I wanted to alert everyone to two sites that mean a lot to me and to everyone who is in the Black Rock orbit.
Ronny Drayton is an outstanding guitarist who has played with just about everyone: Nona Hendryx, Meshelle Ndegeocello, Bernie Worrell, just to name a few. He’s also been for The Black Rock Coaliton time and time again for our orchestra shows and for our fundraisers. On top of everything else, he’s a wonderful guy to talk with and be around. A warm, generous person.
Ronny’s son Donovan has been held on Rikers Island for nearly 3 1/2 years awaiting trial for crimes that he contends he did not commit. The Draytons have been eagerly waiting for their day in court and have been met with numerous delays and postponements. As you could imagine, this has taken a considerable toll on the family emotionally and financially. The incredible thing for me is that through this entire ordeal, the bond between Ronny and Donovan has never been stronger. A situation like this usually hardens a person, but Ronny’s still the same cool guy that I’ve grown to know through the years. It’s been quite inspiring to see such grace under tremendous pressure.
A website has been set up for Donovan’s defense fund. The goal is to raise at least $10,000 with the ultimate goal of reaching $20,000. You can go to http://www.4donovan.com. to make a contribution and to find out more information. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Nile Rodgers has been part of the musical landscape for over 35 years. There was the monster hits that he had with Chic and handled the production chores for the biggest commercial records for David Bowie, Diana Ross, Madonna, The B52’s, The Vaughn Brothers, the list goes on and on. Last fall, while putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming memoir (tentatively titled Le Freak), Nile was diagnosed with cancer. He went public with his condition earlier this year and he’s been documenting his progress with his blog ‘Walking On Planet C’. He’s also posted some of the many Tweets of support that he’s received from family and friends from all over the world. It’s also become a place where cancer patients – and survivors – can begin to relay the many struggles and triumphs that have occurred while fighting this awful disease. If you really want to be inspired and enlightened, I highly advise you to read it. http://www.nilerodgers.com:
Please support these great men among men.