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Smithsonian Acquires Rare Antique Portraits By First Black Photographers

Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has bought a collection of early photographs, including very rare daguerreotypes from three early Black photographers dating to the mid 19th century.


Sunny War Revisits Her Early Career In New Album

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Virtuoso guitarist Sunny War is releasing her first album for the first time. It's called Seems You Haven't Learned.


L'Rain's Latest Album 'Fatigue' Explores The Power Of Change

Sunday, June 27, 2021

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to musician and singer L'Rain about her latest album Fatigue.


On 'Vulture Prince,' Arooj Aftab Finds New Meaning In Familiar Words

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Aftab's third record, Vulture Prince, was completed after the loss of her younger brother; it weaves grief and longing through the different styles the artist dabbles with.


Amy Lee, Co-Founder Of Evanescence, Is Ready To Tell Her 'Bitter Truth'

Sunday, March 28, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon talks to Amy Lee, the co-founder and singer of Evanescence, about her band's first new album of original material in nearly a decade.


Relief Money Could More Than Double Support For Child Care Needs In Mississippi

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Carol Burnett, who heads an advocacy group for child care centers, says the funds will help mothers enormously — "whether they're trying to get out of poverty" or "find a pathway to higher income."


We Lost A Lot In 2020, But We Want To Know: What Have You Gained This Year?

Friday, December 11, 2020

NPR's Weekend Edition wants to hear from you about what hardships you've been through this year that have helped you grow and gain something.


Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía Taps A Symphony Of Nature Sounds

Saturday, September 12, 2020

The leader of the Colombian band was building an archive of nature sounds as a hobby when his music and activism instincts kicked in, resulting in the album Monte.


Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

For more than 40 years, 96.3 WHUR-FM broadcast Patrick Ellis's beloved and popular radio show Gospel Spirit Sunday mornings, filling the homes and cars of Washington, D.C., with the sound of church.


Breaking Down The Legacy Of Race In Traditional Music In America

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The symbols of America's racist past have been under intense scrutiny since the protests against police brutality erupted nationwide. Now, the traditional music community is having its own reckoning.


HAIM's Sunny Sound Gets Somber On 'Women In Music Pt. III'

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana discuss mining personal fears and pain to write their third album, which they've given the clever acronym WIMPIII.


Chloe x Halle On Releasing Their New Album During America's 'Ungodly Hour'

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The R&B duo Chloe and Halle Bailey talk about their sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, named after a phrase that describes insecurity, inner turmoil and a crisis of self-confidence.


How Nashville's HBCU-Owned Jazz Station Holds A Community Together

Saturday, June 06, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sharon Kay, general manager of Fisk University's WFSK about serving its audience as protests continue in Nashville over police brutality.


On His Debut Album, Jonah Mutono Embraces His Identity And His Name

Saturday, May 16, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the R&B singer dubbed "the Ugandan Frank Ocean" about his album GERG and his experience reconciling his sexuality with the community that raised him.


Buscabulla On 'Regresa,' A Debut Album About Returning To A Devastated Home

Sunday, May 03, 2020

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, a husband and wife indie-pop duo who moved home to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.


Kandace Springs Pays Tribute To 'The Women Who Raised' Her

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Kandace Springs' latest album consists of covers of the women in jazz she idolized growing up. "It's a tribute record to give back to what they've inspired me to do as an artist," she says.


Almeta Ingram-Miller On The Ingramettes And The Power Of Gospel During Crisis

Sunday, March 22, 2020

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Almeta Ingram-Miller about reforming her late mother's gospel group, the new album Take a Look in the Book and how gospel can provide comfort in times of crisis.


One Woman's Quest To Preserve The Radio Archives At Historically Black Colleges

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Radio producer Jocelyn Robinson is trying to save archival audio and help historically black colleges and universities start thinking about the importance of preserving their precious history.


Making Super Bowl Guacamole? Be Careful To Avoid The Pits Of An Avocado Hand Injury

Sunday, February 02, 2020

The Super Bowl is a big day for guacamole, which could also mean more ER visits. A recent study links avocado consumption to hand injuries.


Candy Canals: Architects Craft Gingerbread Replica Of Venice

Sunday, December 08, 2019

A competition brought hundreds of architects, designers and engineers together to build a mini version of the Italian city out of Snickers, Mars bars, Jellybeans, cereal, gummy bears and more.