Category: Black Music Roots

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The Rap Against Rap

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Pernicious words like “nigger” have become standard gutter talk among a “gangsta” subculture of African-Americans who call themselves rap artists.   One black writer, columnist and cartoonist for the Tacoma Tribune go...

The Sister Souljah Controversy: Q&A with Tony

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It all began when The Washington Post quoted rap performer Sister Souljah as saying: “If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill White people.” (1523)

The Woman Who Fought Rap

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(C. DeLores Tucker) This Black leader took on the roughest crowd in the neighborhood and told them what she thought of them while many mask their opinions or run from the subject. (2627)

There Was A Time

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Ralph Cooper, founder of the Original Harlem Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, was an icon of the Apollo legacy for decades.  This long tradition ended at his death on August 4, 1992.  During his long career, Ralph...

Uptown at the Apollo

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Richard Pryor, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder and Sam Moore are among the artists who have had their names in lights outside of the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. They appear with Tony Brown when he turns the pa...

We’re Number One

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A profile of Black-owned radio station WBLS in New York City that is ranked number one in the country. Guest: Percy Sutton and Pierre Sutton. 404

Where Was Rock N Roll 35 Years Ago

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Many people and many styles of music influenced Rock and Roll. The styles included Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Bluegrass, Boogie-Woogie, and Rockabilly. Each was a major factor into the introduction of a new style of music c...