Category Archives: History

Wednesday Open Thread | Native American Week

Native Americans’ daily lives in early-1900s Arizona PHOENIX – Edward Curtis‘ portraits of Native Americans living in Arizona was the race-defining iconography for the Western world in the 20th century. Curtis spent 20 years documenting the indigenous people of North … Continue reading

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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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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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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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