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Chuck D and Ernie Isley. Black men in black pants and hats and blue and black shirts join fists in front of red and brown chairs and brown floor and white wall with multicolored photos and artwork

Chuck D and Ernie Isley Talk Two Generations of 'Fight the Power'

The songwriters discuss their social justice anthems and the Black resistance that inspired them.

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Watch the Wu-Tang Clan Drop Bars in This Tiny Desk Concert

The Wu celebrates the 25th anniversary of its debut album with a career-spanning medley and cipher.

Glory Edim. Black woman in grey shirt with black text that reads "WELL-READ BLACK GIRL" surrounded by green plants; Illustrated book cover with Black woman rendered in blue on light orange background with white stars and text

Glory Edim On Reading as Activism

The woman behind the “Well-Read Black Girl” anthology discusses how she built a community around Black women and literature.

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READ: How People of Color Make Thanksgiving Their Own

People of color across the country embrace the family-centric message of Thanksgiving by incorporating their own food and culture into the day.

Kimberly Drew. Black woman with black and brown dredlocs and silver septum ring in grey and black dress behind glass podium with black microphone in front of brown wall with orange and yellow lights

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.”

Sameer Gardezi. Brown man with black hair and beard in blue sweater in front of dark orange wall; Ramy Youssef. Brown man with brown hair and beard in black hat and green and black jacket and white shirt in front of light green wall with white text

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.

Los Lobos. Mexican-American men in black and white dress clothing hold guitars and other instruments in front of purple background

What 'La Bamba' Means for Generations of Resistance

NPR’s “American Anthem” traces the song’s journey from Mexican folk song to pop hit to anthem of resistance.

Vijay Gupta. South Asian-American man plays brown violin with brown bow in red and blue plaid shirt and blue jeans in front of beige wall and green curtain and green trees

LISTEN: MacArthur Genius Vijay Gupta On His Musical Roots and Mission

The violinist and educator discusses his inspiration in the musical traditions of his Bengali immigrant family and his work to uplift disadvantaged classical musicians.

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Moving Film Criticism Beyond the Velvet Rope of #CriticsSoWhite

Journalist Bilal Qureshi visits the Code Switch podcast to talk about the importance of entertainment media diversity initiatives.

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner. Black woman in green shawl with red necklace and turquoise glasses sings behind black microphone and in front of a Black man in a black suit at a black piano in front of black and brown bookshelves

Let Cécile McLorin Salvant's Tiny Desk Set Soothe Your Soul

The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist performs as part of NPR’s intimate concert series. 

Lorraine Hansberry. Black-and-white image of Black woman in checkered shirt leaning on typewriter in front of lamp and artwork on walls

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: 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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WATCH: T.I. Teams Up With Atlanta Music Project Students for Tiny Desk Set

The Atlanta rapper and actor gave a live-band performance of songs spanning his career.

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How Bruce Lee's 'Enter the Dragon' Opened Doors for APIA Film Heroes

NPR commemorates the film’s 45th anniversary with a retrospective on its accomplishments and lead actor.

Yo-Yo Ma. Man of Chinese descent smiles while wearing a white button-down shirt and playing a brown cello

WATCH: Yo-Yo Ma Revisits His Very First Cello Piece for Tiny Desk Concert

The Grammy Award-winning cellist turns to the music of Bach for his “ability to speak to our common humanity at a time when our civic conversation is so often focused on division.”

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Listen to This Show About the Enduring Strength of the Black National Anthem

Beyoncé’s Coachella performance may have introduced “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to a new audience, but the song maintains more than a century of deep ties to African-Americans’ struggle against racism.

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Let Lalah Hathaway's NPR Tiny Desk Concert Soothe Your Soul

The powerhouse singer performs three songs in the latest edition of NPR’s intimate concert series. 

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Latinx Musicians Fight Xenophobic Policies Through Song

NPR’s Alt.Latino explores how outrage over the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies have mobilized Latinx artists on both sides of the border.

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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.”