HW Picks: Leon Bridges R&B For A New Generation (video)

leon-bridges-smooth-sailin-videoLeon Bridges is a singer out of time. It’s amazing how this 25-year-old successfully channels the Golden Age of soul and R&B in a “Ed Sullivan Show” flavor, but with an expansive online music education and an influential mother from the era, it’s hard not to be. Continue Reading →

Ida “The Shoo Shoo Baby” James, Harlem, 1950’s (video)

82c227e2094d5aeb572195d4234a9b11Ida Mae James was born in 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. Ida’s mother taught her how to sing, she travel the country doing amateur night shows until she was discovered on the Radio Kiddie Hour in Philadelphia, PA. Continue Reading →

Francine Everett, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Harlem,” 1940s (video)

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Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

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