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Aretha Franklin: The Soul of America

March 6, 2010

Aretha Franklin – Respect Live 1967by chilavert Aretha Franklin, commonly referred to as “The Queen of Soul”, is one of the most influential singers of the twentieth century. In 2008, the American music magazine Rolling Stone ranked Franklin #1 on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time. Franklin is one of the...
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Little Richard – Tutti Fruitti

March 6, 2010

Little Richard is considered a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock & roll in the 1950s. Little Richard’s reputation rests on a string of groundbreaking hit singles from 1955 through 1957, such as Tutti Frutti, Lucille and Long Tall Sally, which helped lay the foundation for rock and roll...
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James Brown: Reinventing American Popular Music

March 6, 2010

James Brown, known as “The Godfather of Soul, is recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. Brown was a pivotal force in the music industry. He left his mark on numerous artists and his music left its mark on the rhythms of American pop music and provided a...
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The King and Queen of Pop: Michael and Janet Jackson

March 6, 2010

In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists. In 1982, Michael Jackson issued his second Epic album, Thriller. The album remained in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 consecutive weeks and...
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Introducing Hip Hop: The Message

March 6, 2010

The Message, the apotheosis of black Hip Hop music, is the most detailed and devastating report from underclass America since Marvin Gaye took a long look around and wondered what was going on. With The Message Hip Hop heroes Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five pick up the smoldering funk banner fumbled some...
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Revaluating The Black Power Movement: From Mayor Richard G. Hatcher To President Barack Obama

March 1, 2010

Though misunderstood and misrepresented by the media and its opponents, the 1960s Black Power movement touched every aspect of American culture, and like the “New Negro” Movement of the 1920s, African Americans came of age, becoming self-determining and racially conscious. Black people- sharecroppers, unionists, welfare and tenants rights organizers, students, intellectuals, poets, musicians and...
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African Americans Inventors and Scientist in the 19th Century

February 15, 2010

As James Brodie notes, “Understanding the contributions made by African inventors and scientist in the Western Hemisphere is impossible without recognizing the conditions under which they created.” The conditions in which they worked and created rarely paralleled the expansion of American democracy and citizenship for African Americans. Paradoxically, some of the major contributions of...
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Black History Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

February 5, 2010

We are presenting this Black History Quiz to provide you will an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of Black History
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In All Our Glory: African American History

February 1, 2010

We celebrate African American History to learn its lessons, honor its achievements, and emulate its spirit. The history of African Americans is dominated by their struggle to free themselves from the oppressive, exploitative, and de-humanizing practice of American Slavery and to create the conditions for African Americans to fully realize their humanity. History shows...
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Martin Luther King’s Most Significant Speech: I Have A Dream

January 26, 2010

Martin Luther King’s I have A Dream Speech was undoubtedly his best known speech.  More than just a popular address, this speech would resonate in the hearts and minds of Americans for forever. This speech has attained iconic status. The year 1963 was the centennial of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. It was...
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