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Saturday, April 23, 2022


 NewBlackMan (in Exile)


Cypress Hill's Impact Comes into Focus in New Documentary
'When Cypress Hill released its debut album in 1991, the group's staccato lyrics were, for most outside of their LA hometown, a first introduction to Spanglish slang. "We didn't really have much representation in that time," rapper B Real tells Morning Edition 's A Martínez. "You either saw one side of the spectrum or the other, but not anything in the middle. And I think we represented that." Sp
Reinventing the Epic with 'The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois'
'When you think of an epic, what comes to mind? The Iliad , the Odyssey , maybe Beowulf ? Well, author Honorée Fanonne Jeffers points out that epics are almost always about white men. She told former Morning Edition host Noel King that she didn't want to tell that story because that story has already been told...many times. So, Jeffers set out to write a different kind of epic about heroic Black
Left of Black S12 · E20 | Brandon J. Manning on Black Satire
What have Black satirists been able to show and say about the political, cultural, and social landscape through the use of humor? Dr. Brandon J. Mannin g, Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality / Race & Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University, joins Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal to discuss his book, Played Out: The Race Man in 21st Century Satire , pub

APR 20

Reckoning and Resilience: Artist Saba Taj and Labor Organizer Chanelle Croxton
" That word 'impossible,' I think, has stuck with me, because I think there's something beautiful inside of it. To be impossible in the system that we have right now is magic ." —Artist Saba Taj 'This episode features artist Saba Taj , who lives in Durham, N.C., and whose paintings are part of "Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now." They are in conversation with Chanelle Croxton , a l
Brittany Davis: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
'A blind, Black, nonbinary musician from Seattle, Brittany Davis presides over a backing band that features six hard-hitting women. Together, they fuse rock, soul, hip-hop, pop and R&B in four songs — all drawn from Davis' debut EP, I Choose to Live — that teem with insights about identity, injustice, authenticity, motivation and power. Each song in this set moves at a different pace, from the ri
North Carolina Reads: 'Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia'
' North Carolina Reads is North Carolina Humanities’ statewide book club for 2022. North Carolina Reads features five books that explore issues of racial, social, and gender equality and the history and culture of North Carolina. Thomas Healy , the author of Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia, and Dr. Kofi Boone are in conversation moderated by North Carolina Afri
Fantastic Blackness: Hip Hop Heresies
'Hosts Shanté Paradigm Smalls and Tavia Nyong'o discuss Shanté's new book, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (NYU Press) .'
Why Is Brandy Called the “Vocal Bible”?
'At just 15 years old, Brandy Norwood proved herself to be the new “it girl” of the 90’s. After releasing her self-titled debut album "Brandy", she instantly became a cultural phenomenon and a role model to young Black women around the world. In this episode, Arthur Buckner talks to J Hoard and Cameron Write about Brandy's impact on the music industry, and Linda Diaz speaks with vocal coach, Dile
Janelle Monáe's New Book 'The Memory Librarian'
' Janelle Monáe needs no introduction. Amongst all of her creative endeavors, now she's the author of a new collection of short fiction stories called, The Memory Librarian . Monáe wrote the book in collaboration with female and nonbinary writers based on her 2018 album, Dirty Computer. She joins All Of It to discuss the book, which touches on themes of Afrofuturism, identity, oppression, and mor
Georgia at the Intersections: Housing Affordability
' Over the past year , Atlanta’s median home prices have increased nearly 24 percent and according to the real estate brokerage firm Redfin -- Atlanta home purchases have been particularly targeted by investors- which means flipping and reselling for even higher prices. As housing prices rise, the city’s racial demographics are also shifting. White residents coming to Atlanta have vastly outnumbe

APR 18

The Peculiar Physics Of The Wiffle Ball
'Shall we play a game - of Wiffle Ball ? Invented in 1953, this lightweight alternative to a baseball is perfectly suited for back yard romping. The design of the Wiffle ball guarantees that you don't need a strong arm to throw a variety of pitches. But how does that happen? Jenn Stroud Rossman , mechanical engineering professor at Lafayette College, tells Emily Kwong and Maddie Sofia about the s
Samora Pinderhughes: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
'The opening piano notes are barely sufficient warning to brace for the sweet and powerful voices that transport us to Samora Pinderhughes ' Tiny Desk (home) concert . "The Cry" heralds our journey into the Bay Area native's sophomore album, GRIEF . The vocalists move briefly out of frame for "Masculinity," a probing, open letter that addresses masculine stereotypes with directness and compassion
The Limits with Jay Williams | Rapper Denzel Curry On His New Measurement of Success: Peace of Mind
' Denzel Curry brought his rage to rap. For years he's been known for taking a crowd and turning it into a moshpit. It was his way of taking his internal pain and expressing it. These days, though, Denzel is looking inward and so is his music. Now his mission is to find peace, and he wants the rest of us to find it too. Denzel pioneered the Soundcloud rap movement, but the death of his friend, X
Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' Comes Alive in a New Collection of Stories
'Our memories, our dreams and our emotions — these are the parts of us that exemplify our humanity. But in Janelle Monáe 's new collection of short stories, The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer, those are the things that contaminate us — they make us "dirty." The Afrofuturistic world of Dirty Computer, first explored in Monáe's Grammy-nominated album from 2018, now fills the p
Code Switch: A Makeup Company Gets a Facelift
'Today, if you are a woman of color and you're searching for makeup that will complement your skin tone, you have plenty of options. Step into any big-box beauty store, like Sephora or Ulta, and you'll see a dazzling array of foundations from palest bisque to deepest, darkest brown. But it wasn't always that way. This is the story of an African American company that was formed to fill a niche mar

