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R.I.P. Reggie Lucas

Reggie Lucas, the brilliant guitarist, producer and Miles Davis alumni passed away today at age 65. Lucas was a member of Miles Davis’ band in the ’70s and recorded Get Up With It, Pangea and Agartha with him. In the late ’70s and ’80s, he worked with James Mtume and they wrote and produced a bunch of hits for Stephanie Mills, “You Know How To Love Me” for Phyllis Hyman and “The Closer I Get To You” for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway among others. Lucas also worked solo and produced records for The Weather Girls, Rebbie Jackson, The Four Tops and Randy Crawford. He is known in the pop world for producing most of Madonna’s debut album and writing “Borderline” for her. His daughter, Lisa Lucas announced his passing to the Associated Press. 



Black Milk Announces 30-City US Tour


Black Milk is touring 30 cities in the United States with his Nat Turner band in support of his new album FEVER. The tour starts on the West Coast in June and they will move through the east before their nationwide quest ends with two last dates at El Club in his Detroit hometown. Black Milk has curated a Fever Tour playlist on Spotify and there are songs from the album and other artists including Kali Uchis, Parliament, Steve Lacy, KAYTRANADA and more.  Tickets are on sale for the tour. Stream the Fever Tour playlist below. 


The Jacksons To Be Honored During Detroit Music Weekend

The Jackson 5 will headline Detroit Music Weekend and receive honors including the key to the city and the naming of a street after Michael Jackson. The Jacksons signed to Motown in 1969 and started having hits with “I Want You Back” and “ABC” and “The Love You Save.” At the press conference for Detroit Music Weekend at the Music Hall, Marlon and Jackie Jackson shared a story about singing in front of the Motown family of artists at Berry Gordy’s home. They also expressed their respect for Detroit’s neverending pool of creative talent and how they never take the iconic status of The Jackson 5 for granted. It is the second year for Detroit Music Weekend and The Jackson 5 will headline the event that will feature more than 500 artists on five stages. Last year Aretha Franklin was the headliner and honored with the naming of Aretha Franklin Way. 

The Jackson 5 concert is a free outdoor event that takes place June 16th on the Madison Central Stage. On the night of the 15th, there will be a tribute band led by Kern Brantley performing a musical tribute to The Jackson 5 and keyboardist Greg Philliganes who worked on several Jackson albums is one of the musicians. For more information about the event see

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Queen Latifah Receives Honorary Doctorate From Rutgers

Queen Latifah was presented with an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University this past Monday. The proud New Jersey native and hip-hop icon also gave the commencement speech to the graduating class. She credited the life lessons she learned in her hometown for inspiring her achievements. Dr. Owens will celebrate 30 years in the entertainment business with her first performance at the Essence Music Festival this year. 



Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World 50th Anniversary Celebrated In New York City

The 50th anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” is being celebrated in New York City with a series of free events. Queens Library, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College have joined forces to commemorate the anniversary at all 62 branches of the library until June 30th. The late jazz innovator who made the trumpet his instrument lived in Queens most of his life. It was three generations of families that he saw in his neighborhood that inspired “What A Wonderful World.” 

The celebration features performances from live bands including David Ostwald’s Grammy-nominated Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and a bilingual lecture series with English and Spanish-speaking lecturers. 

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May 14: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Fresh Meadows Library)
May 18: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Glen Oaks Library)
May 24: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Langston Hughes Library)
May 26: Radio Jarocho (Langston Hughes Library)
June 2: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Jackson Heights Library)
June 4: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in Spanish; at Astoria Library)
June 9: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Jackson Heights Library)
June 14: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Flushing Library)
June 16: Akoko Nante Ensemble (Glen Oaks Library)
June 19: Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back (Windsor Park Library)
June 25: A Lecture on the Life and Times of Louis Armstrong (in English; at Forest Hills Library)
June 29: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (Peninsula Library)
June 30: Prasanna (Flushing Library)
June 30: Radio Jarocho (Forest Hills Library)