Category Archives: Black History

Tuesday Open Thread |Just Because I Love Them: Patti LaBelle

Today, we love Patti LaBelle.

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Video | President Obama Delivers Howard University 2016 Commencement Address

President Obama delivers Howard University’s 2016 Commencement address.

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Friday Open Thread | Jazz Week: Miles Davis

Today’s Jazz figure really needs no introduction: Miles Davis.   BIOGRAPHY Miles Davis – legendary trumpeter and bandleader, explorer of unknown musical paths and enduring icon of hip – would be celebrating his 90th birthday this year had he not … Continue reading

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Thursday Open Thread | Jazz Week: Abbey Lincoln

Today’s Jazz Figure is Abbey Lincoln. From Lincoln’s Obituary in the Guardian: If Abbey Lincoln was overwhelmed by the responsibility of being proclaimed “the last of the jazz singers”, she never let it show. As her great contemporaries and principal … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread | Jazz Week: Dinah Washington

Today’s Jazz Figure is Dinah Washington. Dinah Washington skirted the boundaries of blues, jazz and popular music, becoming the most popular black female recording artist of the Fifties. Dinah Washington was born Ruth Lee Jones on August 29, 1924, in … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread | Jazz Week: Duke Ellington

Today’s Jazz figure is Duke Ellington.   Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread | Jazz Week : Louis Armstrong

This week was inspired by the latest in the White House’s Music Series: Jazz. Today’s gift from America to the world is Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the … Continue reading

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