Tag Archives: Black History

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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Thursday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Ella Fitzgerald

Today’s Gem is Ella Fitzgerald.   Ella Fitzgerald Biography Singer (1917–1996) Ella Fitzgerald, known as the “First Lady of Song” and “Lady Ella,” was an American jazz and song vocalist who interpreted much of the Great American Songbook. Synopsis Following … Continue reading

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Wednesday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Sarah Vaughan

Today’s Gem is Sarah Vaughan.   Sarah Vaughan Biography Pianist, Singer (1924–1990) Born on March 27, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey, Sarah Vaughan grew up with a love of music and performing. Winning a talent competition held at Harlem’s Apollo … Continue reading

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Tuesday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Dinah Washington

We continue Our Gems Week with Dinah Washington.   Dinah Washington (born Ruth Lee Jones; August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963), was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist … Continue reading

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Monday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Bessie Smith

This week we will remember those that I call ‘ Our Gems’.   Bessie Smith Biography Singer (1894–1937) Jazz and blues vocalist Bessie Smith’s powerful, soulful voice won her countless fans and earned her the title “Empress of the Blues.” … Continue reading

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Why America needs a slavery museum: “The history of this country is rooted in slavery”

Hat tip: The Atlantic The Whitney Plantation near Wallace, Louisiana, is the first and only U.S. museum and memorial to slavery. While other museums may include slavery in their exhibits, the Whitney Plantation is the first of its kind to … Continue reading

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