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Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891– January 28, 1960)


Dixon, Charles Dean (1915-1976)

Charles Dean Dixon, conductor, was born January 10, 1915 in New York, NY to West Indian parents Henry Charles and McClara Dixon. Dixon’s parents exposed him to classical music at an early age and his mother taught him to play the violin, along with a number of other instruments. By the age of nine he was considered a musical prodigy and performed on local radio stations in New York. Dixon enrolled at Julliard School of Music in 1932 as a violin major, but soon switched to the music pedagogy program and graduated in 1936. He then enrolled in Columbia University and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Pedagogy there in 1939.

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Winston Riley, Jamaican Music Producer, Dies at 68


Published: January 26, 2012

Winston Riley, a record producer and singer whose diverse, influential work helped to popularize Jamaican music around the world, died on Jan. 19 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 68.

David Corio

Winston Riley

His death was confirmed by his eldest son, Kurt.
Mr. Riley was shot in the back of the head at his home in November and remained hospitalized until he died of complications, Kurt Riley said. There have been no arrests, and the motive for the shooting is unclear.


Louisiana Black Caucus founder Richard Turnley dies

By Quincy Hodges, | The Times-Picayune
on January 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM, updated January 23, 2013

Richard Turnley Jr., the first black member elected to the Louisiana House from Baton Rouge in modern times and a founder of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, died after a long-term illness, a Southern University news release said Wednesday. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday.......


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