Fri. May 29th, 2020


DanceAfrica digital public programming has been especially created in response to the current world environment, with audiences seeking compelling ways to connect with their community and explore the arts from home. BAM’s longest-running and most beloved program is a community celebration, welcoming all to observe. The celebratory events will continue the series of unique digital experiences offered by Love from BAM.... Read More
The Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrates DanceAfrica—the United States’ largest African dance festival—through digital public programming, launching May 18. The series of digital offerings pays special tribute to the people who have shaped the popular festival over the past 42 years. Including conversations with Abdel R.... Read More
I‘ve received so many warm wishes for the coming year, I’ve been tirelessly trying to come up with my way of responding. Shirley Horn’s rendition of Here’s to Life seems to summarize my response to all of my well wishers. I hope you'll enjoy my response, and, if you like Shirley Horn’s sensual delivery, you’ll love her album Here’s to Life.... Read More
Opera and Classical music singers hardly receive coverage or recognition in our contemporary environment. As I exercised today at the gym while listening to my iTunes playlist, suddenly "The Holy City", sung by living legend Jessye Norman began to play— I was mesmerized by the rendition from the beginning until it ended. Hopefully you'll enjoy this beautiful voice as much as I do.... Read More
Valerie Simpson-songwriter-producer-singer-musician-performer. And, with her husband, lifetime partner, and soulmate—the late Nickolas Ashford--she is also one half of the dynamic duo known as Ashford & Simpson—perhaps the music world’s most applauded husband-and-wife team ever. With an unrivaled track record, this iconic couple has earned the respect of their peers in the music industry, as well as immeasurable adoration from generation after generation of loyal fans.... Read More
[embedyt] Because of all of the negative energy emanating from the airwaves, I've been desperate for some positive relief. It just so happened that as iTunes shuffled through my playlist and Moms Mabley's The Best of Moms (Mabley) and Pigmeat, Volume 1 by Chess Records began to play. I was transported back in time to the 1970s & 1980s when one could hear wholesome humor—clean and funny standup comedy.... Read More