Janaya Williams

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Anthony Hamilton On Being Vulnerable And His New Album 'Love Is The New Black'

Sunday, September 26, 2021

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton, who delivers his first album in five years with the help of some friends including Jennifer Hudson.


'Jingle Jangle' Director David E. Talbert Calls Film 'A Love Letter To My Childhood'

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Talbert wanted to write a holiday movie that would not only inspire him but also his son, the way Willy Wonka or Mary Poppins sparked his imagination as a child.


Ted Hearne On Exploring Gentrification Through The Music Of 'Place'

Sunday, August 16, 2020

After hearing a speech by filmmaker Spike Lee, composer Ted Hearne teamed up with the poet Saul Williams to remap the history of his neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., through the language of music.


'Good To Know': JoJo On Coming Out Of Hardship With First New Album Since 2016

Sunday, May 03, 2020

After a drawn out fight with her record label, Good To Know is JoJo's first new album since 2016. "I found my power. And that feels so exhilarating and intoxicating," she says.


Ranky Tanky On Celebrating South Carolina's Gullah Traditions

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Quentin Baxter and Clay Ross mix gospel and R&B with Gullah music, which originated from the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans who made their home in South Carolina's lowcountry.


What Would You Like To Know About The Impeachment Inquiry?

Friday, November 08, 2019

Maybe you're curious about the process and timing. Or maybe you want to know more about how this topic connects with your day-to-day life. We want your questions.


The Story Of José Feliciano's World Series Guitar

Sunday, October 06, 2019

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to comedian Aasif Mandvi, host of the Lost at The Smithsonian podcast, about the history behind the guitar Jose Feliciano used to perform at the 1968 World Series.


Ari Lennox Has Always Felt Slept On. That's What Motivates Her.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Lennox became the first female signee to J. Cole's Dreamville label in 2015. Now, with the release of her debut album, Shea Butter Baby, fans are showing up for her soulful sound and storytelling.


Punk Band Algebra Mothers Enjoys A Resurgence, With A Little Help From Jack White

Sunday, June 02, 2019

In the 1970s, Algebra Mothers earned a cult following in their native Detroit. Now they're enjoying newfound popularity with the release of past recordings.


After 25 Years, Snow Patrol Gets More Honest Than Ever

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Award-winning Northern Irish band Snow Patrol is currently touring the United States. The group stopped by NPR to perform a few songs and chat about its latest album.


Fantasy Collides With African Culture In Blitz The Ambassador's 'Burial Of Kojo'

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The new Netflix movie, "The Burial of Kojo," is a fantasy film confronting illegal mining in Ghana. NPR's Michel Martin talks with the film's director about the project.


In New Orleans, The Fight Over Blackface Renews Scrutiny Of A Mardi Gras Tradition

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Every year, African-American members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club paint their faces black for the city's Mardi Gras celebrations. Now, they're facing calls to end the practice.


From The Bronx To Cable Stardom, Desus And Mero Are Remaking Late-Night

Sunday, February 24, 2019

In the crowded field of late-night talk show hosts, the comedy duo of Desus and Mero are unlike any other, with an irreverent comedy style anchored in their Bronx upbringing.


'Insecure' Star Amanda Seales Takes The Stand-Up Stage In HBO's 'I Be Knowin"

Saturday, January 26, 2019

With her new special, Seales hopes to cement her position as a trusted and thoughtful comedic voice that speaks to a demographic that she says has long been ignored: black women.


A Reformed White Nationalist Speaks Out On Charlottesville

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Former white nationalist Christian Picciolini says he was "lost" and "lonely" when he was recruited into a white supremacist group as a teenager but he now runs a nonprofit that advocates for peace.


City Plans Fewer, Shorter Street Fairs

Monday, March 14, 2011

Officials say the move was triggered by complaints from community residents that street fairs create traffic congestion, noise and litter.


Javits Center Hosts Annual GLBT Expo

Friday, March 11, 2011

The 18th annual GLBT Expo is taking place this weekend at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan. Some 200 exhibitors are attending the tradeshow to introduce new products to the gay and lesbian community, and to meet potential buyers face to face.


First NY Dominican Film Festival Comes To Washington Heights

Friday, March 11, 2011

Armando Guareno programmed the New York International Latino Film Festival for five years before noticing that the city's Dominican community lacked a film festival of its own.


Brooklyn Historical Society Film Series Pays Tribute To 'Dem Bums'

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Brooklyn Historical Society wraps up its baseball film series Sunday with a screening of the documentary "Dem Bums: The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers." The film includes archival footage and interviews with former players, including legends like Duke Snider, who died last week.


2011 Armory Art Show Spotlights Latin American Art

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Latin American artists are in the spotlight at this year’s invitation-only exhibition at the Armory Art Show in Manhattan. Eighteen galleries from Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina...

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