Elton John, who is profiled in the biopic “Rocketman,” was the first white superstar to appear on “Soul Train”

Elton John, who is profiled in the biopic “Rocketman,” which opened Friday in movie theaters, is the first white superstar to appear as a guest on the iconic show “Soul Train.” Don Cornelius, “Soul Train”’ host and founder, said, “Welcome, soul brother,” to John when he strutted onto the set for the show broadcast May 17, 1975. I watched Soul[Read More…]

John Singleton, director of “Boyz n the Hood,” dies from a stroke

  Stroke kills or disables more black men than white men By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   John Singleton, who was nominated for an Oscar for his masterpiece “Boyz n the Hood,” died Monday after suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. Singleton’s death was announced by his family, which had been feuding[Read More…]

Russian President Vladimir Putin is troubled by the growing popularity of rap music in his country

  Russian president Vladimir Putin has a  way of giving other world leaders fits. But as it turns out Putin has something that has him pulling out his hair. It’s rap music. During a recent meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, with cultural advisors, Putin said he was alarmed by rap’s growing popularity among the nation’s youth, and he would like[Read More…]

United Nations declares reggae music a cultural treasure

  UNESCO, the United Nations cultural and scientific agency, has added reggae music from Jamaica to its list of global and cultural treasures. The announcement came at UNESCO’s meeting in Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration—including Jamaica’s inclusion of reggae. Reggae, which was popularized by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and other bands, is music[Read More…]

The film “Green Book” keeps winning awards

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today It’s not a sure bet, but it looks like “Green Book” could be booked for an Oscar. The National Board of Review recently named “Green Book,” a film starring 2017 Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, as 2018’s best picture. In the film, Ali, who won Best-Supporting Actor for “Moonlight,” 2017’s Oscar winner for Best Picture,[Read More…]

First African-American president of ABC resigns

  Channing Dungey, the first African American to lead a major television network, has resigned as president of ABC Entertainment amid changes by owner Disney. In a statement, Dungey said she was “incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed. This job has been the highlight[Read More…]

Delta Blues Museum is turning 40 and it’s still happily singing the Blues

The Delta Blues Museum, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, will celebrate it s 40th anniversary in January. The museum was founded on January 31, 1979, by Sid Graves, a poet and musician and the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Public Library. The museum is dedicated to exploring the history and heritage of the Blues, a unique American art form. The museum[Read More…]

George Theophilus Walker, the first black man to win the Pulitzer Prize for music

George Theophilus Walker has died not having the achieved the success he hoped for by being the first African-American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. “I probably got more publicity nationwide than perhaps any other Pulitzer Prize winner,” he told the Washington Post in 2015. “But not a single orchestra approached me about doing the piece or any[Read More…]