Playlists & Musings

Stormé DeLarverie

Stormé DeLarverie (1920-2014) DJ Name: Stormé Skies And on the third week of Pride month, Historic Shuffle is turning to a legendary figure who may or may not have thrown the first punch at the Stonewall Riots on the night of June 27, 1969. That legen-wait for it-dary figure is none other than Stormé DeLarverie,Continue reading “Stormé DeLarverie”

Amaza Lee Meredith

Amaza Lee Meredith (1895-1984) DJ Name: Amazing Lee  We’re back again this week with another story to continue the celebration of Pride Month! Amaza Lee Meredith AKA DJ Amazing Lee was an architect, educator, artist and Spotify stan from Virginia (oh hey home state of Emmy and Camille!) who established the art department at whatContinue reading “Amaza Lee Meredith”

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) DJ Name: DJ Lordy Lorde Happy Pride Month! This week, we’re celebrating a woman who described herself as a “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” Quite the list! As a Black queer woman in white academia, Audre put pen to paper to take down injustices of sexism, classism, racism and other -isms —Continue reading “Audre Lorde”

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) DJ Name: Beats Maker Banneker  If you live in certain areas of the U.S., perhaps you’ve recently noticed you have some new neighbors. And these neighbors aren’t exactly friendly ones, getting out the barbecue for Memorial Day Weekend and sharing a beer with you on your stoop. Nay, these neighbors cling toContinue reading “Benjamin Banneker”

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) DJ Name: DJ Duke Silver “Let’s go to the beach-each, let’s go get a wave. – Nicki Minaj” – Duke Kahanamoku. Bad bitches like him are hard to come by. And by “bad bitch” we mean “super star surfer,” because even when the tide was high, Duke was holding on. Like aContinue reading “Duke Kahanamoku”

Leona Vicario

Leona Vicario (1789-1842) DJ Name: Leonasty Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in America, and it’s marked with gran celebraciónes of Mexican culture and heritage. Though las fiestas are particularly litty city in Mexican-American enclaves, Cinco de Mayo has become popular throughout the States as well, with people donning bright colors, dancing and chowing downContinue reading “Leona Vicario”

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) DJ Name: Fly Bly With little formal writing training, Nellie Bly proved throughout her life that the pen was mightier than the sword. Nellie was a sneaky gal, nosing her way around town and blowing things wide open in newspapers. When Nellie began her career, women weren’t writing breaking newsContinue reading “Nellie Bly”

Hallie Morse Daggett

Hallie Morse Daggett (1878-1964) DJ Name: DJ Dag Nab It Word to yo motha — today is Earth Day! To celebrate our collective matriarch, we decided to learn about a real-life Lorax, a woman who worked tirelessly to save the forests even when her own country wouldn’t allow her to vote or open up herContinue reading “Hallie Morse Daggett”

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”


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