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Mon, 03.12.2018

Dvorak’s “From The New World” debuts

*On this date in 1893, the renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák debuted the performance of his most famous symphony, This classic recognized the significance of American Negro spirituals and their contributions to the culture of the United States.  Dvořák came to America at the invitation of music patron and entrepreneur Jeanette Meyers Thurber in 1892. […]

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Sat, 06.10.2018

Hamiet Bluiett, Baritonist extraordinaire born

*Hamiet Bluiett was born on this date in 1940.  He was an African American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Bluiett was born just north of East St. Louis in Brooklyn, Illinois (also known as Lovejoy), an African American community that had been founded as a free black sanctuary community in the 1830s, and which later became America’s first majority-black town. As a child, he studied piano, […]

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Sat, 21.07.2018

Jalal Nuriddin born

*Jalal Nuriddin was born on this date in 1944. He was an African American poet and musician. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin was born Lawrence Padilla in the Fort Greene housing project in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Nuriddin ran with a local gang, the Fort Greene Chaplains, they fought a street rivalry with the Bed-Stuy […]

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Mon, 14.05.2018

Jabo Starks, “Beats” Master born

*Jabo Starks was born on this date in 1938.  He was an African American funk and blues drummer best known for playing with James Brown. John Henry “Jabo” Starks was born in Jackson, Alabama and fell in love with the drums after watching a marching band in a Mardi Gras parade in Alabama as a child. He taught himself to play on an improvised drum […]

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Tue, 17.04.2018

First Pulitzer Prize for music is awarded to Hip Hop Artist

*On this date in 2018, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.” It is the first-time work outside of the classical and jazz genres has been recognized in that category.  In the announcement, the Pulitzer board described the album as a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular […]

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Tue, 03.04.2018

Is Jazz, Black Heritage, Maurice Jacox

Maurice Jacox, singer, actor, musician and teacher shares his views on the Black ownership of Jazz heritage

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Thu, 08.02.2018

Charles Lloyd born

*Charles Lloyd was born on this date in 1938.  He is an African American jazz musician and composer. Lloyd grew up in Memphis and was exposed to blues, gospel and jazz. He is of African, Cherokee, Mongolian, and Irish ancestry. He was given his first saxophone at the age of 9 and was fascinated by 1940s radio broadcasts by Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Lester […]

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Tue, 16.01.2018

Edwin Hawkins, singer born

*Edwin Hawkins was born on this date in 1943.  He was an African American singer. He was the son of Daniel and Mamie Hawkins.  From in Oakland, CA, his father was a longshoreman who liked to play Hawaiian steel guitar. Edwin and his many siblings began singing at local churches as a family group. By […]

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Thu, 07.12.2017

Charlie Pride born

*Charley Pride was born on this date in 1934. He is an African American country music singer, musician and business owner. Charley Frank Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi, one of 11 children of poor sharecroppers, eight boys and three girls were in the family. When Pride was 14, his mother purchased him his first guitar and he taught himself to […]

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Wed, 06.12.2017

Treasured Singing Moments, Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele, singer, actress, radio host and woman & family advocate shares a few treasured singing moments from her illustrious stage and studio career

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

My brothers I will not tell you what to love or not love I will only say to you that black women hove not been loved enough. I will say to... WE DO NOT LOVE OUR OWN by Haki R. Madhubuti.
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