In the 1990s, the young singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco enjoyed unprecedented success on her own Righteous Babe Records. But since the turn of the century, she's been taken for granted as she relied on an aging cult audience.
The host and creator of the long-running TV show Soul Train died Wednesday morning. His show proved a truism about America and race that so few people, even today, understand: Black culture, expressed in undiluted form and unapologetically, will by virtue become accepted by the American mainstream.
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