Shemekia Copeland is a woman who knows the blues. She grew up listening to it every night as a child in Harlem at a time when most of her friends were stuck on hip-hop. "I used to get in trouble when I was a kid for coming to school singing dirty Koko Taylor songs," she says, laughing via telephone from her home in Chicago. But her parents were never mad at her. "My father once told my teacher: 'How many students do you have in your class that know anything... More >>>