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August 3, 2015

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

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Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.

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3/18/11: Chrisette Michele
Chrisette Michele is daring to do what many of her contemporaries wouldn't: pay homage to the late, great voices of jazz -- at the world's most legendary jazz club. From March 22 through March 24, the Grammy Award winning Def Jam singer/songwriter perform a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan a the Blue Note nightclub. Produced by Jill Newman, Michele will be backed by her own jazz trio and will plan to bring her own R&B flavor to the classic standards.

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3/1/11: Diddy
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3/1/11: Lillias White
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3/1/11: Chester Gregory
Theater dynamo Chester Gregory may be heading back to The Great White Way -- with his star turn in the upcoming Broadway musical of 'Sister Act,' but he's still keeping his own music thing going. According to his rep, the Chicago native is currently in the studio working on his sophomore release. He currently released 'If U Only ... The Mixtape,' a fusion of songs that have inspired him to want to make music as he goes through the process of recording his upcoming sophomore album. It's available for free on his website:
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2/25/11: Jennifer Holliday/Rev. Raphael G. Warnock
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