Saturday, January 23, 2021


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“I Wonder When I Die Will He Give Me Receipts?”: A Review of Marcus J. Moore’s 'The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America'
“I Wonder When I Die Will He Give Me Receipts?”: A Review of Marcus J. Moore’s The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Tyler Bunzey | @T_Bunzey | NewBlackMan (in Exile) When it was announced that MF DOOM, the mysterious masked hip-hop wordsmith, passed earlier this year, the hip-hop community had to mourn a figure who many never knew at all. The December 31 s
Are People Still Turning to Anti-Racist Books?
'From Dr. Ibram X Kendi ’s How to Be an Antiracist to Robin DiAngelo ’s White Fragility to Ijeoma Oluo ’s So You Want to Talk About Race? , books about racism and antiracism flew off the shelves at libraries and bookstores across the U.S.—as many white people started grappling with the country’s history of systemic racism, some for the first time. Now, more than six months later, have people actu

JAN 20

Black Art In America: A Conversation with Soledad O’Brien
' Black Art In America's Monda Raquel Webb interviews award-winning journalist, speaker, author, philanthropist, and art lover, Soledad O’Brien , who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program Matter of Fact with Soledad . She is founder and CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, reports for HBO Real Sports and the PBS NewsHour, and has authored two books. O’Brien has anch
Combating Implicit Bias in Law Enforcement
'Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol building, vandalized it and fought with law enforcement. At least one Capitol Hill police officer died and dozens more were hurt. Many watching the news coverage noted the stark difference in preparedness and response against those rioters and the Black Lives Matter protests last year. Dr. Rashawn Ray is a sociologist and a Brookings Institute David Rub
Annual Rothschild Lecture: Ebony G. Patterson with Richard J. Powell
'For the 2020 Annual Rothschild Lecture artist Ebony G. Patterson talks with noted Art Historian Richard J. Powell . Patterson’s first major museum survey …while the dew is still on the roses… opened at the Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2018, toured to the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, and then to the NasherMuseum in 2020. Richard J. Powell is the John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of A
Daphne Brooks on 'Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound' with Farah Jasmine Griffin and Gayle Wald
' Daphne A. Brooks in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin and Gayle Wald about her new book Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (Harvard University Press). Liner Notes for the Revolution explores more than a century of music archives in an effort to examine the critics, collectors, and listeners who have shaped and determined ideas about and perceptio

JAN 19

Between the Lines: Salamishah Tillet - In Search of The Color Purple
'Published in 1982, the ground breaking novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker went on to win the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. The story's portrayal of African American women living in rural Georgia in the early twentieth century sparked celebratory and contentious conversations around race and gender, that still continue today. In the latest work by sc
Ryan Michelle Bathé on the Craft of Acting and Her Foray Into Production
'“Curiosity, I do think, is the fertile ground in which chemistry grows. So I get really curious about my costars." Watch Sylvie's Love actor, Ryan Michelle Bathé talk about building chemistry on screen and her transition into production, all while juggling... life. '-- The Root
Left of Black S11 · E11 | Black Girl Magic in Young Adult Speculative Fiction with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Who were your favorite fictional characters growing up and how were the boundaries of your imagination set as a child? Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas joined Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal to delve into the booming field of young adult speculative fiction and how Black characters have been written into contemporary literature through her new book, The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination fro
Pharoahe Monch's TH1RT3EN: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
'TH1RT3EN, an irreverent and inflammatory new trio conceived by hip-hop star and lyrical savage Pharoahe Monch , has been in the works for five years. Co-conspirators include Daru Jones , a monster on the drums best known for his work with Jack White , and guitar mercenary Marcus Machado . Both the moniker and supergroup were born out of a frustration with the veneer of American society that unde

JAN 18

Simon & Schuster's Books Like Us: Tracy Deonn
'Author Tracy Deonn 's first encounter with a book that looked like her came in college, with Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle . The LEGENDBORN author describes how the book's ability to float between prose and verse helped her envision herself as a writer in a way that she wasn't able to before.'
Many Lumens with Maori Karmael Holmes: Jason Reynolds
' Many Lumens host Maori Karmael Holmes is joined by writer and poet Jason Reynolds , who posits literature as a form of radical world-making. They talk about kindred experiences in the late 1990s D.C. spoken word scene, hippie parents, his love of Queen Latifah and more.'
Wendell Pierce On Parenting, The Pandemic And Reckoning With The Past
' Wendell Pierce stars in a new production of Some Old Black Man. In the the play by James Anthony Tyler , Pierce plays a college professor who moves his elderly father into his New York City apartment. His father, played by Charlie Robinson of Night Court fame, was a taxi driver in Mississippi. It's "the classic confrontation of father and son," says Pierce. Aspects of the story hit close to hom
Black Frame: New Voices of Documentary with Garrett Bradley, Darius Clark Monroe, RaMell Ross
Filmmakers Garrett Bradley (TIME), Darius Clark Monroe (EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL) and Academy Award nominee RaMell Ross (HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING), join Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal in conversation about how they are moving the documentary form forward using new approaches, cinematic languages, and theory in their recent work. The Conversation is part of the series Black Frame: N

JAN 17

Nadia Owusu Examines Her Ghanaian-Armenian Identity In 'Aftershocks'
'NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Nadia Owusu about her memoir, Aftershocks. Aftershocks is a memoir of a tough, interesting, multinational, multiracial upbringing and adulthood that ranges around the world, from Rome to Kampala to New York and dozens of stops in between. It's the first book from Owusu, a writer and urban planner, who joins Weekend Edition Saturday from Brooklyn.'

JAN 15

Director Yoruba Richen on 'How It Feels To Be Free'
'Director Yoruba Richen joins us to discuss her new documentary for PBS American Masters titled, " How It Feels To Be Free ." Based on the book How It Feels To Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement by Ruth Feldstein , the documentary follows the career trajectories of six iconic Black female entertainers – Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln , Nina Simone , Diahann Carroll , Cicel
Filmmaker Kemp Powers on Bringing 'One Night in Miami' and 'Soul' to the Screen
' Kemp Powers is the co-director and co-screenwriter for Pixar’s newest film, Soul which premiered at the end of last month. This week sees the release of One Night in Miami , which he adapted for the screen from his own play, and marks the directorial debut of actor Regina King . The film taps into Powers’s interests as a self-described history buff. And it was inspired by a brief section he cam
'I Came As A Shadow': Coach John Thompson's Autobiography with Jesse Washington
'As head coach of the men's basketball team at Georgetown, John Thompson built the program into a powerhouse. He recruited players like Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson. He was also one of the only coaches of color in college basketball at the time, and he used his position to advocate for student-athletes of color throughout his career. Before he died this past A

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