Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC, where she develops, produces and hosts a broad array of multi-platform content, including podcasts, live events and on-air broadcasts. Rebecca is also a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and a regular columnist at Shondaland and Gothamist. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw, and her personal essays, cultural commentary and opinion pieces have been published widely. 

Rebecca Carroll appears in the following:

"The Read" Comes To TV

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Crissle West and Kid Fury are taking their beloved podcast to the small screen.


Antwaun Sargent Wants to Shift the Visual Narrative on Beauty

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

"The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" curates images from an informal movement of young black photographers.

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Rebel: 'Always in Season' Explores the History of Lynching Through a Layered Lens

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Filmmaker Jacqueline Olive's documentary "Always in Season" explores the history of lynching in America, and why it still matters that we talk about it today. 


Walter Mosley Thinks Everyone Should Be Able to Say "N-----"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Free speech means some people are going to be uncomfortable, says the writer. "It should bother people. And that's why I said it."

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Why Christina Coleman Shifted From Journalism To Politics

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Telling the stories of black women is something Christina Coleman did for years as a journalist. Now she's doing it in a different arena — the 2020 presidential campaign.

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A South Korean Adoptee Turns His Personal Story Into a Global Project

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

In "Side By Side," filmmakers Glenn and Julie Morey share the stories of 100 South Korean adult adoptees. "The most commonly used phrase of all was, 'I was the only one.'"   

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Rebel: The 1619 Project Is Devastating and Invigorating

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The 1619 Project from The New York Times marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the American Slave trade. WNYC's cultural critic Rebecca Carroll says it's long overdue.  

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"FEVAH" Reflects New York City

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The short film "FEVAH" screens at the 20th annual Latino Film Festival. In just 12 minutes, it serves as a reflection of New York City's cultural landscape.


New Film Documents the Artistic Vision of the Visually Impaired

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Rodney Evans' "Vision Portraits" profiles four visually impaired artists -- including the filmmaker, who was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease early in his career.   


A New Directory Aims to Diversify the Podcast Industry

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

An acceptance speech citing the whiteness of the podcast industry became a call to action, and five audio producers of color responded by creating the POC In Audio directory.  

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Meshell Ndegeocello on Queen Sugar, Social Media, and Ephemeral Politics

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Twenty years after releasing her seminal album "Bitter," Meshell Ndegeocello reflects on her career — and how her music is a vehicle for people to come together.


Moving Eric Garner's Memory from Mind to Body

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Artist Shaun Leonardo wanted to replace the act of watching a video with the physicality of bearing witness. His performance piece "I Can't Breathe" made sure of that.

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Savion Glover is Here to Make You Respond

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

In his new show at the Joyce Theater, tap legend Savion Glover calls upon choreographers and performers who came before him to have a conversation conducted through dance.


"Pigeonhole" Looks at Bengalis Who Passed as Black to Survive

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A new exhibit looks at the little-known history of Bengalis who migrated to America in the early 20th century — and adopted public identities as black Americans.


Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond is Ready to Minister to the Masses

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The 119-year-old New York Theological Seminary now has its first black president. "It's exciting," says Dr. LaKeesha Walrond. "But you wonder why and how did it take so long." 

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Zach Stafford on the Future of Queer Media and Stepping Into Big "AM To DM" Shoes

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

In December, Zach Stafford was named the first black editor in The Advocate's 50-year history. In May, he was tapped to co-host Buzzfeed's AM To DM. 


Commemorating Stonewall Through the Art of Queer Millennials

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

In a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, artists younger than the Stonewall rebellion explore themes of identity, gender and race — and the 'double closet' of being gay and undocumented.


Walt Whitman Turns 200, So It's Time to Be Honest About His Racism

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Writer Harmony Holiday says "there's a new level of honesty" in how readers are ready to challenge Whitman's work.

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"Dealing in Dreams" Is a Love Letter to the Bronx

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Author Lilliam Rivera grew up in NYCHA housing in the Bronx. In her new young adult novel, her childhood apartment becomes luxury housing, set in a dystopian future. 


"Good Talk" Shows How One Mixed Race Family Navigates New York City

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

In her new graphic novel, Indian-American author Mira Jacobs captures conversations with her son about growing up brown in New York City.  

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