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Marian Anderson: The Most Modest Trailblazer | NPR

Classical 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 1939, after she was denied permission to sing for an integrated audience at Washington’s DAR Constitution Hall. But she was much more than that — she helped shape American music. Marian Anderson was so talented as a child that the church she attended took up collections to help pay for music lessons. That was when she first learned how to sing, as Anderson told […]

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Welcoming a Black Female Composer Into the Canon. Finally. | The New York Times “Florence Price is a representation in music of what it means to be a black artist living within a white canon and trying to work within the classical realm...”

“Florence Price is a representation in music of what it means to be a black artist living within a white canon and trying to work within the classical realm…”

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Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald Live Album, ‘Ella At Zardi’s’, Unearthed From Verve’s Vaults 60+ Years Later In Celebration Of Jazz Legend’s Centennial | PR Newswire Available December 1 via Verve Records/UMe. WBGO Premiers Rare Opening Track "It All Depends On You"

Available December 1 via Verve Records/UMe. WBGO Premiers Rare Opening Track “It All Depends On You”

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Diana Ross to Receive American Music Award of Lifetime Achievement at 2017 AMAs | Billboard Diana Ross will receive the American Music Award of Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 American Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced Wednesday (Oct. 18).

Diana Ross will receive the American Music Award of Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 American Music Awards, Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced Wednesday (Oct. 18).

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The story of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, America’s first black pop star | The Conversation Largely self-taught as a singer, she began her concert career in New York with the support of the Buffalo Musical Association. In Buffalo, she was saddled with the nickname “the Black Swan,” a crude attempt to play off the popularity of Jenny Lind – known as “the Swedish Nightingale” – who was wrapping up one of the most popular concert tours in American history.

Largely self-taught as a singer, she began her concert career in New York with the support of the Buffalo Musical Association. In Buffalo, she was saddled with the nickname “the Black Swan,” a crude attempt to play off the popularity of Jenny Lind – known as “the Swedish Nightingale” – who was wrapping up one of the most popular concert tours in American history.

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