Felix Hernandez: The Preservation of Classic Rhythm and Blues


In 2018, I photographed ‘Felix Hernandez’s, “Rhythm Review” dance parties in Queens, NY and in Greenwich Village, noting his preservation of classic musical importance in our Black communities. Firing up the turntable with rhythm and blues music of the 60s, 70s and 80s; precious times uniting our coming together on weekends in ballrooms, clubs, community centers, blue light basements, house parties, etc. to socialize and dance the night away. Besides those silky feelings of slow moving rhythms; lessons on love and of life are still tucked away inside those profound lyrics, giving us a broader vision on how to deal with love’s ups and downs and how to cope with the un-justice conditions of Black life in America.

The delightful sounds of the DJ’s weekend selections, echoed off glass windows and concrete walls; a couple of drinks and our fabulous Black women, helped us forget the struggles and stress of our Monday through Friday work week on the plantation with that ungrateful white man, as James Brown, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye; The Miracles, The Stylistics, The Supremes, Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin and War amongst countless other artists, educated and rejuvenated our spirits, transforming our nights into desirous moments of joyful bliss.

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Blessings to everyone and STAY SAFE!

Howard T Cash