HW Pick: Story/Time The Life Of An Idea Bill T Jones

bill t jones book with toni morrison

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes History of Jazz An Illustrated Children’s Book, 1955

The_First_Book_Of_Jazz_00Prolific poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes is considered one of the fathers of jazz poetry, a literary art form that emerged in the 1920s and eventually became the foundation for modern hip-hop.

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Billie Holiday Sings ‘Strange Fruit,’ Harlem, 1939 (audio)

Billie_HolidayStrange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday (lived in Harlem during this time), who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Continue Reading →