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Betty Carter, Miss Independent

She changed her name from Lillie Mae Jones to Betty Carter. She left home to pursue a career in music. Reluctant to be labeled as a singer, she called herself a jazz musician. At every turn, Carter was a host unto herself, and her lone exploration of jazz, on her own terms, was the guiding force behind her career.

A Tale of Two Irenes

Details about the lives of Irene Higginbotham and Irene Kitchings are hard to come by. Although both women made large contributions to pop music in the 1930s, their status as black female songwriters made them almost invisible in a landscape that was dominated by white men.

The Real Highlight of Super Bowl History

The Super Bowl halftime show wasn't always flashy. It didn't always have the most talked-about pop stars as headliners. In the early days, halftime shows were a showcase for the country's top marching bands and drill teams to perform the national anthem, in addition to a separate halftime performance.

Creative Capital

Yance Ford on Asking the Right Questions with "Strong Island"

Hillary Bonhomme Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Hillary Bonhomme moved to New York City for an internship with Americans for the Arts and New York Public Radio in fulfillment of her studies as a music business major at the University of Louisiana.

The TEAM Reimagine Protest Songs With Teens & Baby Boomers

Hillary Bonhomme Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Hillary Bonhomme moved to New York City for an internship with Americans for the Arts and New York Public Radio in fulfillment of her studies as a music business major at the University of Louisiana.

Stacey Steers and the Power of Process

Hillary Bonhomme Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Hillary Bonhomme moved to New York City for an internship with Americans for the Arts and New York Public Radio in fulfillment of her studies as a music business major at the University of Louisiana.

Creative Capital Celebrates Black History Month

Hillary Bonhomme Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Hillary Bonhomme moved to New York City for an internship with Americans for the Arts and New York Public Radio in fulfillment of her studies as a music business major at the University of Louisiana.