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Saturday, November 13, 2021


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'Belfast' Director Kenneth Branagh Mines Childhood Memories in New Film
'Actor-director Sir Kenneth Branag h’s new film centers around a working-class North Belfast family in the 1960s. Branagh wrote and directed " Belfast ," which was inspired by his own childhood. Everyone in the neighborhood knows 9-year-old Buddy and looks out for him. But his idyllic world is shattered when a marauding mob of angry Protestants comes to his street looking for the minority Catholi

NOV 11

Will Smith Says He Crafted a Joyful Image to Cover the Pain of the Past
'The world knows Will Smith as a musician, a comedian and blockbuster movie star — perhaps even the most bankable star in the world. But in his new memoir, called Will, Smith explores another identity, one that has fueled his unwavering work ethic: that of a coward. Smith tells Fresh Air that when he was 9, he stood by, watching helplessly as his father beat his mother. It was a moment that shape

NOV 10

Chicago Humanities Festival | Dawn Turner: Three Girls from Bronzeville
'In Three Girls from Bronzeville , Dawn Turner crafts a uniquely American, uniquely Chicago story of race, fate, and sisterhood. Set in the historic South Side neighborhood where the award-winning novelist and former Chicago Tribune reporter grew up, Turner’s memoir explores her childhood in the wake of the civil rights movement. Join Turner and former Chicago Tribune colleague Dahleen Glanton as
Art21 | John Akomfrah: Conversations with Noise
' Known for his visually stunning, multichannel video installations, artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah shares a lesser acknowledged, but equally vital component of his work: sound. From his London studio, the artist discusses with Art21 the transformative and essential role that sound has played in both his artwork and his experience of the world.'
The State of Black Men: Navigating From Male to Man with Dondré T. Whitfield
'Multiple Emmy-nominated actor Dondré T. Whitfield is committed to addressing the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century. The author of Male vs. Man: How to Honor Women, Teach Children, and Elevate Men to Change the World and co-creator of The Manhood Tour joins Black Enterprise to weigh in on what it will take to raise a generation of Black men able to survive, thrive
Warren Snipe on Hip-Hop in the Deaf Community
' Warren "Wawa" Snipe , one of the ASL interpreters in American Masters PBS Becoming Helen Keller, raps under a genre he calls "Dip-Hop," or hip-hop through Deaf eyes. With Dip-Hop, Snipe wants to bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing communities. "Deaf musicians are here. Don't ignore us".'

NOV 09

For Writer-Director Rebecca Hall, 'Passing' was a Deeply Personal Project
The new film Passing looks at an age-old issue in the Black community: lighter-skinned Black people "passing" in society as white. Tessa Thompson plays Irene, or "Reeni," who identifies as Black and lives in Harlem in the 1920s. Reeni runs into an old friend named Claire at a restaurant but doesn't recognize her at first. Clare, who is played by Ruth Negga , is pretending to be white yet dearly w
The New Yorker Radio Hour: Will the Office Survive the Pandemic?
' Cal Newport , the author of A World without Email and other books, has been writing about how the shutdown has affected businesses and the culture of work. Remote operation, he says, has raised fundamental questions about the purpose of work, its role in our lives, and how productivity is measured. While most companies are asking employees to return to the office as the pandemic eases, Newport
The Science Fiction Origins of the Metaverse
'When Facebook changed its name to Meta, after the Metaverse , many were quick to identify the term's origin: Neal Stephenson' s 1992 cyberpunk classic Snow Crash . But the novel hardly paints an optimistic future—runway inflation, collapsed governments, and a maniacal media magnate who uses the Metaverse to, get this, destroy people's minds. It begs the question: did Zuckerberg misread it? On th
Aging While Queer in Puerto Rico
'After living in Massachusetts to attend university, Wilfred Labiosa returned to his native Puerto Rico, where he established support services for the LGBTQ community similar to those he discovered in Massachusetts. Queer elders in Puerto Rico face isolation, discrimination, and depression. Wilfred joins The Takeaway to discuss how his organization, Waves Ahead, is working to address these issues

