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The music, born out of the heart and soul of Louisiana before it migrated north in the early 20th century, has been dubbed “America’s one true artform.”
But when glancing at many of the nation’s most acclaimed musical institutions of higher learning, such as the Berklee College of Music, the makeup of the faculty does not reflect the origins of this popular and praised form of expression.

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The spiritual and the secular are more connected than we sometimes realize. That’s the history that was shared this week at the Sinners and Saints Festival in Brooklyn. Curated by vocalist, composer and cultural worker Imani Uzuri, the four day festival took place at the Jack in Clinton Hill from February 26th through March 1st and celebrating Black American vernacular culture (everything from spirituals, blues, early gospel through line singing, praise houses and jazz) and their contemporary counterparts.

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After the tragic death of singer Amy Winehouse on July 23, many have been wondering how the demise of such a talented artist could have been prevented. And although many people have laid blame upon Winehouse’s ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, reports are now claiming that Winehouse’s ex is claiming that he planned on saving the troubled…

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