Behind “The Soundtrack of America,” Steve McQueen’s Unique Tribute To African American Music | Forbes

Keryce Chelsi Henry, Forbes Wh​itten Sabbatini/The New York T​imes/Redux, Featured Image What would a timeline of African American music sound like? How would it evolve from, say, slave spirituals to Stevie Wonder, or SZA? How would you demonstrate its breadth and global impact? This week acclaimed visual artist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen reveals […]

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Nipsey Hussle’s dreams were bigger than hip-hop | Los Angeles Times

Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Ermias Davidson Asghedom aka Nipsey Hussle, December 2018 (Prince Williams/Wireimage), Featured Image A banner of Nipsey Hussle is stretched across an exterior of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. It has been there for most of the year and is easy to spot if you’re cruising down the uneven stretch […]

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Violinist Who Made Premiere Recording Of Florence Price Works Comes To Sacramento | Capital Public Radio

Kevin Doherty, Capital Public Radio Courtesy of Er-Gene Kahng. Featured Image In 1933 composer Florence Price became the first African American woman to have her composition premiered by a major American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony. Highly respected during her career, Price’s name and music became increasingly obscure over time. That began to change last year […]

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Esperanza Spalding Appointed to Harvard’s Music Department Faculty | Harvard University, Music Department

Harvard University, Harvard University, Music Department Photo: Jersean Golatt, Featured Image July 24, 2017: We are pleased to report that Esperanza Spalding has joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Harvard University as Professor of the Practice, with an appointment beginning July 2017. Spalding will teach a range of courses in songwriting, arranging, […]

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Racism In American South Inspired Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘This Land’ | NPR

Michel Martin, Dustin Desoto & Amanda Morris, NPR A small moment of anger pushed Grammy-winning artist Gary Clark Jr. to create the unapologetic, seething song “This Land.” The singer and guitar prodigy grew up in a place he describes as “right in the middle of Trump country,” in Austin, Texas, where he experienced regular instances […]

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Stream the “Complete” John Coltrane Playlist: A 94-Hour Journey Through 700+ Transformative Tracks | Open Culture

Josh Jones, Open Culture In a contrarian take on the legacy of John Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of his death last year, Zack Graham at GQ did not recommend Giant Steps nor A Love Supreme nor Blue Train nor My Favorite Things as the most important album in the artist’s career, but a record […]

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