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Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White

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Barry White was born in Galveston, TX but grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his mother. At the time of his birth, his father was married to another woman. Whit grew up in poverty and also got involved in gangs as a teenager. His mother gave him music lessons. Disabled by arthritis, she also gave lessons to make extra money. White learned to play on his mother’s second hand $50 upright piano. She wanted to teach him how to read music. But he asked her to let him learn his own way and she did! He never learned to read music but became an accomplished composer and arranger.  As a youth he was placed in juvenile detention after stealing tires that were worth thousands of dollars. While in detention, he heard the Elvis Presley song, “It’s Now or Never” and decided to turn his life around. Continue reading “Happy Birthday To “The Maestro” Barry White”

Al Jarreau Dead At 76

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We have lost another legend!   Al Jarreau has passed away early Sunday morning on.February 12, 2017. He was recently hospitalized for exhaustion in Los Angeles and had cancelled his tour schedule.

Jarreau released his first album at age 35 in 1975.  The 7 time grammy award winning artist was know as the “Acrobat of Scat”.   Jarreau released 16 albums during his career. Truly an iconic voice is now silent!

He leaves behind his wife Susan, and son Ryan.

What’s you favorite Al Jarreau song?   One my favorites is, “We’re In This Love Together”.

Ebony Magazine has some great info about his life.  Check it out!EBONY http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/al-jarreau-dead#ixzz4YUobKeeG

Leslie Guy: Making Conservation & Preservation Of Black Art A Priority!

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Leslie Guy

In 1995, Leslie Guy made history when she became the first African American woman to earn a masters of science degree in art conservation. She received her degree from the University of Delaware.  Guy was concerned about the lack of representation of African American artwork in collections as well as the lack of preservation of African American works of art.  She wanted to do something about it.

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Visual Artist Chakaia Booker: Transforming Rubber Into Works of Art

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“It’s So Hard To Be Green” By Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker (1953 – ) is a visual artist whose art focuses on ecological concerns, racial issues, economics, global issues, and gender. Booker’s artwork using tires also represent issues related to consumerism and environmental concerns. Her works of art are often developed by recycling discarded rubber tires into complex statement pieces. She also recycles other found objects and materials into works of art as well. She began using discarded tire and construction materials in the early 1990’s. Booker views tires, in particular, as being a versatile art medium. Her works of art are displayed both in indoor and outdoor settings.  Her sculptures can sell for up to $300,000 each. Continue reading “Visual Artist Chakaia Booker: Transforming Rubber Into Works of Art”

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