The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.
Immortalized in the song “American Pie” by Don McLean, on this day in 1959 rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson lost their lives in a plane crash in Iowa.
Frida Kahlo was an influential Mexican artist who heavily inspired Mexican pop culture and opened a dialogue about identity, gender, class and race in the 1930s. Her life will be portrayed in an upcoming production presented by the Anchorage Opera.
Stardom can be fleeting and sometimes bands and artists burst onto the scene so brightly that they just cannot sustain that level for very long. They release a song, it tops the charts, and then just as quickly as they arrived they seemingly disappear into the ether of the recording industry.
at least one group of Alaskans is soaking up some sunshine in Hawaii. Alaska Native dance group Cupiit Yurartet, based in Anchorage, traveled to Hawaii to participate in the annual Merrie Monarch festival, an annual gathering to celebrate Hula, which includes cultural dance groups from around the world.