Efforts are underway to save and restore Cab Calloway’s boyhood home in Baltimore

The childhood home of Cab Calloway, entertainer and bandleader, considered by many to be the first rapper, and his older sister, Blanche, the first woman to lead an all-male big band called “Her Joy Boys,” has escaped the wrecking ball for now and possibly forever. Baltimore officials wanted to demolish the boarded up rowhouse at 2216 Druid Hill Avenue and[Read More…]

New children’s book, “Gabe & His Green Thumb,” a book for young black boys — David Miller knows only eighteen percent of black fourth graders read proficiently. Likewise, he’s aware that it’s increasingly difficult to find quality children’s books by authors of color. Miller is counting on his newest work, Gabe & His Green Thumb, to be the first of many children’s books to buck those trends. A husband, father of three,[Read More…]

Elton John, who is profiled in the biopic “Rocketman,” was the first white superstar to appear on “Soul Train”

Elton John, who is profiled in the biopic “Rocketman,” which opened Friday in movie theaters, is the first white superstar to appear as a guest on the iconic show “Soul Train.” Don Cornelius, “Soul Train”’ host and founder, said, “Welcome, soul brother,” to John when he strutted onto the set for the show broadcast May 17, 1975. I watched Soul[Read More…]

John Singleton, director of “Boyz n the Hood,” dies from a stroke

  Stroke kills or disables more black men than white men By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   John Singleton, who was nominated for an Oscar for his masterpiece “Boyz n the Hood,” died Monday after suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. Singleton’s death was announced by his family, which had been feuding[Read More…]

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…]

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