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LISTEN: Nina Simone's Ode to 'Young, Gifted and Black' Children Still Matters

Meshell Ndegeocello and Somi discuss the enduring importance of Simone’s 1969 tribute to Black youth for NPR’s American Anthem series.

Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Obama and Jessica Williams. Black women in blue and orange outfits sit facing Black woman in red shirt around black and brown table with black and red and white microphones in front of brown wall and shade

Listen to the Last Episode of '2 Dope Queens' Featuring Michelle Obama

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams concluded their acclaimed WNYC Studios podcast by chatting with the former first lady about navigating the political sphere as a Black woman.  

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LISTEN: Kimberly Drew Calls for Real Accessibility in the Art World

The writer and advocate for Black artist empowerment discussed equity issues and her tenure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on “What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito.”

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LISTEN: Muslim Screenwriters Fight Hollywood Islamophobia

Sameer Gardezi and Ramy Youssef discuss their new television projects and challenging the dangerous ways the entertainment industry depicts Muslims.

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LISTEN: Imani Perry Uplifts Lorraine Hansberry's Activist Legacy

“She was a feminist before the feminist movement. She was identified as a lesbian and thought about gay rights organizing before the gay rights movement. She was an anti-colonialist before all of the independences had been won in Africa and the Caribbean.”

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LISTEN: Bethann Hardison On Advocacy in Fashion

The fashion veteran discusses her career as a model, agent and advocate for Black models with the hosts of “What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito.”

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LISTEN: Inside Harvard's Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute

NPR’s “The Keepers” series launches with an interview with Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, 9th Wonder and others who are making a home for hip hop history and scholarship.

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LISTEN: Lenny Kravitz Revisits Industry Racism With 'Stretch & Bobbito'

Kravitz discussed his identity as a biracial person, challenging the music industry’s preconceived notions of Black artists and honoring Black women.

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LISTEN: Podcast Explores How 'Justice in America' Really Works

Attorney Josie Duffy Rice partners with educator Clint Smith III to examine the criminal justice system’s devastating impact on marginalized communities.

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LISTEN: Michael Greyeyes On 'Sea Change' for Indigenous Actors

“I’ve started to see a dimensionality finally appear in the materials I was being sent, the scripts I was reading. And I started to see it in other places—in the treatment of our cultures, of our characters.”

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LISTEN: W. Kamau Bell Discusses Journey Into His Ancestry

The comedian talks about the challenges of researching his roots for his new docuseries, “Finding Kamau.”

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LISTEN: Justin Simien Chats With Lena Waithe, Misha Green on New Podcast

The “Dear White People” creator calls “Don’t @ Me,” his new show from KCRW, “a safe space for trendsetters and troublemakers to get together without filter or interruption.”

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LISTEN: Celebrate Juneteenth With Jenifer Lewis

On the 153rd anniversary of Juneteenth, the “Black-ish” actress discusses the importance of learning the full scope of American history.

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LISTEN: Jeff Sessions Defends Separation of Families at the Border

In a lengthy radio interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions insists children are being treated properly and that unaccompanied minors have no moral right to legal representation.

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Remember the Tulsa 'Black Wall Street' Massacre Through Its Last Known Survivor

“They tried to destroy every Black business, school and church.”

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LISTEN: NPR Traces Black and Grey Realism Tattooing to Mexican-American East L.A.

World-famous tattoo artists Freddy Negrete and Chuey Quintanar discuss the progression of their discipline.

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LISTEN: Meshell Ndegeocello Travels Through the '80s and '90s on 'Ventriloquism'

Stream the cover album, featuring versions of Prince and TLC hits, before it debuts on March 16.

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LISTEN: Sade Makes Triumphant Return on 'A Wrinkle in Time' Soundtrack

Sade released two versions of “Flower of the Universe,” one of which features production from No I.D.

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LISTEN: BBC Streams Audio of Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad'

Actor Clarke Peters narrates the free 10-episode audio series.

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LISTEN: Solange Discusses the Microaggressions That Inspired 'A Seat at the Table'

The artist opens up about the time a music critic told her “not to bite the hand that feeds” her and the pervasive resistance to Black artists addressing racism.