Playlists & Musings

Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson (1866-1955) DJ Name: MatthYOUUUU(soulja boy tell ‘em) Everyone knows that Santa Claus lives in the North Pole with Mrs. Claus, who bakes lots of snowflake-shaped cookies, and their posse of elves and reindeer. But lots of people are unaware that someone else once stepped foot on that barren land of ice and snowContinue reading “Matthew Henson”

Nellie Cashman

Nellie Cashman (1845-1925) DJ Name: Ca$h Ca$h  Did you remember to wear your favorite green clothing item yesterday, or were you pinched because you’re a cotton-headed ninny-muggins? Since it’s (still) Women’s History Month and just one day after St. Patrick’s Day, we’re combining the topics of “women” and “Irish” to provide this week’s shuffler: NellieContinue reading “Nellie Cashman”

Andrée Borrel

Andrée Borrel (1919 – 1944) DJ Name: Beats by Dré It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nay. Neither. It was actually Andrée Borrel, the first woman paratrooper to drop in on Nazi occupied France during World War II in an attempt to establish secret supply lines for the Allies. Andrée was a jill of allContinue reading “Andrée Borrel”

Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus (1849 – 1887) DJ Name: Lazarhythm  Happy Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re going to eat bagels, dream about frolicking around New York City together (like we literally did this month last year ~pre-covid~) and think about our number one gal who towers above all else in the city that never sleeps: LadyContinue reading “Emma Lazarus”

Hazel M. Johnson

Hazel M. Johnson (1935-2011) DJ Name: Hazed & Confused Years before Greta Thunberg said “how dare you” to a bunch of big boi politicians who are daring to not do anything about climate change, Hazel M. Johnson fought for environmental justice in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods and worked to improve living conditions for those in publicContinue reading “Hazel M. Johnson”

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895) DJ Name: Crumpin’ Crumpler Fun fact! When Dr. Dre said “I need a doctor” in 2011, they were actually referring to DJ Dr. Crumpin’ Crumpler. That’s right, Rebecca Lee Crumpler literally brought Dr. Dre back to life because she was THAT good of a doctor. OK, but for real, Rebecca LeeContinue reading “Rebecca Lee Crumpler”

Major Taylor

Major Taylor (1878-1932) DJ Name: Major Key Major Taylor loved to ride his bicycle. He loved to ride his bike. He loved to ride it where he liked. BIIIIICYCLE BIIIIIIIIIIICYCLE. Yes, that’s right, Major Taylor was quite the bike racer, but unfortunately it was often difficult for him to ride it where he liked becauseContinue reading “Major Taylor”

Elizabeth Keckley

Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907) DJ Name: Lizzy Smalls ‘Twas a Tuesday night at the White House in 1861, and Mary Todd Lincoln was all aflutter. She simply would not have enough time to don her corset and flowered headpiece before she had to descend the stairs to the evening’s festivities. The White House’s seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley,Continue reading “Elizabeth Keckley”

César Chávez

César Chávez (1927-1993) DJ Name: DJ Cez the Day While Joe Biden was sworn in as the United States’ 46th president (we heard it was a cold and fun festivity with a few flurries, but Lena Horne wasn’t present this time), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was in the Bronx with a bullhorn to give extraContinue reading “César Chávez”

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