African-American Legends – Page 2 – ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Here It Is —  “The Importance of Collecting Black”

The art of collecting things is a universal fascination enjoyed by hundreds of millions of collectors throughout the world. No matter what the objects of interests may be, the collectors are usually obsessed souls. From the ultra rich to those … Read More

Celebrating the Life of Betty Blayton-Taylor (July 10, 1937 – October 22, 2016), Fine Artist

Betty Blayton Taylor (July 10, 1937 – October 2, 2016) an American activist, advocate, artist, Arts administrator/educator, lecturer. Co Founder of the Studio Museum in Harlem and Director and Founder of the Children’s Art Carnival. “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis” – … Read More

With sorrow: Gwen Ifill (September 29, 1955 – November 14, 2016), Journalist

Gwendolyn L. “Gwen” Ifill was American journalist, television newscaster, and author. She was the Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor of PBS. Gwen Ifill interviewed by Julian Bond: Explorations in Black Leadership Series

Petronia Paley quenching her artistic thirsts

Petronia Paley can confidently lay claim to the titles Actor, Director, Teacher, Fine Art Painter, Writer, and Producer. She’s actively pursued an acting career, but the other careers along the way segued into the next—seemingly by pure serendipity. Petronia Paley was born in Albany, … Read More

Retro Reflections: Ed Bradley (January 22, 1941-November 9, 2006), 60 MINUTES Co-Editor and CBS News Correspondent

It has been 10 years since the passing of Ed Bradley, DJ, WCBS Radio newscaster, CBS Sunday Night News anchor, 60 Minutes Journalist and 19 Emmy Awards’ winner. Read about Ed’s extensive and successful journalism career through 60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley Dead At 65 tribute.

Teddy Pendergrass, Alma John, The Fatback Band, WRVR, Dr. Helen Johnson, Ed Love, Mahalia Jackson

ROUTES: Do you find any contradiction between your religious image and your sex-symbol image? 

TEDDY: No, because I don’t think people confuse the two. You can have a strong belief without opening a church or anything like that. I’m not into that. Besides, I’ve analyzed it and I think that makes a person even more sexy, you know, when they have a firm belief. I don’t want to throw the church into it, but the way Jesus Christ did things was very sexy. He knew what he was doing. Yeah man, he had it.

Shahin Norvasli certainly is an up-and-coming star in the cosmos of present and future great jazz musicians

Whenever I reflect on gaining wisdom or insight on anything, I can’t help but think of the many heralded teachers and noble masters of their crafts who really know and knew what they are and were talking about in any … Read More

“Thank You Sister Jones” by Agnes O. Bunn – “Lady in White” Painting by Ernest Chrichlow

Revisiting the Good Old ROUTES’ Days! Continuing to publishing excerpts, with additional information, from the October 1977 Maiden Issue—A commentary on the appreciation of food “Sister Jones,” written by Agnes O. Bunn (If you’ve grown up in a Baptist church, you’ve … Read More

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