Lead Belly | Folkways Recordings

Folkways Recordings, Folkways Recordings Lead Belly is “the hard name of a harder man,” said Woody Guthrie of his friend and fellow American music icon who was born Huddie Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949). From the swamplands of Louisiana, the prisons of Texas, and the streets of New York City, Lead Belly and his music became cornerstones […]

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Little Known Black History Fact: National Black Network | Black America Web

D.L. Chandler, Black America Web The U.S. National Archives. Featured Image The National Black Network became the first coast-to-coast radio network fully owned by Black Americans on July 2, 1973. The NBN was the brainchild of white media executive Robert Pauley, who eventually handed over the idea to a trio of Black executives. Pauley, a […]

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André De Shields just won his first Tony at 73. Here are 5 facts on his epic career | Los Angeles Times

Makeda Easter, Los Angeles Times ANDRE DE SHIELDS. Photo by Lia Chang. Featured Image Mr. André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by scoring his first Tony Award on Sunday, winning best featured actor in a musical for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown.” It’s been a long time coming. The 73-year-old performer has […]

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Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes | The Washington Post

Jake Coyle | AP, The Washington Post Ms. Rivers founded the Black Bourbon Society in 2017. It now has more than 4,700 members.CreditAaron Borton for The New York Times. Featured Image CANNES, France — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Is Creating a TV Series Company for Africanfuturist Stories | Brittle Paper

Brittle Paper Staff, Brittle Paper Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories. The multi-awarded novelist revealed this on Facebook via a post on 16 April. The company’s name is Africanfuturism Productions, Inc. In a reply to a comment by the writer and University of Manchester lecturer Geoff Ryman, she wrote: “TV […]

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