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Dee Dee Bridgewater on a ‘demanding role’

This image released by Cromarty and Co. shows Dee Dee Bridgewater performing in the off-Broadway musical play, “Lady Day,” about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. (AP Photo/Cromarty and Co., Carol Rosegg) by Charles GansAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Dee Bridgewater might have been a Broadway star were she not so successful as a jazz singer. She won a Tony Award in her Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz.” But she later rededicated herself to her jazz career, touring the world, winning three Grammys Awards and hosting NPR’s nationally syndicated “Jazz Set.”

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Review: New Kanye album samples 1939 song about lynching

This CD cover image released by Def Jam Recordings shows “Yeezus,” the latest release by Kanye West. (AP Photo/Def Jam Recordings) Last week Kanye West released his latest album “Yeezus” to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The trim, 10 song album packs a lot into 40 minutes with the help of electronic music duo Daft Punk and Justin Vernon from indie folk band Bon Iver. With songs like “New Slaves” and lyrics like “they see a Black man with a White woman/And at the top floor they gon’ come to kill King Kong,” this is one of West’s more socially conscious albums. It also touches on issues within the Black community including unbridled Black consumerism.