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“Black Detroit” A People’s History of Self-Determination”-

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 40:51

“Black Detroit” A People’s History of Self-Determination”- is a rich account of African-American history in Motown, written by award-winning journalist, Herb Boyd.

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As historians and activists alike acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion of 1967, The Cutting Edge presents a conversation with Herb Boyd, author of the new book “Black Detroit” A People’s History of Self-Determination”- a rich account of African-American history in Motown. He was speaking with Rita Kiki Edozie. Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at Michigan State University while   at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in his hometown of Detroit They were both introduced by Charles Ferrell Vice President the Wright Museum.

"Rude, Crude and Crass: The Rise of the Right in America-Part One

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the "The Cutting Edge: Black News and Views- Where Journalism, Culture, Politics and Activism Converge" series | 56:50

An audio collage of the development of the Klan, the Alt. Right and White Supremacy in the U.S.

Rude-promo-1_small In the aftermath of the violent events in Charlottesvill Virginia, producer Dred- Scott Keyes presents an audio collage of the development of the Klan, the Alt. Right and White Supremacy in the U.S.

"Rude, Crude and Crass: The Rise of the Right in America-Part Two

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the "The Cutting Edge: Black News and Views- Where Journalism, Culture, Politics and Activism Converge" series | 53:48

An audio collage of the development of the Klan, the Alt. Right and White Supremacy in the U.S.

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In the aftermath of the violent events in Charlottesvill Virginia, producer Dred- Scott Keyes presents an audio collage of the development of the Klan, the Alt. Right and White Supremacy in the U.S.

"A Singer's Singer: The Little Willie John Story"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the "The Cutting Edge: Black News and Views- Where Journalism, Culture, Politics and Activism Converge" series | 59:49

In this special mix, producer Dred-Scott Keyes interviews Keith and Kevin John-the sons of Little Willie John-and Susan Whitall, author of the just-release biography "Fever: Little Willie John, A fast Life, A Mysterious Death and The Birth of Soul."

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Although his life was cut tragically short, Little Willie John had gained a reputation as being a singer’s singer. Born in Arkansas in 1937,  William Edward John found his voice in the church halls, nightclubs and the blind pig after hour joints of Detroit, Michigan. His remarkable voice sang gospel, blues, country, R&B and formed the basis of what has become known as soul music.  Little Willie John was admired by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, James Brown while influencing a whole generation with his music.  His songs are now better known for their covers by the likes of Peggy Lee, Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and countless others. Living for a short 30 years, his dynamic vocal range and stage show has left it’s mark on music history. His mysterious death in prison after a dubious conviction in 1968, shocked the world. Nearly 30 years later, , the talent and artistry of  Little Willie John was recognized by his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. In this special mix, producer Dred-Scott Keyes interviews Keith and Kevin Jon-sons of Little Willie John-and Susan Whitall, author of the just-release biography "Fever: Little Willie John, A fast Life, A Mysterious Death and The Birth of Soul."  

“Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment”

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:03

The Cutting Edge presents Angela J. Davis talking about her book “Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment”, in which she explores the U.S. criminal justice system’s impact on African American boys and men.

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The Cutting Edge presents Angela J.  Davis of  the American University College of Law. talking about her book “Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment”, in which she explores the U.S. criminal justice system’s impact on African American boys and men. The book is a compilation of 12 essays by leading criminal justice scholars and legal experts on several areas of race and law, including racial profiling, implicit bias, the power of police and prosecutors, and mass incarceration. She was speaking at the Atlanta History Center.

"A Conversation with Raoul Peck"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:44

The Cutting Edge presents a conversation on the making of the film "I Am Not Your Negro" with film maker Raoul Peck.

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The Cutting Edge presents a conversation on the making of the film "I Am Not Your Negro" with film maker Raoul Peck about his work, including “Lumumba”-a film about the life and times- and death- of Patrice Lumumba who became the first Prime Minister of the newly-independent Republic of the Congo, before being overthrown and murdered in 1960.  Kevin Young, the new Director of the Schomburg Center began the conversation and would later be joined by Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYP.

