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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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: 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.

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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.”

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Rakim Performs 'Paid in Full' For NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the hip hop pioneer dive into two Eric B. & Rakim classics, plus a new song from the second season of “Luke Cage.”

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GoldLink Brings It Home for Tiny Desk Performance

The “Crew” MC visited his hometown for an intimate set at NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

New Reports Confirm How Ill-Prepared Puerto Rico is For Hurricane Season

With ongoing problems with both its electrical and water infrastructure, the island is in a weakened state.

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WATCH: Black Thought On The Healing Power of Art

The Roots frontman discussed his journey to rap distinction and late-night stardom in an interview with NPR ahead of the release of his new project, “Streams of Thought Vol. 1.”

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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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Rita Moreno to Latinx Community: 'Don't Give Up'

The award-winning actress and singer discussed her decades-long career and her hopes for the Latinx community in an interview with NPR.