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Randy Weston, 92, pianist whose jazz compositions explored music’s African beginnings






The foundation of Randy Weston’s music was in Brooklyn, N.Y., where legendary jazz drummer Max Roach was a neighbor, but his recording career was launched at the Music Inn
in Lenox, rather than his Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

“Drugs hit our community after the Second World War,” he told the Globe in 1999. “Many of my buddies were affected, and I wanted to get out of New York. Fortunately, I got a job as a breakfast cook in the Berkshires, and started playing solo piano at night in the hotels. That’s when I received a lot of encouragement, and where the people heard me who gave me my first recording contract.”

The chance encounter launched a career that lasted decades and was still going strong when he died Saturday, at 92, in his home in New…

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Faith & Spirituality of Black Millennials Explored in Upcoming Documentary 'gOD-Talk'



According to Besheer Mohamed, a senior researcher at Pew, young adults of the African-American community are distinct from others in their …
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African-American heritage explored



Brown is working on his second book, True to Truth, a nonfiction work about African-American history and theology, which is set to be published in …
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Alzheimer's impact on blacks explored through a theater performance and panel



When Melita Terry saw a performance of the play “Forget Me Not” in Nashville, Tenn., last year, she saw a means of helping boost African-American …
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Why we explored an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain


Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Professor Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. It wasn’t until last year, however, that he revealed his discovery, at the Oxford Nature Festival.

We recently visited the 700 metre-high mountaintop rainforest in an expedition organised by Bayliss, in collaboration with Mozambique’s Natural History Museum and National Herbarium. As far as anyone knew (including the locals), we would be the first people to set foot there (spoiler: we weren’t).

Since the rainforest’s discovery, Lico has received worldwide attention. That…

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African American comedy explored with ‘Girls night’ film – News – Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


The film “Girls Night,” directed by Malcolm D. Lee, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 120 W. Loop 289, in partnership with a Texas Tech class on African American comedy and humor taught by Michael Borshuk. Tickets are $5.

The film co-stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish.

Prior to the film, standup comedian Ranney Lawrence will perform a short set.

Following the screening, members of the local NAACP chapter will discuss African American comedy, specifically black women in the history of African American comedy.

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