Phonograph sermons once outsold jazz

  by Julie Kennedy, Washington University in St. Louis A recently published book chronicles a time when sermons by African-American clergy outsold recordings by popular performers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. In the 1920s and ’30s, these African-American preachers spread the word to a mass audience one phonograph record at a time, according to Lerone Martin, assistant professor of[Read More…]


  It is a classic among jazz classics. Verve Music Group earlier this month released John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters ” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its recording on December 19, 1964. The four-part suite includes an alternate version, taken from the reels of Coltrane’s personal collection along with revised notes and detailed information about the[Read More…]


Ray Lewis Ray Lewis, who won two Super Bowls rings as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has published his memoir, titled I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory,” in w-hich he discusses many aspects of his life, including the 2000 double murder of Richard Lollar, 24, and Jacinth Baker, 24, in Atlanta. Lewis was arrested for the[Read More…]


  DuSable Museum Celebration The DuSable Museum of African American History will hold Founders Day 2015 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, the museum’s co-founder, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Dr. Burroughs was born Nov. 1, 1917. Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun will be the guest speaker. Margaret Goss Burroughs and her husband Charles Burroughs founded the museum[Read More…]


  Delta Blues Museum receives $100,000 grant Museums of America on Monday awarded a $100,000 grant to the Delta Blues Museum that will allow the museum to complete the final design for its new permanent exhibits. The permanent exhibit will enable visitors to the Clarksdale, Mississippi, museum to explore issues of race, class and place through the blues and its[Read More…]

Jacob Lawrence Collection Gifted to Stanford University

  Large collection of works by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence is now housed at Stanford University Lawrence was dedicated to telling the story of African Americans in the United States By Rosemary Eng Stanford, California— Our country’s history is not truly American unless the story of African Americans is interwoven in it, believed Jacob Lawrence, one of the most prolific[Read More…]

George Shirley’s Encore

  George Shirley, the first African-American tenor and the second black man to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will be awarded the 2014 National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on Thursday during a White House ceremony. Shirley, who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 18,[Read More…]

New Book about Thurgood Marshall

  Books Prolific author Wil Haygood will discuss his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” at 7 p.m., Monday, September 21, at Howard University Law School. The event is sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers, which is based in Washington, D.C. Sheryll Cashin, former clerk to Justice Marshall will[Read More…]

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