After 136 Years, The Met will Finally Host an Opera by a Black Composer | Okayplayer

Zo, Okayplayer Henry Adebonojo. Featured Image erence Blanchard‘s heralded opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is set to make its debut at The Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. Though it had plenty to choose from over the last century or so, the production will be the first-ever opera by a black composer to be…

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The World Of Rosetta Tharpe: A Turning The Tables Playlist | NPR

Cheryl Pawelski, NPR PHOTO: MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES. Featured Image ithout Sister Rosetta Tharpe, we wouldn’t have rock and roll as we know it now. Her pioneering guitar virtuosity was fueled by the gospel swinging, shouting, holy-spirit energy of the evangelical church and the blues she heard on Chicago’s Maxwell Street, which crossed each other…

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The Book Of Prince | The New Yorker

Da Piepenbring, The New Yorker “We Bangles hovered around the cassette machine… and we were smitten with the song,” Bangle Susanna Hoffs says of first hearing Prince’s demo of “Manic Monday.” Virginia Turbett/Courtesy of The Prince Estate. Featured Image n January 29, 2016, Prince summoned me to his home, Paisley Park, to tell me about…

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Meet Blanche Dunn, the Jamaican socialite who ruled New York in the 1920s | Face2face Africa

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson, Face2Face Africa he African American arts and culture took a huge leap during the Harlem Renaissance when African American creatives of all kinds came together in Harlem, New York, to work at the progress of their craft and see to it that their works were being consumed by all and not just…

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Marian Anderson: The Most Modest Trailblazer | NPR

Anastasia Tsioulcas, NPR An undated portrait of America contralto Marian Anderson at her home. London Express/Getty Images. Featured Image lassical singer Marian Anderson was one of the all-time greats — both as an artist, and as a cultural figure who broke down racial barriers. She is best known for performing at the Lincoln Memorial in…

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