Black History

WQXR Features

No Boundaries: Music in the Life of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, join WQXR host Terrance McKnight for a new one-hour special highlighting the life and music of composer and conductor Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.

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The Takeaway

New Musical Captures Great Migration & Journey Towards American Dream

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The new musical "Stagger Lee"  features songs that tell the stories of the goodbyes and farewells that came with the Great Migration, a journey made by millions that reshaped our nation.

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The Takeaway

Lost Chapter of Black History Resurrected

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art recently discovered and restored the earliest surviving feature-length film with a black cast, from 1913. It premieres this week.


The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Tests NYC, A Window Into Black Film History, and Nixon's Paranoia

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Takeaway explores New York City's response to the Ebola virus, a new exhibit that reveals a lost chapter of black history, and a new web series about President Nixon.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Cornel West on Icons of African American History

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dr. Cornel West re-examines the lives and legacies of leading black activists Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells.

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Spinning on Air

The Darkly Ecstatic Music of M. Lamar

Sunday, January 19, 2014

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about his piece Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.

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The Takeaway

Slaves Freed 150 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It's been 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Historian and novelist A.J. Verdelle talks about what this meant for the millions who were freed. 

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