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Black History Month Part 2

This week we’re celebrating Black Musicians in honour of Black History Month and the amazing contributions to various styles of music that hav been made.

Over the years there have been some incredibly influential songs, voices and lyrics crafted by many talented Black Artists. We’re going to briefly look at some of our favourites in this blog as well as pass some recommendations on at the end. You can find all of the following CDs pictured, in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton. We’ve included a few details for each artist


Artist: Howlin’ Wolf

Genre: Blues         

Most Famous Song: Smokestack Lightnin’


Artist: Bob Marley

Genre: Reggae

Most Famous Song: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright


Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing


Artist: Miles Davis

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: So What


Artist: John Lee Hooker

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Boom Boom


Artist: Billie Holiday

Genre: Jazz

Most Famous Song: The Very Thought of You


Artist: Marvin Gaye

Genre: Soul

Most Famous Song: Let’s Get It On


Artist: Robert Johnson

Genre: Blues

Most Famous Song: Crossroad

Artists we recommend:

Kele, the lead singer of Bloc Party released a solo album called ‘Trick’ in 2014 which we highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Bloc Party. Kele has a unique voice which boasts incredible emotional depth and echoes throughout his Electro-Soul sound.

Leon Bridges has recently earned more favour after the release of his album ‘Coming Home’ in 2015. His latest album has won the hearts of many listeners as his gospel like sound accompanied by Leon’s soulful voice makes for a very enjoyable listen.

Corinne Bailey Rae is  a household name these days and continues to release successful albums. Although you have probably heard of Corine already we thought we’d give her a mention so you can revisit some of her hits or have a gander at her new album. Corinne’s music is perfect if you’re missing the summer and want to relive that dreamy hot day feeling. Plus she’s from Leeds and we’re all for promoting Yorkshire pride! 🙂

Emeli Sande has recently released a new highly successful song which will be followed by an album later on this year. This will be her second album and yet this talented woman has achieved major success in such a short music career. If you haven’t heard her first album, ‘Our Version of Event’s’ then we recommend that you go listen right now!

Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK and so we’re celebrating the people who have contributed to the legacy of Black History so far as we all shape the future.

We’ve chosen to celebrate  writers, actors, directors, musicians and important public figures who are not only incredibly talented but who have also achieved amazing things and contributed immensely to Black History as well as to culture on an international scale. These influential and creative artists, revolutionaries and icons continue to inspire regardless of their era or subject.

To start our celebration of Black History Month we are looking at exceptional Black Writers.

You can find the following books in your LRC at University Centre, High Melton and we’ve chosen these particular writers because of their extraordinary talent and contribution to the field of literature, to say the least.


Maya Angelou, was an American writer, poet, actor, activist and producer. This amazing woman has influenced and inspired many people with her autobiographical writing and the part she has played in the civil-rights movement. She received many awards for her various contributions to this world and was recently honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Angelou died in 2014 but her legacy lives on. The musician Beyonce has sampled Maya Angelou’s work in her own music, specifically the song ***Flawless which features a feminist speech by Angelou. A great advocate and spokesperson for black people and women.

To find out more about Maya Angelou you can visit her official website here.


James Baldwin was an iconic playwright, novelist, poet and activist. His major topics in his writing covered not only the pressures he felt as a black man but also as a gay man. He highlighted these issues and faced a lot of controversy but ultimately he prevailed and gave a voice and understanding to so many people who were struggling with the same or similar issues. Baldwin is rightly recognised as a great writer and his lifetime of accomplishments is something he can be incredibly proud of. His work is powerful and poignant and relevant throughout the decades that have passed since he wrote them.

For a more detailed insight into James Baldwin’s life you can read his biography here.


Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author. Her work focusses on African-Americans and their history, culture and struggles. She was the first African-American woman to be selected for the Nobel Prize award for her contribution to literature. An amazing talent and a very hard working woman, Morrison has achieved a great deal throughout her career and continues to publish work even now she is her 80’s. Morrison has also branched out into children’s literature and so you can enjoy her work in many ways as well as introducing the younger generation to her powerful voice.

You can read more about Toni Morrison here.

Other black writers we recommend you read: Walter Mosely, Zadie Smith, Andrea Levy, Taiye Selasi, Colson Whitehead, Amiri, Baraka and Alex Haley to mention but a few.

Almost Easter


Well everyone… the Easter Vacation is almost upon us. While we do operate normal vacation hours during the holidays, the LRCs are closed completely for the Bank Holidays. The days in which the LRC will be completely closed are: Friday 29th March, Saturday 30th March, Monday 1st April, Tuesday 2nd April and Saturday 6th April. All other days we are open 8:45am-5pm apart from Friday 12th April we close at 4:45pm.  So if you’re not going to be around during the vacation… Remember to renew your books either via the Web Catalogue online or by Phone.

DVD Collage

Are there any DVDs or BluRays that could help with your course? Although we have an extensive Media Collection at both LRC’s… if there are any new titles that will help with your studies – Let Us Know! You can either fill out a comments card in the LRC or post your suggestions onto our Facebook Wall here: http://www.facebook.com/doncastercollegelrc  Just tell us the Title, Format and the Course that you are currently studying on and how it will Help. It’s as simple as that! 🙂



Did you know that you can top up your Printing Credit at both LRCs? Just take your Student Card to the Reception Desk with the amount in which you want to credit on to your account and it’ll be updated within seconds for you 🙂

Thanks again for reading 🙂 and I hope you’ve all got something lovely and relaxing planned for other the Easter Vacation!

Handy Hint: To avoid late charges or missing book fees… don’t take material out on loan from the library for anyone other than yourself. If you borrow anything on your account for a friend or colleague then unfortunately you are responsible for it.

Date Stamps


An Essential upgrade to the LRCs computer booking system will commence at 2:30pm on Friday 8th March.  It is anticipated that the LRCs computers will be down for approximately one hour, however it is possible that there may be some further disruption during the afternoon. We thank you for your patience.