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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, fashion designer, author. After performing in church choirs as a child, Simpson signed with Columbia Records in 1997, at age 16, her debut studio album, Sweet Kisses, sold over four million copies worldwide and saw the commercial success of the single "I Wanna Love You Forever". Adopting a more mature image for her second studio album Irresistible, the album's title track became her second top 20 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In This Skin, Simpson's third studio album, sold three million copies in the United States and saw the success of the single "With You", which topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart. During her earlier career, Simpson became known for her relationship and marriage to Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared on the MTV reality television series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica between 2003 and 2005. Following the release of her first Christmas album ReJoyce: The Christmas Album, certified gold, Simpson made her film debut as Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard, for which she recorded a cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" for the film's soundtrack.

In 2006, she released her fifth studio album A Public Affair and appeared in the romantic comedy film Employee of the Month. With the release of her sixth studio album Do You Know, Simpson moved into the country music genre. To date, she has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Aside from her musical pursuits, Simpson launched The Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005, a fashion line of clothing and other items; the brand has gone on to earn over $1 billion in revenue, is regarded as one of the most successful celebrity-founded brands in history. She starred on the reality television series The Price of Beauty in 2010, was a judge on two seasons of Fashion Star between 2012 and 2013, published a memoir in 2020, Open Book, which reached number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. Simpson is married to Eric Johnson, with whom she shares three children. Jessica Ann Simpson was born in Texas, she is the first child of Tina Ann Simpson, a homemaker, Joseph "Joe" Simpson, a psychologist and Baptist youth minister.

Simpson's parents married in 1978. Simpson has stated that she grew up in Dallas and Waco. Simpson has Ashlee Simpson. In her preteens she attended Amelia Middle School when living in the midwest while her father did outreach in Cincinnati, Ohio. After moving back to Texas 20 months she attended J. J. Pearce High School in her teenage years, though she had to drop out in 1997 as her career began to take off. Being a daughter of a minister, Simpson was raised with a strong Christian faith, she was given a purity ring by her father. Jessica and her family moved due to her father's job, though they remained in Texas for the most part, they did live in the midwest for a few years, her father would take in unwed mothers for periods of time to provide them shelter. She began singing in the church choir as a child; when she was eleven, she realized she hoped to achieve success as a singer while at a church retreat. Simpson auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of twelve, auditioning with a performance of "Amazing Grace" and dancing to "Ice Ice Baby".

She advanced through multiple rounds being a semi-finalist for the show alongside artists such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake. Simpson claimed that she became nervous about her final audition after seeing Aguilera perform, she was not selected for the show. Simpson resumed performing in her church choir being discovered by the head of a Christian music label, he asked her for an audition, signed her after she performed "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton. She began working on her debut album with Proclaim Records, began touring to promote the project. Jessica's father claimed that she had to quit touring as the size of her breasts led to her being deemed too "sexual" for the genre, her debut album, remained unreleased after Proclaim Records went bankrupt. Shortly after this, Simpson landed several auditions as Jessica was sent to numerous labels and producers, she caught the attention of Tommy Mottola, then-husband of Mariah Carey and the head of Columbia Records.

He went on to sign her to the label, claiming "She had a great little look and a great attitude, a fresh new face, something a bit different than Britney and all of them. Simpson began working on her debut album in Florida. Mottola hoped to market Simpson as a contrast to Spears and Aguilera, both of whom had launched successful careers focused on dancing and sexuality. While working on her musical debut, Simpson enlisted her father Joe as her manager. While at a Christmas party in 1998, Simpson met 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, the two began a romantic relationship. Simpson began working on her debut studio album in 1998. Mottola wanted Simpson to embrace an "anti-sex appeal" image while promoting the record, as a contrast to successful artists Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, he believed. Simpson wen

