Saturday, January 8, 2022


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Remembering Sidney Poitier and His Impact on Black Artists
' Sidney Poitier made history as the first Black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, establishing an unapologetically Black presence in Hollywood cinema as he paved the way for generations to come. Mark Anthony Neal , the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American studies at Duke University, joins Marc Lamont Hill on BNC News to talk about Poitier’s life and th
What a Philadelphia Rowhome Fire Tells Us About the State of Urban Housing in 2022
Urban housing, like rowhomes, is often designed to pack as many people as possible within as small an area as possible. But as the nation finally addresses its crumbling infrastructure, will urban homes get left behind? Here & Now host Peter O'Dowd speaks with Vincent Reina , associate professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.'
Healing through poetry in 'Light For The World To See'
'Poet and author Kwame Alexander was feeling the weight of being Black in America last summer and didn't know how to make sense of his feelings. So, he made sense of them through his book of poetry, Light For The World To See: A Thousand Words On Race And Hope . It's three poems on three historic events: the murder of George Floyd , Colin Kaepernick 's protests, and Barack Obama being elected pre

JAN 06

Remembering bell hooks and 'All About Love'
'In the aftermath of the death of author and social activist bell hooks, NPR's Book of the Day thought it would be nice to revisit one of our favorite interviews of hers. In 2000, she discussed her book All About Love: New Visions with NPR's Cheryl Corely . They talked about how most people misunderstand love and the many forms it can take and how transformative and powerful real love can be in a
Duke Science and Technology: An Algorithm for a Better World
'Duke University Computer science professor Nicki Washington is developing a new formula for equality in the tech industry: Disrupting the policies, practices and points of view standing in the way of marginalized computer science students. Making sure we all count, now that’s an algorithm for a better world.'
Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Power of Collective Memory
'What stories do we learn about the history of the United States? Who dreamed up those stories? And what happens when we challenge them? NPR's Throughline podcast talks to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about the historical argument she tried to make with the 1619 project.'

JAN 05

The Business of Art: From Earning A Living To Building A Legacy
'Collectors of the works of Alonzo Adams are a who’s who of Black excellence, ranging from the late Dr. Maya Angelou to former NBA greats including Alonzo Mourning . Adams joins Beyond The Hype to reflect on his 25-year journey as professional artists, and on the changing realities of creating, marketing, selling, and investing in Black art.'
Africa's Lost 'Motown' Years Rediscovered
'A young Senegalese music producer is digitising one of the largest back catalogues of African music in the world. Binetou Sylla 's father founded the African label Syllart Records and discovered some of the continent's biggest names. Until the project began, much of the music from the legendary label had only been available on vinyl records and CDs. Binetou wants to make this forgotten heritage
Ibram X. Kendi Explains Why White Supremacy Is the Ultimate Diversion
'Racist ideas have long cast Black people as dangerous to the nation and White people as safe. But if there’s anything Jan. 6 showed us, it’s the perils of misplaced fear. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi , National Book Award winner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and founder of BU’s Center for Antiracist Research, offers insight on the anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021 attac
Why US Prisons Don’t Want Prisoners to Read
'In a recent piece for Protean magazine entitled “ The American Prison System’s War on Reading ,” Alex Skopic writes, “Across the United States, the agencies responsible for mass imprisonment are trying to severely limit incarcerated people’s access to the written word—an alarming trend, and one that bears closer examination.” In this episode of Rattling the Bars , The Real News Network Executive

JAN 04

The Power and Necessity of Treating Criminal Defendants with Dignity
' Judge Victoria Pratt recognizes the power and empowerment of the written word and how reframing your narrative can help envision a new path for yourself. As Chief Judge of Newark Municipal Court, Judge Pratt assigned essays to criminal defendants in her court, which allowed young adults to embrace new truths and take responsibility for their future. Judge Pratt discusses these essay assignments
The World of 'Khat' in Ethiopia Examined in 'Faya Dayi'
'Filmmaker Jessica Beshir makes her feature-length debut with the documentary, Faya Dayi. In the documentary Beshir returns to her birthplace, Ethiopia, to explore the world around 'khat,' a stimulant leaf, that is both culturally and religiously significant, but also the country's biggest cash crop. Beshir joins All Of It to discuss the documentary.'
Lynn Nottage: Unexpected Optimist
'Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage ( Ruined , Sweat , Clyde’s ) breaks down her remarkable career and shares how, as an optimist at heart, she finds the light and resilience in unexpected stories. Plus, she tells The United States of Anxiety host Kai Wright about her hopes for the future of theater and her interest in making the medium accessible and meeting people where the

