“Dancing in the Street” joined Motown’s burgeoning canon of amazing records immediately upon its release. But real-life events seemed to elevate the record from music history into American history.
Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?
The difference between churches of service and activism is seen by the degree to which they hold to the philosophies of black theology, a school of religious thought that emerged in the wake of the racial tumult of the ‘60s.