Brazilian thrash metal

Brazilian thrash metal is a regional scene of thrash metal music that originated during the 1980s in Brazil. Along with Bay Area thrash metal and Teutonic thrash metal, it was one of the major scenes of thrash metal in the 1980s. Though not as large or well known as the North American or European thrash movements, it is still a pivotal point in heavy metal, as it bridges the gap between the thrash of the mid-1980s and the death metal scene in the decade, as well as part of the first-wave black metal. During the early eighties, bands from the United States and Canada, such as Metallica and Slayer and Kreator, Voivod and Exciter appeared. At the same time, Brazil had a growing scene as well, were influenced by the same music: NWOBHM and hardcore punk. Brazilian rock has its roots in the 1960s, developing from the movement called Jovem Guarda, passing through the stages of progressive rock and transgressing into heavy metal. In 1982, the first Brazilian heavy metal LP was released by the band Stress from the city of Belém from northern Brazil.

The punk scene in São Paulo was emerging as well, the band Restos de Nada were formed in 1978. The European and North American heavy metal and hardcore have been a great influence on all these bands, but the first thrash metal album released in Brazil was a split album between two bands in 1984; the split album Ultimatum, with bands Dorsal Atlântica and Metalmorphose, came out around the same time as Kill'Em All by Metallica and Pain by Voivod, Sentence of Death by Destruction. Dorsal Atlântica from Rio de Janeiro were pioneers because of their record being released, but there were other bands releasing demos, like Vulcano from São Paulo and Sepultura from Belo Horizonte. Sepultura were making success outside of Brazil; the last thrash metal albums to represent the "old-school" style of thrash in Brazil were Mass Illusion by Korzus, Arise by Sepultura, Rotten Authorities by Executer, The Laws of Scourge by Sarcófago. Entering the 90s, thrash was mixed with alternative metal, industrial music and in Brazil with the Brazilian "roots" music leading too hybrid music between metal and ethnic or world music.

This subgenre is sometimes labelled as tribal metal. Sepultura and Overdose, are credited to be the first and most important acts that mixed thrash with tribal sounds. Bands that did not disappear from the scene, had to adapt their sound to new genres that were appearing, such as was the case with Sepultura. Korzus brought the NYHC influences to their sound with the KZS album. Sarcófago put a drum machine in their last studio album entitled Crust. A band from Belo Horizonte named The Mist became an "industrial-thrash" band and Dorsal Atlântica turned into a hardcore/crust variant. Ratos de Porão experimented an approach with alternative metal before returning to a more punk-influenced sound. During the 1990s, the most important bands to appear in the decade were Scars and Zero Vision, but their sound had a greater influence from groove metal of Machine Head than that of thrash metal. In the 2000s, bands Executer and Holocausto had their "come back", Max Cavalera's Soulfly released an album, "old-school" thrash with the mixing of new and old styles.

There are a lot of new thrash metal bands existing together with the old ones. New bands since the year 2000 have been releasing albums on independent record labels. Bands such as Torture Squad have been touring across South America and Europe. There were three regions; the most prominent of the three scenes, was from the city, Belo Horizonte, where Sepultura came from. In Belo Horizonte, the scene had some of the most extreme bands, close to what became to be named as death metal. Bands such as Sepultura, Sarcófago and Mutilator continued further and were in some ways more extreme than the German thrash metal bands; the band Sarcófago wore an early form of corpse paint and their first album I. N. R. I. "was huge among Norwegian black metalers". Sarcófago, as well as Sepultura, were important for a chaotic, non-Norwegian black metal style called war metal; the first prominent band of the scene were Overdose, a traditional heavy metal act that became progressive and more aggressive over time. Sepultura members used to borrow equipment from them, were invited to take the B-side of Overdose's debut record, which became the Século XX/Bestial Devastation split.

