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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 […]

The film “Green Book” keeps winning awards
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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, […]

“The New Negro” wins National Book Award
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“The New Negro” wins National Book Award

“The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” won the 2018 National Book Award for nonfiction during a ceremony Wednesday in New York. Written by Jeffrey C. Stewart, a professor of black studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the book is a biography of Locke, who in 1907, became the first African American named a Rhodes Scholar […]

First African-American president of ABC resigns
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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 […]

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

Martin Puryear selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale
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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 […]

Smokey Robinson testifies before Congress amid a love fest
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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 […]

Delta Blues Museum is awarded a $10,000 grant
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Delta Blues Museum is awarded a $10,000 grant

By Frederick H. Lowe The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Delta Blues Museum, the world’s first museum dedicated to the blues, a $10,000 Art Works grant for recording a new music CD that will showcase the organization’s student band. The grant will fund production of a new recording of the band performing eight to 10 blues songs. […]