Saturday, May 29, 2021


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Singer Allison Russell Shares Personal Saga Of Trauma And Triumph On 'Outside Child'
'Over the last couple of decades, Allison Russell has preferred to do her songwriting, singing and playing alongside others. She's been the consummate collaborator, bringing exceptional emotional intelligence to a series of respected roots groups. In the process, she's gained necessary perspective on her own experiences and abilities, and worked her way toward readiness to step out front. On her
How Taxes Keep American Wealth White
'Building wealth is hard, but the racial wealth gap makes just how difficult it is apparent. As recently as 2016, the median wealth of a white household was $171,000 dollars. That's eight times the median $20,600 of Hispanic households. For Black households? Just $17,000, according to Pew Research Center. In her new book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—an
Badia Ahad-Legardy: Let's Celebrate Black Joy Download
'Although many Black American’s lived experiences include bias and systemic racism, finding moments of Black joy to distract from what can feel like a never-ending cycle of news about the pandemic and other injustices has become sort of an outlet. The Takeaway spoke to Badia Ahad-Legardy , p rofessor and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Loyola University Chicago and author of Afro-Nostalgia: F
Spike Lee on the Knicks’ Resurgence and His Documentary Series 'NYC EPICENTERS 9/11→2021½'
' Spike Lee is one of the most passionate and committed fans of the New York Knicks—not to mention one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time. Underdogs for many years, the Knicks are enjoying a renaissance, and Lee is in his glory. David Remnick and Vinson Cunningham called Lee to talk about a life of fandom, the politics of activism in the N.B.A. and the N.F.L., and Lee’s multipart docum

MAY 27

Left of Black S11 · E29 | Black Fatherhood & HBCU Basketball with North Carolina Central University Head Coach LeVelle Moton
In this very special episode of Left of Black , host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal discusses Black fatherhood, HBCU basketball in the midst of COVID-19, and R&B legends New Edition with four-time MEAC Championships winner, NCCU Head Basketball Coach Levelle Moton , who also talks about his memoir, The Worst Times Are the Best Times .
Can Black, Asian Americans Move Past Historical Animosity in the Interest of Solidarity?
'The recent show of solidarity among Black and Asian American activists belies a fraught history. Can the communities now work side by side? PBS NewsHour 's Stephanie Sy explores the question with Tamara Nopper , a sociologist at New York University’s Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies, and Brenda Stevenson , a history and African American studies professor at the University of Californ
Branford Marsalis' 'Ma Rainey' Score Makes 100-Year-Old Blues Sound Relevant Today
'There has been plenty to discuss since the release of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom last year. But there's more to the film than its star players, especially once the music in the film takes flight. Saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis was tasked with scoring the film, to make the blues of 100 years ago sound true to the era but still relevant now. New Orleans Sessions correspondent Gwen Thom

MAY 26

“America on Fire”: Historian Elizabeth Hinton on George Floyd, Policing & Black Rebellion
'Protests and vigils were held across the U.S. to mark one year since the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked a national uprising and global movement against systemic racism and police brutality. Elizabeth Hinton , an associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School, connects the Black Lives Ma

MAY 25

Lorraine Hansberry's Upbringing
' Soyica Colbert , interim dean of Georgetown College and professor of African American studies and performing arts, joins us for the next installment of our “Full Bio” series. This week, we’re taking a deep dive into her biography of Lorraine Hansberr y titled, Radical Vision . All Of It talks with Colbert about Hansberry’s parents and her upbringing, which served as part of the inspiration for
Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away | Official Trailer | American Masters | PBS
' Buddy Guy: The Blues Chase The Blues Away dives into the career of the legendary blues guitarist, a pioneer of Chicago’s West Side sound and major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton . Featuring new performances and interviews with John Mayer , Carlos Santana and more.' -- American Masters PBS
'Shuffle Along' Changed Musical Theater 100 Years Ago
'If you wanted to see a musical on the Great White Way in 1921 — that name came about because of the electric lights on Broadway but was true about the color of the actors and audience — you could see a European-influenced operetta or a splashy Ziegfeld revue. But 100 years ago, on May 23, you could also see something completely new: Shuffle Along , by an all-black team of creators. "Shuffle Alon
George Floyd's Murder Sparked a Global Movement
'In the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s murder last May, activists organized protests against police brutality in the biggest cities and smallest towns across the U.S. -- e verywhere from New York City and Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, North Carolina. These mass public actions demanding justice were not restricted to the United States. People in Thailand, Argentina,
Invisible Blackness – Smiling While Black, An Interview with Raphael Saadiq
' Raphael Saadiq 's extraordinary talent has made him one of the most distinguished voices in American music. From his very humble beginnings in Oakland, he’s become an internationally renowned superstar. In this episode of Invisible Blackness, host Adrian Younge speaks with Raphael about growing up in a drug riddled community and processing death through art.'

