Skip to main content

tv   News  Al Jazeera  November 9, 2015 8:00pm-9:01pm EST

8:00 pm
widow, but he carried on working until his death, leaving a legacy of 6,000 works, providing hours of entertainment. that is all of our time, thanks for watching. i'm tony harris. john siegenthaler is up next. thank you. we begin with charges of racism and a change in leadership at the university of missouri. then pressure from the football team and many others on campus, so today the president resigned and the school's chancellor announced he was stepping aside. andy is in columbia, missouri tonight. >> reporter: they began a relations committee. and he called what happened today an earthquake.
8:01 pm
a somber resignation by university of missouri school president tim wolf. >> reporter: i'm resigning. >> reporter: lead to an emotional reaction in the center of campus. for months black students on this overwhelmingly white campus had said racial tensions had been poisoning the atmosphere. a swastika drawn in feces was drawn on the bathroom wall. >> i had other incidents, and it's time people start listening. >> reporter: an activist group called concerned of student 1950, named for the year the first black student was admitted to the university. confronted tim wolf last month, and he ignored them. wolf later apologized, but last
8:02 pm
week jonathan butler began a hunger strike vowing not to eat until wolf was gone. >> i do appreciate the prayers, the positive thoughts and messages. thank you to the community. [ applause ] >> reporter: over the weekend, some began calling on wolf to design. but the end of the line may have been a threat by at least 30 black members of missouri's football team. they announced they wouldn't practice or play as long as a wolf stayed. a prospect that could have cost the school millions of dollars. wolf took responsibility for the lack of dialogue on campus. >> we have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other, and start listening, and quit intimidating each other. >> reporter: after words the missouri football players said this gave new meaning to the
8:03 pm
term student athletes, and their coach supported them. >> i didn't look at consequences. that wasn't about it at any time. it was about supporting my players when they needed me. >> reporter: the students may have helped bring down the president, but they still have issues to face. how bad is the racial tension here? and how do you solve it? >> i think you can foster an environment of including everyone, and hearing all of the voices that need to be heard. >> reporter: despite the fact that the president and chancellor are out, the protesters still have more demands. they want a higher percentage of faculty members that are diverse, and diversity training for all in-coming faculty and students. a proposition that in itself could cost millions of dollars.
8:04 pm
john back to you. >> all right. a junior at the university of missouri joins us now. welcome. what has this day been like for you? >> thank you for asking. this day has been quite amazing from our point of view. i would like to say first and foremost thank you to the students of concern, the organization and members of the general body for being a catalyst for this movement. without them, we wouldn't be here today, so i would just like to thank them. and as far as today has been going. the feeling on campus different, but we have been taking it all in, and we are glad we made it to this point today. >> you have been trying to get the administration to pay attention, now the country has been paying attention. for those that are not on campus
8:05 pm
can you give us a sense of what things have been like on campus? >> well, it has been a lot of -- i would like to say there has been a lot of unequality on campus over the past couple of years that the administration hasn't addressed. and we just felt like the time is now that we have to address it. >> has this been going on for a long time? has it increased in the last couple of years? >> definitely it has been going on for a long time. even before i was student here, i have heard stories back in 2010 where two students got caught playing cotton balls [ inaudible ] on campus. so it has been going on before i was here, but we're glad we're making strides to bring a change to our campus today. >> first you had the president
8:06 pm
resign. now you had the chancellor step aside. what else needed to happen in your opinion. >> well, we had a list of demands that we felt was representative of the entire student of color, entire student body, and we felt that the president's resignation was only step one. this is not the end of the fight just the beginning. >> has this divided students on campus as a result of this decision, or are people coming together? >> i feel like we're more unified now than ever. before all of this came about we just felt there used to be a lot of segregation on campus. but we have come together as one unit and we have add allies, white allies, different racial ethmoiditis come and join to
8:07 pm
help end the fight. so you can feel the climate on campus changing for the better. >> some are calling for more administrators to resign. what do you think? >> speaking for myself i don't know what administrators that have been asked to resign other than who has called for the resignation today, who has resigned president wolf and chancellor lofton. but if there are others that are part of the problem, i would join with the students asking them to step down. >> how has this effected students getting an education at the university? >> well, i won't say it has been difficult because we're all strong individuals. we came here to receive our education, and receive our degrees that we earned, getting up to this point in life, and we