APR 17

In Her Shoes: Zazie Beetz
'How does a lady go from "breakout star" to established actress? In Her Shoes ' Lindsay Peoples sits down with the star of Atlanta , The Harder They Fall , and Deadpool 2 , Zazie Beetz , to talk about that journey, avoiding burnout along the way, and the joys of facing fear head-on.'
Powered by Breath and Electronics, Tuba Player Theon Cross Plays to Win
' Theon Cross is a stunning tuba player, a member of Mercury-nominated group Sons Of Kemet, and a central figure on London’s new music scene. He’s also just released a solo album full of inventive ways of processing and extending the tuba’s sound, while drawing on Caribbean music, grime, jazz, and the city’s spoken word scene. He and his quartet offer live, instrumental versions of some of those
How To Make A Yummy Vegan "Duck" Curry With Chef Charlise & Comedian Dean Edwards
' Dean Edwards , who considers himself a part-time vegan, chats with Chef Charlise aka @Vegan Soulicious about some of his favorite vegan meals as the two whip up a delicious pot of mock duck curry filled with eggplant, ginger root, tomato paste, and a bevy of delectable ingredients.' -- MadameNoire
Race at Work with Porter Braswell | NY Times' Jacqueline Welch: The Power of Storytelling in Bringing People Together
' Race at Work with Porter Braswell chats with Jacqueline Welch , Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at the New York Times about why representation matters at all levels of an organization. Jaqueline is the second Black woman to be on the New York Times masthead. They also discuss the 1619 project –– a long-form journalism initiative by the Times paper and magazine that re
At Liberty Podcast: Kimberlé Crenshaw on Teaching the Truth about Race in America
' Kimberlé Crenshaw was among the scholars who developed the Critical Race Theory. She also coined the term “intersectionality,” a framework that takes into account how a person’s identities combine to create unique forms of discrimination or privilege. She is a Distinguished Professor of law at Columbia University and at UCLA, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum at Columbia, and host
Conversations in Atlantic Theory • Cajetan Iheka on African Ecomedia: Network Forms, Planetary Politics
'A conversation with Cajetan Iheka , Associate Professor in the English Department at Yale University, where his research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures, ecocriticism, ecomedia, and world literature. He is the editor of the Modern Language Association Options for Teaching volume, Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media , and co-editor of African Migration
A brush with... Isaac Julien
' Isaac Julien talks to A Brush With... 's Ben Luke about his influences, from art to literature, music and film, and the cultural experiences that have shaped his life and work. Julien's films and video installations are often swooningly beautiful, and always deeply engaged in diverse cultural histories, reflecting on, among other things, diaspora and Blackness, queer identity and the movement o
Former South Bronx Gang Member is Profiled in "La Madrina"
' La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla profiles a member of the South Bronx gang the Savage Skulls who became a community activist. Filmmaker Raquel Cepeda uncovers a hidden history of Latinas who overcame multiple adversities.'
Why We Should Have Seen 'Long COVID' Coming
'Since the pandemic began two years ago, tens of millions of people have experienced 'Long COVID', with symptoms like loss of mobility, lung abnormalities, fatigue and cognitive challenges. There is a lot we don't know about the condition right now, but the growing group of so-called long haulers clearly require support beyond a vaccine. According to journalist Laura Spinney , policy-makers shoul
Michael R. Jackson on 'A Strange Loop', His Black, Queer Coming-of-Age Musical
' Michael R. Jackson ’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop features a Black queer writer named Usher, who works as an usher, struggling to write a musical about a Black queer writer. Jackson’s work tackles the terror of the blank page alongside the terrors of the dating scene, and it speaks in frank and heartbreaking terms about Usher’s attempt to navigate gay life among Black and whit
What Should DEI Work Actually Look Like?
'On our first episode of Ask Insight —a podcast where listeners ask Kellogg faculty for answers to their business and leadership questions. “When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion, in a very deep way, there aren’t five quick bullet points to take away,” Nicholas Pearce , a clinical professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Capitalism & the Apocalypse: Mike Davis in Conversation
'Ice shelves larger than the largest U.S. states collapse, and barely make headlines. Imperial powers return to brinksmanship and open conflict, and our politicians assure us they are ready and willing to build more charnel houses. Plague floats like a film over our collective future, and we’re asked to face it with a stiff upper lip for the sake of the Economy. And these are just the most recent
Calendly: The $3 Billion Scheduling Platform Quietly Taking The Business World By Storm
'Nine years ago, Tope Awotona started Calendly, pouring his life savings of $200,000 into it and later quitting his job selling software for EMC. Today, the company has 10 million users and counts Lyft,, Indiana University and La-Z-Boy among its customers. Revenue last year passed $100 million, double what it booked the previous year. It could double again this year.'

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