' In an extensive interview from his Atlanta studio, Lil Baby talks about music, his signature "drawl," his approach to success, the trap, why he rarely orders platinum plaques for his hits and what it meant to make Barack Obama's playlist and meet with Vice President Kamala Harris. The 26-year-old talks with MSNBC anchor and music lover Ari Melber , and answers "lightning round" questions about
' Samara Joy sang some Jazz in high school, but didn't get serious about it until later. Her debut album, The Trouble with Me is You , which she recorded as a college student, could be a public service announcement for jazz education.'
'Sometimes discrimination is systemic. Sometimes it’s emotional. And sometimes, it’s made of brick and mortar. The Eight Mile Wall in Detroit, also known as the Birwood Wall or the Wailing Wall, was built in 1941 to separate Black and white residents in what is now known as the Wyoming neighborhood. Erin Einhorn is an NBC News national reporter based in Detroit. She recently teamed up with Olivia
' Speech is the frontman of the 2-time GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop collective Arrested Development , and he's received high acclaim from MTV, Rolling Stone, VH-1, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and many others. True trailblazers in the genre since 1991, Arrested Development have been cultural champions of consciousness and empowerment across the planet. Their representation of eclectic and vibr
'E xtreme weather is everywhere, whether it's the drought and wildfires currently consuming the Western U.S. or the floods that recently devastated communities in Europe and China. T hat reality was recently confirmed in a sobering new report on our planet’s future from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the IPCC. The landmark study found that human behavior is changing the cl
'Composer, pianist, and vocalist Samora Pinderhughes writes urgent, poetic and immersive music that responds to the times and fits neatly into no genre , all while putting his heart right on the table. His large-scale projects frequently marry art song, protest song, and raw honesty. San Francisco-born Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes (named for the political leader in Mozambique, Samora Machel ) is c
“Everything I know about gender politics or gender identity as it's changed and continues to change and shift and be named in all these glorious and intricate ways, have come from 16 year-olds. Thank God for them.” 'Youth author Jason Reynolds joined Helga Davis to talk about what it means to make work during the pandemic and how important it is to make space for the next generation .'
'Author Jessamyn Stanley 's new book Yoke is a series of honest, challenging, humorous and poignant essays about her life — mostly seen through the lens of her yoga practice. The self-described Black, fat, queer yoga instructor tackles topics ranging from her weight, white supremacy, cultural appropriation and Blackness. The title comes from when Stanley tried writing that yoga yokes people toget
' Kenan Thompson says playing a widowed dad on his new NBC sitcom Kenan and being a dad in real life has been "a bit of a whirlwind." "I'm living my character kind of 24/7 in a weird way," he says. "I wake up and make breakfast for my kids and then I go do a scene where I'm making some sort of meal for my TV children, too."It doesn't help that the show is named after him. Calling the show Kenan ,
' Barry Jenkins returns to IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit with his long-time cinematographer James Laxton to discuss their epic journey in shooting all 10 episodes of the Amazon Original Series Underground Railroad .'
'It’s time to rethink what’s working in the modern workplace and what’s failing. Amid a pandemic that overturned how so many work, increased calls for racial and social justice put a new pressure on companies to ensure — or at least to seem as if they ensure — equality among their employees. Diversity, equity and inclusion (D.E.I.) programs are an increasingly popular solution deployed by managem
'The U.N.'s newly-released climate report is sending shock waves through much of the world. Among its findings are that even if nations immediately cut carbon dioxide emissions, global warming is likely to rise by about 1.5 degrees Celsius in the next two decades — a number long-cited as a crisis point where the planet struggles with worsening storms, water shortages, dying reefs, fish and animal
'Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John discusses how she’s carved her own career path and the importance of listening to your inner voice. The brand building expert shares with Moira Forbes the guiding principles behind her personal and professional success, the power of celebrating differences, and why her most important advice to others is “don’t wait”.'
