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Russian President Vladimir Putin is troubled by the growing popularity of rap music in his country

  Russian president Vladimir Putin has a  way of giving other world leaders fits. But as it turns out Putin has something that has him pulling out his hair. It’s rap music. During a recent meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, with cultural advisors, Putin said he was alarmed by rap’s growing popularity among the nation’s youth, and he would like[Read More…]

United Nations declares reggae music a cultural treasure

  UNESCO, the United Nations cultural and scientific agency, has added reggae music from Jamaica to its list of global and cultural treasures. The announcement came at UNESCO’s meeting in Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration—including Jamaica’s inclusion of reggae. Reggae, which was popularized by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and other bands, is music[Read More…]

The film “Green Book” keeps winning awards

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today It’s not a sure bet, but it looks like “Green Book” could be booked for an Oscar. The National Board of Review recently named “Green Book,” a film starring 2017 Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, as 2018’s best picture. In the film, Ali, who won Best-Supporting Actor for “Moonlight,” 2017’s Oscar winner for Best Picture,[Read More…]

First African-American president of ABC resigns

  Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a major television network, has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment amid changes by owner Disney. In a statement, Dungey said she was “incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed. This job has been the highlight[Read More…]

Delta Blues Museum is turning 40 and it’s still happily singing the Blues

The Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, will celebrate it s 40th anniversary in January. The museum was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, a poet and musician and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Public Library. The museum is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the Blues, a unique American art form. The museum[Read More…]

George Theophilus Walker, the first black man to win the Pulitzer Prize for music

George Theophilus Walker has died not having the achieved the success he hoped for by being the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. “I probably got more publicity nationwide than perhaps any other Pulitzer Prize winner,” he told the Washington Post in 2015. “But not a single orchestra approached me about doing the piece or any[Read More…]

Martin Puryear selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today You can stop holding your breath or biting your nails because the U.S. State Department has finally chosen an American artist to exhibit at next year’s 58th Venice Biennale. The State Department on August 19th —- more than three months late —- selected Martin Puryear, a 77- year-old African-American artist, known for minimalist, abstract[Read More…]

Smokey Robinson testifies before Congress amid a love fest

By Frederick H. Lowe William “Smokey” Robinson recently testified before Congress about giving musicians greater copyright protection amid  a love fest for him. Women embraced and kissed Robinson, who is now 78. Men stood in line to enthusiastically shake his hand and hug him. Even Chuck Grassley, the Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held the hearing, called[Read More…]

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