Tag Archives: Blacks

The New Vanguard: Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision

Source: New York Times » Music

One of Chicago’s most influential jazz musicians, Ms. Mitchell released two standout albums last year, and is the artist-in-residence at Winter Jazzfest.

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Barbara Smith Conrad, Singer at Center of Integration Dispute, Dies at 79

Source: New York Times » Music

As a 19-year-old University of Texas student in 1957, Ms. Conrad became the focus of attention when a state legislator objected to her casting in a mixed-race production of “Dido and Aeneas.”

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‘More Artists Are Going to Boycott’: The Grammys Face Fallout After Fraught Awards

Source: New York Times » Music

The Recording Academy faced a potential backlash for going all-in on a white, traditionalist artist like Adele; now industry observers are speaking out.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’

Source: New York Times » Music

Why are white men poised to get rich doing the same thing African-Americans have been going to prison for?

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Critic’s Notebook: A Cri de Coeur From Jazz Musicians in a Black Lives Matter Age

Source: New York Times » Music

On Friday, the jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard performed an elegy for Eric Garner in Staten Island. Other artists have been equally expressive in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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Beyoncé, Prompted by Shootings, Finds a More Forceful Voice

Source: New York Times » Music

This singer wrote on her website of the need for greater respect regarding black lives after the police fatally shot two more men in recent days.

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Critic’s Notebook: Defining, and Proclaiming, a New Black Power

Source: New York Times » Music

In shows like “Shuffle Along” and albums like “Lemonade,” a form of black self-love and empowerment is emerging, in ways not seen since the 1970s.

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Beyoncé in ‘Formation’: Entertainer, Activist, Both?

Source: New York Times » Music

In one of her most political videos yet, the singer comments on police brutality and black financial power, one day before taking the Super Bowl stage.

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Bernie Sanders Has Killer Mike in His Corner

Source: New York Times » Music

The rapper Killer Mike is a potentially important advocate for the Sanders campaign as it attempts to chip away at Hillary Clinton’s lead among black voters.

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Afropunk Festival Brings Music, Dancing and Haute Street Fashion to Brooklyn

Source: New York Times » Music

The Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn is growing in breadth, depth and appeal, with Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Raury, Danny Brown and Death Grips among the performers.

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