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How do contemporary art and film illuminate the Black Imagination? This segment from our archive explores some of the issues and ideas behind creat...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:35
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Robin Barnes was born and raised in the Lower 9th Ward, shuttling between her parents’ and grandparents’ houses and singing the songs they liked to...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Marion Coleman, Credit: Tom Pich
2018 National Heritage Fellow Marion Coleman tells stories through her quilts.

Bought by Bandon Community Radio and WJAB


  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 27:33
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Adam Driver and John David Washington in Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'
Master filmmaker, trickster, provocateur, Spike Lee has been making bold and timely films for over three decades now. And with his latest, "BlacKkK...

Bought by WART FM, WRIR, GCR (Global Community Radio), KSRQ, KMRE-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 17, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: A still from Killer of Sheep
"[Charles Burnett's] filmmaking is so quiet. It’s a deeply reflective cinema; it’s cinema that focuses on characterization, that really gives chara...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:02
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HOUR ONE: "Why Make Art?" - Most of us stop making art around middle school. What can we learn from the people who never stopped? HOUR TWO: "Gate...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58

  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 29:06
  • Purchases: 1
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The new exhibit at NMAAH&C illuminate history, community and culture. Co-curator Aaron Bryant walks us through it.

Bought by WCPN, WTJU, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 26:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Refa Senay
The Black Panther Party combined Black Power’s militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanon’s writings. Their impact...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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McBride’s latest book looks to understand what shaped James Brown-- one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Bought by WABE and WMUU-LP


  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Playwright Kirsten Greenidge
In her new work Baltimore, playwright Kirsten Greenidge grapples with the issue of race on college campuses.

Bought by WABE, WMUU-LP, KMRE-LP, and WNJR


  • Added: Mar 04, 2016
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Scene from Sweat, Credit: C. Stanley Photography
In her new play, Sweat, Lynn Nottage gives voice to the human cost of workers without work.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KMRE-LP, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 05, 2016
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wayne Carr as Pericles caught in storm at sea., Credit: Teresa Wood
From Pericles to Tupac Shakur, Wayne Carr has the uncanny ability to embody fully-realized characters.

  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: Soloman Howard as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the company of Appomattox at Washington National Opera , Credit: Scott Suchman
Tazewell Thompson may be wowing critics and audiences with his direction of the opera Appomattox, but he’s an equally brilliant theater director an...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WNJR, and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Nov 24, 2015
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Richard Hunt in his studio, Credit: Tom McCormick
Richard Hunt talks about creating large pieces of abstract art for public spaces and reflects on his time on the National Council of the Arts

Bought by WNJR and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Oct 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine discusses her play The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue

Bought by KMRE-LP, KPVL, WNJR, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 14, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" Playbill., Credit: Photofest, Inc.
Filmmaker Sam Pollard talks about his new documentary August Wilson: The Ground on which I Stand

Bought by KFAI, KPIP-LP, WABE, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 18, 2015
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Carolyn Mazloomi, Credit: Gale Zucker
Carolyn Mazloomi shines a powerful light on the African American community through narrative quilts.

Bought by KDNK, KPIP-LP, WABE, and WNJR


  • Added: Feb 06, 2015
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Anthony Braxton, Credit: Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Anthony Braxton may be considered avant garde but he embraces all musical traditions

  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 40:46
Caption: William Pope.L, Blink New Orleans, 2012, Credit: Cathy Byrd
William Pope.L, an American performance artist and interventionist, talks about Blink, his magic lantern show for Prospect.2 New Orleans, 2011.

Bought by KUT


  • Added: Jan 07, 2013
  • Length: 06:30
  • Purchases: 1
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2010 NEA Opera Honoree and legendary soprano Martina Arroyo talks about her career in opera, including working with such luminaries as Leonard Bern...

Bought by 'The Sea' and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 05, 2011
  • Length: 27:18
  • Purchases: 2
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Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and t...

Bought by WEKU


  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 26:18
  • Purchases: 1
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Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophi...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 25:58