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The Leeds Dripping Riots

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Who Was MaVynee Betsch??

Who was MaVynee Betsch, the Beach Lady? She was born into high society. Her...

The Independent: Henry Ford’s strange magazine

Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Henry Ford could be called the father of...

In Praise of Sensational Women – Mavis Staples

Andy Royston pays tribute to a true musical legend, the magnificent Mavis...

All Time Hero: Jack Johnson

We learn and grow, we make heroes of our own. For me, being a child of the...

Rufus Estes – the first African-American Cookbook

Rufus Estes – author of the first African-American Cookbook   In...

Who Was Butterfly McQueen?

Who was Butterfly McQueen? I love old movies yet I have to admit  that...

Gonna Be Alright – A Tribute to Abram Wilson

An appreciation of Abram Wilson, written by Andy Royston. All photos by...

When Fats Waller Met Al Capone

 When Fats Waller Met Al Capone. Fats should have seen it coming. But...

Bob Marley

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The Rhythm Club Fire of 1940

The Natchez Dance Hall Fire of 1940. At 11.30 pm,on the night of 23rd April,...

Percy Sledge

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Josephine Baker

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Goodbye Chuck Berry

To mark the passing of rock-n-roll legend Chuck Berry, Andy Royston takes...

Who Was Bessie Coleman?

Who was Bessie Coleman? Bessie Coleman was a pilot. When she was born in...

Paul Robeson’s Proud Valley

As the shadows of World War II were beginning to cast long shadows over...