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Book Review: ‘Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon’

As we seek some solace from the menace of the coronavirus, noted music critic Howard Reich, in view of our inability to venture out for entertainment, has weighed in with his top jazz films to fill the terrible void.

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Annie Turnbo Malone, trailblazing millionaire and beauty maven

Invariably, with study and research of Madam C.J. Walker, Annie Turnbo Malone is mentioned, and she gets a little more than a passing nod in the recent Netflix bio-pic of Walker.

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Airicka Gordon-Taylor, Emmett Till’s cousin and activist passes

Three years ago when author and scholar Timothy Tyson published his book “The Blood of Emmett Till,” it further confirmed that Carolyn Bryant Donham lied about the incident that led up to Till’s lynching, and that was all Airicka Gordon-Taylor needed to renew her quest for justice for her slain cousin.

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A tribute to McCoy Tyner

My immersion in the music of pianist/composer McCoy Tyner began in the late ’50s and early ’60s when we were both about 20 or 21 years of age.

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Fats Navarro, a trumpet master and bebop pioneer

When your life, like that of the famed musician Fats Navarro, is over at 26 there’s hardly enough time to truly establish your promising genius. Reading Maxine Gordon’s deeply engrossing biography of her late husband, Dexter Gordon, Navarro is mentioned several times, most memorably when he performed with Gordon in the late ’40s.

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Biden sweeps Super Tuesday III

There may be pressing uncertainties about the impact of the coronavirus, but Joe Biden’s quest to be the Democratic nominee appears to be almost settled after taking three more primaries on Tuesday.

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Sabira Bushra, noted film maven, passes at 66

The Sembene Film Festival is based in Pittsburgh but its visionary founder, Phyllis Hill Cole, affectionately known as Sabira Bushra, gave it a global impact with its focus on classic African and African American films.

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Another bad news day for Sanders

A revived Joe Biden became even more resurrected after taking four states—Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Idaho—Tuesday in what some are calling the second Super Tuesday.

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Julius Montgomery, a trailblazer at Cape Canaveral and elsewhere

The recent passing of Katherine Johnson reminded me of Julius Montgomery, who, like Johnson, surmounted barriers and made his mark in the race for space as the first African American to employed at Cape Canaveral—and not a janitor.

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Biden’s time: Former VP wins big on Super Tuesday

Even before we could report on Joe Biden’s stunning, amazing, unexpected victory on Super Tuesday, the billionaire Michael Bloomberg usurped Wednesday headlines announcing he is suspending his presidential campaign

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