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Blog Archive

Wed, 04.12.2019

Career Influences, Devon Glover

Devon Glover (the Sonnet Man), Spoken Word Artist and Educator shares his treasured career Influences that brought out his Hip Hop in Education.

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Sun, 17.11.2019

Leonard Harper born

*Leonard Harper was born on this date in 1899, he was an African American producer, stager, and choreographer in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance.   He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to William Harper, a performer, and his wife. Harper started dancing as a child to attract a crowd on a medicine show wagon, traveling throughout the South. In […]

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Thu, 07.11.2019

Robert Allen Cole Jr. born

*Robert Allen Cole Jr. was born on this date in 1868.  He was an African American composer, actor, playwright, and stage producer and director.   He was born in Athens, Georgia, where his father (Robert Allen Cole, Sr. and mother Isabella Thomas Weldon settled after the Emancipation Proclamation.   There it became a prosperous city dominated by African American communities and professionals.  His […]

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Tue, 29.10.2019

Perry Bradford born

*Perry Bradford was born on this date in 1893.  He was an African American composer, songwriter, and vaudeville performer.    Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Bradford grew up in Atlanta, where his family moved when he was six, and in 1906 started working in minstrel shows. He played in Chicago as a solo pianist as early as 1909 and visited New York City the following year.  Through extensive experience with […]

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Sat, 26.10.2019

Fats Domino born

*Fats Domino was born on this date in 1928.  He was an African American pianist and singer-songwriter.   Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest of eight children born to Antoine Caliste Domino and Marie-Donatille Gros. The Domino family was of French Creole background, and Louisiana Creole was his first language.  He was born at home with the assistance of […]

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Sat, 26.10.2019

The Cotton Club Opens

*The Cotton Club opened on this date in 1923.  This was a popular segregated New York City nightclub from 1923 to 1940 that exemplified how American racial intersectionality and inequity lived together.  It was located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue (1923 to 1935), then briefly in midtown Theater District (1935-1940).   In 1920, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson rented the upper floor of the building on the corner […]

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Thu, 24.10.2019

Prince performs at Gallaudet University

*On this date in 1984, Prince gave one of his more unique concerts.   At the very pinnacle of his notoriety Prince stopped to play a free concert for 1,900 students at Gallaudet University the world-renowned school for the deaf and 600 special needs students from D.C.-area schools.   Working with promoters Darryll Brooks and Carol Kirkendall, he requested to do the show for […]

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Sun, 20.10.2019

Herbie Nichols, Pianist and Composer born

*Herbie Nichols was born on this date in 1919.  He was an African American jazz pianist and composer.   Herbert Horatio Nichols was born in San Juan Hill, Manhattan in New York City, to parents from St. Kitts and Trinidad and grew up in Harlem.  During much of his life he took work as a Dixieland musician while working on the more adventurous kind of jazz he preferred.  He is […]

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Mon, 07.10.2019

The Clef Club (NYC) opens!

*On November 10, 1909 we celebrate the Clef Club of New York City, Inc., founded in New York by James Reese Europe and his associates.   They were a fraternal and professional organization for the advancement of African American musicians and entertainers.  The Clef Club was a popular entertainment venue and society in Harlem, achieving its largest success in the 1910s. […]

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Wed, 02.10.2019

Jesseye Norman, Vocalist born

*Jessye Norman was born on this date in 1945.  She was an African American opera singer (soprano) and recitalist.   Jessye Mae Norman was from Augusta, Georgia; the daughter of Silas Norman, an insurance salesman, and Janie King-Norman, a schoolteacher.  She was one of five children in a family of amateur musicians; her mother and grandmother were both pianists, and her father sang […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

and yeah, brothers, while white/America sings about the unsink able molly brown (who was hustling the titanic when it went down) I sing to thee of Shine the stoker who was... I SING OF SHINE by Etheridge Knight.
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