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The Apollas, 1966 (l-r): Ella Jamerson, Leola Jiles, and Billie Barnum.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Pittsburg Vocalist Leola Jiles Transitioned From Gospel to Pop

  During their debut at the Sweet Chariot – a nightclub in Manhattan, allegedly run by the Mafia, that presented African American gospel music to largely white audiences – the Bay Area gospel-singing group, the [...]
The Whispers - Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell and Leaveil Degree.

The Whispers Will Be Home for the Holidays at the Paramount

The smooth velvety voices of The Whispers will come back to the Bay Area Nov. 28 at Oakland’s Paramount Theater.   Presented by Bay Area Productions, The Whispers’ “Home for the Holidays” concert will feature [...]
Marshawn Lynch. Photo: Starbucks.

Starbucks Unleashes “Beast Mode Frappucino” by Marshawn Lynch

  By Suzy Strutner, Huffington Post   This holiday season, Starbucks is going Beast Mode with the arrival of a new special blended concoction that is the epic handiwork of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn [...]
Kim Nalley

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Kim Nalley Uses Music to Say Black Lives Matter

  “Michael Brown is dead, and they still haven’t arrested that policeman,” Kim Nalley sings in anguished alto tones on “Ferguson Blues,” one of two original songs about the killing of African American teens on [...]