Lift Every Voice and Sing

For Black History Month I decided to share with you a song that is very important in the African-American community. The song is “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and it is commonly referred to as The Black National Anthem. It was originally written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1900. The song became an even stronger staple in the Black Community during the Civil Rights Movement and is the Official Song for the NAACP. During the Inauguration of President Barack Obama Continue reading

Don Cornelius: You Will Be Missed

Today we have lost and icon and pioneer. Don Cornelius died today from a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. He was 75 years old. I can’t believe that Don Cornelius is dead. The fact that he left us so tragically makes the loss even worse. I hate knowing that his suffering, whether mental, physical or both, was so great that he felt the need to take his own life; that he didn’t see another way out. It is all so sad.

Don has contributed so much to entertainment, and not only black culture, but pop culture. He opened the door for black artists by giving them a place where they could belong and share their gifts with the world, and he created where young African-Americans could come dance and have a great time. He made being black Continue reading