Dear Fannie, richly affirming for African American women, young women and girls — and it wouldn’t hurt males of all ages to give a good listen, for that matter — is a rare find that sustains and adds to the culture. The spoken word performance CD, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting, is a marvelous contribution by author-actor Chadra D. … [Read more...]
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The late Robert Guillaume’s timeless, Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Benson on the hit series Soap, was more than memorably comic. The acerbic butler who sassed his silly, White employers in a manner many real-life domestic workers would’ve loved to without losing their jobs, departed from the ever-deferring stereotype of Beulah (a comedy show that aired in the … [Read more...]
Fats Domino was there at the beginning, a rock-and-roll pioneer on a par with Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Indeed, his recording "The Fat Man” was the first in the genre to move a million units. Arguably the true king, between 1955 and 1960 he had 11 Top-10 hits with overall sales surpassed only by Elvis Presley on what was far from a level field, Presley benefiting from the … [Read more...]
“It has always been a struggle for the relatively few African Americans in corporate America who do exist, and it is made all the more difficult because we tend to operate in isolation. We are nearly always alone, with no one to fall back on... as we deal daily with an unending stream of slights real and imagined. Even those who do care don't really understand. This is all … [Read more...]
If you want to simply describe 14-year-old Joey Alexander as a remarkable child prodigy who happens to play jazz, well you needn't. He's on a much higher plane. The pianist, composer and bandleader from Indonesia made his Dakota Jazz Club debut with his trio on Sunday night, October 15. It was his first performance at the club, but not his first visit to the Twin … [Read more...]