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African American Music

Voicing Counterpoint

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.09.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

Tyehimba Jess brings 19th-century black musicians back to life. By Kyla Marshell Tyehimba Jess's new book, Olio, is big in size and grand in scale....

Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States

Mark Batson | Posted 12.19.2016 | Black Voices
Mark Batson

An African-American woman releases a #1 rock album, Queen Latifah totally dominates the screen with her performance as the great blues singer Bessie Smith, and Alicia Keys raises $25,000,000 at her annual Black Ball for AIDS research. Who does that???

Randy Weston: A Giant of Jazz, a Giant of a Man

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 11.30.2016 | Arts
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

However many more years of music has Jazz Giant Randy Weston in his body, soul, and spirit to birth and nurture, shouldn't he be heading and leading one of the nation's great Jazz institutions where he could share his monumental knowledge, legacy, and experience?

Why 'Black Music' Matters

PJ Morton | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
PJ Morton

This month, for Black Music Month, I've taken time to reflect on what music means to me. I've traveled all across the world, seen people of all different walks-of-life and there's a commonality -- a love of black music.

Why Eminem Is Not Elvis | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices

In July, commissioned Village Voice pop music columnist Chris Molanphy to craft a feature called "Introducing the King of Hip-Hop." ...