African Americans in the Performing Arts, Revised Edition (A by Steven Otfinoski

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Blige—Live from the House of Blues. Sanctuary Records, DVD, 2004. Brandy (Brandy Norwood) (1979–â•… )╇ R & B singer, actress One of the best-known pop divas of the 1990s, Brandy’s acting career has been nearly as successful as her singing career. She was born Brandy Norwood on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in California. Her father was a minister and, like so many Braugher, Andre 27 African-American singers, she first sang in the church choir. Brandy decided she wanted to be a pop singer after hearing Whitney Houston on the radio.

Lydon, Michael. Ray Charles: Man and Music. New York: Routledge, 2004. Further Listening The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings 1952–1959. Atlantic, CD box set, 1991. Genius Loves Company. Concord Records, CD, 2004. Ray Charles: Ultimate Hits Collection. Rhino, 2 CDs, 1999. Further Viewing Ray (2004). Universal, DVD, 2005. Ray Charles: In Concert (1999). Image Entertainment, DVD, 2001. Cheadle, Don (Donald Frank Cheadle) (1964–â•… )╇ actor, film producer, social activist Perhaps not as well known as some of his contemporaries, Don Cheadle is nonetheless one of the busiest and most respected black actors in Hollywood and has played a wide range of roles with conviction and skill.

He spent a good part of the 1970s touring around the world and developing his own record company and music publishing firm. In the 1980s, Ray Charles had become a national treasure whose popularity crossed all lines of race, age, and musical taste. ” In 1986 he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in the Performing Arts and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1987, he received Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He won a total of 12 Grammys. Much has been said and written about Ray Charles’s “genius,” but the singer took all such talk in his stride.

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