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Awakenings: Imagine John Lennon

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On this day in 1980, Beatles star John Lennon was brutally shot to death by an obsessed fan outside the Dakota Building in New York City. The world mourned the tragic death of a man who imagined only peace.

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: Partey! Parte-e-ey! PARTE-E-EY!

Awakenings: Partey! Parte-e-ey! PARTE-E-EY! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Along with Superbowl Sunday comes time to partey! Parte-e-ey! PARTE-E-EY! Gatherings will occur in homes, backyards, and a variety of locations, many of which are already underway! Food will be plentiful, recipes ranging from the simplest to the most unique and outrageous, with the Word of the Day - BEER flowing like a Las Vegas fountain. My, my! For the Love of Beer! 

BUT what about the parking lot of Levi's Stadium?
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The Super Bowl won't be so super for tailgaters! That's right...NO tailgating at Levi's Stadium Super Bowl 50! It seems the Super Bowl has become over commercialized with more emphasis being placed on the media, rather than the fans! Read MORE @awakenings...

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Awakenings: The George Clooney of Country Music

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Generations of Country Music have left an indelible mark on music History. Old time fiddle (a genre of American folk music) is the precursor to country that influenced bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock. Into the 90s...Country Time found a new audience emerging for country music. The music grandparents listened to branched out into mainstream and Top 40 radio with the foundation of the songs remaining extremely emotional. A plethora of musicians set the stage on fire leaving the flames to rise higher and higher through the decades that followed well into the 21st century.

Today in Music History: February 5

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2005 Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Be As You Are'. Visit Awakenings for who named him "the George Clooney of country music."

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Awakenings: Super TGIF!

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TGIF! BUT not just any TGIF! Today is the Friday of Super Bowl weekend! Are you ready for the big game? By ready means...whether you are the host or guest of a Super Bowl Party, have you dieted all week for Super Eating Sunday? Of course, before the eating comes the preparation...lots of preparation way beyond the chips and dip, which by all means will find their place at the table!
Sharla Shults's insight:

No doubt about it...Super Bowl Sunday is by far one of the "eatingest" days of the year! The more exciting the game, the more nervous one becomes, the more one eats!!!!! Make the snaking possibilities as simple or extravagant as you want them to be!

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Awakenings: Happy 75th Birthday, USO!

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History can be acknowledged and celebrated on any given day. What is most important is for events to be remembered, not forgotten. Yesterday marks a memorable birthday relative to support for our military that warrants undivided attention: The USO...United Services Organizations.

The United Service Organization (USO) celebrated a big milestone on Thursday: its 75th birthday!
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How much do you know about the USO? This Day in History: February 4, 1941

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Awakenings: Chocolate Duo...Dip & Spread!

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With February being the month of love, what better way to celebrate than with chocolate! Ooooh! la la! Raw (not processed), unsweetened (for baking), dark, bittersweet, semisweet, Couverture, milk, white, Hershey process, cocoa powder, compound chocolate, modeling chocolate, truffled & so much more! While many things are happening on this day in February, two of them tempt the pallet so chocolatey!


February 5th is...

Chocolate Fondue Day & World Nutella Day!

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Under no circumstances should you forget the bacon! It has been called the Man Candy. Man or woman, kid or adult, the sweet and salty will get you every time coming back for more, more, more.

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Awakenings: George Washington...First U.S. President, Part 2

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This Day in History: February 4, 1789

Before looking at this day in history, it will behoove us to step back to January 7, 1789 to fully understand the significance of the two dates. On January 7, 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held – so to speak. While generally considered to be the date of the first election, January 7 was actually the deadline established for the original states to elect their electors. On February 4th, 1789 George Washington is unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
Sharla Shults's insight:

The presidential election for 2016 will commence in 277 days. This will be the election for the 45th President of the United States. This election will be much different from that which was held in 1789!

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Awakenings: Soup Goes Postal

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One of the classic comfort food cravings is soup...hearty, healthy, and for today homemade! No soup from a box, pouch or can on this day! No, sir! This is the day you get to prepare savory soup just the way you like it, made from scratch nourishment to warm you up from the inside out. The soup can be simply basic, slow-cooked in a crockpot, or chocked full of fiber-packed vegetables, lean meats and flavorful spices. Any way you make it the ingredients come together in an aromatic, satisfying meal that feeds the soul.

