The Hattiloo will commemorate the African-American experience in “Lest We Forget,” an eight-month-long commemoration, from January to August. Each month, an interactive event is planned to reflect “the Black Experience” in America.
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LEST WE FORGET: Hatilloo Theatre commemorating 400 years of Africans in America with monthly interactive events

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Artists in the ’70s and ’80s like Curtis Mayfield wrote about and sang about the centuries we have spent in this country – our advances and setbacks, our triumphs and defeats, times of rejoicing and our times of struggle,” said Ekundayo Bandele, founder of the Hattiloo Technical Theatre Center. […read more]

RollingOut Magazine's Ultimate Review of Hip-Hop in 2018
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The ultimate review: 2018’s best hip-hop albums

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Through it all, hip-hop didn’t loosen its grip on dominating the charts and R&B bounced back into the discussion of relevance. You could sense something special was happening by the first quarter this year, as the pace of releases accelerated to the point that four or five projects were dropping every Friday. It was the year where veteran emcees returned to the charts, and a new generation cemented its position in the culture […read more]

Buddy Guy (photo by Paul Natkin)Paul Natkin
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Americana Music Festival returns September 11-16

NASHVILLE PRIDE — The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, 2018 in Nashville. For the 19th consecutive year, the six-day festival and conference will once again fill the Music City with legends, newcomers, award-winners, and buzz-worthy artists, showcasing the breadth of Americana’s influence on a global scale. […read more]

FUNKADESI’S MULTICULTURAL MUSICAL style will be featured at the free Quantum Englewood South Side musical history event to be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium.
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‘Quantum Englewood’ looks back at 100 years of South Side music

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Old Town School of Folk Music (Old Town School) proudly presents “Quantum Englewood: A Journey Through 100 Years of South Side Musical History.” This presentation, composed by Ernest Dawkins  and Rahul Sharma, is a massive World Premiere performance that features hundreds of Chicago musicians and vocalists on stage. This is a free event to be held at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. […read more]

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COMMENTARY: Getting The Spirit in the Dark

BLACKVOICE NEWS — No one with any idea of the cultural importance of Black Music, American Music, can deny the impact of the Queen of Soul on the world. In recognition of her great gifts Aretha Franklin was, for most of her life, a touchstone of Black American culture and therefore world culture. Her catalog orchestrating, punctuating, and exclaiming the unique experience of a people. She sang the experience of survivors, the descendants of slaves.  […read more]

Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis Of Thee'" at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force
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Star-Studded Musical Tribute Saluting Aretha Franklin Will Be Held August 30 at Chene Park Detroit Amphitheatre

MICHIGAN CHRONICLE — More than 20 performing artists, activists, and family members will celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Louise Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, during a Musical Tribute event at Chene Park Amphitheatre in downtown Detroit on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m ET. […read more]