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Florence Mills Harlem Renaissance

Use your talent to inspire the world! #Read this story of talented performer Florence Mills of the early 20th century! #blackhistory

Florence Mills

Vote! It's The Loving Thing To Do

My dad and mom met at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. They had both escaped Mississippi, Jim Crow, and what Billie Holiday called strange fruit hanging from the trees. They had walked past the "school" to attend the "Colored School." They had crossed the street at the request of white people to get …

Jazz snobbery is not all in the (male) genes

I was very amused by Hadley Freeman’s comments on jazz snobs (Ryan Gosling in La La Land is every bad date you ever had, 21 January). Jazz snobs can be women too. I’ve been a jazz snob since I was a teenager. I astounded my dates by telling them I didn’t want to be a rock star when I left high …

Billie Holiday

Audra McDonald Wore Billie Holiday’s Perfume and Wedge Stomping Shoes in ‘Lady Day’

Before spiraling into addiction, iconic singer Billie Holiday commanded her band with a pair of wedge stomping shoes.<p><b>“She always wore wedged heels</b> …

A Look Back at Billie Holiday’s Iconic Style

Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day, not only made waves in the 1930s and ’40s for her distinctive singing voice but also for her glamorous sense of style. …

The Forgotten Fame of Florence Mills | National Portrait Gallery

Florence Mills, whose name is now almost unknown, reigned over the 1920s as one of the most popular and sensational African American performers of …

The Arts

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967: The Poet Voice of African-Americans

VOICE ONE:<p>I’m Mary Tillotson.<p>VOICE TWO:<p>And I’m Steve Ember with the VOA Special English program, PEOPLE IN AMERICA. Today, we tell about writer …


Hardships & Achievements - Langston Hughes

In 1973, the first Langston Hughes Medal was awarded by the City College of New York.<p>In 1979, Langston Hughes Middle School was created in Reston, …

Black History

Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to …


Duke Ellington Quotes

(c) & TM 2008 the Estates of Mercer K. Ellington and Edward K. “Duke” Ellington<p>Duke Ellington Estate Executor: Paul Ellington.<p>Nothing contained on …

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

History<p>The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 and remains the sole D.C. public high school to offer a dual curriculum …

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, "Take the A Train"

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

<b>Beyond Category : The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington by John Edward Hasse, Wynton Marsalis, 1995, Da Capo Press</b><p><b>The World of Duke Ellington by</b> …

Soul Music