8:08 pm
feel that that is not going to stop us regardless. we just feel there is no reason why we should be oppressed because of the color of our skin. so we're here and we're not going anywhere. >> thank you for telling your story tonight. we appreciate it. in jordan is police captain opened fire at a u.s.-funded training center. at least five were killed in the attack. there is no motive yet but it is raising questions about security inside jordan. rosiland jordan reports. >> reporter: the country of jeer dan is not considered a war zone by any stretch of the imagination, and that's why the shooting at a police training facility just outside downtown ayman is so shocking. investigators are trying to figure out why a veteran criminal investigator opened his weapon at other colleagues on monday. six people have been killed at
8:09 pm
least. the gunman, apparently was killed during a shootout. what they don't understand is how something like this could happen at a facility that has been open since 2003 for the purpose of training iraqi and other police forces around the middle east. while the u.s. has been accustomed to the notion of so-called green on blue attacks, it has never had to deal with something like this in a country that it considered a very close ally. certainly there are going to be many questions that have to be answered and they are hoping they can do so quickly. now the crash of that russian jet in egypt. reuters reporting that u.s. intelligence officials intercepted intelligence, showing russia believed the crash was caused by a bomb. isil has made unconfirmed claims
8:10 pm
of responsibility calling it retaliation against russia. meanwhile vladimir putin praised what he called russia's successful air strikes in syria. russia announced it is reviving a plan to send air-defense-missile systems to iran. president obama met with israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu today at the white house. mike viqueira has more. mike? >> reporter: john, good evening, this time instead of confrontation there was conciliation, this was designed to paper over differences. out was intentionally low-key. >> reporter: at the outset of his first face-to-face meeting with prime minister benjamin netenyahu in more than a year, president obama stated the obvious. the issue is iran and its deal
8:11 pm
on the nuclear program. but unlike past meetings, there was no open acrimony. and both leaders emphasized common goals. >> i think this is an important opportunity for us to work together to see how we can defend ourselves against this aggression and terror. >> reporter: there was little said publicly by the leaders. all in all, it was a low-key meeting, designed to turn down the temperature in bilateral relations. that's a stark contrast with netenyahu's meeting in march when he defied the president and took his fight against the iran nuclear deal to a joint meeting of congress. >> this is a bad deal. it's a very bad deal. we're better off without it. >> reporter: in many ways the tactic backfired.
8:12 pm
the deal survived and angers many democrats who normally support israel. this time netenyahu wants to mend fences. he'll speak at a think tank, and meet with both democratic and republican leaders in the coming days. as the recent violence between israelis and palestinians continues, another issue is being down played by the u.s. the chance for a u.s.-brokered peace between the israelis and palestinians. the subject at the white house how to bolster israeli's military with more aid, and sophisticated u.s. weapons. many see it as a form of compensation to israel. u.s. officials deny a connection, but president obama was careful to stress, when it comes to his iran policy, the u.s. and israel share a common
8:13 pm
goal. >> we don't have a disagreement on the need to making sure iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon and the importance of us blunting destabilizing activities that iran may be taking place. >> reporter: and as i was just reporting there was fallout on the left. democrats and progresses here in the united states angry over netenyahu's speech to congress, and policies in the west bank, many have written a letter more than a hundred to the liberal think thank, the center for american progress, netenyahu makes a speech there tomorrow, many progressives and liberals on the left are asking the think tank to cancel the speech. >> thank you. [ inaudible ] served as israel's counsel general, and joins us tonight from tel-aviv. what do you think this meeting
8:14 pm
accomplished? >> i think it accomplished very little. but that should be weighed or assessed against the expectations. the relationship between the two has been toxic and confrontational, and they haven't met for an entire year which is unprecedented. >> but is there any way to put these leaders back together and repair the rela relain -- relationship? >> i think it's too late for that. even the fact that people are asking who won is really unheard of. >> netenyahu injected himself in u.s. politics. what impact has it had on politics back in his country? >> i think that -- that the confrontation with the u.s. has not cost mr. netenyahu
8:15 pm
