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Black Music Month: Janelle Monae

Janelle was born in December 1, 1985 in Kansas, home of the fictional character Dorothy from film The Wizard of Oz. And the story of Dorothy played a big part in formulating Janelle’s world view. As a youngster, she says she ‘created her own little world’ and began to dream about music and performing. After graduating

 
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Black Music Month: Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was an American jazz composer, pianist, and band leader who has been one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. As a composer and a band leader especially, Ellington’s reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best-sellers.

 
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Black Music Month: Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu was born Erica Wright in Dallas, Texas, in February 26, 1972. Her mother raised her single handily along with Erykah’s brother and sister, since their father had left the family home early on in their lives.  In order to provide for her family, the children’s grandmother often helped in looking after them while

 
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