February 4th is . . .
Homemade Soup Day
When better to enjoy a delicious bowl of soup than Homemade Soup Day?
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How can you make soup on Homemade Soup Day go postal? The answer is quite simple since February 4 is also...Thank a Mailman Day! Prepare a pot full of soup and take to your local post office for mailmen/women to share for lunch!


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Awakenings: The Ultimate Card

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Pure love goes deep with the three little words "I love you" often seeming to not be quite enough. There is more you want to say. For some, even expressing those words does not come easily. More than likely you have been in a situation where it was oh-so difficult to put into words what you truly wished to express. The words lay stuck in your throat, dormant in your heart. It may even have been nervousness fearing the intent might be misunderstood or perhaps as simple as just not knowing what to say or how to say it at the time.
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Wouldn't it be nice to simply have The Ultimate Card? The card that says it all regardless of occasion or recipient. Does such a card exist?

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Awakenings: J.Lo feat. Cool

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When it comes to Rap, you either love it or hate it yet it is undeniably one of the most popular genres of music to date. The History of Rap finds the term dating as early as the 15th and 16th century in Britain. In the US, it emerged in the black community in the 60s. At that time, rap was used mostly as a slang word meaning to talk with someone, having a conversation.

And the rest is history. What record companies thought was just a fad rapidly grew into the most popular music genre of this decade. Rap music’s beginnings were humble and focused on bringing families together and uplifting each other’s spirits in times of heartache and pain. Since its inception much has changed and evolved but the essence of its heart and soul remains. [Source: History of Rap]
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Today's spotlight shines on a collaboration between an extremely popular entertainer - American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer and businesswoman - and a hip-hop artist, author, actor and businessman.

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Awakenings: It's Groundhog Day...What's Phil's Verdict?

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If you awoke early this morning, then you know...

February 02, 2016 at 7:30 AM, updated February 02, 2016 at 7:34 AM
Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year? The famous weather-predicting woodchuck came out Tuesday morning at Gobbler's Knob in Punsxutawney, Pennsylvania, and did NOT see his shadow -- which means an EARLY SPRING. READ MORE...
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Spring is definitely coming, just a matter of when! Let's do hope Phil did not lie and the buds & blossoms will appear soon! 

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Awakenings: Early spring perhaps? Meet Br'er Groundhog...

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Xtra! Xtra! Read all about it! Tomorrow morning the nation will be told by a groundhog, none the less, if winter is to be extended or if an early spring is in our midst. With brutal weather conditions across certain areas of the country, winter storms promise many more days of white. Yet, no matter where you are there is still hope for winter to cease, spring to arrive early.

February 2 is...

Groundhog Day
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Meet Br'er Groundhog...Are you READY for this quirky holiday, Groundhog Day? Groundhog, you may ask? You say a groundhog forecast the weather? Do you mean woodchuck, whistle-pig, land-beaver? No? What kind of folklore is this? Um-m-m-m-m? Let's look a little deeper into this weather hound.

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Awakenings: Battle of the Speeds

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The evolution of music recording spans decades of easy listening, R&B, rock 'n' roll, etc. way before the cassette tape, CD and MP3 player. Records and Record Players Through the Years have their own unique stories to tell. Those of us who personally owned (perhaps still own) phonograph records remember them best by their size (diameter in inches) and RPM (rotational speed at which they are played).

Today in Music History: February 1
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RCA 7-inch 45 rpm fine-grooved vinyl record: Another spotlight for today in music history shines on the 45RPM for single recordings. 45MPH might seem more familiar than 45RPM with that insight, of course, being dependent upon in which era you grew up. With the advent of the 45RPM came the world's fastest record changer, the perfect portable personal music medium, as well as a smallersize allowing for longer playing time in jukeboxes since they took up less space.

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Awakenings: The "Mall Rat"

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Singing in the shower is not uncommon but definitely not considered a stage for others to hear you bellow out your most memorable melodies. What about when "waltzing the mall"? Of course, in today's malls, music is piped throughout with an open invitation to sing along, especially to your favorites. That's common. What's different is when you sing alone, just you, your voice, your song.

Today in Music History: February 6

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Tiffany Renee Darwish, aka Tiffany: American singer, songwriter, actress and former teen icon. With no slight intended, Tiffany was the ultimate, sparkling epitome of the Southern California "mall rat."

