Originally Published on TheBoombox.com.
Think of the Apollo Theater. Now imagine if it never existed. There would never be ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ — remember Sandman Sims removing bad contestants from the stage with a cane? — and stars like Marvin Gaye, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Ne-Yo and Aretha Franklin wouldn’t have had the opportunity to showcase their extraordinary talents on the come-up. One hundred years later, black theaters like this and many others are a necessity in 21st century America.
Historically, black theaters were once thriving centers for African-American music lovers and artists who were banned from white-only theaters during segregated times in America. This is no longer an issue, so why do these theaters still matter since African-American artists can perform anywhere today as long as they are bringing in the green?
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