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From Cleaning Graves for Tips and Singing for Pennies to International Fame:The Life and Career of Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 4, 1901.  It is fitting that a man who is considered to be the most important improviser of jazz to have been born in what is widely known as the birthplace of jazz.  His family was poor, so Armstrong began working at a young age singing on street corners for pennies, working on a junk wagon, cleaning graves for tips,…

Is The Mardi Gras “Zulu Tradition” Racist?

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Are we at a point in time whereby traditions should be abolished? Here’s something to think about – whenever traditions seem to be ‘pro-black’, do we risk offending other races and/or nationalities? An example of this would be Mardi Gras. Let me pose another question to you. With so many people marching down the streets dressed in blackface and throwing coconuts, is that good? Is…