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Mississippi musician donates instruments to high schools

Oct. 02, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Jackson native Antwone Perkins was young, he loved making music, even if he never got the chance to take lessons or play with new instruments. Now 32, Perkins’ love of music and desire to see budding musicians excel and have pride in their...

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...