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How Janet Jackson's 'Control' shook the room for decades

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Janet Jackson's Control turns 35 this week. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Sam Sanders of It's Been A Minute, who investigated the album's making and legacy to commemorate the anniversary.


It's Been 5 Decades Since 'Soul Train' Was First Nationally Syndicated

Thursday, September 30, 2021

NPR celebrates its 50th anniversary by looking back on moments of 1971. When Don Cornelius created Soul Train 50 years ago, it soon became a cultural institution — showcasing Black music and culture.


With The New Album 'Dawn,' Yebba Sheds Old Beliefs

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Singer-songwriter Yebba is out with her debut album, Dawn, named after her late mom. She describes the emotional toll she suffered making the album.


As The TV Industry Praised Michaela Coel, She Says She Felt Like A Misfit

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Michaela Coel has earned acclaim for her show: I May Destroy You, which explored sexual assault and consent. Her book, Misfits: A Personal Manifesto, details her experiences in TV.


New Movie 'Zola' Is Based On A Long Series Of Tweets

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The film Zola is based on a 148-tweet thread from 2015 — involving a 48-hour wild journey of partying, stripping and gangsters. Riley Keough is one of the stars of Zola.


Cops, Kinksters, Corporations: Sam Sanders And Roxane Gay Discuss Who Pride Is For

Monday, June 28, 2021

When Pride month comes, there's always a debate about who belongs. NPR's Sam Sanders talks with writer and commentator Roxane Gay about the arguments over who pride is for.


What's Making Us Happy: A Guide For Your Weekend Watching, Listening And Reading

Friday, June 25, 2021

Every Friday, Pop Culture Happy Hour hosts and guests share the shows, movies, books and music that brought them joy. This week: Sexy Beasts, Launchpad shorts, a Hunchback history and Mythic Quest.


Actor John Boyega On 'Star Wars', 'Small Axe' And Telling 'Stories Of The Untold'

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Boyega has been outspoken about systemic racism in Hollywood. Last year, he talked about how his character in Star Wars was sidelined, along with the other characters played by actors of color.


Eric Andre's 'Bad Trip' Is Unlike A Lot Of Prank Comedies You Might Have Seen

Friday, April 30, 2021

Sam Sanders, host of NPR's It's Been A Minute, talks with comedian Eric Andre about making a prank movie while Black, pranking mostly people of color, and how it differs from, say, Johnny Knoxville.


'It's Been A Minute' Examines Black Performers On American Culture

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The NPR podcast explores the reaction to Black artists in America. For example: Early in Whitney Houston's career, white America was enamored with her, while Black America was skeptical.


Sohla El-Waylly Says There's Still Work To Be Done A Year After Leaving 'Bon Appétit'

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Sohla El-Waylly gained attention for appearing in Bon Appétit's popular "Test Kitchen" videos, then gained more attention for accusing Bon Appétit of unequal pay practices and racial discrimination.


Seeing Through A Trans Lens: Torrey Peters Pens 'Detransition, Baby'

Monday, March 08, 2021

Torrey Peters' new book features three people who struggle with parenthood and family questions. She says a transgender lens can help everyone understand the limits of how we define gender.


Spike Lee: A 'Heavenly Light' Shined On Chadwick Boseman In 'Da 5 Bloods'

Monday, February 15, 2021

Lee's heist thriller centers on five Black veterans who return to Vietnam. Lee says one scene with Chadwick Boseman took on particular resonance after the actor's death from cancer in August 2020.


The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Race

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The insurrection at the Capitol was just the latest chapter in America's ongoing battle over race, writes NPR host Sam Sanders. "Once you see it as such," he says, "it all makes a lot more sense."


Angela Bassett Draws On Her Love Of Drama And Music In Pixar's 'Soul'

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bassett plays world-renowned jazz saxophonist Dorothea Williams in Disney/Pixar's latest animated film. She talks about that role, as well as the challenges she's faced as a Black woman in Hollywood.


Stuck Apart, And Falling In Love

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

51 years after they went to prom together, a couple reconnects and falls in love during the pandemic. But despite being 15 minutes apart, they're waiting to see each other in person.


In 'Chicago 7,' Aaron Sorkin Sees Chilling Parallels Between '68 Summer And Today

Monday, November 02, 2020

In 1968, several prominent anti-war activists were accused of conspiring to start a riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Sorkin's new film captures their infamous trial.


'SNL' Star Bowen Yang Discusses Diversity, Queer Identity On Show

Friday, October 02, 2020

NPR's Sam Sanders recently caught up with comedian Bowen Yang. They talk comedy, the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, and navigating queer and Asian identity on the show.


'My Spirit Is On The Verge Of Being Broken': Billy Porter On This Moment In History

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A record number of Black actors have received Emmy nominations this year. American actor and singer Billy Porter talked with NPR about his work on Pose and his feelings about this moment.


Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh Brings The Laughs In Her Frank Conversations About Race

Friday, July 24, 2020

How many Black friends do you have? The comedian Ziwe Fumudoh is drawing praise, laughs and discomfort for the direct questions she asks her white guests on her Instagram Live show.