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Awakenings: Eat it like ice cream!

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Ice cream has been a favorite since... There is no definitive record as to the inventor or exact date of the origin of ice cream but we do know it did not begin with the creamy texture as we know it today. There is also a competitor that has been around for over four millennia, particularly in the Middle East and India. The plain, creamy version was introduced to the United States in the 1900s. A rise in popularity resulted in prepackaged versions becoming available in the 1930s. By the 1970s, with the popularity of ice cream surging, freezing and production technology was transferred to the delightful dandy dairy dish being celebrated on this day.

February 6 is...
National Frozen Yogurt Day
(On some calendars celebrated June 4th)
Sharla Shults's insight:

Frozen Yogurt can be eaten the very same way that ice cream is eaten.  You can add delicious topping like fruit sauce, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut or whipped cream and you will love it just as much as you love ice cream. Yogurt is a bit tart in taste but a lot lower in fat. Frozen yogurt is a healthier alternatives to ice cream.

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Awakenings: Inside the Stadium...Super Bowl 50

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Welcome to Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California, the most tech-savvy stadium in America! On May 29, 2009 the San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement with the City of Santa Clara to construct a $1.3 billion stadium. At a cost of over $1 billion, 90% of the stadium was funded by the sale of stadium assets, a hotel tax, the 49ers and the NFL. Construction started in April 2012 and Levi's Stadium opened on July 17, 2014.
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San Francisco’s new Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50, is a one-of-a-kind stadium. When the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos take the field Sunday afternoon, they will be playing in the first professional sports stadium with a dedicated classroom. This modern stadium serves as much a role in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum as the football played on the field. And you thought it was just a place to toss around a pigskin! Think again...
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Awakenings: USO...More Than Just Entertainment!

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Yesterday, February 4, was the USO's 75th birthday! There is a lot of history behind the creation and continuation of the USO. Its "camp shows" officially launched on October 30, 1941 set the stage for the USO’s tradition of bringing entertainment to service members around the world boosting the moral of soldiers far and wide. The USO has broadened its horizons beyond entertainment but always toward the same goal: Support of our military troops until every one comes home.

Today in History: February 5, 2013
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A few years back, the USO launched Operation Enduring Care to build two special USO centers and endow the USO Warrior and Family Care programs that help our wounded, ill and injured troops on their road to recovery and quest to live fulfilling lives. 

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Awakenings: Remembering Maurice White

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During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born – one that was steeped in African and African-American styles – particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. Read MORE...
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Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016)
American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader,
 the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
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Awakenings: The Most Played Song in the 20th Century

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Music is a matter of interpretation not limited simply to the tunes listened to on the radio, DVD, CD, MP3, MTV. Music is in the air. Music is everywhere. Life is music. The key to understanding the music around you is listening. Pausing. Stopping. Simply taking the time to listen.  

Some of the greatest music ever produced came out of the 60s. The melodies. The rhythms. The lyrics. Ah-h-h! The lyrics said so much, still do, in an understandable manner. Each word, each with expression touching the heart, piercing deep into the soul.

Today in Music History: February 4

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The Righteous Brothers:  pop-soul duo of the 60s influenced by the intimate and expressive style of black soul singers, but unlike most previous white groups they sought to emulate the raw intensity of those singers.

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Awakenings: Super Bowl Nostalgia

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The countdown has already begun with Super Bowl 50 hot on our heels, so let's turn our attention to Super Bowls past. If you are a huge fan that has kept up with the Super Bowl through the years, get ready to filter through some of the cobwebs of your mind as some great memories are released back into the light.

Before stepping back in time, take a good look at this year's Super Bowl logo. Do you notice something out of the ordinary?  The Roman Empire has fallen...again! Super Bowl 50 will be the first bowl year without the Roman numerals since they entered into play with Super Bowl V in 1971. Think about it: Which is more eye-catching, the single Roman numeral L or the Arabic numeral 50? The answer is a no-brainer! Check out The Super Bowl and Roman Numerals...

Today in Super Bowl History, February 4, 2007
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Of course, the Super Bowl  is NOT just about the game...There are the Super Bow Commercials, the National Anthem, the Halftime Shows. Are you hyped! Get ready! Get set! Let's play football...Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016!

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Awakenings: Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie!

