Bands In Culture

Exclusive: Why Beyoncé went with HBCUs at Coachella

In January 2017, fans were ecstatic to learn Beyoncé would be headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Outside of the anticipation of a creative and energetic performance, Queen Bey would make history as the first black woman to headline the festival...

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Southern University band to perform at Super Bowl XLVII

Southern University said Friday that its award-winning marching band, nicknamed “The Human Jukebox,” will perform during pregame festivities Feb. 3 at Super Bowl XLVII in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This will be the fourth time the band performs at a Super Bowl, a...

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‘A Different World’ Minimizes a Different Age for HBCUs

It is not an understatement to think of “A Different World” as the single most important cultural achievement for historically black colleges and universities in American history, and one of the top five pop cultural achievements for African-Americans. It is not an...

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Halftime is Game Time: An Oral History of ‘Drumline’

Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Dallas Austin and more on the film’s legacy and its fictional — but real — HBCU marching band Drumline is inspired by the life of Grammy-winning super-producer Dallas Austin, who created massive hits with Boyz II Men, TLC, Madonna and more....

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