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February 28, 2011

Even though the Ford Center was packed last night as the University closed out Black History Month, only one person could truly be heard. 

Even though the Ford Center was packed last night as the University closed out Black History Month, only one person could truly be heard.  

The black woman spoke slowly and softly as the audience sat below like grandchildren at story time. Author and playwright of many works including “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” Ntozake Shange was the special guest speaker of last night’s Black History Month keynote. Following the event, Shange signed copies of her books in the foyer of the Ford Center.

February 23, 2011

At the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the blues is a reason to celebrate. The eighth annual Blues Symposium will take place today and tomorrow.

At the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the blues is a reason to celebrate. The eighth annual Blues Symposium will take place today and tomorrow.

The Blues Symposium is a gathering of scholars, writers, photographers, musicians and music industry figures to discuss and present research about the blues in Mississippi.

Mark Camarigg, co-event planner and publication manager at Living Blues Magazine, said the conference is more of an academic presentation and a forum for researchers, but there will also be live blues music.

February 1, 2011

African-American Studies director Charles Ross said each February offers the University a chance to move forward.

African-American Studies director Charles Ross said each February offers the University a chance to move forward.

“One of the ways we have been able to move forward as an institution is that we are constantly speaking about race and issues pertaining to race,” Ross said. “We probably have more responsibility than any other institution in the country to continue to dialogue and to ensure that we are not becoming stagnant, that we are not going backwards as it relates to issues surrounding race and racial discourse.”

December 1, 2010

Although artists such as John Mayer, the Black Keys and the White Stripes are bringing the blues to what some deem the “iPod generation,” mainstream popular artists have been basing their repertoire on the blues for generations.

Although artists such as John Mayer, the Black Keys and the White Stripes are bringing the blues to what some deem the “iPod generation,” mainstream popular artists have been basing their repertoire on the blues for generations.

Even classic rock legends like Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones were heavily versed in the blues and were responsible for turning many American youth on to the genre.

November 30, 2010

“Let me first say how wonderful it feels to know that it’s 2007, and we just launched into slow blues, and 7,000 people in L.A. went nuts. All is not lost,” guitarist-vocalist John Mayer said during “Out of my Mind” on his 2008 release, “Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles.”

“Let me first say how wonderful it feels to know that it’s 2007, and we just launched into slow blues, and 7,000 people in L.A. went nuts. All is not lost,” guitarist-vocalist John Mayer said during “Out of my Mind” on his 2008 release, “Where The Light Is: Live In Los Angeles.”

Like several other mainstream artists, Mayer is part of a movement that is helping reshape the blues and bring the genre to a new generation of music listeners.

November 12, 2010

 

Mississippi is known for its rich heritage, profound history and warm hospitality. Mississippi has produced many people who have accomplished great feats.

June 17, 2010

The second-annual Oxford Juneteenth celebration will begin Friday night with a parade featuring floats, cars, dancers and more.

 

The second-annual Oxford Juneteenth celebration will begin Friday night with a parade featuring floats, cars, dancers and more.

 

The event continues on Martin Luther King Blvd. Saturday at 3 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m.