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"The Day the Music Died" What a fitting phrase to such an American tragedy. Yet, in the aftermath, the music lives on, immortalized in our hearts, in our minds, on the radio, in film, on record, video and CD.
Today in Music History: February 3, 1959

It was a little past 1 a.m. on this day, February 3, in the year 1959. Three rising young musicians' lives ended in an Iowa cornfield. 22-year old Buddy Holly, 17-year old Ritchie Valens and 28-yr old JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, Jr. died as a result of a plane crash. Inclement weather, icy conditions and pilot error were blamed as the main causes for the crash of their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane.

While their careers were only beginning, their legacy is everlasting in a hall of fame honoring the era of rock and roll.  Long live Rock 'n' Roll!
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"The Day the Music Died" What a fitting phrase to such an American tragedy. Yet, in the aftermath, the music lives on, immortalized in our hearts, in our minds, on the radio, in film, on record, video and CD.

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Awakenings: Have your cake & eat your veggies!

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Do you have difficulty getting your kids to eat their vegetables? What about yourself...not a veggie eater? There are ways around what one might consider the ordinary vegetables. All you need is a good recipe or a great imagination. The veggie for today's celebration is the carrot paired with spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, raisins and nuts. Carrots add natural sweetness to recipes so you'll be surprised at all the different ways these little beauties can be incorporated.

February 3 is...
National Carrot Cake Day
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Carrot Cake has been made since the Middle Ages, when sugar & other sweeteners were rare & very expensive. So, people used sweet vegetables to flavor puddings. This technique became practically obsolete for several hundred years resurfacing in the 20th century.

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Awakenings: Whether ‘Cold as Ice’ or ‘Hotblooded’...Top of the Charts!

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At the height of the 70s transitioning on into the 80s, some of rock 'n' roll’s most enduring anthems were released, including Juke Box Hero (1982),  Feels Like The First Time (1977), Urgent (1981), Head Games (1979), Say You Will (1987), Cold as Ice (1977), Hot Blooded (1978), and the worldwide No.1 hit that is in this day's spotlight. As with the hit spotlighted on February 1, it definitely falls in the right month...the month of love!

Today in Music History: February 2 

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Foreigner: Whether their singles were ‘Cold as Ice’ or ‘Hotblooded’, the seventies saw rock band Foreigner shoot straight to the top of the charts, where the group achieved platinum status time and again.

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Awakenings: Superbowl Commercials

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What makes a good commercial? or should the question be What makes a commercial good? Apparently that is a tough question either way you word it since too many commercials are absolutely stupid. What is really sad is in all their stupidity one thing stands out...you remember it! UGH! Maybe that is the point. The stupider the ad the more it is talked about! Hello! 

As far as grading commercials is concerned, some of the best and the worst come from advertisements on Superbowl Sunday. So, in preparation for the upcoming spectacular, let's begin by revisiting some of the ads from previous Super Bowl years and sneak a peak into those slated for 2016. 

Four steps back in time, one step into the future...
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For 2016, each of the companies paid CBS a minimum of 5 million bucks per 30 seconds of precious air time. Eager to promote their goods before an audience of more than 100 million captivated viewers, most advertisers will tell you that each of those dollars was well spent.

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Awakenings: Hash it Out...Heavenly!

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What is your idea of 'Heavenly Hash'?


Leftovers thrown together in a casserole? Hash browns, cheese, eggs, & lots of bacon scrambled together? (Like the picture...Yum!) Grandma's classic fluffy white fruit salad swirled with yummy stuff? Candy made with chocolate, walnuts & mini marshmallows? Heavenly hash cakes & brownies? Classic heavenly hash ice cream? Would you believe it is all of these and MORE!

 

February 2 is...
National Heavenly Hash Day

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Heavenly Hash is definitely all of the above and then some! It is heavenly in that you create the hash, dessert, salad, etc. just the way you like it. What foods do you consider 'heavenly'? Toss 'em together, this is your day to have it your way...heavenly, that is!

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Awakenings: "Boy Wonder"

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Having placed so much emphasis on music as it transitioned through the 20th century, let's move forward with insights into the impact music is having in the 21st century. Foundations have been laid for varying genres but as with today's spotlight, R&B from the 21st Century is still intimate on the scene. With February being the month of love, what better way to start the month than with ...

Today in Music History: February 1

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Mario Dewar Barrett: American R&B singer/songwriter, actor, dancer, model and record producer known mononymously as Mario

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