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On August 21, 1979: Singer-songwriter and certified chef Kelis Rogers, known mononymously as Kelis, was born in Harlem. She is best-known for her 2003 smash hit “Milkshake,” and she has recently received critical acclaim for her soul-funk album, FOOD.


On August 21, 1983: The Broadway play La Cage aux Folles premiered at the Palace Theatre. This original Broadway production took home six Tony Awards of 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.


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.

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