We Are Family singer Joni Sledge died of natural causes

By Stacy M. Brown Contributing Writer (The Washington Informer) – Joni Sledge, the second-eldest sister in the hit pop group Sister Sledge, died of a

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An Opera in Jazz: Terence Blanchard’s Champion

By K.P. Williams Contributing Writer Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical. These are all separate genres of music. But what happens when you put two of

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Music festivals on the horizons…
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Happy Musical Days of the Week “Ray Charles is the total embodiment of everything that African music is and of what it means to be a true American ...
Participants in a recent Indian Super Sunday parade
Festivals and parades overtake NOLA
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival The connection between the African continent and New Orleans can be realized daily through our music, dance, food and cultural traditions. Its ...
No matter the Season or time of year, the music plays on…
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Kerry Lewis Leads His Light Brigade at the Nickel-A-Dance Series The Nickel-A-Dance traditional jazz series, which began back in 1994, features bassist Kerry Lewis this Sunday, March 12 ...
Tributes and celebrations take center stage
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer Betty Shirley — “From Betty to Bessie” “I’ve been doing Bessie Smith since I studied music in college,” says vocalist Betty Shirley, who pays tribute to the legendary ...
Black Girl Magic: Hidden Figures outshines La La Land
By Lauren Victoria Burke Contributing Writer (NNPA Newswire) — Looks like the myth that Black films can’t make big money in Hollywood is about to become a thing of ...
Gearing up for Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer As Al Johnson has joyfully sung for some 57 years, “It’s Carnival time...” and that means folks are seriously gearing up for Mardi Gras day. There are ...
Bass band aficionado and co-owner of Donna’s Bar & Grill, Charlie Sims, dies
By Geraldine Wyckoff Contributing Writer “From his demeanor you’d swear he was straight-up from New Orleans not Chicago,” says trumpeter Leroy Jones of Charlie Sims, the beloved chef and co-owner with his ...
Baldwin documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ receives Oscar nod
By Lauren Victoria Burke Contributing Writer (NNPA Newswire) — On February 1, the first day of Black History Month, the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated ...

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