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Duke Ellington is considered to be the most prolific composer of the 20th century both for the number of compositions he wrote and the myriad of forms he used.  He was born Edward Kennedy “Duke”...

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Reported by Liku Zelleke “The Twist” and “Let’s Twist Again” singer, Chubby Checker, thinks that it is about time that he is inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame – before it’s too...

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Billie Holiday is one of the most revered jazz vocalists of the century.  She was born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Eleanora Fagan to her teenage mother, Sadie.  Holiday spent a large portion...

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“Stubborn As A Mule” is an internationally award winning documentary that has been ten years in the making about reparations produced and directed by Arcelious Daniels.  Miller Bargeron Jr. and Albert A. George Jr. also...

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Reported by Liku Zelleke He is known today as one of the greatest voices of his time and still has people that swear by his unsurpassed musical talent. Nat King Cole was the first black...

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Paul Robeson is an African American singer and actor who played an influential role in the Civil Rights Movement.  Robeson was born in Princeton, New Jersey.  His father was a Presbyterian minister.  His mother died...

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Most of us don’t know the story of Dinah Washington  Dinah is one of those important, yet lost figures in black history, who made a variety of contributions, particularly in music and the arts.  She...

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