After performing at countless New York City rite-of-passage venues and now with the band Cross Culture, she continues her fusion of soul, R & B and classic hip-hop with a new single: “Searching for Love.” Yes- people still put on the music in backyards, pools, basements and garages to just dance. No occasion is necessary. But given we’ve arrived to Labor Day much faster than I realized one summer could pass, this weekend is a perfect one for “Searching for Love.” Enjoy our conversation about this latest Nemiss song. … More Nemiss, “Searching for Love,” Summer Sounds…
Ms. Hill complicated the Negress image in all the right directions and ways, and she made it clear the auras of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were more stubborn than stereotypes, and she made it known paying audiences were waiting for more like them. … More Lauryn Can Rest On Her Laurels.
Bolivians of African descent introduced Jensen to Saya music, an old artform which was a universal language in the Spanish-speaking land of their political and labor oppressors. Jensen’s film documents Saya music of today. … More An Interview with Maya Jensen, Filmmaker behind ‘Solidarity in Saya: An Afro-Bolivian Music Movement’
The gospel-influenced and classically-trained pianist and composer is in renaissance of interest and celebration thanks to the establishment of Billy Strayhorn Songs in 1997. The family-owned company’s efforts include marking the centennial of his birth in 2015. The Bill Strayhorn Foundation, Inc’s is committed to deepening appreciation for jazz music in general, starting with Strayhorn. Now longtime fans and new discoverers can enjoy Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life, a fine biographical coffee table book available from Bolden Books/Agate Publishing in Chicago. … More Billy Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life
Morrison has proved to be the most thorough documentarian of African-American female existence in all its forms: in the womb, baby, child, girl, woman, senior, from the afterlife. The mantra of “God bless the child…” is actually her most consistent answer to black women. Enjoy Holiday’s original version, as well as a neat cover by Boy George and Micah Paris. … More Toni Morrison and Boy George Cover Billie Holiday
This 1988 oral history, recorded at the height of her popularity and fame, covers Phyllis Hyman’s intense discipline and commitment to development as an artist. … More Must-Hear Phyllis Hyman Interview
Read my story “What Billie and Phyllis Sang About”, about an abandoned black woman left to survive alone in Harlem, in the new issue of Atticus Review. My favorite Billie Holiday and Phyllis Hyman music is on the story’s companion soundtrack Here. #BillieandPhyllis … More What Billie and Phyllis Sang About
This is one bad sister…If you are in the DC-Bethesda-Baltimore areas, Chelsey Green and The Green Project will be live at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore on July 17th and the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on July 19th. More information on purchasing tickets may be found Here. About Chelsey Green: Classically … More Violinist Chelsey Green Live in D.C. Area This Week!
Much has changed since the 16-year old who was Lena Horne danced her first tentative steps across the stage of the Cotton Club. Through myriad triumphs and challenges, she paved the way to stardom for countless others in the entertainment industry. Her continued musical, theatrical, and political efforts grew with the times and met each new decade with courage and grace. But, if one thing hasn’t changed, it’s Horne’s ability to break our hearts with her shimmering resonant voice, singing songs like “Black Coffee” and “Stormy Weather.” … More Lena Horne