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AARP Cincinnati Living the Dream Award Honoring Bootsy Collins

Start Date:1/15/2021

Start Time:8:00 PM EST

Duration:60 minutes


Join us for the 3rd annual Living the Dream Award. Annually AARP Cincinnati celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy by honoring someone who embodies living the dream in modern day times. This year, we will honor the legendary, Funk master, William “Bootsy” Collins. The event will feature Bootsy’s work through the Bootsy Collins Foundation, a look at the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contribution to a civil society, AARP’s participation in helping to disrupt disparities and inequities, and the power of music. Cincinnati radio personality, Lincoln Ware will interview Bootsy Collins! This virtual event is free and open to the public but REGISTRATION is REQUIRED. Can’t attend? Don’t worry. You can watch later. Just register anyway and we will email the recording of the event to all who registered. You will have 90 days to enjoy the event.

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Bootsy Collins

Honoree and National Recording Artist

Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. From 1969 to 1971, the group functioned as James Brown’s backup band and was dubbed the J.B.’s. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. He launched Bootsy’s Rubber Band as a spinoff of P-Funk in 1976. Collins’ inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as “Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine.” Bootsy Collins’ influence on popular culture is inescapable. His SOUND and LOOK are literally stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop or E.D.M. Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Flea, Dr. Dre, Rick James, Prince, Daft Punk, Primus, and Thundercat—to just name a few— are all Brother-Natures’ disciples. Today, a whole new generation of music fans have embraced Bootsy’s legacy via Childish Gambino’ platinum hit “Red Bone”, a loving homage to Collin’s 70’s smash “I’d Rather be with You.”

Lincoln Ware

Radio Personality, Event Moderator

Combine a dash humor, an ounce of passion and experience and a cup of thought-provoking local and national headlines and the end result is a great midday show: The Lincoln Ware Show on 101.5fm 1230am, Weekdays from 10AM-12PM. Lincoln’s insight is unmatched as he not only offers the listening audience his personal thoughts and opinions, but also provides them a chance to voice their thoughts on local and national affairs. He has the gift of causing sparks to fly over the radio waves, igniting heated debates and providing continuous entertainment for listeners to enjoy. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Lincoln is a proud Woodward High School graduate. Prior to beginning his radio career, Lincoln attended The Ohio State University for one year and subsequently enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. As a marine, he was a member of the armed Forces Radio and Television Service. In 1973, he officially began his radio career when he joined the staff of talk station 1480 WCIN as a Disc Jockey, and by 1993 Lincoln was hosting The Lincoln Ware Show. Aside from radio, Lincoln is the host of “Cincinnati Issues with Lincoln Ware”: a TV show aired on WSTR 64 every Sunday at 6:30AM. If you cannot catch him locally, Lincoln continues to make appearances nationally on CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. While radio can be a rewarding experience, Lincoln continues to be honored locally and nationally. Out of the many accolades and awards received thus far, some of the most important are; name added to the list of America’s Top 100 Talk Show Hosts for 10 consecutive years, named one of America’s Most Important Radio Talk Show Host’s by Talker’s Magazine and also receiving a key to the City of Cincinnati to commemorate his 30 year radio career in 2003, he also was the recipient of the Abercrombie Group “Men of Honor” award in 2018. “To whom much is given, much is required,” a quote proven true through Lincoln’s hard work and commitment to enrich the community, is exhibited through the creation of The Lincoln Ware Walking Club, beginning in the Spring of 2000, The Walking Club was created in order to help promote health and wellness within the African American Community. While Lincoln has a strong commitment to the community and media, his wife Sharon and four children Tia, Tamiko, Rodney and Darryl and 3 grandchildren, Kobe, Isis and Maya continue to be his first priority.

Nicole Ware

Associate State Director of Outreach


Nicole Ware is the Associate State Director of Outreach for AARP Ohio where she delivers upon the mission of AARP to empower people to choose how they live as they age. As a program administrator with extensive community engagement experience, she leads program design and implementation in Cincinnati and southwest Ohio, the focus of which is on engaging local community, multicultural populations, external partners, elected officials, and volunteers. Through this work AARP Cincinnati aims to make cities more livable for people of all ages, connects the 50+ to fun and unique events, provides informative tools and resources, and serves with volunteers in service to the community. Nicole is a growth inclined, market driven strategist recognized for strategic and business planning, marketing and positioning, launching and leading innovative pilots and strategic initiatives, and data analysis in corporate and service sector environments. She served on the boards of Price Hill Will, a community and economic development corporation; the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives; and the WCPO–TV Community Advisory Board.

Ed 'Sax' Thomas


Ed Thomas is an accomplished inspirational saxophonist, whose soul-stirring mixture of Jazz and Gospel has been delighting audiences in Cincinnati and other cities across the nation. He is a versatile musician with nearly 40 years of experience playing solo, with large Gospel choirs, and small ensembles. Ed has been playing the saxophone since he was 13 years old and in high school earned the nickname of 'Grover Washington Jr. Jr.' because of his love for the recording artist and his tireless dedication to music. Since then, Ed has embraced his gift, performing at various events across the tri-state area. Being a sought-after artist, Ed has played with The Muzic Company, a Cincinnati-based Gospel Jazz band specializing in inspirational music for all occasions, and in many Cincinnati churches. In 2004, Ed released his debut album, In HIS Will, which features a wonderful mixture of upbeat and smooth Jazz arrangements of Gospel classics and other well-known tunes. Infused with both R&B and jazz influences, his music pleases fans with both traditional and contemporary Gospel music. Ed is a Procter & Gamble retiree , where he has worked for 35+ years in Research and Development. He teaches saxophone to young people, encouraging them to use their talents to glorify God. Ed has been happily married for 31 years to his wife and they have two beautiful daughters.
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