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Artist Profiles - Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell

Rachelle Ferrell is a vocalist and musician. Although she has had some success in the mainstream R&B, pop, gospel, and classical music scene, she is noted for her talents as a contemporary jazz singer.

Rachelle Ferrell, born in Berwyn, Pensylvania in May, 1964, began singing at age six, and developed a six octave range by adulthood. Ferrell describes her highest notes in "It only took a minute" as "Minnie Riperton-like wailing". She received classical training in violin and...

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The death of Eric Garner is a good place to start if you want to tell a story about our politically divided country. At least, that's the case Matt Taibbi makes in his new book, and quite successfully. I Can't Breathe, which takes its title from Garner's last words, traces his life from adolescence to his final day.

For decades, women generally kept quiet about being sexually harassed — or even assaulted — at work. But that may be starting to change. The recent New York Times and New Yorker exposés on Harvey Weinstein helped open the flood gates for women who allege they too have been victims. The #MeToo campaign lead to more stories. So we wondered — why now?

Phillip Thompson lives in an exclusive gated community with a golf course in one of the wealthiest exurbs of Washington, D.C. Inside his spacious home, African artwork decorates the walls alongside framed pictures of his children's high school graduation and an American flag by the front entrance.

He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, a Gulf War veteran and a lawyer with his own practice. But when Thompson, 55, moved to his Leesburg, Va., neighborhood 12 years ago, many of his mostly white neighbors made assumptions about how he could afford his house.

The blues have traveled far and wide over the last century — exerting a vast cultural influence worldwide, yielding myriad offshoots, and generating fortunes for some of the biggest musical acts of our time. But it's also still the product of local conditions, and bound by hardscrabble local concerns.

On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we'll go to Clarksdale, Miss., to get a temperature reading at ground level, where struggling musicians are finally beginning to reap the benefits of a recent wave of blues tourism.

On the coastal edge of Georgia sits a small, dwindling community known as the Gullah Geechee. The people in the community are direct descendants of enslaved West Africans who settled on the barrier islands there. The Gullah Geechee's unofficial historian and vocal advocate for the preservation of the community, Cornelia Walker Bailey, has died. She was 72.

One of the paradoxes of racial discrimination is the way it can remain obscured even to the people to whom it's happening. Here's an example: In an ambitious, novel study conducted by the Urban Institute a few years ago, researchers sent actors with similar financial credentials to the same real estate or rental offices to ask about buying or renting a home or apartment.

Actor Robert Guillaume, who became the first black actor to win comedy Emmys for playing sharp-tongued butler turned lieutenant governor Benson DuBois on Soap and its spinoff, Benson, died Tuesday at age 89.

This week we present the first episode from the 2017-2018 Pickathon Woods Series. These videos are hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances captured at the Woods Stage during Pickathon, a three-day festival held annually just outside Portland, Ore.

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Tune in for Biz Talk With Josh Smith Saturdays At 8 AM

Hosted by Central State University alumn Joshua I. Smith, Biz Talk focuses on how small business owners and entrepreneurs are impacted by conditions that support or detract from their effectiveness.

Listen in to Miami Valley Speaks Saturdays At 11 AM

A discussion on the life & musical legacy of Keith Wilder, a co-founder of the Dayton funk-based group Heatwave.

Listen in to The Funk Excursion Saturdays At 8 PM

The Funk Excursion, with Brieze Thompson, hosts your journey through the history, culture, and music of THE FUNK.

Listen To Sunday Morning Gospel at 10 AM

Brother Ronald L. Murray, Your Soldier For The Lord, will get you up and moving with the best in traditional, contemporary and inspirational music.

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