Charting the connection between DJ Frankie Knuckles and the Obamas

(The Globe and Mail, April 23, 2014)

 

“His legacy lives on in the city of Chicago, and on dance floors around the world,” said the message, sandwiched between White House letterhead and Barack and Michelle Obama’s signatures. It might seem unusual for a sitting U.S. President and First Lady to write a personal letter to the family of a famous DJ, even one who died too soon. But Barack Obama and the late Frankie Knuckles had more in common than just being young (ish – Knuckles was only 59 when he died, allegedly due to complications from diabetes), gifted and black….

 

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