December 0

Blog Archive

Fri, 16.04.2021

Charles Lucien Lambert, Composer born

*The birth of Charles Lucien Lambert is celebrated on this date in 1828. Also known as Lucien Lambert, Sr., he was a Black pianist, music teacher, and composer. Born a free Black Creole in New Orleans. His father was Charles-Richard Lambert, a native of New York, and his wife, a free Creole African woman. They were a […]

learn more
Fri, 16.04.2021

Marian Bruce Logan, Activist born

*The birth of Marian Bruce Logan is celebrated on this date in 1920. She was a Black cabaret singer, civil rights advocate, former New York City Commissioner of Human Rights. During her career in show business, she sang using the stage name, Marian Bruce. In the 1940s and 1950s, she starred in the first all-black […]

learn more
Tue, 13.04.2021

Sonny Simmons, Musician born

*Sonny Simmons was born on this date in 1933.  He was a Black jazz musician.   Huey “Sonny” Simmons was born in Sicily Island, Louisiana. He grew up in Oakland, California, where he began playing the English horn (Simmons and Vinny Golia are among the few musicians to play the instrument in a jazz context). At […]

learn more
Tue, 13.04.2021

Beyoncé Knowles, Singer, and Lyricist born

*Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter Knowles was born on this date in 1981. She is a Black singer and songwriter. Beyonce Giselle Knowles is from Houston, Texas, the daughter of Celestine “Tina” Knowles (née Beyonce), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager. Beyoncé’s name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name. Her […]

learn more
Tue, 13.04.2021

Jay-Z, Rapper, Producer, and Businessman born

*Jay-Z was born on this date in 1969. He is a Black rapper, songwriter, record executive, businessman, and record producer. Born, Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn New York he was raised in Marcy Houses in the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood. After their father, Adnis Reeves, abandoned the family, Jay-Z and his three siblings were raised by their […]

learn more
Sat, 10.04.2021

Linda Hopkins, Singer,and Actress born

*Linda Hopkins was born on this date in 1924. She was a Black actress and blues and gospel singer. Born Melinda Helen Matthews in New Orleans, Louisiana, the second child of the Reverend Fred Matthews, Sr. and Hazel Smith, Hopkins grew up in the section of New Orleans known by the locals as “Zion City”. […]

learn more
Sat, 10.04.2021

Merry Clayton, Singer born

*Merry Clayton was born on this date in 1948. She is a Black soul and gospel singer and actress. Merry Clayton was born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana on Christmas Day, and was given the name “Merry”. She is the daughter of Eva B. Clayton and Reverend A.G. Williams Clayton, Sr. Clayton was raised […]

learn more
Fri, 09.04.2021

Mary Frances Early, Music Professor born

*Mary Frances Early was born on this date in 1936. She was a Black Music teacher and professor. Mary Frances Early was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Atlanta’s Turner High School and went on to graduate from Clark College (later Clark Atlanta University) with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1957. Early began her postgraduate […]

learn more
Sun, 04.04.2021

Jimmy Whitherspoon, Blues Singer born

*Jimmy Witherspoon was born on this date in 1923. He was a Black blues singer. From Gurdon, Ark he got his start while traveling the world as a merchant seaman during World War II, he had an opportunity to sing with the big band of Teddy Weatherford, who encouraged him to pursue a music career. […]

learn more
Sat, 03.04.2021

Reginald Buckner, Jazz Ambasador born

*Reginald Bucker was born on this date in 1938.  He was a Black musician and educator.   Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Reginal Tyrone Buckner grew up with an appreciation for the central location where many Jazz musicians of yore started.  He also was raised in the Strangers Rest Baptist church community.  Buckner was exposed […]

learn more

New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Among the Shona a family's success is weighed by their children's happiness and the... SHONA by JohnnieRenee Nia Nelson
Read More