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Terence Blanchard takes a stand on Ferguson / Omaha World-Herald

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Terence Blanchard wanted to make a statement with his latest album. The Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer wanted to use the opportunity to recognize what's been happening around the country - incident after incident of unarmed black men dying after encounters with police. His daughter suggested the title "Breathless" - a reference to the "I Can't Breathe" campaign that followed the death of New Yorker Eric Garner.

In a phone interview, Blanchard said he was particularly disturbed when he saw the Missouri National Guard had used the phrase "enemy forces" in reference to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown. "Enemy," Blanchard said. "I mean, ‘the enemy.' To use that word is amazing." Blanchard didn't title his album "Breathless" to start a dialogue. There's enough talk as it is, he said. The title is a show of protest. It's the musician's own way of calling for policy changes around the country.  READ THE FULL Omaha World-Herald ARTICLE

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