Are You a Friend of Dorothy?
Folk Speech of the LGBT Community

Coming out as LGBT is often difficult even today, but throughout much of the twentieth century it could have dire legal and social consequences. During the years before greater openness and understanding, members of the LGBT community sometimes resorted to coded speech or behavior as a safeguard. Other community members … Continue reading Are You a Friend of Dorothy?
Folk Speech of the LGBT Community

A Taste of the Wild Side:
Out of Yerevan and Into Armenia’s Local Dishes

For as long as they have lived in the country’s highlands, Armenians have harvested the indigenous edible green plants, transforming them into cherished dishes. The high mineral content of Armenia’s soil, made possible by centuries of volcanic ash, makes the country a botanist’s dream. Thus, while some may take offense … Continue reading A Taste of the Wild Side:
Out of Yerevan and Into Armenia’s Local Dishes

The Political Power of a Song: Rhymefest at Freedom Sounds

The Political Power of a Song: Rhymefest at Freedom Sounds Download MP3 Following a flowing orchestration of rappers, dancers, DJs, and poets, J.PERIOD shifted from leading “The Live Mixtape” on the Gil Scott-Heron Stage to a discussion panel on the Fannie Lou Hamer Stage during the final hour of Freedom Sounds: A … Continue reading The Political Power of a Song: Rhymefest at Freedom Sounds

Freedom Sounds from Smithsonian Folkways

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. From this playlist, Liberty Jazz Band, Freedom Singers, Sweet Honey in the … Continue reading Freedom Sounds from Smithsonian Folkways

Generations of African American Social Dance in D.C.: Hand Dancing, Hip-Hop, and Go-Go

As we prepare for the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Freedom Sounds festival, we look back into our archives of African American music from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Smithsonian Folkways. A version of this article originally appeared in the program book … Continue reading Generations of African American Social Dance in D.C.: Hand Dancing, Hip-Hop, and Go-Go

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