• Jane Fonda Aug 4, 2019

    Oscar-Winning Documentary Maker D.A. Pennebaker Dies at 94

    D.A. Pennebaker, the Oscar-winning documentary maker whose historic contributions to American culture and politics included immortalizing a young Bob Dylan in “Don’t Look Back” and capturing the spin behind Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign in “The War Room,” has died. He was 94. Pennebaker, who received an honorary Academy Award in 2013, died Thursday of natural causes at his home...

  • B.B. King May 13, 2019

    Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott Share Powerful Advice As They Receive Honorary Doctorates

    That’s Doctor Timberlake and Elliott to you. Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott and Grammy-winning composer Alex Lacamoire received honorary doctorates on Saturday from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and they all had powerful words and lessons to share with the graduating class. All three artists shared their achievements on social media and encouraged everyone not to give up...

  • Los Angeles Apr 16, 2019

    Aretha Franklin Makes History With Posthumous Pulitzer Win

    Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer board said the award was given to Franklin for “her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more...

  • Duke Ellington Feb 11, 2019

    A Look Back at DC's ‘Black Broadway'

  • Chicago Nov 23, 2017

    George Avakian, Jazz Producer and Scholar, Dies at 98

    George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian’s daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediately available. Avakian, an executive at Columbia Records and...

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