'New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is far from the first politician to find himself facing allegations of sexual harassment or assault. Interim The Takeaway host Melissa Harris-Perry sat down with Professor Vanessa Tyson . Professor Tyson publicly accused Virginia’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault in 2019, at the time it looked like Fairfax would ascend to the governorship as the state
' Kimberlé Crenshaw was among the scholars who developed Critical Race Theory. Crenshaw also coined the term “intersectionality,” a framework that takes into account how a person’s identities combine to create unique forms of discrimination or privilege. A Distinguished Professor of law at Columbia University and at UCLA, co-founder of the African American Policy Forum at Columbia, and host of th
'British quartet Sons of Kemet blends jazz, Afrofuturism, electronic music, hip hop and Caribbean rhythms in their music and is composed of sax/clarinet player and composer Shabaka Hutchings , tuba player Theon Cross , and two drummers - Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick . Their latest album Black to the Future features rappers and spoken word artists who contribute poetry that doubles as urgent social
| @BenJealous | NewBlackMan (in Exile) The Jan. 6 attack on Congress and the U.S. Capitol was an assault on our democracy. So is the effort by congressional Republicans and their right-wing media allies to keep Americans from learning the truth about the insurrection. They are desperate to protect the people responsible for that deadly attack. We can’t let them. The U.S. House Select Committee t
' Born and raised in Jamaica, June Grant knew that architecture was her calling from the young age of five. Today, she is the founder and design principal at blink!LAB, an environmentally conscious and social justice-oriented design studio in Oakland. She gives her Brief But Spectacular take on being an architect.'
'On this episode of One Hundred: The Ed Gordon Podcast , filmmaker Melissa Haizlip discusses her award winning documentary, Mr. Soul . The film looks at the groundbreaking variety television show, Soul! and its host, Ellis Haizlip . The program, a forerunner to Soul Train and other shows, aired on PBS from 1968-73 and brought Black culture and arts to the small screen like never before. From auth
'We live in a call-out culture, says activist and scholar Loretta J. Ross . You're probably familiar with it: the public shaming and blaming, on social media and in real life, of people who may have done wrong and are being held accountable. In this bold, actionable talk, Ross gives us a toolkit for starting productive conversations instead of fights -- what she calls a "call-in culture" -- and s
'If a big part of having a family is the ability to pass on the knowledge and tradition you've learned over your life, then our guests, Femi and Made Kuti , are making the most of life. They represent the second and third generations of Afrobeat, started by Femi's father — and Made's Grandfather — Fela Kuti . For years, Femi played in his father's legendary band, Egypt 80, before taking the reins
'In his music, Leon Bridges exudes an easy confidence. He's got a silky voice that effortlessly dances around the smooth, retro tunes that have made him a star over the course of his last three albums. It's his sense of style, too: vintage button-ups, bell bottoms, and (the day we spoke) a gold chain and a patterned head scarf tied in the front. It all gives the impression of someone who loves to
' Vanessa M. Holden and Erica Armstrong Dunbar are in conversation in support of the publication of Holden's book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community . The 1831 Southampton Rebellion led by Nat Turner involved an entire community. Holden rediscovers the women and children, free and enslaved, who lived in Southampton County before, during, and aft
'A proposed concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Burnett County, Wisconsin, is slated to house 26,000 hogs and produce millions of gallons of liquid manure every year. Residents fear the irreparable damage a facility of that size could do to their air, land, and waterways, as well as to their property values and the local economy, and many fear there’s nothing they can do to stop it. A
' Marc Lamont Hill , award-winning journalist and host of Black News Tonight , walks The Tight Rope Join hosts Tricia Rose and Cornel West for a profound discussion on debating extreme conservatives, Bill Cosby’s recent release from prison, and being grounded by a deep love of Black people.'
' Jennifer Hudson and Carole King worked on the song together via Zoom — a necessity not just because of the pandemic but because King, an admitted recluse, rarely leaves her longtime home state of Idaho. Variety reconvened them on that platform to talk about how the new song developed and their mutual love of gospel music. Also discussed was King’s impending Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction,
'Baltimore chef Steven Allbright helps feed others from the Franciscan center during the pandemic. Chef Steven returned from incarceration with slim career prospects until his culinary aptitude paved the way for him to begin a new life. Now he is able to serve the community in Baltimore City through his work at the Franciscan center. Chef Steven discusses his history and goals.'
' Erika Alexander is known for her roles on the Emmy nominated series Living Single , the Oscar Award Winning movie Get Out , the CW’s Black Lightning and Wu-Tang: American Saga on hulu. In this episode of TheBlerdGurl