JAN 03

Goapele On Hieroglyphics And The Bay Area Hip-Hop Scene
'In this clip from People's Party with Talib Kweli , Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh talk with singer-songwriter Goapele about the hip-hop group Hieroglyphics, the Bay Area hip-hop scene, and getting arrested with Tajai .'
How Sephora Revolutionized Makeup Consumption
'The makeup giant Sephora played an outsized role in creating the modern cosmetics industry. WSJ reporter Khadeeja Safdar unpacks the unconventional business strategies that led to Sephora’s early success and the retailer’s more recent moves to adapt to the pandemic market.'
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on Climate Colonialism and Reparations
'After the 15th century, only five countries in the world had not been colonized by European empires in some form or another. Today we see how the policies, strategies, and technologies intended to “address” climate change will ultimately echo colonial pursuits under the guise of sustainable development and carbon offsets. On this episode of For The Wild , we explore climate colonialism, reparati

JAN 02

Tracing Rev. James Cleveland's Historic Contributions to Gospel
'Reverend James Cleveland was and remains one of the most influential figures in gospel music, bar none. Robert Marovich, a gospel historian and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gospel Music joins World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN to discuss his book, The King of Gospel Music: The Life and Music of Reverend James Cleveland . There's also a new 54-song collection of Cleveland's music to accomp
'Black Girl Songbook' – Chapter 25: Jennifer Hudson: A Dreamgirl Gets Her ‘Respect’
' Black Girl Songbook host Danyel Smith welcomes the Emmy-, Grammy-, and Oscar-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson to discuss the process of grooming her acclaimed talent and the journey to playing the legendary Aretha Franklin in Respect . Plus, Jennifer dives into what it’s like to be the light for the culture when we mourn the “greats”.'
The Barriers to Reentering Society After Prison
'Every year about 600,000 people are released from state and federal prisons. As part of PBS NewsHour 's "Searching for Justice" series, Amna Nawaz spoke with formerly incarcerated people about the difficulties older men and women face after decades behind bars, and Nicole Ellis sat down with a panel of experts to examine issues surrounding reentry into society after prison.'
First Sickle Cell Patient Treated with CRISPR Gene-editing Still Thriving
'A young Mississippi woman is thriving two years after getting treated for sickle cell disease with the revolutionary gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. "I'm doing great," Victoria Gray, now 36, said during a recent interview from her home in Forest, Miss. with Morning Edition , which has had exclusive access to chronicle her experience for more than two years. "I haven't any problems with s

JAN 01

Choreographer Rennie Harris on Channeling Alvin Ailey
' Rennie Harris was tapped by Robert Battle , Ailey Artistic Director, to choreograph a piece about Ailey for the 60th anniversary of the company. To prepare, the two reviewed archival footage of Ailey discussing his process. "I just sit there and watch to find out what made Mr. Ailey, Mr. Ailey," said Harris." -- American Masters PBS
Amanda Gorman on Life After Inauguration
' Amanda Gorman ’s reading at President Biden’s Inauguration—two weeks after the insurrection of January 6th—made her about as famous as an American poet can be. She talks with Kevin Young , The New Yorker’ s poetry editor, about writing a new book once the stakes were much higher.'
The Whitewashing of Reggaeton And Why J. Balvin's Apology Falls Flat
'Artist J. Balvin received a ton of backlash after he received the Afro-Latino artist of the year award from the African Entertainment Awards. Balvin has since apologized but critics note how this highlights the erasure of Black artists from Reggaeton. The Takeaway speaks with artist, writer and socio-critic Zahira Kelly-Cabrera who joins us to discuss why the whitewashing of reggaeton music has

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