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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 19, 2020

Today is Juneteenth, an annual holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. Somehow the slave owners neglected to tell the slaves that they were free some two months after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 12, 2020

A name says a lot. A name can be powerful. That became crystal clear in the country music world on Thursday with the sudden and surprise announcement by the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum that the trio was now going by the moniker Lady A. The new name is what fans often called the band [...]

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Jeffrey Remz  |  June 5, 2020

I've been struggling about how to address the tragedies of murder and a longstanding, eons-old system that is broken against those of color and of less means. This week, two African-American singers, Mickey Guyton and Kane Brown, released songs that fit the times. Neither Guyton, who's [...]

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