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Jeanie Tracy

Bay Area African American Women in Music: How Dance Music Diva Jeanie Tracy Survived the Death of Disco

Disco music may have fallen from mainstream favor in 1979 – its rapid decline that year fueled by often racist cries of “disco sucks” and by a crate full of disco records being blown up [...]
Wondaland artist Jidenna delivered a classic performance at Annie St. Plaza in San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood. Photo by Ibraheem Muhammad.

“Classic Man” Artist Jidenna is About More than Music

By Ibraheem Muhammad   Up and coming artist Jidenna recently delivered a classic performance for fans in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood.   Known for his hit release “Classic Man” – which has brought the [...]
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Jazz singer Tiffany Austin Shifts Career into High Gear

  Singer Tiffany Austin was on cloud nine last Friday.   National Public Radio had just broadcast a rave review by critic Kevin Whitehead on its popular “Fresh Air” program of her debut CD, “Nothing [...]
The Cast:Left to Right- Adimu Madyun- (Stool Pigeon), Niko Lorraine Buchanan-(Tonya), Koran Streets- (Hedley, II), Ayodele Nzinga-(Ruby), Reginald Wilkins -- (Elmore).

Last Chance to See Lower Bottom Playaz Perform August Wilson’s “King Hedley II”

“King Hedley II,” as presented by the Lower Bottom Playaz, is a must-see to understand the many social problems and generational barriers that play a part in the lives of our families.
(Left to right) Carol Fleming, board member, Commonwealth Club of California, and director of the Music Matters series; Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director, Cole Porter Society; Jo Jo Osgood; The Honorable Edgar dePue Osgood; and Margaret Griffith. Photo by Conway Jones.

Noah Griffin Brings Cole Porter to Life

Noah Griffin, founder and artistic director of the Cole Porter Society, brought the American composer and songwriter Cole Porter to life when he presented a program recently at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sugar Pie DeSanto Finds Respect in Europe

  Veteran R&B singer-songwriter Sugar Pie DeSanto wowed the crowd at the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy last month with renditions of her 1960s hits, “I Want to Know” and “Skip-In Mules” among other songs.