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:

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.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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"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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Liz Johnson Artur Creates Black Visual Community with "Dusha"

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

In her first solo museum exhibition, Russian Ghanaian artist and photographer presents three decades worth of work focusing on people and scenes reflecting global blackness. 

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'See You Yesterday' Is a Sci-Fi Black Lives Matter Anthem for the Next Generation

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Stefon Bristol's first feature film, "See You Yesterday," follows two black Bronx Science students intent on inventing time travel. Oh, and Spike Lee was the executive producer.

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"Sprinter" Filmmaker Talks About Coming of Age in New York City

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jamaican-born Storm Saulter says New York City is "a place of creative renewal" that helped him grow as an artist.

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Lawyer and Comedian Andrea Coleman is Here to Judge Your Laws

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Andrea Coleman can prepare a deposition for a racist client — and turn it into comedy in one fell swoop.

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Fighting White Supremacy with a Celebration of Blackness

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In their new book, How We Fight White Supremacy, Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin amplify black joy and humor and complexity in the face of systemic racism. 

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REBEL: Jason Ward Is Changing the Face of Birding

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Bronx-born birder is the face of the new series "Birds of North America." 

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