Routes’ Roots – ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald — born 100 years ago on April 25, 1917

100 Years ago, on April 25, 1917, (read about her here) Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After Ella’s death, The New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Ella had performed a cultural transaction as extraordinary as Elvis‘ contemporaneous integration … Read More

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

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

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.

A. Peter Bailey’s “Curtains Up”: 1977 Black Theaters’ State of Affairs

There are many relevant historical articles and budding, now matured, writers who are a part of the Routes Archives (1977-1980 and 1990-1994) I am sure many of you, because of your age, have never read them. So as I move forward … Read More

Rest in Peace and Respect to BB King (September 16, 1925—May 14, 2016)

Rest in Peace and Respect to BB King (September 16, 1925—May 14, 2015), Etta James (January 25, 1938—January 20, 2012) & Joe Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) “African-American Legends “ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJdlPELRLH8 “Better Not Look Down”, written by Will Jennings & … Read More

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