NOV 08

Left of Black S12 · E1 | Michael Eric Dyson on Performing Blackness in America
Left of Black embarks on its twelfth season, amid the pandemic, to bring you conversations with the foremost minds in Black Studies from across academia and beyond. On this episode, host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined by one of the foremost public scholars of our time: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson , who discusses his latest publication, Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness
Smoke and Fire: How Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist Cooked up a No-compromise Classic
'The Grammys was never the goal for Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist . Anyone intimately familiar with the hard-hitting discographies of both underground kings knows this all too well. But when their joint album Alfredo — a mafioso-inspired combination of both their names — earned a nod for Best Rap Album last year it was one of the rare occasions that the Academy got hip-hop right.'

NOV 07

Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter Emerge Fom Lockdown with the Ultimate Groove Elixir: SuperBlue
'In the thick of pandemic lockdown, an exalted jazz vocalist and an eminent groove guitarist forged a partnership from a distance. Kurt Elling , the singer, had been seeking fresh connection at a time of disorienting distance from the bandstand. He found it with Charlie Hunter , the hybrid guitarist, who brought in a couple of younger firebrands from the Richmond, Va. funk collective Butcher Brow
Stay Human with Michael Franti: Aloe Blacc
'From the global hit “ I Need A Dollar ” to the genre-bending EDM classic “ Wake Me Up ,” Aloe Blacc has never been one to shy away from breaking norms and pushing musical boundaries. In his conversation with Michael Franti on the Stay Human podcast, Blacc shares what influenced him, his take on artistry, and the importance of his latest album All Love Everything .'
One Hundred: The Ed Gordon Podcast with Jalen Rose
'On this episode of One Hundred , host Ed Gordon talks with broadcaster, philanthropist and former basketball star Jalen Rose . They talk about Rose being a member of the Michigan FaB Five, the team that brought swag and a hip-hop style that change the face of college basketball, his NBA career, and how growing up poor in Detroit helped fuel his success.'

NOV 06

The Quarantine Tapes: Derecka Purnell
'On episode 210 of The Quarantine Tapes , guest host Alex Vitale is joined by the brilliant Derecka Purnell , author of the newly-released Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom. Derecka and Alex have an incredible conversation about abolition and organizing. Derecka talks about her own background and how she came to the abolition movement. She celebrates the many in
The Markup: How Big Tech Is Pitching Digital Elder Care to Families
How Big Tech Is Pitching Digital Elder Care to Families by Colin Lecher | @colinlecher | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) Spurred by the pandemic, Google, Amazon, and Apple are all offering tools for monitoring older adults, raising privacy concerns In the summer of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic locked many inside their homes, seniors quickly became some of the most isolated. Especially suscept

NOV 05

In a Powerful Memoir, Poet Joy Harjo Talks about Finding Her Voice and Using It
'Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says she loved poetry as a kid, but didn't feel like it belonged to her. "It wasn't until I heard Native poets," she tells NPR's Michel Martin , "that I realized that, wow, this is a powerful tool of understanding and affirmation. And I don't know, I just started writing." Harjo had been studying medicine, she says, and she knew her people needed doctors — but what about
Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Passing
' Passing , a new film by writer and director Rebecca Hall premieres on Netflix. Adapted from Nella Larsen’s 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel of the same name, Passing is shot in black and white. It’s a complex film likely to revive old debates and provoke new conversations around unresolved and still unspoken meanings of race, class, gender, power, identity, and resistance. For this week’s Deep Div
After Touring with Beyoncé, Divinity Roxx Brings Positive Vibes to Children's Music
' Divinity Roxx , best known for playing bass in Beyoncé 's all female band, is making her mark on the family music scene. From start to finish, her new album, Ready, Set, Go , is about positivity in mind and body. Divinity tells Morning Edition that as she was writing the album, she thought "about the kid inside of me," as well as her nieces and nephews.'
'Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres'
'In his new book, Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres , author and New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh tackles the last half century of popular music—and its listeners—through rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance, and pop. Sanneh joins All Of It to talk about it.'

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