On, Sepultura started to boycott Overdose and try to stop their success. Jairo "Tormentor" Guedz, the original guitarist of Sepultura, joined Overdose for a short period as a bass player. After disbanding, Cláudio David formed Elektra, André "Zé Baleia" Márcio formed Eminence. Jairo played bass in Eminence; the active sabotage of Sepultura towards the other bands from the city made the scene go to ostracism, since no one else could get successful. In São Paulo, the scene was closer to crossover thrash or what is more known as American thrash. Bands such as Ratos de Porão and Lobotomia, played a style more akin to hardcore and started transforming into a more thrash metal sound, alongside the original thrash metal bands, such as Korzus and MX. In Rio de Janeiro, the bands sounded sim

Denmark Vesey House

Known as the Denmark Vesey House, the house located at 56 Bull Street in Charleston, South Carolina is certainly not the house once inhabited by black abolitionist Denmark Vesey. Vesey's rented home, owned first by attorney George Cross and by white carpenter Benjamin Ireland, listed as 20 Bull Street under the city's former numbering system, is now evidently gone. A nearby home, most built in the 1830s or 1840s and numbered 56 Bull Street, was thought in the 1970s to have been the home of Denmark Vesey, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976 by the Department of Interior, but in 1980, state archivist Wylma Wates found evidence to suggest Vesey's rented house had been four or five houses east of the so-called "Vesey house." Architectural historian Edward Turberg confirmed that the house in question is not only in the wrong place but was "constructed after 1830 and before 1850." Since Vesey was hanged in 1822, he died ten years before the house was built. Despite these findings, the house has continued to be listed as a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house described as the Vesey house is a single story wood frame structure, oriented sideways to the street. The narrow street facade has two windows, while the longer west side has a porch extending across the front portion, with a wider addition to the back. Two doors enter the house from the porch; the interior of the front portion has three rooms, one beside the other, the rear addition has four more. List of National Historic Landmarks in South Carolina National Register of Historic Places listings in Charleston, South Carolina Denmark Vesey House, Charleston County, with 4 photos, at South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Hokutōriki Hideki

Hokutōriki Hideki is a former sumo wrestler, from Tochigi, Japan. He was runner-up in three tournaments, he had four special prizes in a gold star for defeating yokozuna. The highest rank he reached was sekiwake, he retired in May 2011 and is an elder of the Japan Sumo Association and a coach at Hakkaku stable. He was born in a town in the Nasu District of Tochigi Prefecture. Hokutōriki made his professional debut in March 1993. In October of that year he transferred to the newly created Hakkaku stable run by former yokozuna Hokutoumi, it took nearly nine years for him to achieve sekitori status by gaining promotion to the second jūryō division in January 2002. However, it took him only two further tournaments to reach the top makuuchi division. On his debut outing in makuuchi in May 2002 he made an immediate impression, finishing as runner-up with a strong 11-4 record and the fighting spirit prize, he was a runner-up in the March 2003 tournament. The highlight of Hokutōriki's career came in May 2004, the only occasion when he recorded a winning score from the upper maegashira ranks.

Ranked at maegashira 1, he sensationally defeated Asashōryū on the sixth day - his first victory over a yokozuna. Asashōryū had won the previous two tournaments with unbeaten 15-0 records and was on a 35 bout winning streak. With Asashōryū suffering another defeat to Kyokutenhō on Day 11, Hokutōriki came into the final day the sole leader on 13-1, his only defeat in the tournament thus far being to Wakanosato on Day 8. However, he lost his senshuraku bout to Hakuhō in his debut top division tournament, being sidestepped by the 19-year-old after two false starts. With Asashōryū defeating Chiyotaikai, both Asashōryū and Hokutōriki were tied on 13-2 and had to meet again in a playoff for the championship, which Hokutōriki lost, he was rewarded with special prizes for Fighting spirit and Outstanding Performance, after the tournament he was promoted to sumo's third highest rank of sekiwake. Hokutōriki managed only a 3-12 record in his sekiwake debut and never managed a return to the san'yaku ranks, instead bouncing up and down the maegashira ranks.