MAY 24

1970s Music Journalism Gets An Overdue Rewrite In Dawnie Walton's Debut Novel 'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev'
' Dawnie Walton was working as the deputy managing editor at Essence in 2015 when she decided to leave her job to become a novelist. Walton's debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev , is the result of that risk. The story centers on a fictional interracial rock duo from the 1970s: Opal is a Black proto Afro-punk singer from Detroit, and Nev is a goofy white British singer-songwriter. Opal an
Inside Malaco Records, ‘The Last Soul Company
'Referred to as “The Last Soul Company," Malaco Records, based in Jackson, Mississippi, has managed to outlast major record label competitors over the past 50 years. The small, mostly unheard-of independent record label has been home to multiple recording artists and songwriters and has a catalog of original recordings and music copyrights, numbering into the thousands. Christopher Booker reports
Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK: Luedji Luna
"'I feel that we are living in a crazy moment in a crazy time and music has been a safe place for me — the only safe place for me,' Luedji Luna says in a low, alluring voice as she explains the purpose of her latest album, Bom Mesmo É Estar Debaixo D'Água . The album, much like the Brazilian singer-songwriters's Tiny Desk performance, is a respite from these times. Elements of jazz and blues are

MAY 23

A Baltimore Youth Program Mixes A Passion For Dirt Bikes With Science
'B-360, a nonprofit, uses dirt bikes to teach elementary and high school students math and science. "Fixing and repairing a bike is mechanical engineering," says Brittany Young , an engineering sciences educator who founded the program. "Most people don't realize when dirt bike riders pop a wheelie, it's actually like a physics equation".'
Left of Black S11 · E28 | The Sound of Afro South Asian Collaborations in Black Music with Elliott Powell
When you think of hip-hop or R&B, how often do you hear the strings of a sitar being strummed in the background? In this episode of Left of Black , host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal discusses the influence of South Asian collaborations in contemporary Black music with Elliott Powell , the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. His new
Life, Love, Loss. NC Jazz Artist Nnenna Freelon Unpacks Her Story in ‘Time Traveler'
"Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon ’s new album is bittersweet — a time capsule filled with 40 years of love, laughter and tears shared with her late husband, architect Phil Freelon . Penned as a “sonic love letter,” Time Traveler fuses old classics, 1970s Soul hits and original works. It’s the first release in 11 years for Freelon, a multi-Grammy-nominated singer who lives in Durham, NC." -- The News

MAY 22

MAY 21

The Music Show with Andrew Ford: Marvin Gaye's Masterpiece at 50 with Guest Mark Anthony Neal
'Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On turned 50 this week; it was an instant commercial success in 1971, helping to summarise the hopes and despairs of Black Americans against a backdrop of the Vietnam War and ongoing fight for racial equality. But could the album be even more relevant today? Rolling Stone thinks so (it jumped from #6 to #1 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list when revise
Remaining Tulsa Massacre Survivors Demand Justice
'The three known survivors of the Tulsa Massacre, Viola Ford Fletcher , Hughes Van Ellis , and Lessie Benningfield Randle who were all children in 1921, offered their firsthand accounts of the race massacre at a congressional hearing in Washington.'

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