Traditional African-American Gospel Songs Deliver Message of Hope and Freedom | The Epoch Times

EMG Inspired Staff, The Epoch Times A snapshot of mid-century South Philly. Featured Image African-American spirituals are a valuable part of American history. Born out of an oral tradition that reveals Christian values while describing the hardships of slavery from the period of 1600 to 1870, the music and melodies of these songs are still […]

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Their ancestors were enslaved by law. Today, they are graduates of the nation’s preeminent historically black law school. | The New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine Photographs by Djeneba Aduayom. Featured Image In the history of the United States, black Americans were the only group for whom it was ever illegal to learn to read or write. And so when emancipation finally came, schools and colleges were some of the first institutions that the […]

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For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it. | The New York Times Magazine

Wesley Morris, The New York Times Magazine PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO. Featured Image I’ve got a friend who’s an incurable Pandora guy, and one Saturday while we were making dinner, he found a station called Yacht Rock. “A tongue-in-cheek name for the breezy sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s soft rock” is Pandora’s definition, […]

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Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true. | The New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine ARTWORK BY ADAM PENDLETON. Featured Image My dad always flew an American flag in our front yard. The blue paint on our two-story house was perennially chipping; the fence, or the rail by the stairs, or the front door, existed in a perpetual state of disrepair, but that […]

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