Hometown D.C.: America’s Secret Music City

By: Blair A. Ruble In his memoir Music Is My Mistress, Duke Ellington fondly recalled whiling away the days of his youth at Holliday’s poolroom in Washington, DC. Holliday’s, Ellington wrote, “was not a normal, neighborhood-type poolroom.  It was the high spot of billiard parlors…Guys from all walks of life seemed to converge there:  school … More Hometown D.C.: America’s Secret Music City

Why Some Meridian Hill Park Drummers Say The Beat Isn’t What It Used To Be

By: Vera Carothers November 6, 2015   The drum circle in Meridian Hill Park in Northwest D.C. has been going on for over 40 years. The weekly tradition started in the 1960s to celebrate black liberation. These days, the circle has changed to include people of all races and walks of life. It’s a vibrant … More Why Some Meridian Hill Park Drummers Say The Beat Isn’t What It Used To Be

Misty Copeland to Dance Swan Lake at DC’s Kennedy Center

4/5/2015 The Root  Misty Copeland to Dance in ‘Swan Lake’ at DC’s Kennedy Center – The Root Blair Ruble The upcoming performance of Swan Lake with two African-American lead dancers reminds some in Washington, D.C., of the legacy of dance at Howard University. History will be made at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the … More Misty Copeland to Dance Swan Lake at DC’s Kennedy Center