Singer Timmy Thomas, whose Biggest Hit was the Anti-War Anthem, Dies

In the summer of 1972, singer and keyboardist Timmy Thomas was watching the “CBS Evening News” and heard Walter Cronkite chart the death toll of American and Vietcong soldiers that day. “I told, ‘What?!’ So many mothers’ children died today?” Mr. Thomas told Spin magazine: “Are so many families in a war where we can’t …

Ukraine’s National Anthem Reverberates Around the World

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, the soaring melody of Ukraine’s national anthem has been heard around the world, from anti-war protests in Moscow to the stages of major concert halls. NBA basketball courts TikTok posts. Known for its opening line, “Ukraine’s glory is not gone,” the anthem is heard every day in Ukraine as well. …

‘Patria y Vida’: How a Cuban Rap Song Became a Protest Anthem

MEXICO CITY — As thousands marched through Cuba last July in a shocking protest against the Communist regime, many shouted and chanted a common refrain: “Patria y vida!” or “Homeland and life!” This phrase comes from a rap song of the same name. to start for the burgeoning movement of young people taking to the …

Black National Anthem to Play at NFL Pregame Ceremonies

Inside Thursday night season openerBefore the game began, Alicia Keys and the Florida A&M choir sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” while the players took the field with their arms crossed at Raymond James Stadium. The NFL began broadcasting the song, also known as the Black national anthem, as part of its pre-game TV broadcasts …