Early Struggle for Civil Rights
The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum presents a forum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. The museum is the first African-American maritime museum in the United States.
Dean Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of Howard University School of Law; Dr. Ira Berlin of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and author of several books including The Free Negro in the Antebellum South; Bettye Gardner, Professor of History at Coppin State University; and Dr. Dianne Swann-Wright, Director Douglass-Myers Museum director and founding curator of the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, will participate in a panel discussion on the Early Struggle for Civil Rights in Baltimore: Lessons Learned From the Past.
The forum is Saturday, April 18, 10a-2:30p. The cost is $8 and includes lunch. The Museum is at 1417 Thames Street; Baltimore, MD 21231. For more information and tickets call 410.685.0295.
The Return of American Blue-Eyed Soul
By L. Michael Gipson
There has been an international blue-eyed soul revival with stellar artists as far away as Finland to the UK, the latter recently dominating imported blue-eyed soul with Adele, Duffy, Jamie Lidell, Joss Stone, and Amy Winehouse. Yet, America, the originators of a cultural phenomenon that began with the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” has been strangely quiet since the caricatured heyday of Michael Bolton. Well, all of that may be coming to an end with the critically acclaimed release of Peak Records artist Leigh Jones.
An L.A. blonde bombshell discovered by the son of Berry Gordy, Jones has since been rubber stamped by the Motown founder as “the next great star” and produced by Stax Records icon, Al Bell, among others. On her promising debut, Music in My Soul, the sultry alto avoids overdosing on the stereotypical melisma of other blue-eyed divas who mistake gospel runs and jazz riffs for authentic soul. With blues flashes, smoky ballads, and a bevy of original jazzy soul material, Music in My Soul, harkens back to the R&B chanteuse era of Miki Howard, Regina Belle, Stephanie Mills, and Teena Marie. Listen to iTunes snippets of “Music,” “Goodbye,” or “FreeFall” for a taste. Then, go hear Jones harken the return of American blue-eyed soul at Washington, DC’s famed Blues Alley during one of two shows on May 5th, featuring DC native and fellow Gordy protégé, Cienna Rose.