He is one of the few wrestlers whose only tournament in san'yaku was at sekiwake rather than komusubi. He won another Fighting Spirit Award for his twelve wins from maegashira 11 in January 2006, but in November of that year he pulled out of the tournament on the ninth day with no wins at all and was relegated to the jūryō division. However, a 9-6 record at jūryō 4 in March 2007 was good enough to earn promotion back to the top division for the May 2007 tournament. Although he remained in makuuchi he did not manage to defeat a yokozuna again and had several disastrous openings to tournaments, going 0-10 in July 2008 from maegashira 2 and 0-12 in March 2009 from maegashira 1. In May 2009 another poor record of 4-11 saw. However, an 11-4 score there returned him to the top division, he withdrew from the September 2010 tournament on the 13th day after suffering a neck injury, which kept him out of the following tournament in November. Falling to the bottom of the jūryō division, he was unable to enter the January 2011 basho as well.

Hokutoriki did not enter the May 2011 technical examination tournament, at which he had fallen to the rank of makushita 13, announced his retirement on Day 7. He remained in sumo as a coach at Hakkaku stable under the toshiyori or elder name of Tanigawa-oyakata, his danpatsu-shiki or retirement ceremony was held in May 2012. In June 2018 he transferred to Kokonoe stable. Hokutōriki relied exclusively on pushing and slapping techniques, with over a third of his wins coming by oshidashi, or push-out, he was defeated if his opponents managed to grab hold of his mawashi or belt. He used henka, or sidestepping, to wrong-foot his opponents, was adept at pull-downs and slap-downs. However, in the January 2008 tournament he was himself a victim of the henka tactic on three consecutive days, slipping from a score of 6-5 to 6-8. Hokutōriki is married, his first child, a daughter, was born in December 2007. List of sumo tournament top division runners-up Glossary of sumo terms List of past sumo wrestlers List of sumo elders List of sekiwake Hokutōriki Hideki's official biography at the Grand Sumo Homepage Hokutoriki's basho results

Walter Meanwell

Walter E. Meanwell was an English college men's basketball coach in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s; the Leeds, England native coached in the U. S. for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Missouri to an overall record of 290–101. Meanwell became the fourth basketball coach in University of Wisconsin–Madison history in 1911. After earning a doctorate degree in 1915, he was nicknamed "Doc" or "Little Doc". During World War I he served in the US Army. After a two-year stint at University of Missouri, Meanwell was back at Wisconsin; the Badgers shared four Big Ten titles under his guidance. His 1912, 1914, 1916 Wisconsin teams were retroactively named national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Meanwell taught a style of game that featured short passing, crisscross dribbles and a tight zone defense. In 1934 he retired from coaching and practiced medicine in Madison, until his death, he was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1959.

Walter Meanwell at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Walter Meanwell at Find a Grave

Thea King

Dame Thea King DBE FRCM FGSM was a British clarinettist. Thea King was born in Hitchin, the daughter of Henry Walter Mayer King, the manager of his family engineering business, Dorothea, she was educated at Bedford High School and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she studied the piano with Arthur Alexander and the clarinet with Frederick Thurston. In January 1953 she married Frederick Thurston but he died from lung cancer in December of the same year, she never remarried. She worked as soloist, chamber musician and as a teacher but was associated most with the English Chamber Orchestra as principal clarinet from 1964 to 1999, she worked with the London Mozart Players, succeeding Gervase de Peyer as principal clarinettist, the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, the Melos Ensemble and the Allegri String Quartet. She was a founder member in 1953 of an all female group. Thea King made a special study of lesser known works of the 18th and 19th centuries those of Crusell, she commissioned Howard Blake's Clarinet Concerto.

Compositions dedicated to her by British composers include Benjamin Frankel's Clarinet Quintet and Gordon Jacob's Mini Concerto. From 1961 to 1987, she was Professor of Clarinet at the Royal College of Music and she was a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1988 until her death, she was a Fellow of both institutions. Thea King was made an OBE in 1985 and was appointed a DBE in 2001. Hyperion Records