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Art in a 'Post-Black' Era

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In his new book, “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?” cultural critic Touré suggests that artists are rooted in - but not restricted by - their race. He joins us to discuss what it means to be a Black artist in America today. Plus, pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz bring their new project, called “Shuffle.Play.Listen” to our studio.

'Post-Black': Re-Defining Identity

In his new book, “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?” the writer and TV host Touré explores the ever-evolving role of race in America. The book is part autobiography, part cultural analysis – and draws on interviews with more than 100 thinkers and artists, including Chuck D, Santigold, Kara Walker and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Touré joins us to discuss what it means to be Black in America today.

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Musical Chain Letter: Touré

This week on Soundcheck, four authors pass along an album recommendation in a chain-like fashion to the next day's guest. Yesterday, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross left behind Conlon Nancarrow’s Study No. 3A for Touré. Today, the writer and cultural critic responds to Alex Ross' choice and unveils his pick for tomorrow's guest, essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan.

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In Studio: Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz

The new project from pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz is called “Shuffle.Play.Listen.” If you interpret that title as an edict for listening to the album on your iPod, you might be surprised at how well works by Janacek and Stravinsky mingle with Arcade Fire and Blonde Redhead covers. They join us in the studio to play live.

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Fun

Gig Alert: fun.

The New York electro pop band fun. teamed up with Janelle Monáe on "We Are Young." Download the single here or catch the group Wednesday night at the Bowery Ballroom.

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