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Sun, 05.07.2020

Nas, Rapper born

*On this date in 1973, Nas was born.  He is a Black is a Black rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and investor.  Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  His father, Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III), is a jazz and blues musician from Mississippi. His mother, Fannie Ann Little died 2002.  She was a […]

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Sat, 04.07.2020

Helen Jones Woods born

*The birth of Helen Jones Woods is celebrated on this date in 1923.  She is a retired jazz and swing trombone player.   Helen Jones was born near Jackson, Mississippi.  She started playing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm group when she was only 11 years old, when it was still the “school band” of Piney […]

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Sun, 28.06.2020

Erykah Badu, Singer born

*Erykah Badu was born on this date in 1971.  She is a Black singer-songwriter, record producer and actress.   Born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas, her mother raised her, her brother Eevin, and her sister Nayrok after separating from their father, William Wright Jr. The maternal and paternal grandmothers often helped look after them. […]

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Sun, 28.06.2020

Common, Rapper and more born

*Common was born on this date in 1972.  He is a Black rapper, actor, writer, philanthropist, and activist.   He was born Lonnie Corant Lynn Jr. better known by his stage name Common in Chicago, Illinois.  Raised in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, he is the son of educator and former principal Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth […]

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Sat, 27.06.2020

The Last Poets formed

*The Last Poets were formed on this date in 1968.  They were a progressive group of Black Nationalist poets and musicians that evolved from the late 1960s American Civil Rights movement. Their name was taken from a poem by the South African revolutionary poet Keorapetse Kgositsile, the original users of that name were the trio […]

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Mon, 22.06.2020

Bakers Keyboard Lounge

*Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is remembered on this date in 1934.  This is one of the oldest running jazz clubs in America.  Located in Detroit, MI, Chris Baker originally opened it as a beer and sandwich restaurant. His son Clarence Baker began to work for him at the age of 15. In 1939 the elder Baker […]

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Mon, 22.06.2020

Mongo Santamaria born

*Mongo” Santamaria was born on this date in 1917.  He was an Afro- Cuban percussionist and bandleader.   Ramón “Mongo” Santamaria Rodríguez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He learned rumba as a kid in the streets of Havana’s Jesús María barrio.   He then learned the bongos from Clemente “Chicho” Piquero and toured […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

Jimmy Cliff born

*Jimmy Cliff was born on this date in 1948.  He is a Black Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor.  Born James Chambers, he is from the Somerton District, Saint James, Jamaica. He began writing songs while still at primary school in St. James, listening to a neighbor’s sound system. In 1962 his father took him to Kingston to go to […]

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Thu, 18.06.2020

Tommy Flanagan, Pianist born

*Tommy Flanagan was born on this date in 1930.  He was a Black jazz pianist and composer.   Thomas Lee Flanagan was born in Conant Gardens, Detroit, Michigan. He was the youngest of six children, five boys and a girl.  His parents were both originally from Georgia.  His father, Johnson Sr, was a postman, and […]

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Wed, 17.06.2020

Albertina Walker, Gospel Singer born

*Albertina Walker was born on this date in 1929.  She was a Black gospel singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian.   Albertina Walker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ruben and Camille Coleman Walker. Her mother was from Houston County, Georgia, and her father from Bibb County, Georgia. They moved to Chicago between 1917-1920 where they […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

I want me a home Man do you hear me I want me a home you understand. You done stood and let that cracker take my home Now I ... BLACK WOMAN THROWS A TANTRUM by Nayo Barbara Malcolm Watkins.
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