January 27, 2015

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Music Month celebrates Soul To Soul – Ghana 1971

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Good Morning POU! Ike and Tina, Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers and more, Ghana 1971. Soul To Soul was a concert held in Accra, Ghana, on March 6 1971, by an array of mostly American R&B, Soul, Rock and Jazz musicians. It is also the … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black Music Month celebrates Zaire 74

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Good Morning POU! James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, The Spinners, Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz...all in one concert. AMAZING! Zaire 74 was a three day live music festival that took place on September 22 to 24, 1974 at the 20th of May Stadium … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: Black Music Month celebrates 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson at Lincoln Memorial

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Good Morning POU! This year, 2014, marks the 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson's legendary performance before a capacity crowd at the Lincoln Memorial. As we go into the last week of Black Music Month, we will celebrate historic and … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

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This week's open thread topics has highlighted rarely spoken about or unknown black burlesque dancers and vaudeville performers. Today's open thread will  talk about various vaudeville performers. Pat H. Chappelle (1869-1911) was a black showman … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

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Toni Elling is a black American burlesque performer and said to be the inspiration for Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll. Elling was born Rosita Sims in 1928, and was one of the premier ecdysiast of her day. Her stage name Toni Elling is an anagram of her … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Performers

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Shouldn't Marilyn Monroe be called the white Joyce Bryant, since Joyce was around first... I digress Joyce Bryant (born October 14, 1928) is an African-American singer and actress who achieved fame in the late 1940's and early 1950's as a theater … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Burlesque and Vaudeville Perfomers

Doea Dean

  Dora Dean was born in Covington in 1872, and got into show business as the "Black Venus."  She was born as Dora Babbige; Dean was evidently her stage name.  Her initial job in show business was as a "statute girl" - essentially striking … [Read more...]