The rapper may be off in another dimension, but he’s a realist. And realism is messy.
On the legacy of the ‘70s singer and the important influence of iconic black women.
While Blue has forged its way into the cultural canon of “classic” albums, much of Joni Mitchell’s later work has been unfairly relegated to the audiophilic dustbin.
Fifty years ago, a gay, cross-dressing, black singer named Jackie Shane scored a surprise radio hit in what was then staid and uptight Toronto. A few years later, he disappeared. On Shane’s legacy, and the under-appreciated gifts he gave to a…