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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Nightmare Painting (Aesthetic Death)

 If the world is going to end on Dec. 21, Nightmare Painting—the third full-length album from former Racine bassist William Kopecky and Bulgarian dark master Dimitar Dimitrov—would be the perfect soundtrack. Dwelling in the deep
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

The Genius of the Electric Guitar (Columbia/Legacy)

 Before electrical amplification, the guitar was easily drowned out in orchestras or noisy nightclubs. Once players were able to plug in, guitars overtook pianos and saxophones as the lead instrument in popular music. Charlie
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

The Complete OKeh Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933

Louis Armstrong was a prominent figure in American culture through his death in 1971, but many have argued that he was never as sharp as on the recordings he made in the late 1920s with the Hot Five and the Hot Seven
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

The Complete Columbia Recordings

 Bessie Smith didn’t make the first blues recordings, but she may have been the first authentic blues singer to record. The Complete Columbia Recordings, a 10-CD set, is the definitive documentary of the artist who awakened the
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Challenge of Milwaukee's Black Performing Artists

What difficulties do Milwaukee performing artists of African American descent face in a city that ranks with the most segregated in America and harbors neighborhoods...
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
“The mayor, aldermen, plan commissioners and staff at DCD [the Department of Community Development] were aware that community opposition was based in part on race,” the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit states. “The communications they received...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Downtown Soul

African-American soul food has come to Milwaukee’s Downtown, thanks to 311 Restaurant (311 E. Wisconsin Ave.). A hot spot for promotional visits from nationally touring R&B and hip-hop artists, 311’s stage in the back of its roomy, dimly lit space facilitates impromptu band and backing...
Monday, April 14, 2008

African Americans’ active role in 20th-century migration

The 20th-century history of African-American migration to the urban North is often told as a tale of declension. Leaving the repressive South, blacks soon found that life was little better in Northern cities, where discrimination, bitter poverty and unmitigated segregation continued to inform the African-American experience. Acts of resistance are often noted in this narrative, and attention is paid to the legal and political gains that African-Americans made in the face of such severe oppression, including 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet the story almost always ends with African Americans falling victim to the city, the field of play for the modern condition. Deindustrialization, white flight and the rise of the black “underclass” all serve to underscore the high price that modernity has exacted on the black community. Within this narrative, African . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008

Art Preview

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts offers “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Relationships in Love” presented by African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans about African- American Art (ABEA). The 18 represented artists consider what is the “truth” conveyed by our perceptions...

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