By On This Day in NYC's History

THE PAN-AFRICAN CONGRESS MET AGAIN

On August 21, 1927: The fourth Pan-African Congress was held in New York City. It was part of a series of meetings first established in 1919 by W. E. B. DuBois as a means of supporting decolonization in Africa and the West Indies as well as demanding the end of colonial rule and racial discrimination.

doc1 On This Day In NYCs History: La Cage Aux Folles Premiered on Broadway
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LA CAGE à BROADWAY

On August 21, 1983: La Cage aux Folles premiered at the Palace Theatre. This original Broadway production took home six Tony Awards against its nine nominations, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The play is the only musical which has won the Tony for Best Revival twice, first in 2004 and again in 2010. Below, the original Broadway cast performs “I Am What I Am”.


BORN ON THIS DAY: KELIS

On August 21, 1979: Singer-songwriter and certified chef Kelis Rogers, known mononymously as Kelis, was born in Harlem. To celebrate this native’s birthday, enjoy her 2003 smash-hit, “Milkshake” (it’ll bring all the boys to the yard):

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