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Peggy Cooper Cafritz – The art world remembers the force of nature who we lost too soon

Members of the art world remember philanthropist, activist, and collector, Peggy Cooper Carfitz, two months after her sudden passing   Never let it be said that one person can’t change the world. African-American philanthropist, activist, and collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018)…

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Ellington Alum Meshell Ndegeocello on Fugazi, Go-Go, and Growing Up in DC

  Meshell Ndegeocello grew up just outside Washington, and the unclassifiable musician’s new album, Ventriloquism, has its roots in the city. After her father died in September 2016, she found herself back in her childhood room, listening to old tunes. That experience…

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Duke Ellington H.S. Carries on Legacy of Peggy Cooper Cafritz

By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFRO Students, faculty and alumni at Duke Ellington School of the Arts performed a collection of show-stopping numbers April 7 in honor of deceased co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz. “Because You Were …We Are” celebrated…

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Ellington Alum on NBC’s The Voice

The Voice 2018 Blind Audition – Rayshun LaMarr: “Don’t Stop Believin’” The Voice 2018 Battle – Rayshun LaMarr vs. Tish Haynes Keys: “Sweet Thing” The Voice Season 14 (NBC) Team Adam Rayshun Lamarr

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Ellington Alum Went From Making Music to Making Moves in Black Panther

How a Local Percussionist Went From Making Music to Making Moves in Black Panther Southeast D.C.-born drummer Jabari Exum became a consultant on one of the biggest films in history. By KAYLA RANDALL MAR 16, 2018 5 PM Ever since…

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Ellington Alumni Ben Williams Named First DC Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence

Ben Williams Named First DC Jazz Festival Artist-in-Residence DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is proud to announce the engagement of Grammy Award-winning bassist-composer-recording artist Ben Williams as our first-ever DCJF Artist-in-Residence. During his residency, Williams will perform his protest & uplift…

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Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s collection of African American art rises from the ashes

When you are a passionate collector and, more importantly, an undying supporter of young artists of African descent, three years isn’t a long time. D.C. collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz was willing to wait that long to buy a painting by…

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Visual Arts Alumni Arcmanoro Niles Featured in New York Times

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week By Will Heinrich, Martha Schwendener and Roberta Smith – Jan. 31, 2018 Arcmanoro Niles Through Feb. 25. Rachel Uffner, 170 Suffolk Street, Manhattan; 212-274-0064, racheluffner.com. Arcmanoro Niles’s “Stipulation of Love,” 2017.CreditRachel Uffner Gallery Arcmanoro Niles comes from…

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YoYo Ma Visits Ellington String Students

Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma Visits a Mus… Students “make our communities and our country stronger, more creative, and more filled with purpose.”—Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Advisor at Large The Kennedy Center embraces one of JFK’s most enduring…

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Ellington Alumnus Anthony Anderson Featured on NBC Today Show

Meet the young opera singer on his way to sharing his voice with the world   Anthony Anderson did not have an easy childhood, but he did discover his passions at an early age. In this week’s Sunday Closer, NBC’s…

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