politically in this country. and he has succeeded in convincing israelis something which i -- i have to admit i find both perplexing and resentful, but he has succeeded in convincing israelis that there's no penalty to be paid because he's standing up for israel's interest, while the president claims that he is supportive of israel, has always been committed to israel, and his dedication and material support of israel is second to none in all of modern history, which is true. but the president hasn't succeeded in convincing israelis that he has their backs. >> compare the situation between the palestinians and israelis to what it was ten years ago? >> ten years ago there was still
8:16 pm
hope that maybe some kind of a peace process could be reset, relaunched, redesigned, repackaged if you will, and make sense, because people seem fatigued of the ongoing violence. ten years ahead, fast forward to november 2015, the evening we are speaking, i think the level of trust between israelis and palestinian population is at a all-time low. >> how long will the occupation last? >> the palestinian are under israeli occupation since 1967, and you can put whatever legal or idealogical blanket or wrap on it. we are controlling the lives of 3.5 million palestinians who do not want us to do so. what i fear most, john, is that
8:17 pm
this going -- on going, i'm sorry, occupation and this seemingly intrackable conflict is going to lead the palestinians to give up or relinquish the entire concept and idea of a two-state solution, and i think president obama alluded to this several times in interviews in the last year in the u.s., and also in his own voice in several statements that he made, that we are nearing the point where the two-state model is going to be rendered unfeasible, or not viable, which would then lead the palestinians to demand equal rights and a one state, one by national state solution, which is something that israel cannot -- not for one second seriously consider, which would make this impasse of all impasses. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, john. now to myanmar and it's
8:18 pm
ruling party has lost that country's first open elections in 25 years. the opposition claims to have won almost all parliamentary seats so far. the military-backed incumbents have promised to accept the results. they have been in power since 2011. lawmakers in catalonia have approved a plan for succession from spain. the central government says the proposal violates the constitution. madrid said i will appeal the vote in spain's constitutional court. spanish legal experts expect the court to bar catalonia from succeeding. coming up two police officers accused of killing a 6-year-old boy. new details from this disturbing case out of louisiana. doping scandal, widespread
8:19 pm
and state sponsored. the scathing report against russia and itself athletes. and dd bridgewater, how this lidge end is inspiring people around the world. ♪
8:20 pm
8:21 pm
the longer-serving inmate in u.s. solitary confinement has been ordered to stand trial for a third time.
8:22 pm
albert woodfox has been in solitary for more than 40 years for the 1972 murder of a guard. he and two other inmates were convicted. this june the judge ordered his release saying there was no physical evidence. but a federal appeals court now says woodfox can now be tried again. and also investigation into the killing of a six-year-old boy. jonathan martin has more. >> reporter: john it has been almost a week since the shooting. since tonight police have still not said why these two police officers pursued this vehicle and opened fire. both norrus greenhouse and derrick stafford are being held on $1 million bond. monday a judge ordered the two
8:23 pm
louisiana police officers to home electronic monitoring. investigators still don't know why the two officers pursued the vehicle and opened fire on this dead-end street. at least 18 rounds were fired, several of them hitting and killing the 6-year-old son who was strapped in the front seat. monday afternoon, the boy was laid to rest. >> he would just bust out laughing at the sky. >> reporter: police have pored over 911 calls and interviewed witnesses, but so far body camera footage from a third officer has given investigators the clearest picture of what happened. the video has not been released. but a investigator described it to the judge during monday's bail hearing. the lawyer says it shows his client with his hands up, posing no threat to police before they opened fire. >> i think it showed some things that disturbed me as head of the
8:24 pm
state police and as a father. >> reporter: stafford is a lieutenant, greenhouse is a reserve officer. both were working part-time as city marshals who's job is to serve warrants. >> naturally it has shaken the community a lot. this is a small community, and it's a tragic situation. everybody is paying the price. >> reporter: late this afternoon the judge issued a gag order, meaning any potential witnesses and lawyers and the victim are not allowed to speak. >> all right. thank you. and three police officers are on paid leave after tasing a student and hitting another with a baton. they were responding to a call about loud music. it's not clear what happened but the video shows officers using their taser and batons. three students face charges
8:25 pm
including obstruction and resisting arrest. sea world is overhauling the controversial killer whale show in san diego. the company has faced declining attendance and harsh criticism of the shows. andy gallagher has more. >> reporter: behind me is the seaquarium. sea world has something like 11 parks in five different states, and specifically we're talking about the one in san diego, california, where organizers say their killer whale show will be replaced with something more educational. but if you look behind all of this, there is something of a pr campaign going on. a documentary called black fish was released in 2013.
