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Enjoy this custom playlist by our outreach director Shannon Shird. Lemonade a Seat at the Table

Progressive Pupil’s Top 5 Christmas Songs of All Time (This Year)

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Photo courtesy of Groovecollector.com

There are two undeniably amazing things about Best Man Holiday. First, its one of 2.5 competently made feature films starring a predominantly Black cast (I can’t attest to the competency of any Tyler Perry film but it was made, so…). Second, its soundtrack is too dope for its own good. Its a great film to remind us all of how much fantastic pop music has been made in the spirit of the holiday season. In that same spirit we here at Progressive Pupil want to offer up some of our favorite songs to be the soundtrack to your Christmas.

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The Queen of Latin Soul

La Lupe. Image courtesy of BeingLatino.Us

La Lupe.
Image courtesy of BeingLatino.Us

Guadalupe Victoria “Yoli” Raymond was born in Santiago de Cuba two days before Christmas, 1936. Soon the world would come to know her as ‘La Lupe’, or ‘La YiYiYi’ (pr. GeeGeeGee). Her music touched millions, and La Lupe paved the way for other AfroCuban artists like Celia Cruz. Described by her older sister Norma Yoli as “just another Black girl from Santiago,” to Latin@ communities around the world, she was so much more. La Lupe remains an icon and a legend, the Queen of Latin Soul! In 1971, La Lupe told Look magazine, “I think people like me because I do what they like to but can’t get free enough to do.

To learn more about La Lupe’s life, music and legacy, check out this free documentary:

by Joanne Bermudez