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Blog Archive

Thu, 01.02.2024

African Historical Influence on Classical Music, Roderick Cox

Roderick Cox is a classical composer, conductor, and musician. In this segment, he shares his knowledge of the many contributions from Africa and people of African descent.

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Les McCann, Pianist and Composer born

*Les McCann was born on this date in 1935. He was a Black jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. Leslie Coleman McCann was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He grew up in a musical family of four, a brother and three sisters, with most of McCann’s family singing in church choirs. His father was a jazz fan, and his […]

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Wed, 27.12.2023

Rudolph Isley, Singer and Lyricist born.

*Rudolph Isley was born on this date in 1939. He was a Black Rhythm and Blues singer and lyricist. Rudolph “Rudy” Bernard Isley was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Isley began singing in church at a young age. By his teen years, he was singing as a member of The Isley Brothers with Kelly, Ronnie, and […]

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Sat, 16.12.2023

Chaka Khan, Singer born.

*Chaka Khan was born on this date in 1953. She is a Black singer known as the ‘Queen of Funk.’ Khan was born Yvette Marie Stevens into an artistic, avant-garde household in Chicago, Illinois. The eldest of five children born to Charles Stevens and Sandra Coleman, she has described her father as a beatnik and […]

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Wed, 06.12.2023

Treasured Career Moments as a Music Educator, Douglas Ewart

Douglas Ewart is a musician, composer, instrumentalist, sculptor, and musical instrument maker. In this segment, he shares a past class project he instructed with students.

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Sat, 25.11.2023

Martha Redbone, Singer born.

*Martha Redbone was born on this date in 1966. She is a Black, Native American blues and soul singer.  She identifies as having Choctaw, Eastern Cherokee, and African American ancestry. Martha Redbone was born in New York City. Redbone spent childhood with her maternal grandparents in Black Mountain, Harlan County, Kentucky. Her maternal grandmother is of Eastern Cherokee and Shawnee […]

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Sat, 11.11.2023

Lucila Reyes, Afro Peruvian Singer born.

*Lucila Reyes was born on this date in 1936. She was an Afro Peruvian singer, and personality. Born to a poor family in the capital, Lima, Lucila J. Sarsines Reyes was one of sixteen children. Her father, Tobias Sarsines, died after she turned six months old. Reyes spent much of her childhood living away from her immediate […]

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Wed, 01.11.2023

Doc Clayton, Singer and Lyricist born.

*Doc Clayton was born on this date in 1898. He was a Black blues singer and songwriter. He was born Peter Joe Clayton in Georgia and moved to St. Louis as a child with his family. He had four children and worked in a factory in St. Louis, where he started his career as a singer and […]

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Sat, 07.10.2023

Henry Threadgill, Composer and Musician Born.

*Henry Threadgill was born on this date in 1944. Hs is a Black jazz composer, saxophonist, and flautist. Henry Threadgill performed as a percussionist in his high-school marching band from Chicago, Illinois, before taking up baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, and flute. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, majoring in piano, flute, and composition. […]

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Sat, 07.10.2023

Amina Claudine Myers, Musician and Composer Born.

*Amina Claudine Myers was born on this date in 1942. She is a Black jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and arranger. Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Myers was brought up largely by her great-aunt, a schoolteacher, and her great-uncle, a carpenter by trade who played the clarinet, piano, and flute. She took piano lessons around the age of […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

I have just seen a most beautiful thing Slim and still Against a gold, gold sky, A straight black cypress, Sensitive, Exquisite, A black finger Pointing upwards. Why, beautiful still finger, are you black? And why are you... THE BLACK FINGER by Angelina Weld Grimke’.
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