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How ‘Race Records’ Turned Black Music Into Big Business

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In 1926, a self-taught musician named Big Bill Broonzy found his way to Chicago. A sharecropper turned soldier, he had left Mississippi and headed north to escape the pervasive racism of the Jim Crow South along with thousands of others of African-Americans in the Great Migration. Like many other black men, he worked as a janitor and a Pullman porter and a cook. But when he found himself in front of a microphone in a recording studio, the blues musician knew he had found his niche.

Broonzy’s recordings were sold as “race records”—music for and by black audiences. But though he recorded hundreds of songs in just a decade, responding to a national hunger for black voices and black music, he barely made any money. “I didn’t get no royalties, because I didn’t know nothing about trying to demand for no money, see,” he told Alan Lomax in 1947.

Broonzy was just one of thousands of black recording artists who helped fuel the phenomenon of race records between 1920 and 1940. But though these artists pioneered new sounds in blues, jazz and gospel, most labored for no recognition and little pay

At the time, America had segregated schools and buses. Black people had to watch movies and theatrical performances from hot, dirty balconies and were excluded from much of white culture, especially in the Jim Crow South. And even popular culture was segregated. “Race” media—music, films, and publications—was created by and for African-Americans, and white audiences seldom knew or cared about these creative art forms.

Read more by Erin Blakemore @ The History Channel HERE

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DC Black Film Festival returns to Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row

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WASHINGTON — Launching a brand-new film festival can feel like a miracle achievement.

It’s only fitting that the Miracle Theatre is hosting the second annual D.C. Black Film Festival, which returns to Barracks Row near the Eastern Market Metro from Thursday to Saturday.

“The first year is writing the rules … the second year is improving on it,” founder Kevin Sampson told WTOP. “It’s great because we’ve grown in terms of submissions, entries, everything. A lot more people were responsive because the first year is proof of concept.”

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In order to qualify, at least one “above the line” creative force must be African-American, meaning the lead actor, writer, director or producer, providing a diverse lens on the world.

“It gives representation for people of African descent on the big screen, but also education and cultural exchange with people of other ethnicities,” Sampson said. “There’s something about the representation, when you’re able to see yourself on the big screen. … One of these filmmakers might be the next Barry Jenkins or Dee Rees, so you want to come support them.”

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‘Black-Ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Sets Exclusive Netflix Deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix says it’s signed “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris to an exclusive production agreement.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday makes Barris the latest prominent TV creator to jump from broadcast and cable to the streaming platform.

Barris’ Peabody-winning “black-ish” aired on ABC, and he produced the spinoff “grown-ish” for the network’s Disney Co. sibling, Freeform.

He ended his ABC Studios contract early after ABC declined to air a “black-ish” episode that reportedly addressed issues including the NFL player protests.

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Casting Call: “Men of Business” | September 22, 2018

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Auditions will be held on Saturday September 22, 2018 4719 Stamp Rd., Temple Hills, MD, 20748 from 1pm – 5pm. Those who register ($25) with eventbrite (link in bio), will be placed on the list to audition in the order of registration. Those who register ($25) upon arrival will audition in the order of arrival.

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