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Fri, 16.07.2021

Boogie Woogie Music, and Black History, a story

*Boogie-Woogie music and Black History are celebrated on this date in 1870.  This is a genre of blues music that was developed in American Black communities in the 1870s and became popular during the late 1920s. It was eventually extended from piano-to-piano duo and trio, guitar, big band, country and western music, and gospel. While standard blues […]

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Thu, 15.07.2021

Grant Green, Jazz Guitarist born

*Grant Green was born on this date in 1935. He was a Black jazz guitarist and composer. Grant Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri to John and Martha Green. His father was at various times a laborer and a Saint Louis policeman. Green first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13 […]

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Thu, 15.07.2021

Big Joe Duskin, Blues Musician born

*Big Joe Duskin was born on this date in 1921. He was a Black blues and boogie-woogie pianist. He is best known for his debut album, Cincinnati Stomp (1978), and the tracks “Well, Well Baby” and “I Met a Girl Named Martha”. He was born Joseph L. Duskin in Birmingham, Alabama. By the age of seven, he […]

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Tue, 13.07.2021

Debbie Duncan, Singer born

*Debbie Duncan was born on this date in 1951. She was a Black jazz singer and arranger. Born in Memphis, TN, Debbie Lucille Duncan was the daughter of Lucille Bernice and William Edward Duncan. She grew up in Detroit in a music-loving family. She majored in flute and studied voice at Wayne State University, spent […]

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Tue, 29.06.2021

Lillian Green, Blues Singer born

*Lillian Green was born on this date in 1919. She was a Black blues singer and songwriter. She was born in Mississippi but after the early deaths of her parents, she went to Chicago, where she began performing in her teens and where she would make all her recordings. Lil Green was noted for superb timing and […]

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Tue, 29.06.2021

Trixie Smith, Singer born

*The birth of Trixie Smith is celebrated on this date in 1895. She was a Black singer and musician. From Atlanta, Georgia she studied at Selma University, moved to New York in 1915, and performed in the vaudeville circuit. She had a distinctive voice and a delightful style of her own. She recorded from 1922 through 1925 for Black […]

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Thu, 24.06.2021

The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond, VA. Opens

*The Hippodrome Theater is celebrated on this date in 1914. This Black entertainment venue is in Richmond, Virginia’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. The Hippodrome Theater was opened by Charles A. Somma as a vaudeville and movie theater. The theater played a major role in the entertainment of Richmond’s Black community during the early 20th century. It is located […]

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Tue, 22.06.2021

Kenny Barron, Jazz Pianist born

*Kenny Barron was born on this date in 1943. He is a Black jazz pianist and music professor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kenny Barron is the younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. One of his first performances was as a pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie quartet. Following stretches with Ron Carter in the late seventies, Kenny formed a […]

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Mon, 14.06.2021

Otis Taylor, Musician born

*Otis Taylor was born on this date in 1948. He is a Black blues musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. Otis Taylor was born in Chicago and moved at a young age to Denver, Colorado, where he grew up. He originally grew up playing the banjo, but his father […]

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Tue, 08.06.2021

Herb Jefferies, Singer born

*Herb Jeffries was born on this date in 1913. He was a Black singer and actor. From Detroit, MI., his white Irish mother ran a rooming house, and his father, whom he never knew, was of Sicilian, Ethiopian, French, Italian and Moorish ancestry. Jefferies grew up in a mixed neighborhood. He showed definitive interest in singing during his […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Niggers are scared of revolution But niggers shouldn’t be scared of revolution Because revolution is nothing but change And all niggers do is change Niggers come in from work... Niggers are Scared of Revolution by Jalal Nuriddin
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