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RIP – jazz singer & civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln

By: Ed Tracey Saturday August 14, 2010 5:15 pm

One of my favorite singers of all time – Abbey Lincoln has died at the age of 80.


As this excerpt from the NY Times says:

Ms. Lincoln’s career encompassed outspoken civil rights advocacy in the 1960s and fearless introspection in more recent years, and for a time in the 1960s she acted in films with Sidney Poitier.

Long recognized as one of jazz’s most arresting and uncompromising singers, Ms. Lincoln gained similar stature as a songwriter only over the last two decades.

After the jump is a profile I wrote about her some time ago (may not have corrected everything for past tense).


New Hampshire town *crushes* anti-marriage equality article

By: Ed Tracey Sunday March 14, 2010 12:06 pm

I would like to (a) amplify the update that Lurleen noted this past week from Dean Barker, the editor of our Granite State blog Blue Hampshire – that one shouldn’t be distraught over some towns voting to support a referendum on the marriage equality law that went into effect two months ago – as well as highlight one town’s response yesterday that should …. well, bring a smile to PHB readers.

(more after the jump) …

RIP – activist Doris (“Granny D”) Haddock, aged 100

By: Ed Tracey Tuesday March 9, 2010 10:20 pm

New Hampshire citizen-activist Doris Haddock (“Granny D”) has died, aged 100 according to New Hampshire state representative [Jim Splaine] – who was scheduled to speak with her later this month in Portsmouth. More after the jump ….

Behind the NH same-sex marriage vote

By: Ed Tracey Thursday April 30, 2009 7:02 pm


This week we received an unexpected (and pleasant) surprise here in the Granite State – the State Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill 13-11 when its outcome appeared to be in doubt. While the finish line is still to come (as will be noted) this was a big step. Read on ….