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Popular Music

Shoshana Damari

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Israeli folk singer Shoshana Damari, 1961.
Courtesy of Israel National Photo Collection, Israel Government Press Office

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Israeli folk singer Shoshana Damari, 1961.
Courtesy of Israel National Photo Collection, Israel Government Press Office

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Yaffa Yarkoni

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Yaffa Yarkoni performs during the Teletrom.
Courtesy of the Government Press Office of Israel.
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Yaffa Yarkoni performs during the Teletrom.


Courtesy of the Government Press Office of Israel.

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A Night With My Tween Icons: Salt-n-Pepa

I remember buying Salt-n- Pepa’s album Very Necessary in 1993. I must have been nine, and along with River of Dreams by Billy Joel, it was the soundtrack of my tween life (we can discuss my eclectic music taste in another blog post). I never could have imagined that eleven years later I would be in Boston’s City Hall Plaza listening to the epic Salt, Pepa, and Spinderella spout messages of female empowerment, the value of friendships, and staying true to you. 

It was a magical evening at the Phantom Gourmet Beach BBQ Party, and thanks to one of my highly connected friends, I ended up with two tickets. I grabbed a friend who enjoys meat, beer, and 90’s hip-hop as much as I did, and we ventured to the plaza.

Salt-N-Pepa, Very Necessary, 1993

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Salt-N-Pepa's 1993 album "Very Necessary."

Salt-N-Pepa's 1993 album "Very Necessary."

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