And Cole’s music consistently showcased her wide range of influences and the diversity of her talents. Initially, she was marketed as a soul singer, the daughter of a legend and “heir apparent” to Queen Aretha. Her voice could be as bold as it was nuanced and she landed as classic soul was beginning to give way to disco—a time when many of the soul legends of the 60s and early 70s were beginning to falter in their command of the audience’s attention. Her early albums featured the songwriting of her frequent collaborators Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey, two veteran musicians (Jackson had been an established writer in the early 60s, Yancey had moved from gospel success to secular music upon meeting Jackson a decade later). The resulting music led to a string of hits for the singer, including “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Sophisticated Lady.” Her piano playing and songwriting were also showcased on albums like Inseparable … [Read more...] about Goodbye To Natalie Cole: Soul Diva, Fighter, Queen
The owners took a break to work on other projects but plan to return to such efforts and offer more with the venue. Their plans include free concert tickets for teens once the venue is at full capacity as well as training for those interested in lighting and sound production and seminars with national touring musicians, he said. … [Read more...] about Old Cheyenne theater gets new life as live music venue
I found it interesting that though we’ve talked about these figures so much in history, this film reminds us that there’s still so much we really don’t know about their legacies. That’s the danger of people becoming icons is that they’re both familiar, but it’s also possible to keep them at a distance. When I first wrote the play version of this, one of the big things that inspired me and when I started writing, it was like, as a reminder to not just myself, but the young people I was writing it for, that these were young men when this all happened and these guys accomplished some of these amazing feats. People always say that great movements are often started by the youth. But I was hoping that people really would understand that this is an example of that. I think with our icons often we see them as untouchable and we can never be them. We can never do what they did. I hope with the film, the younger people can see this and be like, yeah, I can … [Read more...] about Kemp Powers’ ‘One Night in Miami’ Sheds Light on the Civil Rights Movement
The highlight of this album that’s almost all highlights is the absolutely transcendent performance of “How I Got Over,” a popular gospel song written in 1951 by singer and composer Clara Ward, who was in the audience for this performance. It is a song with some history, having been performed in Washington, D.C., in 1963 by Mahalia Jackson before Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. According to her sister, Willa, Clara Ward wrote the song after she and other members of her gospel group were attacked by a gang of Southern rednecks offended by the fact that a group of black women had the temerity to travel in a Cadillac. … [Read more...] about Was This Aretha Franklin’s Finest Hour?
“This is really a community initiative, and this is for people from all walks of life,” said Warren Luckett, one of the founders. He says 68 restaurants, which is their largest number yet, are participating at no charge, offering special menu items at a discount during this designated week. … [Read more...] about Black Restaurant Week In Metro Atlanta: Local Businesses Serving Up Discounts