Doug Levitt Says Greyhound Diaries Taught Him About Despair

Journalist Doug Levitt has spend the last 10 years traveling all over the country to meet every part of American society. While crisscrossing the country by Greyhound Bus, he learned a lot of lessons about poverty and America’s forgotten underclass.

Throughout his travels, he has talked with fully-tattooed Neo Nazis, truck drivers, prostitutes, homeless people and even musicians. Over the years, what started out as an experiment morphed into a hobby. While Doug Levitt admits that transportation by Greyhound isn’t the first choice of most travelers. But this was by design for Levitt, because he knew that he would meet an eclectic group of characters.

The Greyhound Diaries was borne out of the 2004 presidential campaign. Levitt signed up as a volunteer for John Kerry to help register voters. As he traveled from town to town by bus, he met with a number of people. After the registration was over, he continued to travel around the country. He collected pictures, mementoes and songs to mark his travels.

Mr. Levitt was previously a war correspondent for CBS News. He also worked at NBC and CNN in some of the most war torn countries on the planet. The D.C. native graduated from Cornell University then went on to receive a degree in management from the London School of Economics. He has created a one-man show based on his Greyhound Diaries travels and performs it around the country. Levitt says he may continue his project for a few more years, but right now, he’s content with performances at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Norka Luque: The Power of Being Different

When Norka Luque was growing up, her family encouraged her to follow her dreams. She wanted a career in music, and they were extremely supportive. At an early age, she took voice and piano lessons. These lessons were of great inspiration for Luque. Her family always believed that she had a star’s destiny. Luque started making demo tapes and sending them out to producers in her native Venezuela. She was a great success in her homeland. Later, she decided to come to America to see how her talents would serve her.

Emilio Estefan, Jr. saw Luque in a musical production and was amazed with her natural ability. He felt that she had a special singing talent that could be used in his upcoming musical. Estefan signed Luque to sing backup with Shakira. Luque had the talent for which he had been searching, so Estefan became her mentor. He wanted to take her talent to a higher level of excellence. Estefan did not want Luque be just a one-hit wonder. Since working with Estefan and Shakira, Norka Luque has won several awards and has done a lot of work in the music industry. These two stars had a positive effect on Luque. She takes what she learns and adds it to her powerful music.

Even though her first album was released in her homeland of Venezuela, her life and career were changed when she moved to Miami. Many of her Venezuelan hits have been expertly remixed into different tunes. Fans love that all of Luque’s music has a positive tone. While other singers highlight their pain and woe, Luque tends to dance on the silver lining in the clouds. This style truly works for her. Many of her songs have made it on the Venezuelan music billboards. With Estefan as a mentor, Luque is destined to go far in her career.

Norka Luque is a young star who is still learning the art of music. However, fans love her voice and feel like dancing when they hear her sing. When it comes to the world of music, being different is a good thing.

Man in the Mirror: Talented Impersonator Sergio Cortes Gives Convincing Perfomance As Michael Jackson

The passing of pop star and music legend, Michael Jackson, left a huge gap in the music industry. Many have attempted to duplicate Michael Jackson’s signature style as impersonators. Many have tried to successfully imitate the way Michael Jackson acts, walks and talks and have found it is quite a challenge. Add to that trying to duplicate a master performers vocal quality and vocal range and you will find that this challenge has been mastered by the impersonator, Sergio Cortes. On stage he is known as Sergio Jackson and he is attracting the attention of die-hard Michael Jackson fans everywhere. Cortes has gained immense popularity in his native country of Brazil. Fans claim that when he sings, it is hard to distinguish his voice from that of Michael Jackson himself. He is even able to accurately hit the high notes that Jackson was famous for. Cortes has also mastered dancing and moving in the exact style of Michael Jackson, who was known for his signature dancing ability. Some Michael Jackson fans are convinced that Cortes is the real thing and they are in awe of his believability. Cortes himself has been a huge Michael Jackson fan since childhood. He and his brothers enjoyed listening to Jackson’s music and as they watched Jackson perform on television they would attempt to mimic the dance moves. Cortes keeps his audience captured not only with his ability to sing and dance like Jackson, but also by duplicating his style of dress and his personality. There are countless YouTube videos available to get a glimpse of the magic he performs as he energetically and gracefully begins to convince you that he is the “King of Pop.” He has an amazing amount of talent and you can see how much he enjoys performing as he engages the audience in an experience to help them remember the master musician. Many people were unable to attend a concert performed by the original Michael Jackson, and Cortes is able to provide them with a second chance to enjoy the experience. Others who have attended concerts in the past are able to relive their treasured experience. Since Jackson’s death, many have tried to capture the essence of Michael Jackson, but one is rising above them all, master impersonator Sergio Cortes.

