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Charleston poet laureate pens children’s book on Black music

Aug. 23, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston’s perennially creative poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, has a new project just in time for the school year. This one is meant expressly for the next generation of music enthusiasts. “Black Music Is,” a new illustrated book for...

Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy looks back on a special career

Aug. 04, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy has influenced some of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Gary Clark Jr. But the factors that led to his inspiration may not have happened if Guy hadn't taken a stand – literally. ...

Black lawmaker hopes highway project can right an old wrong

Jul. 22, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Harold Love Jr. raised his voice over the blare of traffic from the interstate above as he stood near the spot where his family's home was razed to rubble a half-century ago. Love recounted the fight his father put up in the 1960s, before he was born, to reroute the...

Review: John Mayer revisits soft rock with squishy results

Jul. 13, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

“Sob Rock,” John Mayer (Columbia Records) You can thank the pandemic for John Mayer's eighth studio album. He has said he wrote the songs to wrap listeners in the sonic comforter of soft rock. If you don't like soft rock, you can blame the pandemic for one more thing....

Analysis: Mississippi might have to rethink Capitol statues

Jul. 12, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippians find unity in bragging about the state's influence on American culture. The state prides itself on being birthplace of the blues and home of towering literary figures. Yet, even as the nation reconsiders the public display of...

In 'Summer of Soul,' a lost history reborn to play loud

Jun. 30, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Like a rose coming through the concrete” is one description of 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival heard in Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s exuberant, illuminating documentary “Summer of Soul (...or: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’).” ...

Review: ‘Summer of Soul’ may be the best doc of the year

Jun. 29, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

In the summer of 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, some of the biggest musical acts of the time, like Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Mahalia Jackson and the Fifth Dimension all performed in New York’s Mount Morris Park. Woodstock...

Jackson moves again to revitalize Farish Street district

Jun. 27, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It might sound like deja vu, but a recent development has city officials hopeful about the once vibrant Farish Street Historic District, and with it, a gradual return of the area’s prominence. The Jackson City Council on Tuesday approved a...