Walter Ray Watson

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Reporter's Notebook: Impressions Of A City As Derek Chauvin's Trial Nears Its End

Monday, April 19, 2021

The nation's largest suburban shopping mall was filled with consumers, while National Guard troops stood guard in downtown Minneapolis. Making sense of the contrasting images is hard.


Judge In Chauvin Trial Rules That Underage Witnesses Can Testify

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The testimony of people who were minors when they saw George Floyd's killing includes a person who took a video of the incident.


After Inmate Deaths, Mississippi Faces Pressure To Reform Its Prisons

Monday, April 20, 2020

The state of Mississippi is the subject of lawsuits and a federal investigation following the deaths of more than 30 inmates in its prison system since late last year.


'Two Wings: The Music Of Black America In Migration' Celebrates Journey Millions Took

Friday, May 24, 2019

Singer Alicia Hall Moran and pianist Jason Moran mix original music works with 20th century spoken word to reflect on The Great Migration, when African Americans moved from the South to the North.


High Velocity And Control: Jazz Pianist James Francies Takes His First 'Flight'

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The up-and-coming pianist has crossing boundaries, taking his jazz chops to hip-hop and pop sessions. Now, he's released his debut album.


Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

With "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," Simone aimed to capture joy in black identity amid bloody civil rights struggle. The song was addressed to children, but adults caught on, too.


From Use Of Power To Mistrust In Government, 1968 Lessons Still Resonate

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Last year, NPR went back 50 years to look at the tremendous political and social events that changed our world forever. We found many of those stories resonate with challenges we face today.


A Look Back On Shirley Chisholm's Historic 1968 House Victory

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. As part of our series on significant events from 1968, we examine Chisholm's life and work.


In 1968, Poor Americans Came to D.C. To Protest, Some By Mule

Friday, June 15, 2018

The photographer and folklorist documented a caravan of mule-driven wagons that left Mississippi to march on Washington 50 years ago to draw attention to poverty.


On Parliament-Funkadelic And A Less 'Squeaky-Clean Picture' Of Blackness

Friday, June 24, 2016

Parliament showed me that being black has liabilities, but that it's also a powerful gift.


Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.


'Through A Lens Darkly': Black Photography Fades Up To Joy

Monday, February 16, 2015

A documentary shares the good and bad of black history through photography.


Rare Silent Film With Black Cast Makes A Century-Late Debut

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A rare, untitled 1913 silent film is the subject of a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibit, 100 Years In Post-Production: Resurrecting A Lost Landmark of Black Film History, tells the story behind the silent film's production.

The film features Bert Williams, one ...


Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.


Joining The '63 March, Despite Parents' Racial Biases

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

There would be no last call on the day of the March on Washington, and Manny and Mitzie Landsman had no choice in the matter. Their D.C. shop, Metro Liquors, was closed for business on Aug. 28, 1963, just one of 1,900 businesses ordered by local authorities not to sell, ...


The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Friday, March 15, 2013

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

"Look," Lloyd says. "I heard Billie. I heard Dinah, I heard Aretha, Marvin. I ...