8:26 pm
it made serious allegations about how orcas are treated in captivity. since it was released attendance has drastically dropped. and clearly sea world wants to be seen assen a educational association rather than one that entertains people. but activists say they are simply moving animals into a different tank. but as long as these beautiful creatures are held in captivity, they won't be happy. one congressman has put a law forward that would stop breeding in california. but activists won't be happy until these animals are no longer there for the public's entertainment. coming up next on the broadcast, wide-spread doping. surprising allegations that could keep russian athletes out
8:27 pm
of olympic competition. and why football star greg harvey is allowed to play despite allegations he beat up his ex-girlfriend.
8:28 pm
8:29 pm
hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. unsportsmanlike. >> it's worse than we thought. it -- it has the effect, unlike other forms of corruption, of actually affecting the results on the field of play.
8:30 pm
>> allegations of rampant doping that could ban russia from the olympics. playing defense. new debate over the nfl and domestic assault, the photos and the star player sparking outrage tonight. plus dee dee bridgewater. >> when i grow up i'm going to be an internationally-known jazz singer. >> a conversation with one of the finest jazz singers of our time. ♪ international sports officials say they are considering sanctions against russia, following allegations of state-sponsored cheating. the new report contains hundreds of violations. >> reporter: in the swiss sunshine a dark day for the sport of athletics. an independent commission set up to investigate claims of systemic dopes in russia
8:31 pm
returned its verdict. >> our recommendation is -- is that the russian federation be suspended. >> reporter: and if it doesn't fix the problem, no russian athletes at the rooe you 2016 olympic names. this report say there is a deeply rooted culture of cheating among russian officials, coaches, and athletes, some of whom are coerced into doping programs and then financially exploited. a lab is accused of destroying samples, and the own anti-doping agency seems to have helped. richard pound says the problem goes beyond one sport and one country. >> it can't only be russia and only athletics. there is a problem in lots of other sports and in lots of other countries. our mandate was pretty narrow, russia athletics.
8:32 pm
but there's no reason to believe it is only athletics, and there's no reason to believe it is only russia. >> reporter: the commission was formed due to a documentary released over a year ago. russian sporting authorities have remained defiant denying that doping wassen demmic. >> translator: this is an attempt made to cast a shadow over all of russian sport. russian sport is one of the leaders in the world in fighting doping. >> reporter: the iaaf has begun to take action. sebastianco has called for his organization to consider sanctions against russia that could involve a ban. the nfl is once again having to tackle the issue of domestic
8:33 pm
violence. dallas cowboy's defensive end, greg harvey is at the center of the controversies. pictures of his bruised ex-girlfriend surfaced next week. richelle carey reports. >> reporter: in uniform and on the field. dallas cowboy's star played against the philadelphia eagles on sunday despite new calls to ban him from the nfl. >> i would not want greg hardy on my team if he didn't demonstrate he was sorried? >> reporter: photos that appear to show his ex-girlfriend bruced and battered. the photos date back to may of last year, when he was accused of beating holder in north carolina. release of the pictures demanded some to demand the cowboys cut
8:34 pm
ties with hardy immediately. and while a judge found the former pro-bowler guilty of assault, that conviction was later overturned on appeal. hardee's record was then exupd expun jed. the penalty came months after the nfl announced a tougher policy involving ray rice. the running back was suspended for two games after he was arrested for assault his then fiance. the charging were later dropped. hardy signed a one-year, $13 million contract with t cowboys. after sunday's loss to the eagles, jerry jones reiterated his support for hardy. >> we expect him to do the right
8:35 pm
