Author: Khailah Bell

LL Cool J: A Hip-Hop Pioneer

LL Cool J Origin LL Cool J was one of the first solo hip-hop stars. Born James Todd Smith, the rapper started rhyming at the young age of 9. He was inspired by hip-hop acts

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Musical Theater: The Wiz

Background Information The Wiz originally opened on Broadway in 1975. This all-black production was widely successful with its initial seven Tony wins. The cast included large names of the time, including Stephanie Mills as Dorothy,

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Chill Out with Cool Jazz

Origins of Cool Jazz As a genre, jazz originated in New Orleans as traditional jazz. New Orleans was a breeding ground for jazz because of its aquatic access, extensive cultural heritage, and celebratory freedoms. The

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Michael Eric Dyson Interview: The Ugly Truth

Michael Eric Dyson: Breakfast Club Interview (February 2017) Michael Eric Dyson makes very intriguing points in his Breakfast Club Interview. He integrated how prominent racial factors are in popular culture and African-American. Some people like

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David Baker: Jazz and Classical Extraordinaire

David Baker (December 21, 1931-March 26, 2016) Authors: Amirah Anderson and Khailah Bell   Biography David Baker was a jazz and classical composer and musician. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Baker received his Bachelor’s and Master’s

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The Here and Now of Blues Music

Blues Origins The secular art of the blues originated in the Mississippi Delta as a sister to sacred spirituals. For this reason, early forms of blues music were noted as the Delta Blues. The genre

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