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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor shows how music universally bridges cultural divides

It’s a genre of music invented by former African slaves and their descendants just a few decades after emancipation. Though novel, the rhythms and melodies were the result of a fusion between the native musical forms they brought over from their home continent and instrumentation they encountered in their new country. As it evolved and grew more popular, it became an emblem of national pride, unity and ingenuity.

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2015 NFL Draft: 12 Big Ten players taken in Rounds 2 & 3

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. A total of 12 former Big Ten stars were selected in the second day of the NFL Draft, with eight of them landing in the second round, and four in the third round.

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NFL Draft: A look at the Big Ten players still on the board

Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft.

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How have Big Ten defensive backs fared in last 10 drafts?

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

No Big Ten school has produced defensive backs like Ohio State over the past 10 years. Since the 2005 draft, the Buckeyes have had 12 defensive backs taken with a league-high three of those coming in the first round–Donte Whitner in 2006; Malcolm Jenkins in 2009; Bradley Roby in 2014.

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