Aescylus' SEVEN AGAINST THEBES
SEVEN AGAINST THEBES tells the story of Oedipus's sons Eteocles and Polynices and their battle over their father's throne of Thebes. The entire play is available online.
Oedipus is the mythical king of Thebes who kills his father and marries his mother. This Wikipedia entry links to the classic tales of Oedipus and to many modern works which take the story as their theme.
Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in the United States. This Wikipedia entry traces the history of the major players in music genre and links to audio samples from doo-wop masters like The Ink Spots.
This companion site to the PBS documentary THE BLUES offers essays about the development of this musical genre, in addition to sound clips, a blues road map, and links to other informative sites. You can also follow the National
Park Service's Delta Blues Heritage Trail online.
Learn more about gospel music on this site, which includes an NPR podcast on the history of gospel music and examples of gospel music.
Stevie Wonder is a singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and social activist, who has won numerous Grammy Awards, an Oscar for Best Song and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. His official site offers biographical information, music samples and recent news.
Barry White was a celebrated singer and record producer of the soul and disco genres. This VH1 tribute pages includes a biography, traces White's influence on younger musicians and includes a complete discography.
This companion site to a PBS documentary contains much historical and contemporary information on one of America's "premier Black communities." The story of the San Francisco neighborhood is told through music, video, an interactive timeline and the memoirs of residents past and present. The site also offers a number of educational resources to aid other communities in documenting their own history.
Bobby Seale and Huey Newton co-found the Black Panthers in Oakland, California in 1966. Unlike the civil rights activists who preached non-violence, the Black Panthers authorized the use of violence as self-defense. The first point of their founding 10-Point Platform read: "We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. We believe that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny." This companion site to the PBS special A PANTHER IN AFRICa contains photographs of the Black Panther party from 1968 along with audio commentary by former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver describing "those days."
The Broadway musical THE WIZ was an all African-American production based on the Frank Baum classic THE WIZARD OF OZ. The musical opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater on January 5, 1975, and finally closed after an incredible 1,666 performances, on January 28, 1979. THE WIZ garnered seven Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."