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New York celebrates jazz legend’s birthday with unveiling of ‘Miles Davis Way’

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:42 pm May 27, 2014 On what would’ve been the legendary jazz singer’s 88th birthday, the city of New York honored Miles Davis with “Miles Davis Way.” A block on New York City’s Upper West Side where Davis created some of jazz’s most profound work was renamed in his honor. 

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Organizers hope to celebrate Sun Ra’s birthday with 100 sax players

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:15 pm May 22, 2014 Organizers are looking to gather 100 saxophonists in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood to celebrate what would have been jazz composer Sun Ra’s 100th birthday. 

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Queen Latifah set to star in Bessie Smith biopic


By BYP @blackyouthproj 10:32 am May 1, 2014 Queen Latifah will be playing Bessie Smith in a biopic, and Dee Rees, director of the movie Pariah, is slated to write and direct the film, which will air on HBO.

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Nina Simone Documentary In The Works

The estate of Nina Simone has partnered with @radical.media to bring us the definitive documentary on the life and legacy of Nina Simone.

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Happy Birthday Nina Simone!

An endlessly fascinating vocalist and a fierce activist, Nina Simone changed the face of American popular music. No singer was more fearless with their delivery, arrangements, style, and subject matter. A true maverick. Check out her classic “Four Women” at BlackYouthProject.com

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Monday Is Memorial Day…But Saturday is MILES DAVIS DAY; Happy Birthday to a Legend

For a music nerd such as myself, May 26 is all about Miles Davis. Happy B-Day to a LEGEND. Do yourself a favor this holiday weekend and pick up a copy of any one of his countless classics this weekend. What’s your favorite Miles Davis album?

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VIDEO: Jill Scott “He Loves Me” LIVE


Check out this phenomenal performance from Jill Scott. While the details of the video are a bit unclear,my guess is that this is from the Soul Train Awards in 2001. Jilly gives a haunting rendition of her hit “He Loves Me.”

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