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How “The Greyhound Diaries” Documents Doug Levitt’s Travels Across The Nation

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Doug Levitt is a songwriter, singer, author, and photographer. He has worked for the last several years on, “The Greyhound Diaries”, a collection that explores the lives of the downtrodden who ride Greyhound buses around the nation. Generally speaking, the only people that ride Greyhound buses are those who are too poor to get to another location any other way. It is also a practice at most prisons that when a prisoner is released they are given a Greyhound bus ticket to the city that they had been convicted in.

Before “The Greyhound Diaries” project, Doug Levitt was a war correspondent for CNN and was based in London. He had returned to the United States in 2004 in order to help John Kerry, then the Democratic candidate for president, obtain votes by registering voters who would likely support him. As part of this effort he rode buses around the country. As he became more acquainted with his fellow travelers, Doug Levitt became fascinated with their lives and the stories they had to tell.

Once he decided to create “The Greyhound Diaries”, Doug Levitt took off on Greyhound buses across the U.S. He initially had planned for the project to take six months but that six months has now turned into a 13-year journey. He estimates that he has traveled about 120,000 miles into every part of the nation that a Greyhound route goes to. Along the way, he has learned about a large underclass of people who are mired in poverty and alienated from most of society.In order to document his journey and tell the stories he has learned, Doug Levitt has written a large number of songs. He performs these songs in front of crowds of every type, including everything from the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in inner cities. He also takes photographs of his journey which he has displayed which includes the people that he has met along the way. Additionally, he has written about his journeys and created a website that documents what he has found.

Source of the article: https://www.channel4.com/news/the-greyhound-diaries-exploring-american-society

Latina Artists/Musicians

Norka Luque: How She Made it in Music

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Norka Luque is a current air of positivism that encourages us to follow our dreams. Its history is full encouragement, and inspirations, where terminology “impossible” does not exist. The lovable and dreamy musician from Venezuela noticed his enthusiasm and love for music at a tender age; however, she always had a clear objective that through music, she will bring a positive and optimistic message.

As a small kid, and with the help of unconditional support from her parents, Norka started her musical training with voice practice lessons, piano playing while pursuing her academic studies.

Norka traveled to France where she was able to continue her career in business administration, after completing her studies, she received degrees in marketing, culinary arts, and fashion. When she was staying in France, she was privileged to have an opportunity to be a member of one of the bands. This created a real connection between her and the dreams she had about becoming a great musician. However, it is now 4 years ago when the well-known music producer Emilio Estefan Jr. the talent of the young woman and gave her life to her long-awaited vision of being a professional singer.

The talented musician narrates that this is an opportunity that majority of talented musician dream of having. For this reason, she feels so favored that Emilio loved her musical project. She also says that working with Emilio is a dream come true, school of life and she can learn new things every day. Norka Luque has a single conviction and faith in the belief that she makes the world a better place. This has been helpful to her I overcoming the great individual crisis that she endured. It as well helped her discover that the simple reality of being alive is a miracle in itself.

A perfect crew of producers, led by the famous capitalist Emilio Estefan Jr. played a critical role in creating the song MILAGRO, a song that is being promoted by Norka Luque and El Cata. The song has managed to be a major hit in Venezuela Puerto Rico and the United States. The song is as well making its first appearance as one of the much loved in the prominent Latin Music Billboards. The song is composed of Mediterranean traces, reggae and Caribbean sounds, which merged with the beautiful message, have made MILAGRO a recipe for victory.

Musicians have significant roles of bringing a positive and encouraging message to their fans because the lyrics in the songs they produce take the listeners to the deepest level of their feelings.

More information for Norka Luque:

https://vimeo.com/87026611