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Now Streaming: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Netflix

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The work of two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is a gift that has been overlooked by too many people for too long for a variety of reasons. Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" premiered on Netflix Dec. 18, 2020. For a number of American viewers, this was the first they had heard of the masterpiece. The play was...

Iconic hard rock guitarist, Eddie Van Halen dies, age 65

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The New York Times and other media outlets reported today that guitar legend, Eddie Van Halen has died. The 65-year-old guitarist is reported to have suffered from throat cancer, which eventually moved to his brain. The loss is brutal for so many who have revered the Dutch-American musician for his evolutionary style "Where Have...

Rachael and Vilray play swing music of yesteryear with a side of charm and wit

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Without any introduction or explanation otherwise, anyone listening to swing duo Rachael and Vilray would think that the duo had stepped right out of the 1930s or 1940s to bring the world harmony and humor-rich songs that shake away the anxieties and doldrums of the present day. Recently, the pair appeared on NPR's...

Kayle’ Brecher’s “Kayleidoscope” is full of surprises

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"Kayleidoscope" is vocalist, arranger, and composer Kayle' Brecher's eighth recording. She has created new arrangements for classic songs. The arrangements illustrate her approach to re-visioning songs. With a hearty ensemble of more than a dozen musicians, Brecher brings a fresh style to beloved tunes. Among them, "My Favorite Things." A bit about Brecher

Jake Hoot wins “The Voice” season 17

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And, seemingly just like that, it's over. After weeks of speculation, commenting and reading comments online, judging performances as they aired, it is over. A new winner of "The Voice" has been crowned. Jake Hoot, a six-foot-six country crooner with a humble persona and radio-friendly voice has won. Did anyone see this coming? Odds...

Radio station bans Kanye West after slavery remarks

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A radio station in Detroit has placed a ban on all things Kanye West. According to the Detroit Free Press, msn.com and others, 105.1, a hip-hop station, has begun using the hashtag "mute Kanye" because of his recent comments about slavery, in which he claimed that black Americans chose to be enslaved. West has stated that because slavery had...

A conversation about music with blues musician, John Minton

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John Minton is a legend in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but he would never describe himself that way.  Music- and culture-minded students at Indiana University-Purdue University, now Purdue University, Fort Wayne have flocked to his graduate and undergraduate classes on folklore, rock ‘n’ roll history and master classes on popular culture, music and society. The popularity of those classes coupled...

Michael Sweet of Stryper talks God, music, and Wal-Mart

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Michael Sweet is the lead singer of Christian metal band, Stryper. Recently I had the opportunity to interview the singer via email just as the band was embarking on a tour that will take them around the world. I first learned of Stryper upon the release of “In God We Trust.” I was a child, and naively thought that it...

Influential gospel singer and arranger, Edwin Hawkins dies

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Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer, and arranger died Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hawkins is best-known for his contemporary arrangement of "Oh, Happy Day." Hawkins' version of the song influenced performers across racial and genre boundaries. The beauty of "Oh, Happy Day" For decades, I thought that the late Andrae Crouch was the originator of "Oh, Happy Day." The gospel singer's version was popular...

Now Streaming: “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le”

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The Lifetime Channel and gangsta rap hardly seem like cultural aspects that would have anything to do with each other. However, the two collide when the network ("for women") airs "Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel'le." "Surviving Compton" was released in 2016 and if audiences had not heard of it, that is likely due...

Top 20 Punjabi Songs – January 25, 2021

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Today’s post is Top 20 Punjabi Songs – January 25, 2021. This week the new song, Waris nalweda… by Babbu Maan, has replaced the last week’s sequence. The video shows a constantly moving gramophone record with the cover photo of Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa and the song goes on in the background. The song’s...

AIRCRAFT PILOT (Title 32) Job in Springfield, Illinois – Department of the Army

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Army. The opening is for an AIRCRAFT PILOT (Title 32) in Springfield, Illinois...

Management and Program Analyst, GS-0343-13/14 Job in Washington, District of Columbia – Department of Homeland Security

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Homeland Security. The opening is for a Management and Program Analyst, GS-0343-13/14 in Washington,...

SUPERVISORY SUPPLY SYSTEMS ANALYST (T32) Job in Montgomery, Alabama – Department of the Army

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Army. The opening is for a SUPERVISORY SUPPLY SYSTEMS ANALYST (T32) in Montgomery,...

Registered Nurse – Vaccine Nurse Job in Lebanon, Pennsylvania – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Registered Nurse - Vaccine Nurse in Lebanon,...

Firefighter (BLS/HAZMAT Technician) Job in Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Department of the Army

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of the Army. The opening is for a Firefighter (BLS/HAZMAT Technician) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky...

Cook Supervisor Job in Hampton, Virginia – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Cook Supervisor in Hampton, Virginia Feel free...

Advanced Medical Support Assistant (Telephone Care) Job in Lexington, Kentucky – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for an Advanced Medical Support Assistant (Telephone Care) in...

LPN (MEDICINE CLINIC) Job in Louisville, Kentucky – Department of Veterans Affairs

The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a LPN (MEDICINE CLINIC) in Louisville, Kentucky Feel...