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Revisiting the Soul Label that Gave Us Ike and Tina Turner


The Apollas, one of the many great soul groups signed to Loma Records in the 1960s Courtesy of Alec Palao The Apollas, one of the many great soul groups signed to Loma Records in the 1960s
Courtesy of Alec Palao

Soul music devotees have long wondered why Los Angeles didn’t field a great 1960s soul record label like Motown or Stax. Hollywood was fast becoming the recording capital of the country and Motown would indeed relocate here by the end of the decade. Couldn’t the town produce a first-class soul label?

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Ida B. Wells – Journalist, Suffragist, Editor



Ida Bell Wells, born into slavery on 16 July 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is known for her relentless work in promoting women’s rights and for advocating equal rights. For example, she documented lynching in the United States in the early 1890’s and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). However, yet the story of her interesting life and doings has not reached the broad masses.

In 1878 the then 16 year old Ida Went to visit her grandmother in Mississippi Valley. After spending some time with her grandmother she received word from home that both her parents and her 10 moths old brother had died in yellow fever. After the funeral, friends and relatives decided that the remaining children, Ida and five siblings, would be split up and be sent to different foster homes. Ida, being the oldest, refused letting this happen, and to keep…

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Cynthia Bond’s “Ruby”

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“They all kinds of crazy. Some folk drink theyselves to stupid. Others so empty, gluttony take they belly hostage. And some get so full up with hate, it like to crack they soul. Hell, ain’t nothing strange when Colored go crazy. Strange is when we don’t.”


Cynthia Bond’s “Ruby” is a brutally difficult novel to read. The misogyny is venomous, deadly. Women in general, and the title character in particular, are savagely used and abused in a way that made me wince and gasp. This barbaric cruelty was deeply ingrained in the ethos of the small Texas town in which it is set, with ties both subtle and overt to religious teachings. At the center of the story is a preacher (who is more demon than human), who at one point in his early sermons openly lays  his community’s plight on the shoulders of womankind.

“Otha watched her husband’s eyes go black…

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Women’s History Month: Remembering Shirley Chisholm, the First Woman or Person of Color to Run for U. S. President


Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking at FSU as a presidential candidate - Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Donn Dughi) Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking at FSU as a presidential candidate – Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Donn Dughi)

Seeing a black person or woman running for the president nowadays isn’t that strange. Back in 1972 when Shirley Chisholm did it, however, it was both radical and unheard of.

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Rebelling Against the Status Quo With Art and Anger

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Throughout the 1960s Los Angeles, Hollywood transformed greatly from its previous existence. A”Second Great Migration” took place in the 1940s resulting in an influx of African-American dwellers which changed the culture of the city and its outskirts. Black women continued to grace the screens of Hollywood films through the 1960s though producing their own content through a Hollywood studio still remained a rarity. The women who starred in major motion pictures during this time deserve their fair recognition: Ruby Dee, Beah Carroll, Diahann Carroll, Diana Sands, and Abbey Lincoln. Neither of these women ever starred as a film’s main character alongside their male counterparts, especially with white actors. It should be noted that these women delivered spectacular performances that remain memorable in the minds of filmmakers and audience members.


Black men saw increasing perceptibility as Sidney Poitier’s fame skyrocketed allowing more films centered on the young Bahamian actor. His lead roles often bolstered his…

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Harriet Ann Jacobs – Our Self-Published Ancestor

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By now many people are familiar with Harriet Jacobs, the African American writer who escaped slavery in 1842 after hiding in an attic above her grandmothers home for seven years. Harriet’s testimony was one of the many inspirations for the first book in my Stella Trilogy. Stella, like Harriet, was born a slave but did not know it as a young girl–not until after her mother died. But that’s not all Harriet and Stella have in common. Harriet’s biography “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” was also a Self-Published book back in 1861, under the pseudonym Linda Brent.

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Freedom Riders: It wasn’t about race, it was about rights

The trailer is powerful!!! but not for the faint at heart.

A Melange of Musings

The 1961 Freedom Rides, organized by CORE, were modeled after the organization’s 1947 Journey of Reconciliation. During the 1947 action, African-American and white bus riders tested the 1946 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Morgan v. Virginia that segregated bus seating was unconstitutional. The 1961 Freedom Rides sought to test a 1960 decision by the Supreme Court in Boynton v. Virginia that segregation of interstate transportation facilities, including bus terminals, was unconstitutional as well. A big difference between the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation and the 1961 Freedom Rides was the inclusion of women in the later initiative. In both actions, black riders traveled to the American South–where segregation continued to occur–and attempted to use whites-only restrooms, lunch counters and waiting rooms.



Before we go any further I want y’all to think about that. Black and White, men and women, got on a bus to drive deep into the South…

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