Sergio Cortes Is Keeping The Michael Jackson Experience Alive

Michael Jackson, also known as the King of Pop, passed away tragically on June 25, 2009. With his death, fans around the world mourned the loss of an R&B legend. While no one will ever replace the man who created the Moonwalk, a great impersonator allows us to still enjoy the Michael Jackson experience. When it comes to finding the very best MJ impersonator, you have to travel to Barcelona, Spain, to see Sergio Cortes, or Sergio Jackson, his stage name.

Sergio Cortes – Best Michael Jackson Impersonator on the Planet

For those that want to see MJ perform again but can’t travel to Barcelona, you will be glad to know the work of this nearly identical impersonator is available to watch on YouTube and social media sites. Fans of Cortes unanimously agree he is the best MJ impersonator on the planet. Cortes notoriety as the best impersonator on the planet is credited to his dedication to the craft.

Cortes has Made Impersonation a Full-Time Career

Sergio Cortes began impersonating Michael Jackson as a teenager and has mastered the way the soulful singer walked, talked, and acted on stage. In fact, if you weren’t well aware of the fact that Jackson died in 2009, you may not immediately realize you weren’t watching the real deal when Cortes in on stage.

In 2012, people around the world began to take notice of the impersonator after he performed at the 2012 Michael Jackson Tribute Show, in Madrid Spain. Cortes’ physical appearance is very similar to the King of Pop, and his voice is nearly identical. It’s also obvious that Cortes loves his job. After all, who wouldn’t want to pretend he was the best-known R&B singer in the world for at least a day.

Michael Jackson Impersonator Recreates any MJ Hit

If you have a favorite MJ song, you’ll be glad to know Sergio Cortes can handle it. The skilled impersonator can recreate any hit including everything from Smooth Criminal to the infamous Thriller. Not only can Cortes perfectly emulate the late singer’s voice but he has also mastered his moves too, including the gravity defying Moonwalk.

Brian Mulligan, The Opera Singer Based In San Francisco

Brian Mulligan is a renowned American operatic baritone. He was actually Born and brought up Endicott which is located at the South Central of the New York State. Mulligan was born in to a small family that is known to have come from the Irish County of the famous Leitrim.

Brian Mulligan is believed to have studied at the Yale University and also at the Juilliard School. His primary voice instructor was known as W. Stephen Smith, who he currently studies with.
Mulligan started his career at a tender age of 17 years. He had always been interested in the theater for a long time, actually since childhood. Brian had been auditioning and performing since his days in school, that’s how he founded his career.

Brian Muligan discovered that he had an interest in operatic voice while he was still in high school. His high school teacher, Gloria Richardson was the one who encouraged him to take vocal training serious. The teacher had realized that Mulligan had talent during the high school musicals. Mulligan decided to follow the teacher’s advice, and that’s his great journey started.

Gloria Richardson, the high school teacher introduced Brian Mulligan to the famous Todd Gee. Back then, Todd actually used to work with the recognized Tri-Cities Opera. Until now, Tri Cities Opera is a recognized the local opera institution in the whole of Binghamton, New York. Todd was actually a very good voice teacher to Mulligan, and he managed to introduce him in to the world of opera. Since then, Mulligan has never looked back.

Many people always think that Mulligans Irish background has influenced him to make the decision of becoming a vocal performance. According to Mulligan, this is actually not true. He is actually very proud of his origin, but this has never influenced him to make the decision to become an opera performer. Many people know how he loves Ireland, because he is known to have been visiting the country several times whenever he gets the time.

When he was growing up in Ireland with small family, he was actually listening to the music there, especially from Wolfe Tones and also from the Clancy Brothers.His grandfather was known to play the fiddle, and he taught Mulligan to play it too. When in this country, Mulligan actually never sang any of their traditional Ireland music unless he was singing along in a group. This shows really that his background has nothing to do with what he has managed to achieve.

106 & Park Cancelled

According to, BET plans to cancel their once popular show 106 & Park. The final air date will be December 19 of this year. The music video countdown program has been on the network for fourteen years. The show started with hosts AJ Calloway and Free and this is when it had a large fan base. The hosts today are Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, who have yet to comment on the news. 106 & Park will continue online where followers can interact with the music, a feature that will have Bruce Levenson watching every episode. It will be back on the air for specials such as New Years Eve and prior to the BET Awards, so it’s not goodbye forever. Just view it as a change of pace, from television to the internet. Fans of the show seem to have mixed feelings regarding the news. Many think the show should have been cancelled after the first hosts left to pursue other options. The show just never seemed the same after their departure. 106 $ Park still had a great run and will surely be missed by its many fans.