Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

African-American Legends

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 of white and African American soul. Here was a black woman popularizing urban songs often written by immigrant Jews to a national audience of predominantly white Christians.... Read More
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:... Read More
[embedyt] 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 given situation or manner of discourse. The sagacity of these heroes and sheroes is priceless and beyond challenge. That reality hits close to home when I think of assessing the cognitive acumen of the musical legends of a favorite listening art form which is the entertaining landscape called jazz.... Read More