Born: November 7, 1929
Ohio connection: Birth
Once an editorial assistant to Langston Hughes, Raoul Abdul was born in Cleveland, son of Hamid and Beatrice (Shreve) Abdul. His music career led him to publish articles which appeared in publications such as Anthology of the American Negro in the Theatre and The Negro in Music and Art. Abdul was the writer of a column entitled "The Cultural Scene" for the Associated Negro Press. He served as the Cultural editor for New York Age. His books inlcude 3000 Years of Black Poetry (1970), The Magic of Black Poetry (1972), Famous Black Entertainers of Today (1974), and Blacks in Classical Music (1977). Raoul Abdul died on January 15, 2010.