thing. he has commitment to his teammates and our team. and the way it is set up in the nfl relative to behavior. if in fact we wanted to give greg a second chance. >> reporter: but jones's remarks were much more subdued two weeks ago. hardy addressed the issue for the first time in a tweet saturday, saying: in spite of that, after sunday's game, two eagles players told the philadelphia daily news that they hit hardy extra hard whenever they could. >> greg couch is a sports columnist for vice sports and bleacher report. he is in missouri tonight. why did it take these pictures now to spark this round of
8:36 pm
outrage? >> well, the difference between greg hardy and rice is that greg hardy is just too good. he is just such a good player that they want him on the team. you know, so you look for excuses -- people look for excuses and reasons why you can have him on your team because he is so good. but thank god these photos came up, and now people can take this seriously. >> are you suggesting that jerry jones said we'll give him a second chance because he is so good? >> yeah, that's it. it's all about money. it's all about winning. he went through the judicial system, and he went through the nfl's, you know, own justice system, and, you know, he's clear, he's great. let's get him on the field and start winning. i'm not in favor of that, but that's what is happening. >> what is it going to take to turn this around? >> this particular? >> well, to turn the nfl arrange when it comes to cases like
8:37 pm
this? >> i mean, i think the players association is going to have to step in and try to do a little policing itself. they see their role as defending the players, but in hardee's case, i wouldn't mind if they went ahead and suspended him gen. he is embarrassing his company, the nfl. suspend him, get rid of him. >> will this have any effect in the long run on the way the nfl disciplines its players? >> no. i think they have already been embarrassed enough. they tried to give him a ten-game suspension, but it was knocked down to four games, and no, i don't think anything is going to change. but i think they need to address this particular case again. and people just look at football players and assume they are bad guys. i'm sitting here at think
8:38 pm
university of missouri, where football players fought off racism. so they are not all bad guys. >> you are there, you have been covering this story with regard to the football players. can you tell us what you are seeing and hearing tonight? >> well, there's a big celebration here. and the people are jumping up sa down and singing and praying and dancing. i mean they have gone home now, but it was exciting, because this is what college is about. these players are finding who they are. and they are standing up for something peacefully and they made change happen. this is great. >> you had the president resign today. the chancellor resign today, if the football team had not stood up and said we join the protesters, do you think there would have been these resignations today? >> no, the football team made this happen. you had a young man over here
8:39 pm
doing a hunger strike and several days -- and i mean he is a real hero in this thing, but the faculty didn't jump in until the football team jumped in. the football team is responsible for the results here. >> what about the booster, did they play a role in this as well? >> i don't really know that, but probably so, in the long run. i mean the president had to get out, and probably the boosters are the ones that told him so, but i don't know that for sure. >> what about the allegations of racism on college campuses and football teams where you have many african americans who are stars. would this happen in other places as well, do you think? >> i mean, sure. i mean, i think -- what 8%, i
8:40 pm
believe of the student population here is african american. and it's a small population, and, you know, they have a lot of power now. there's a lot of money -- the football players have a lot of power, and there's a lot of money involved, and when the football players were able to say we're not going to play this game unless you get rid of this president, and i think you'll start seeing a lot more of this. in oklahoma there was a racist chant on a frat bus, and the football players protested. so i think it's a beautiful thing to see these guys come out and stand for something other than, you know, how to score a touch down. >> fascinating story, greg thank you for bringing it to us. crews in wisconsin tonight cleaning up after two separate train derailments this weekend.
