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5 Books Celebrating Women & African-American Music Appreciation Month

Whether it's the Sweethearts of Rhythm or Sasha Fierce herself, find out more about the African-American women who have made their mark on music. The Fab Five titles listed below feature Harlem's Little Blackbird, the Queen of Gospel, the First Lady of Song, America's #1 All-Girl Orchestra and an R & B Superstar. Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation month by reading, listening and even downloading (--Freegal has 5 free downloads waiting for you with music by Beyonce, Mahalia Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald--) these fierce females who have changed the face of our music and culture forever.


Amazon Says: Mahalia Jackson’s rise from a young choir soloist in New Orleans to America’s most famous gospel singer is a stirring story of social and musical history. Born poo more...
Amazon Says: Mahalia Jackson’s rise from a young choir soloist in New Orleans to America’s most famous gospel singer is a stirring story of social and musical history. Born poor in New Orleans in 1911, young Mahalia Jackson was told to "let it out" when she sang the gospel at church each Sunday. Swaying and clapping her hands, she astonished everyone who heard her powerful voice. As her fame grew, her soulful voice helped introduce gospel music to the world and brought hope to thousands of civil rights workers who marched for equality in the 1960s. Through it all, Mahalia’s faith in God never wavered and her talent remained a shining light. Roxane Orgill’s compelling narrative, accompanied by more than fifty photographs, brings drama, depth, and immediacy to the life of the world’s most famous gospel singer. less...
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Amazon Says: A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers. When Ella Fitzgerald danced t more...
Amazon Says: A swinging bio of young Ella Fitzgerald, who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers. When Ella Fitzgerald danced the Lindy Hop on the streets of 1930s Yonkers, passersby said good-bye to their loose change. But for a girl who was orphaned and hungry, with raggedy clothes and often no place to spend the night, small change was not enough. One amateur night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Ella made a discovery: the dancing beat in her feet could travel up and out of her mouth in a powerful song —and the feeling of being listened to was like a salve to her heart. With lively prose, Roxane Orgill follows the gutsy Ella from school-girl days to a featured spot with Chick Webb’s band and all the way to her number-one radio hit "A-Tisket, A-Tasket." Jazzy mixed-media art by illustrator Sean Qualls brings the singer’s indomitable spirit to life. less...
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