Monthly Archives: December 2010

African Rhytms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston – Read This Book

True jazz buffs will welcome this well-detailed, informative memoir, African Rhythms, by one of the most innovative musicians in America, Randy Weston, for it pays earnest tribute to the African origins, traditions, and their primary influence on the sounds that … Continue reading

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Tavis Smiley is no good for Black folks!

Actually, I believe the exact opposite, strongly. I used the provocative title to draw attention to this blog post.  My hope is that you’ll continue to read the rest of what I’ve written and be moved to support the Brother’s efforts. I … Continue reading

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An Author You Should Know: Annette Gordon-Reed

Historian Annette Gordon-Reed has studied and written a great deal about the 2nd Presiedent of the United States, Thomas Jefferson’s.  Gordon-Reed’s research includes delving into Jefferson’s relationship with his slave Sally Hemings.  Interestingly, Hemings was not only Jefferson’s property, but she was also the half-sister … Continue reading

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