Little Known Black History Facts

Charles “Buddy” Bolden is considered by most historians and practitioners of jazz to be the founding father of the art form. A new film Bolden opened in theaters this week examining the life and career of the legendary New Orleans cornetist. Bolden was born September 6, 1877 in New Orleans, La. As a teenager, he […]

Gospel music’s king of diversity Damien L. Sneed is headed to the big screen–he just completed filming  ‘Everyone Has a Place.’ Sneed stars in the…

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will tour South America in March for the first time in 10 years. JALC announced Tuesday that the 12-city tour kicks off Feb. 27 in New York and will visit Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico and six South American countries. […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song “Superwoman,” Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House. The three-hour celebration of […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sad you missed Fantasia Barrino on Broadway in “After Midnight”? Well, good news: She can’t stay away. Producers of the show said Thursday that the “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner will return in May to the musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. She will […]

Former soap star Victoria Rowell has filed for divorce from her artist husband. The actress, best known for her run as Drucilla on “The Young and the Restless,” tied the knot with collage artist Radcliffe Bailey in 2009, but has decided to end the four-year union, according to TMZ. The reason behind the separation has […]

Fantasia says that she’s enjoying this season in her life, starring as the featured guest in the new Broadway musical “After Midnight.” Along with host Dule Hill and some of the greatest dance and singing talent on Broadway, they recreate the feeling of the famed Cotton Club nightclub with an array of musical numbers. Fantasia […]

NEW YORK – New York’s famed Cotton Club may have closed over a half century ago, but its reputation as a showcase for black talent remains strong. The new Broadway musical “After Midnight” is an exuberant tribute to the Black dance and music performers who made the club legendary. Conceived by a partnership between City […]