The Man In Front of the Camera

As our fifth week gets underway, I am finding myself engulfed in research about Louis Armstrong as the man off stage. Admittedly, I did not have an immense amount of Armstrong knowledge entering into this fellowship, but my passion to uncover the truth has truly been my driving force. Through my findings, the topic of... Continue Reading →

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Welcome Aiyonna and Robert!

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is delighted to introduce you to our second cohort of Fellows: Aiyonna Aviles and Robert Wright! Below they will tell you a bit about themselves, their goals, and the experiences that led them to this fellowship. Stay tuned here for more about their time at LAHM   Throughout life we... Continue Reading →

It’s Been Real

As my fellowship at The Louis Armstrong House Museum comes to a close, I must recollect on the fundamental experiences I’ve gained during my time here. I’ve learned a plethora of skill sets that will allow me to have a prosperous professional career moving forward. I became familiarized with all areas of operations at this... Continue Reading →

Just One Time

I’m a strong advocate that it only takes one time, just one time, for someone to be influenced. Over the weekend, I sat back and realized that representation not only matters, but it’s vital. For their annual Pops is Tops! concert series, the Louis Armstrong House Museum brought out trumpet extraordinaire Alphonso Horne and his... Continue Reading →

Pops is Tops!

This week at The Louis Armstrong House Museum has been quite exciting! Hundreds of little feet have graced the hallways of the Armstrongs' home! School groups from Corona and the surrounding areas gathered for the three-day long extravaganza that is Pops is Tops! Pops is Tops is an interactive concert that introduces local school children... Continue Reading →

Black Like Me

While standing waiting in line, I overheard the conversation between a man and woman in front of me. "Wow, you're beautiful!" the man exclaimed. "What are you mixed with?" Immediately a scowl was planted on my face, as I could not control my disbelief and disgust. I've seen this scenario play out quite too often.... Continue Reading →

Too Far Gone

One thing that I’ve always admired about Louis is his humility. Despite extreme wealth and celebrity, he decided to live a “normal” life. Honestly speaking, if I were allotted the same fortune and opportunity as Louis, I may not have chosen to live as modestly as he did. Louis’s characteristics are rare and many celebrities do... Continue Reading →

“But, What About Lil?”

While giving guided tours at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, most people are intrigued to learn that Lucille was Louis’ fourth wife. Naturally, out of curiosity, they inquire about the previous leading ladies in Louis’ life. There was Daisy Parker (m. 1918, div. 1923), Lil Hardin (m. 1924, div. 1938), Alpha Smith (m. 1938, div.... Continue Reading →

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