Actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade tells the story of her cousin, ballet dancer Janet Collins. “There are times in your life when you want to give up, but she never did,” de Lavallade says. Continue reading
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is a pioneer of twentieth-century music. Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock accompaniment. She became gospel music’s first crossover artist and its first great recording star. Continue reading
Singer and actress Freda Payne gained notoriety during the mid–1960s through the mid–1980s. Her most recognizable hit singles Band Of Gold and her anti-war Bring the Boys Home. Payne is also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Continue reading
Jericho (from I Dood It), features the incomparable Hazel Scott and Lena Horne and a breezy of male crooners. Continue reading
Alvin Ailey’s collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, two artists who shared roots and memories in the southern church, is a deeply spirited theatrical experience.
Strange Fruit a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Continue reading
The Power of Love (a remake of Jennifer Rush’s 1985 hit), became Celine Dion’s first signature hit. Continue reading
Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) by singer-songwriter Janet Jackson with Carly Simon from Jackson’s seventh studio album, All for You (2001) was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional lyrics by Simon. Continue reading
Eartha Kitt an American singer, actress, dancer, activist, voice actress and comedian best known for her highly distinctive singing style. Her U.S. top ten hits 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”, remain popular today. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”. Continue reading
Josephine Baker, the American-born French actress, dancer and singer had an undeniable attraction and charisma that quickly earned her names such as Creole Goddess, Bronze Venus and Black Pearl.