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Black Women Helped Build House Music. Their Credit Is Often Left off Records.

CeCe Peniston and Martha Wash, among others, speak out on their challenges and triumphs

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In the early 1980s, house music emerged as a new musical force emanating out of Black gay clubs such as Chicago’s Warehouse and Muzic Box and New York City’s Paradise Garage. Evolving out…




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