Billie Holiday was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new...
The Oscar Blacklash Continues There are times when it seems no matter how far we have come, it is never far enough. Exactly what are the parameters for achieving an Academy Award nomination?
Since I have asked myself this question for decades, and come up lacking a coherent answer, I stopped watching the Oscars at...
Bio Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual warrior seeking to share awareness with many. She uses words as her sword and the love and grace of God as her shield. She has a spiritual blog in which to enlighten and uplift. She is a soon to be published author and a monthly relationship column on Black Refer.com. The different niches for each allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.
Diahann Carroll - television and stage actress and singer. Her acting career has spanned nearly six decades. After appearing in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959), she starred in Julia (1968), one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role.
But Whatever Happened to Diahann Carroll?
Union Bound in theaters April 22nd is based on the real life diary of a Union Soldier named Joseph Hoover. Sergeant Hoover fought tirelessly during the Civil War, and was taken captive by the Confederates at The Battle of The Wilderness in 1864. Along his journey, Hoover endured great struggles. (read more)
"I think I'll be going to Heaven, because I had good intentions. But my actions are another thing."
Talking about a total lack of empathy! In the 1860s, President Andrew Johnson considered helping newly freed slaves as affirmative action and was staunchly against it, claiming it was showing preference to former slaves and wasn't fair to white citizens.
One Hit Wonders
Artists that released only one hit single, one signature song that overshadows their other work, but often made them famous and now they're the part of music history. I know that many of these artist's made more great songs but the only one became a hit on charts.
One Hit Wonders
Soul Food Recipes
Southern Smothered Chicken with Gravy - Easy recipe for Southern Smothered Chicken. This Tender Chicken is smothered in a creamy onion and garlic gravy. I used simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. This dish is definitely a soul food favorite, and is usually served with mashed potatoes, or rice. YouTube Video