Tag Archives: Entertainers

Amy Goodman : In Praise of Lena Horne

Singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne died this week at 92. Photo by Cinetext / Sportsphoto Ltd / Allstar.She fought segregation, McCarthyism:Singing Lena Horne’s praises By Amy Goodman / May 13, 2010 ‘Mississippi wanted its movies without me. … finish reading Amy Goodman : In Praise of Lena Horne

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Songbird Kate McGarrigle : Heart Like a Wheel

Kate McGarrigle. Photo from BeatCrave courtesy McGarrigles.comKate McGarrigle:The fading art of singing together “Some say the heart is just like a wheel, once you bend it, you just can’t mend it…” By Carl R. Hultberg / The Rag Blog / … finish reading Songbird Kate McGarrigle : Heart Like a Wheel

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Paul Robeson : Sixty Years After Peekskill

Paul Robeson. Photo from Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives.Remembering Paul Robeson:Sixty years after the Peekskill Riots By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / September 4, 2009 On September 4, 1949, an angry crowd surrounded the 20,000 friends of … finish reading Paul Robeson : Sixty Years After Peekskill

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Andy Borowitz : Change we can Actually Understand!

William Buckley Syndrome? Barack Obama, interviewed by Steve Krofft on 60 Minutes, spoke in complete sentences and the show still scored record ratings. Go figure. Stunning Break with Last Eight Years:Obama’s Use of Complete Sentences Stirs ControversyBy Andy Borowitz / … finish reading Andy Borowitz : Change we can Actually Understand!

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‘Mama Afrika’ : Singer Miriam Makeba Dies at 76

Miriam Makeba performed in a concert on Sunday night in southern Italy shortly before she died early Monday. Photo by Cesare Abbate / European Pressphoto Agency.Jacob Zuma: ‘Miriam Makeba used her voice, not merely to entertain, but to give a … finish reading ‘Mama Afrika’ : Singer Miriam Makeba Dies at 76

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Censorship Revisited : Tommy Smothers Gets his Due

Tommy Smothers overlooking a valley in his Sonoma vineyard – he still gets together with brother Dick to perform their routine. Photo by Kim Komenich / San Francisco ChronicleTommy Smothers: ‘I dedicate this Emmy to all people who feel compelled … finish reading Censorship Revisited : Tommy Smothers Gets his Due

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Paul Newman : Dead of Cancer at 83

“It was one of my life’s proudest achievements. More than the films, more than the awards — finding out that I was on Nixon’s Enemies List meant that I was doing something right.”Paul Newman The ‘Cool’ Progressive Voice of Paul … finish reading Paul Newman : Dead of Cancer at 83

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live

‘Fey stood beside her good friend and fellow castmate Amy Poehler, whose Hillary Clinton has been one of the high points of recent “SNL” history’ By Maureen Ryan / September 14, 2008 See Video and transcript, below. As it used … finish reading Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live

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The Most Trusted Man in America

You can’t be serious: How a comedian became the most influential voice in American politicsby Leonard Doyle / August 19, 2008 See video below. When Jon Stewart inaugurated his fake news anchor on The Daily Show eight years ago, his … finish reading The Most Trusted Man in America

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Jerry Wexler: Invented Rhythm & Blues, Boosted Austin Artists Like Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm

Jerry Wexler with Willie Nelon in the late 1970s.Aretha Franklin producer, Atlantic Records co-chief and music business pioneer dies at age 91By Ashley Kahn / August 15, 2008 See ‘Wexler worked with Austin musicians like Willie Nelson…’ below. Jerry Wexler, … finish reading Jerry Wexler: Invented Rhythm & Blues, Boosted Austin Artists Like Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm

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Bo Diddley : Who Do You Love?

Bo Diddley. Photo © Neal Preston/CORBIS.Bo Diddley’s beat changed the course of rock music. And his lyrics evoked a history that reached all the way to Africa. By Ned Sublette This article appears in the August issue of Smithsonian magazine. … finish reading Bo Diddley : Who Do You Love?

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FILM : Patti Smith: Dream of Life

Patti Smith. Photo by Steven Sebring.‘This androgynous Jersey girl obsessed with Rimbaud and Shelley and Whitman came to the big city 40 years ago’By Andrew O’Hehir / August 6, 2008 Almost at the beginning of Steven Sebring’s documentary “Patti Smith: … finish reading FILM : Patti Smith: Dream of Life

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