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Black Musician Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

The Apollo Theater

HBO’s The Apollo: ‘The story of how black America lifted itself through music’

By Editors' Choice

The director Roger Ross Williams on the Harlem ‘temple’ that has hosted legendary performers from James Brown to Lauryn Hill. By André Wheeler, The Guardian — The Apollo Theater is a living piece of black history. Located in the heart of Harlem on West 125th Street, the theater has operated as a refuge for black audiences and performers from its opening in 1934. Artists from James Brown and Aretha Franklin to Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill have graced…

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Hip-Hop Artist Tef Poe

Hip-Hop Artist Tef Poe Heads To Jordan In Efforts To Foster Diplomacy Through Music

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

By St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis-based hip-hop artist Kareem Jackson, who goes by the stage name Tef Poe, has often traveled across the world to share his musical craft and to also raise awareness about how social justice issues often intertwine across borders. His travels will continue next week to the Middle-Eastern country of Jordan as part of Next Level, a cultural exchange program the U.S. State Department is…

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Maurice Mitchell

A Socialist Afro-Punk Rocker Challenges the Two-Party System

By Editors' Choice

By Nick Fouriezos, OZY — Maurice “Moe” Mitchell stalks the stage aggressively, barking lyrics in pointed contrast to his black T-shirt, which reads in bold white letters: “Don’t Shoot.” It’s August 2014, and the socially conscious punk rocker is grieving. Not just because this Afropunk Fest show is his band Cipher’s first in three years after the death of its drummer Danny Bobis, but also because, less than three weeks earlier, the…

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Houston rappers are putting their money in the only African American bank in Houston Unity Bank in third ward.

Nipsey, And Others, Dispel Thug Image of Black Males

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — There are two stories that regularly make the rounds about men like Nipsey Hussle. The one story that should be routinely told, pointed to, and held up for all is the colossal refutation of the gangster and thug image much of the public holds of men such as Nipsey. Yet, this never gets more than passing mention. It took the massive media…

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Nipsey Hustle

Why Are There Still Nipsey Hussle Murders Taking Place in Black America in 2019?

By Commentaries/Opinions

Nipsey Hussle (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019) By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele — As I read and watched the reports on the murder of our brother Nipsey Hussle this past Sunday in the media, I thought about how South Central, Los Angeles’ African American community loss a good Black man. He was a brother of many gifts. He was a father. He was husband. He was a friend. But he was also a Hip Hop artist, entrepreneur, and…

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Gary Byrd

An Origin Story of Gary Byrd, From “Disc Journalist” To “World African Griot”

By Editors' Choice

By Todd S Burroughs — Gary Byrd turned 70 on Thursday, March 14, 2019. I thought this was as good an excuse as any to pull this out of my 2001 doctoral dissertation–an attempt to define Black (American) media ideology–to say an early “Happy Birthday.” Any mistakes are mine, and I welcome corrections from Byrd and all others. Happy Birthday, Brother Byrd!  A Byrd Flies In Buffalo A major portion…

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Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks Calls On Cardi B to Speak Out Against the Dominican Republic’s ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Haitians

By Editors' Choice

By Michael Saponara, Billboard — Azealia Banks is at it again. The Harlem native sparked an old flame by taking aim at Cardi B via Instagram on Tuesday night. With Cardi boldly speaking out against the government shutdown, Banks suggested she should now shift her focus toward her roots and the Dominican Republic’s “ethnic cleansing” of Haitians. “I would love to see Cardi say something to the leaders of the…

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Member of parliament and musician Bobi Wine says there are still 40 million people living under oppression, and domination, and under dictatorship in Uganda.

Jamaica: Uganda Activist Bobi Wine Says He Is Still State Enemy

By Editors' Choice

The politician and freedom fighter said reggae music has helped to influence him to fight against colonial afflictions while growing up in the ghettos of Uganda. By teleSur — Member of parliament, freedom fighter and artist Bobi Wine traveled 36 hours to Jamaica, the politician says, to be able to spread his musical message to his fellow Ugandans and the rest of the world. Bobi Wine made the remark while…

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Julian Marley, son of late reggae icon Bob Marley, celebrates his father's 69th birthday at the National Stadium in Kingston, 2014.

UNESCO Adds Reggae Music to Global Cultural Heritage List

By News & Current Affairs

Reggae was often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality. By TeleSUR — Reggae music – whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley – has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible…

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Atlanta, Georgia

Black mecca or most unequal US city: will the real Atlanta please stand up?

By Commentaries/Opinions

For more than 40 years, Atlanta has marketed itself as being on the forefront of radical social change – but its reality is much less progressive. By Maurice J Hobson, The Guardian — In the 1960s, it was the “city too busy to hate” and the home of the civil rights movement. In the 1970s, it was “the black mecca of the south” and Hotlanta. In the 1990s, it was Olympic City….

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