Mariann Anderson, the great contralto, perhaps the most renowned of the 20th century, would have been 115 years old today.
The Grammys' usual glitz and glamour were dimmed a few times during tributes to 48-year-old pop icon Whitney Houston.
Spencer Livingston's "Occupy Wall Street" is a mellow, melodic meditation on the feelings of economic injustice that sparked the movement.
Two Los Angeles-based legends of Rhythm & Blues passed away last week: Etta James and Johnny Otis.
This year marks the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, perhaps one of the most influential songwriters and performers of the 20th century.
Every social movement has inspired artists to enlist their talents to create cultural expressions that in turn stir the masses and broaden the cause.
"They" are You and Me, our representatives who call for peace with justice, jobs, the living wage that all deserve, and an end to greed of the corporations of Wall Street.
One of the most remarkable features will be a special reading of Nor Iron Bars, which incorporates social realism, regionalism and agitation.
John Pietaro, a labor organizer and musician, along with poets and activists John and Steve Bloom, brought the festival to New York City last year from Beacon, N.Y., where it originated.
Old and new union songs, poetry and information were presented to a group of about 50 people from all over the area.