8:41 pm
more than a dozen cars loaded with crude oil came off of the tracks. 35 homes had to be evacuated in the town of alma on saturday, 25,000 gallons of ethanol spilled out. volkswagen trying to rebuild some trust. the company is offering $1,000, three years free roadside assistance, to american owners of its diesel vehicles. vw has yet to reveal how it plans to fix the software which turns on pollution controls during emissions tests. now to the 2016 presidential elections and a potentially key voting block raising their voices. young activists marched on washington, d.c. today. they are promoting a range of issues that they hope will
8:42 pm
refrain the presidential detail. >> reporter: raising voices and posters, members of the student-lead movement, our generation, our choice. >> this is our family we're fighting for. we have had enough. >> reporter: they marched to the white house, snarling traffic for hours. >> i'm undocumented and unafraid. >> reporter: grace sa traveled from texas. he can't vote but hopes her participation in the demonstration will bring about change. >> my father was deported about seven years ago, and my message to the 2016 candidate and president obama is he has to keep people like myself in mind as they make plans and they need to follow our leadership. >> reporter: hundreds of young activists are taking over the streets of washington, d.c., demanding lawmakers take their
8:43 pm
lead on racial justice, climate change, and immigration reform. they are tired of the political gridlock, so they are gridlocking the streets until their voices are heard. the average age of protester here is 19. too young for the last election, but old enough to vote for the next president. their personal views often shaped by their personal experiences. aaron bridges an environmental activist, a native of kentucky, she says she has seen her state vav -- ravaged by coal production. >> i have known about climate change since i have known about significant, and your lawmakers have done nothing in that entire time. >> reporter: the protesters also want to make it clear that minnelals are determined to be agents of change. >> we are very much aware of the issues plaguing the world that we live in, and we are
8:44 pm
determined to make a change. we have to. >> reporter: think -- the students went through training getting tips on how to organize when they get home. >> we're a year out before the election. that has been part of our work and story. and it is the relationship with have bebuilding with everybody here that have gone on buses together, that are talking together, that have organized in their communities and campuses. >> reporter: at monday's protests, the demonstrators finished their march at a park named after benjamin franklin, fitting for a man who once said it is the responsibility of every citizen to question authority. the republican candidates for president will debate tomorrow night in milwaukee. we'll have a one-hour preview at 8:00 pm eastern time tomorrow night.
8:45 pm
coming up next, through the eyes of an usautistic child.
8:46 pm
8:47 pm
>> the only live national news show at 11:00 eastern. >> we start with breaking news. >> let's take a closer look. jacob sanchez is a 7-year-old boy who is living with autism. he didn't speak until he was four years old. but now he can tell his own story, and he is the inspiration for a new public service campaign. >> one day i found out i had something called autism.
8:48 pm
my family got me help. slowly i found my voice, and learned all of the ways i would live with it better. >> early intervention can make a lifetime of difference. learn the signs at autismspeaks.org. >> jacob joins me now with his parents. welcome to all of you. >> thanks for having us. >> what was it like to do this promo. >> i loved doing that. >> yeah? >> yes. >> as parents what does it feel like to have this campaign run? >> i know for -- early on when we were trying to figure out what was not quite going right with him, and so on and so forth, and then you hear the diagnosis of autism, and at first you think of it as the worst-case scenario. and we have had doctors tell us
8:49 pm
he is never going to speak. and to see him tell his own story, and express himself verbally. it's a miracle of sports. >> many of us have been touched by autism. >> one of any -- the biggest things we could have done was ask why was he not talking, or why did he stop doing it? because he had, and then after 13 months, he stopped. so i think for families just reach out, the minute you see something, and also keep trying and pushing your child, because sometimes they will tell you they can't do something, and they end up surprising you. >> michael talk about how this campaign started. >> john, we have found that autism can be diagnosed as early as 18 months or two years, but families aren't getting attention until four or five years old. and that can make all of the
8:50 pm
world of difference getting that early intervention. jacob got intervention at two years old, and we see how great he is doing now. >> when you listen to this family talk, tell me about your own feelings? >> you know, it's so moving to see the progress jacob has made. i have my own son who is 27 years old and non-verbal, and we didn't know enough and awareness in those days, now because of these kinds of campaigns, telling people learn the signs, get help right away, it is truly making a lifetime of difference. >> what do you expect the future holds for your family? >> well, just as a family, as parent, you hope to one day have your child or in this case jacob be self-sufficient and independent as an adult, so i think as a family that's overall our goal, and what we work on on a daily basis. >> terrific ad campaign, and
8:51 pm
we're glad that you were apart of it, and shared your story. it is good to see you. >> good to see you too. republican presidential candidate ben carson either has trouble with the truth or trouble with the media, depending on who you believe. david shuster is hosting ali velshi on target at the top of the hour. david? >> john, ben carson is surging in republican polls, and now the question is what happens now that the media has been questioning his autobiography. a lot of republicans are rallying to his side, and a lot of people think the media has become essentially off of the rails in going with gotcha questions instead of focusing on policy. we're going to talk about all of that tonight at 9:00 pm pacific right here "on target." >> david thank you. a big blow tonight to president obama's plan to protect millions of undocumented
8:52 pm
immigrants. a federal appeals court denounced several executive actions. the fifth circuit court in new orleans rejected the effort. that decision could open the way for the supreme court to hear the case this turn. coming up any conversation with jazz singer dee dee bridgewater after this.
