Henry Thacker Burleigh

Henry Thacker Burleigh

  In 1921 a group of Black music advocates helped form what is now remembered as Black Swan Records, which was the first widely distributed label to be owned, operated, and marketed to Afro-Americans. While there was plenty of blues and jazz to be recorded, the...
Raehann Bryce-Davis

Raehann Bryce-Davis

  You’ve heard of opera, right? And if so, I’m sure you’ve also heard of the unique sound of operatic singing. It’s a technique that you typically only hear in concert halls and on opera stages, but there are most certainly a few...
Lara Downes

Lara Downes

  Being an American comes with countless benefits, of course, but sometimes the American social landscape can be a challenge to engage, wouldn’t you say? There have been many people who’ve engaged those challenges through their artistry over the...
B. E. Boykin

B. E. Boykin

  Did you know that many of America’s great Black writers and poets had connections to classical music? Folks like Langston Hughes and James Baldwin were very much aware of the struggles and successes on the musical side of things, but thanks to one composer, in...
Xinyan Li

Xinyan Li

  Here in the United States, the phrase “classical music” typically points to western European aesthetics and traditions, right? Well that’s not the case everywhere, you know. From India to the Caribbean, and even in Africa, “classical...