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The First Black Owned Piano Manufacturing Business

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Warren Shadd is the founder of Shadd Piano, the first Black owned piano manufacturing business. That makes him the first large-scale commercial Black instrument manufacturer, period. For Shadd, piano making is part of his birthright. His grandparents were musicians: His grandmother was a ragtime pianist in the South in the ’30s, and his grandfather invented…

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12 Nipsey Hussle Quotes About Business and Success

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Last night I clicked on an old video interview Nipsey Hussle did discussing his business ventures. That video led me to another and then another. I’ve always been impressed by his drive and focus. Now, he’s gone. My way of paying tribute and my respects to someone who I was inspired by, is to provide…

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The Lyrical Hoofer: Joseph Webb on Life As A Rhyming Tap Dancer

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The New York Times hit the nail on the head when dance and cultural critic Roslyn Sulcas deemed tap dancer Joseph Webb “no doubt, a natural star,” albeit “too hard to categorize.” This is because he, like other prolific triple threats, has managed to trip the light fantastic as a seasoned professional dancer, Broadway actor,…

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Folami Opens Up About Her Path from Entertainer To Artist Entrepreneur

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If you haven’t been following Folami, one of the dazzling lead vocalists of disco’s greatest band, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, then you’re absolutely missing out! In this in-depth interview, Folami opens up about her path as a working entertainer and artist entrepreneur. We cover everything from how essential her family and Afrocentric upbringing were in…

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ABIAH Pays Tribute to Nina Simone on Upcoming Album

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The week after Nina Simone, our fierce activist artist born as Eunice Wyman, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I arrived at the charming residence of renowned vocalist Jeremiah Abiah. It was a dismally rainy Sunday afternoon in the cold of April. Located on a Central Harlem brownstone block, in the…

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10 Of Our Favorite Fela Kuti Quotes

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Music legend and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti would have been 79 years also today. In honor of his life and his mission to use his music to liberate his people, we have compiled a few of our favorite Fela quotes. Happy Birthday Fela! To be spiritual is not by praying and going to church. Spiritualism…

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