'd have to slow it down for a track that kids could dance to, so I recorded the solo over Mike's beats. Then April put together a rough cut audio recording. She had the idea to aim for a Juneteenth launch, so we asked Nejma to write lyrics that would be appropriate for Juneteenth. We sent her what we had and she listened to it over a…

Will Alicia Keys Portray Philippa Schuyler?

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Back in the 1930s there was a famous American pianist by the name of Philippa Schuyler. She was a child prodigy, and the daughter of a white mother and black father. Philippa's mother was an eccentric Texas heiress, and believed that her daughter would set the example for ending racism. She kept Philippa isolated. Hailed in the New York Times as "the Shirley Temple of American Negroes," Schuyler was performing public recitals and radio broadcasts by age four. In later life, Schuyler grew disillusioned with the racial and gender prejudice she encountered, particularly when performing in the United States, and much of her musical career was spent playing overseas. She fled to Latin America, where mixed races were more prevalent. She chose a voluntary exile of traveling and performing in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Europe. She played at the inauguration of three successive presidents in Haiti. In Africa, she performed for various notables such as Haile Se…

This is Why I Wrote the Book

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While I was studying at Juilliard, I was hungry for biographies on successful musicians and composers. Unfortunately, while pursuing my master's degree, I did not read one biography about a woman. In my spare time I would read the diaries of Anaïs Nin, the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklasby Gertrude Stein, the Letters between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, or the enhanced autobiographies by Maya Angelou, but these books were not needed for my research during the pursuit of my degree. To make matters worse, I did not find one biography written on the life of an African American woman. I knew that an autobiography existed on contralto Marian Anderson's life called My Lord, What a Morning, and I have just found a copy online as I write this.
Just last year I found a biography on the life of Clara Schumann (néeWieck). I wish I could have read this biography while I was a student. Clara Schumann's experiences as a daughter of an overbearing patriarch, the wife of a comp…

Saying Farewell to George Floyd

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During the funeral for George Floyd in Houston, the Reverend Al Sharpton quoted from Ephesians Chapter 6, or the "Letter to the Ephesians" written (supposedly) by the Apostle Paul. He read: "Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes," and "Struggles are... against the powers of darkness, and against spiritual forces of wickedness."

Of course, Sharpton was referring to the powers of darkness and wickedness within American police departments and the criminal justice system. But Ephesians 6:5 also contains the quote used by American slaveholders before the Civil War: "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ."


I have nothing against Al Sharpton. He called me in for an impromptu interview for his nationally broadcast radio show at the Congressional Black Caucus Convention in Washington, D.C. At that time I was promoting the documentary film…

Nina Gamble Kennedy, American Pianist

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Nina Gamble Kennedy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Nina Gamble Kennedy Born1960 (age 59–60)
Nashville, Tennessee OccupationClassical Pianist, Orchestra Conductor, Film Director, WriterParentsMatthew Washington Kennedy (father)Anne Gamble Kennedy (mother) Nina Gamble Kennedy (born 1960) is an American classical pianist, orchestral conductor, filmmaker, and writer. Contents 1Early life2Career3Critical reception4Recordings5Works6Filmography7References8External links Early life