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Album Review

Nikki Giovanni's second album backed by the New York Community Choir, Like a Ripple on a Pond, didn't build on the success of the African-American poet's debut, but it did reach just outside the Top 50 on the black albums chart in 1973. It is just as strong as the debut, featuring Giovanni's voice up in front, while arranger and director Benny Diggs directs the powerful gospel choir behind her. The poet relates experiences both personal and of her people, but she's at her best when she speaks in the first person and describes the struggles she has gone through in a plainspoken yet warm manner — those struggles aren't far off from the struggles many others have gone through. Giovanni's ability to relate to her audience, combined with the sections where the choir is allowed to let loose, makes this album a timeless one.

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Like a Ripple On Pond

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Biography

Born: June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Poetry

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most popular and acclaimed African-American poets of the 20th century, Nikki Giovanni came of age in the heady, militant era of the civil rights movement, and her most influential poetry was suffused with all the spirit and vitality of a new age. Giovanni was born Yolande Cornelia Giovanni Jr. in Knoxville, TN, on June 7, 1943; her family moved to Cincinnati shortly thereafter, but Giovanni returned to Knoxville to live with her grandparents in 1957. She was an early enrollee at Nashville's...
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