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HIP HOP LEGEND EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING OUR CULTURE

Published and written by: Lamont Jack Pearley   “The Blues was Robert Johnson, and Eddie Son House…..Now it’s Eric Clapton” — Scarface   I find myself too often making disclaimers, or always saying, “I’m Not Being Divisive” when I’m talking about my heritage and the tradition…..the musical and cultural traditions of my people. I also find that when other musicians, historians or folklorists that are, like me…African American, Black…..express or explain about our traditions…they too are spewing disclaimers. I’ve never heard any other ethnicity have to do that, maybe they…

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THE GREAT DEBATERS

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley Along with the Blues, a great Book, History and Family time, I am a huge film fanatic. And nothing is better for me than a great film based on African American life and culture that also has Blues all in it that I can watch over and over with my family. ANd the one film I wish to encourage you to watch is “The Great Debaters“. This very good film, that stars a slew of great African American Actors such as, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly…

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DR JOY DEGRUY TALKS ABOUT THE LONG LASTING BLUES OF SLAVERY

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE DISORDER On this fourth of July, as well celebrate “Freedom” and “Independence”. As we gather with family and friends to BBQ, drink and catch up, there is an underlying issue that most are well aware of, and even more are speaking out about. I write this not to damper anyones celebration, but with the good we must face and acknowledge the bad. Further more, there is no celebration of the Blues, it’s music, culture and history without acknowledging the climate American was…

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THE CONTRADICTION OF FAIR HOPE

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley I stumbled upon this documentary with my wife some time ago. I can’t really remember what triggered us to watch it, but what I do remember was it was not only a great piece of documented heritage of the African American story, it falls in line with the Jack Dappa Blues Mission statement. It celebrates our heritage and preserves Blues history. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, composed by Christian McBride and executive Produced/Co Directed by S. Epatha Merkerson “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” is about the…

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SON HOUSE SINGER SONGWRITER

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley When most hear the term singer songwriter, they usually think James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and the like. I love them both..as well as the others that have taken on that title from that era. When you think of singer songwriter, some would suggest it falls into the range of folk. Leadbelly would be a perfect example. Understanding that Folk is the songs of the people, leads me to believe it falls in the call and response ol Negro Spirituals, work and prison songs that became the blues once…

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BLUES LEGACIES AND BLACK FEMINISM

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley In our quest to cultivate the African-American, Black American, Negro, Nubian etc, community to not only accumulate a wealthy Library of African American Literature, but to actually read and study our history, heritage and continued climate in the world, I’ve come across a book that I would like to suggest everyone reads. Now, I haven’t read it yet, but it’s one of my next purchases. I’ve decided to stop buying books until I finish the books that I’ve recently purchased. And I’ve purchased many in…

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CAN THE BLUES BE TRACED BACK TO THE LOST TRIBES

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley   “ Spirituals & Slave songs are America’s only folk music and the finest distinctive artistic contributions she has to offer” –  James Weldon Johnson On my journey researching and studying my heritage, it’s connection to Blues Music and the traditions of christianity the generations of both sides of my family lived by, I’ve began to draw a conclusion tracing all the way back, that the Blues, work/prison songs and the Spirituals all stems from the Hebrew Tribes of Israel, and we (descendants of Prisoners…

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BLUES AND GOSPEL

Published By Lamont Jack Pearley The Gospel According to The Blues is a book I not only read, but interviewed the author. This topic is very dear to me because I believe the Gospel and The Blues are one and the same. And according to Gary Burnett, he belies the same as well. The Gospel According to the Blues dares us to read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues-the history, the artists, the songs-provides…

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THE STORY OF THE BLUES – LANGSTON HUGHES

Published by Lamont Jack Pearley As you all know, I am a big advocate that the Blues, African American Literature and it’s heritage is one and the same..The Blues birthed the Sterling Brown’s and the Zora Neale Hurston’s, of the world…as well as their literature describing the culture of the Blues, which gave it another birth. With that said, I wish to share a recording By Langston Hughes, which I feel gives an accurate depiction of the Blues. Voiced by Langston himself.      

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