8:53 pm
8:54 pm
8:55 pm
> dee dee bridgewater was in "the whiz," four decades later she continues to inspire. i asked her when she first new she could sing. >> i was always able to sing, so i thought it was something everybody could do. ♪ lady sings the blues, she tells her side ♪ >> i thought everybody could -- could do it. then it wasn't until -- it wasn't until i was a teenager that i realized, oh, okay, so my sister really can't sing, you know. my -- my mom, she really can't hold -- my momma cannot hold a note. ♪ just believe in your self >> i think a lot of people know you for "the whiz." you have done such great things. did you ever imagine that you would have this success when you
8:56 pm
were growing up? >> you know what, john, when i was growing up, because i always sang, i always felt that was what i was going to do. and i told my parents when i was seven when i grow up, i'm go doing be an internationally grown jazz singer, be respected, live in paris, france, and i was going to buy them a house and car. >> how did you get "the whiz" gig? >> oh, i auditions like everybody else. i did a total of four auditions before i saw the director. i did four auditions. you know, and i went in with my little jazz songs and i would sing and -- yeah, and then i went away, on a tour with the orchestra, and when i came back, they said we want to see you again. i was like, oh, my goodness, i thought they had cast it.
8:57 pm
>> had you ever been on broadway before? >> no. >> so this was pretty big, right? >> it was huge. ♪ >> are you kidding? it was huge. "the whiz" changed my life. >> did it? >> yeah, in a lot of ways. i had never done theater before. i didn't know about projecting your voice and i didn't know, you know, about the movement in space, i didn't know about being able to project your emotions, you know, to the balcony, so that people can understand that you are doing live theater. so i learned all of that when i was doing "the whiz." ♪ >> what does jazz mean to you? >> jazz to me, john, means freedom -- complete freedom of expression. ♪ you are so [ inaudible ]
8:58 pm
>> what is becoming for me is almost a kind of lifestyle. ♪ >> because of being in jazz music, because i have been singing jazz for over 40 years. ♪ >> even though i did some little detours and some pop stuff and fusion things, jazz has always been my root, so because it is a liberating experience for me, i kind of feel like my whole life kind of revolves within this world of freedom, so i kind of -- i take care of my own music. i hire my own musicians. i have my own little label. >> and you do this again in your
8:59 pm
new album. >> the new album is the first time i did not produce myself. >> really? >> yep. since i started producing myself in '93. >> uh-huh. >> i left the producing reigns to irvin mayfield whom i share this album with, because he is from new orleans, because i was working with his orchestra, because the -- the music that i wanted us to do was all new orleans music, i -- that's not my world. so i think i'm intelligent enough to know that when i don't know something, i should hand the reins over. >> somebody told me you had a lot of fun doing this album. >> i think you can tell when you listen to it. [ laughter ] ♪ >> we partied. >> in new orleans, yeah. we feel something special when we hear you sing. >> you do? >> we do.
9:00 pm
>> and we hope we hear it for a long long time. >> thank you, john. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you so much for having me on your show. namaste. >> thank our broadcast. stay tuned for ali velshi "on target." >> i'm david schuster in for jacksonvillalivelshi. "on target" tonight. the college athletes that teamed up to take down their university president. president obama today has done something he has not done for more than a year. he shook hands and spoke

21 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on