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‘Beale Street’ director, cast on the Apollo’s red carpet

The excitement was palpable on the red carpet Tuesday night, Oct. 9, at the Apollo theater! Journalists, filmmaker Barry Jenkins and his cast and film fans in general descended on the historic venue for the United States premiere of the ...
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Post festival jazz happenings in South Africa

After the Joy of Jazz fest, Kevin Naidoo, the owner of The Orbit jazz club, a major Johannesburg jazz venue, had a “post jam session” for the remaining musicians in the city, as well as festival participants and local jazzheads. ...
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Solange announces new album

The multifaceted artist extraordinaire Solange Knowles has announced details of her new album. Billboard reported, “Her currently untitled fifth album, set to be released sometime this fall, promises new sounds from the R&B singer.” “There is a lot of jazz ...
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My first custom tailored suit in the US

How we dress represents, to many, who we are. And a man’s best option is, and will always be, a suit. But unlike some other men’s apparels, the fitting of a suit can mean the difference between heaven and hell. ...
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The Apollo presents ‘Say It Loud’ Oct. 20

The legend James Brown had a very hard life, like most Black people who grew up in the United States of America. His mother left their family and his father sent him to live with his aunt in South Carolina, ...
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Roger Robinson, an actor of brilliance and resonance

It is never too late or too soon to pay tribute to an artist whose career has left a remarkable record and etched an imperishable legacy. Such is the case with Roger Robinson, the Tony Award- winning actor who made ...
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Toni Parks, like her famous father, was a versatile and accomplished artist

When your father is Gordon Parks, it is easy to understand your hesitancy to pick up the camera, settle behind a piano, or generally pursue any artistic career, given his accomplishments.
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Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor, the ‘Black Cyclone’ of cycling fame

Late night television and early morning newspapers can do wonders for a columnist looking for the next personality to profile.
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Memorial service honored life and legacy of education advocate Marie K. Williams

Memorial service honored life and legacy of education advocate Marie K. Williams
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Classical avant-garde composer Julius Eastman

In last week’s classroom, we featured the relatively unknown composer and pianist Florence Price. Equally unknown, except to the real cognoscenti of classical music, is Julius Eastman.
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Malcolm X: The price of freedom is death

Friday, Feb. 21, 1965 marks the day a hit squad of cold-blooded assassins aired out the Audubon Ballroom stage, expiring the physical life of Black Nationalist advocate El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X, in full view of his ...
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Frederick Douglass, an alternative truth

Who was Frederick Douglass? More importantly, why does Frederick Douglass matter to today’s America? These questions are not merely rhetorical, as the recent controversy surrounding President Trump’s Black History Month statement illustrate.
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Sandy Wills, a courageous soldier during the Civil War

Spectrum News NY1 anchor Cheryl Will's pursuit of history has a personal edge that few Black Americans possess, and she has dutifully imparted some of it in two of her books, “Die Free” and “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills.”
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From slavery to hair industry millions—Annie Turnbo Malone

In his recently published “Black Fortunes,” Shomari Wills, as the subtitle relates, chronicles the lives of the first six African-Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires
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Carter G. Woodson: The father of Black History Month

We end Black History Month with a look at the man who started it all...
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