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Blog Archive

Fri, 24.06.2022

Black History and Classical Music, A Perspective, Stephen Newby

Stephen Newby is a classical composer, professor, and musician. In this segment, he shares why African influence on classical is beneficial in the 21st century

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Sun, 29.05.2022

Naná Vasconcelos, Musican, and Vocalist born

*Naná Vasconcelos was born on this date in 1944. He was an Afro Brazilian percussionist, vocalist, and berimbau player. He was born Juvenal de Holanda Vasconcelos in Recife, the capital of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco. As the son of a guitarist, Vasconcelos got his start in his father’s band at age 12, playing bongos and maracas. […]

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Sun, 29.05.2022

Milton Nascimento, Singer, and Songwriter born

*Milton Nascimento was born on this date in 1942. He is an Afro Brazilian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Milton Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro. His mother, Maria Nascimento, was a maid. As a baby, Nascimento was adopted by a couple of his mother’s former employers; Josino Brito Campos, a bank employee, mathematics teacher, and electronic technician, […]

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Sun, 22.05.2022

Lillian Morris LeMon, Pianist, and Educator born

*On this date in 1894, Lillian Morris LeMon was born.  She was a Black pianist, music teacher, and administrator. Born Lillian Morris in Louisville, KY, her parents were William and Ada. Like many Blacks, the Morris went north in the early 20th century with the great migration, arriving in Indianapolis by 1902. She graduated from […]

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Tue, 17.05.2022

Snoop Doggy Dogg, Rapper, and Entertainer born

*Snoop Doggy Dogg was born on this date in 1971. He is a Black rapper, songwriter, media personality, actor, and entrepreneur. He was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, to Vernell Varnado and Beverly Tate. His father, a Vietnam War veteran, singer, and mail carrier, left the family only three months after […]

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Tue, 17.05.2022

Bob Dylan, Singer, Composer, and Artistic Activist born

*Bob Dylan was born on this date in 1941. He is a white Jewish-American folk music singer, composer, artist, and activist. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. Dylan’s paternal grandparents, Anna Kirghiz and Zigman Zimmerman emigrated from […]

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Fri, 13.05.2022

Hasaan Ibn Ali, Pianist, and Composer born

*Hasaan Ibn Ali was born on this date in 1931. He was a Black jazz pianist and composer. Born William Henry Langford, Jr. in Philadelphia, his mother was a domestic worker. In 1946 (aged 15), he toured with trumpeter Joe Morris’s rhythm and blues band. In 1950 he played locally with Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, J. J. […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

Buddy Collette, Musician, and Educator born

*Buddy Collette was born on this date in 1921. He was a Black jazz flutist, saxophonist, and clarinetist. William Marcel Collette was born in Los Angeles and raised in Watts, surrounded by people of different ethnicities. He lived in a house built by his father in an area with cheap, plentiful land. The neighborhood in which […]

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Sat, 07.05.2022

Emeli Sandé, Singer born

*Emeli Sandé was born on this date in 1987. She is a Black Scottish singer and songwriter. Adele Emily Sandé was born in Sunderland, England, to a Zambian father, Joel Sandé, and a white English mother, Diane Sandé-Wood. Having moved from Zambia, her father met her mother while they were both at the polytechnic in […]

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Mon, 02.05.2022

Ronald Crutcher, Classical Musician, and Administrator born

*Ronald Crutcher was born on this date in 1947. He is a Black classical musician and academic administrator. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ronald Andrew Crutcher graduated from Woodward High School. He received his B.A. from the University of Miami in Music Performance and Music History. In 1972, Crutcher received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Musical […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

They rode north funky & uneducated to live & let themselves rest: I come here ghuddammit to make my way, lazy or not, to own myself open the touch of... BLACKIE THINKS OF HIS BROTHERS by Stanley Crouch.
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