Thursday, June 13, 2013

"The Basin Street Revue" 1956 The Apollo Theatre

For African-American Music Appreciation Month we should remember that there's more to  African-American music than what we're hearing today. This movie I found on the internet archive is one of those gems that serves to remind us of our not too distant past. Filmed in 1956 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem "The Basin Street Revue" gives us a clear picture of the music scene of that time.
Watch it, enjoy it, share it and download it and help to preserve the past in order to show our future generations.

Musical variety filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City.

This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: Joseph Kohn, Leonard Reed
Producer: Ben Frye
Production Company: Studio Films
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: ShortMusic
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Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Eulogy for Medgar Evers by Dr. T.R.M. Howard

Civil rights activist Dr. T.R.M. Howard gives the eulogy for Medgar Evers in June 1963 (about 2:20 minutes in). The announcer mistakenly describes him as a "reverend."

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) 
As the head of a mass movement in Mississippi, Howard a key nationally-known figure in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He was the main mentor to not only Evers but Fannie Lou Hamer. Howard was one of the wealthiest blacks in Mississippi headed a large civil rights organization, the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, and was instrumental in finding witnesses and evidence in the Emmett Till case. He was president of the National Medical Association (the black counterpart of the AMA) and chairman of the board of the National Negro Business League (the black counterpart of the Chamber of Commerce).

The speaker following Howard is his friend Roy Wilkins, the head of the NAACP.

This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The BBC Soul Deep series is very informative.

The BBC did a super series
Soul Deep - The Story Of Black Popular Music
These were all very well produced and they are worth watching.
They available on youtube so there isn't much I can say that
you can't see for yourself. 

Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music episode 6 - From Ghetto to Fabulous