Category Archives: Black History

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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Remembering Prince

  SG2 thought that the other thread was getting full, so we are posting a new Prince thread. I was glued to the tv last night. Going from channel to channel. I still can’t believe it.   Neither can Luvvie: … Continue reading

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Prince Rogers Nelson – Dead at 57

These are posts you never want to write. What is there to say? There is so much to say. I haven’t been this sucker punched, since I heard about Michael Jackson. Prince was part of my youth. Prince was part … Continue reading

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ICYMI: Ken Burns’ Documentary on Jackie Robinson

This past week on PBS, they aired the documentary that was done on Jackie Robinson. By showing the context of Jackie Robinson’s life, including many stories about how he grew up, and what happened in his life, it brought out … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread | TV Shows That You Should Be Watching: Underground

I’m a tv junkie. So, this week I thought I’d share some shows that maybe you should be watching. Today’s selection is Underground. Underground is well-written. Underground is well-acted. The production quality is top-grade. I mean, each episode is like … Continue reading

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Friday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Nina Simone

Our Final Gem is Nina Simone. She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her … Continue reading

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