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Forgotten Frontiersmen: Black Cowboys

Let go of John Wayne or Clint Eastwood as your primary image of a classic American buckaroo. On his new album Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, the Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founder opens up the frontier. He discusses how the West was a key landing place for black people starting new lives after their emancipation from slavery, and that it was more diverse than the images we often see in the movies or on TV - Latinx, Native, black as well as white people were all a part of the newly settled communities. With stories of real-life superheroes like Bass Reeves, the first Black U.S. Marshall in the West and the guy who inspired the iconic character of The Long Ranger, Dom Flemons plays some newly penned songs and talks with Ann Powers at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

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