Recently, R&B singer Sisqo returned to the game to release his third solo album, Last Dragon. On this album Sisqo features rapper Waka Flocka Flame, as well as his R&B bandmates Dru Hill. You can buy Sisqo’s Last Dragon, here on iTunes and Amazon!
On today in 1915, Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a jazz singer and songwriter. Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time. In 2000, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
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Kid Ink and King Los are heading out on the “My Own Lane” tour. The tour kicks off tonight in California. Check out the dates below.
Trey Songz is a part of the “Get Schooled” campaign, and he surprised students at Baltimore’s New Era Academy by being Principle for the day. Get Schooled is a non-profit organization that believes, “Students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation.” Their goal is to use media and celebrities to help inspire and improve high school graduation rates. Trey spent time talking to the students, giving them advise for the future, and even playing some basketball. Head over to Get Schooled website to learn more about the organization and too see what other celebrities are involved.
On today in 1883, Eubie Blake was born James Hubert Blake in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Blake collaborated with Noble Sissle in 1921, to write the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, which was one of the first Broadway musicals written and directed by African Americans. Some of Blake’s compositions include “Bandana Days”, “Charleston Rag”, “Love Will Find A Way”, and “Memories of You”. In 1978, the musical Eubie!, opened on Broadway and featured his work. Eubie Blake died on February 12, 1983, in Brooklyn New York, at the age 100.
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On today in 1987, Kurt Schmoke became the first African American mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. Schmoke is a graduate of Yale University. Prior to becoming mayor, he was apart of the White House Domestic Policy Staff during the Carter Administration and in 1978, returned back to Baltimore as Assistant United States Attorney. Schmoke became known for fighting the “War on Drugs” and his viewpoint on drug decriminalization. He also initiated programs in housing, education, public, health, and economic development. Some of his achievements included improving the environment of low-income housing projects, a needle-exchange program for addicts, kept the tax rate stable, and attracted the Ravens football team to Baltimore. Schmoke served three terms as the mayor of Baltimore City and is currently the Vice President and General Council of Howard University.
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On today in 1994, Cab Calloway died. He was born in Rochester, New York, on Christmas Day in 1907. His family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and that’s where he grew up. Calloway was a jazz singer, actor, dancer, bandleader, and a master of energetic scat singing. He was also a regular performer at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.
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On October 9, 1806, Baltimore Maryland native Benjamin Banneker passed away. Benjamin Banneker was a man of many titles. Banneker was an “author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner.” Banneker is documented as being the first African American scientist. Between 1792 and 1797, Banneker published six almanacs, which featured his astronomical and tide calculations.
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The V.S.O.P., singer teams up with Sevyn Streeter and BET Music Matters to embark on the “Rebellious Soul Tour.” Check out the tour dates below! Be sure to get your tickets, which goes on sale today!
“Rebellious Soul Tour”
Nov. 4 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
Nov. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 9 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Nov. 11 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 12 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 14 – Kansas City, MS – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Nov. 15 – Chicago, IL – The Shrine
Nov. 16 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theater
Nov. 17 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
Nov. 21 – Raleigh, NC – Phantom Night Club
Nov. 22 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Nov. 23 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Nov. 24 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov. 26 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Nov. 27 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Nov. 29 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Nov. 30 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
Dec. 3 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
On October 1, 1867, Morgan State University was founded in Baltimore, Maryland. Morgan State University, also known as MSU was first established as the Centenary Biblical Institute. MSU sole and original mission “was to train young men in ministry.” Later MSU, “broadened its mission to educate both men and women as teachers.” In 1890, Centenary Biblical Institute was renamed to Morgan College, “in honor of the Reverend Lyttleton Morgan, the first chairman of its Board of Trustees, who donated land to the college.” In 1975, Morgan State College receive legislation to become Morgan State University. Morgan State University remains firm in their motto of, “Growing the Future. Leading the World” Do you want to explore MSU? Check out the short clip below!
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