"Stokely: A Life"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:35

Kwame Ture, once known as Stokely Carmichael was born in Trinadad, later moving to the United States at the age of eleven. He would become a leading activist in the 1960s Civil Rights and later, the Pan-African movements. A graduate of Howard University , Ture rose to prominence in those movements, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party, and finally as a leader of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party. Dr. Peniel Joseph has just completed Ture’s biography “Stokely: A Life” and was recently at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn to discuss his book at the invitation of the Medgar Evers College’s Center For Black Literature. The discussion was moderated by the Center’s Esmeralda Simmons.

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Kwame Ture, once known as Stokely Carmichael   was born in Trinadad, later moving to the United States at the age of eleven. He   would become a leading   activist in the 1960s Civil Rights and later, the Pan-African movements. A graduate of   Howard University , Ture rose to prominence in those movements,   first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC),   and later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party, and finally as a leader of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party. Dr. Peniel Joseph has just completed Ture’s biography “Stokely: A Life” and was recently at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn to discuss his book at the invitation of the Medgar Evers College’s Center For Black Literature. The discussion was moderated by the Center’s Esmeralda Simmons.

"A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:24

"A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic" is the autobiography of New York City's 106th mayor, David Dinkins. The book recounts the life and career of Dinkins, who defeated Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani to become the first and only Black mayor in New York City history.

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"A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic" is the autobiography of New York City's 106th mayor, David Dinkins. The book recounts the life and career of Dinkins, who defeated Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani to become the first and only Black mayor in New York City history. Set against the backdrop of the rise of Harlem's influence on city politics, which produced several state and national black leaders and energized the base that ultimately led to the election of President Barack Obama, A Mayor's Life deals with Dinkins' childhood in Trenton, NJ, his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, his education at Howard University and Brooklyn Law School, his political career beginning at the Carver Democratic Club and moving through jobs as City Clerk and Manhattan borough president to his election as mayor. Dinkins discusses his administration's successes, including an historic decrease in the city's crime rate; the cleanup of Times Square; the restoration of dilapidated housing in Northern Harlem, the South Bronx and Brooklyn; the deal to keep the US Open Tennis tournament in New York City and the hosting of Nelson Mandela on his first international visit after being freed from prison. Recently, Medgar Evers College hosted a book signing and conversation with Dinkins and Dr.Brenda Green, executive director of the college’s Center for Black Literature.

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years-1984-1992

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:01

Producer Dred-Scott Keyes interviews film maker Dagmar Schultz about her film "Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992"

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Producer Dred-Scott Keyes interviews film maker Dagmar Schultz about her film "Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992"

Audre Lorde was a   Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to address and fight the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. She was born on February 18, 1934 in New York City of immigrant parents who settled in Harlem. While still in high school, she wrote her first poem, which was published in Seventeen Magazine. She attended  Hunter College   and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts. In 1954, Audre spent a critical year as a student at the National University of Mexico. During this period, she started to explore her sexuality and confirmed her identity as a lesbian and poet on both a personal and artistic level. After returning to New York, she continued her education at Columbia University and earned a master's degree in library science in 1961. In 1962, Audre Lorde married attorney Edwin Rollins and had two children, Elizabeth and Jonathan. The couple separated in 1970. She published her first volume of poems, “The First Cities” in 1968 and also became the writer-in-residence at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. It was here that she discovered her interest for teaching. The success of “First Cities” was quickly followed with “Cables to Rage” and “From a Land Where Other People Live”. During the 1960’s, Audre criticized feminist organizations, including the National Organization for Women and Betty Friedan's “The Feminine Mystique”, for their narrow approach of emphasizing only   the experiences and values of white middle-class women. Even though she showed that the differences between women are wide and varied, she said black women's experiences are different from those of white women, as the experience of the white woman is considered normative, whereas the black woman's experiences are marginalized.  In the same way the experiences of   lesbians, particularly the black ones are considered aberrational. Audre’s other poem collections included “Chosen Poems Old and New” and “Our Dead Behind Us” . Meanwhile, Audre who suffered from breast cancer, wrote “The Cancer Journals”   which won the Gay Caucus Book of the Year award in the year 1981. Her other prose works included “Zami: A New Spelling of My Name”, “Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches”, and “A Burst of Light” which won a National Book Award.In 1980, she co-founded, ‘Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press’, the first U.S. publisher for women of color.  She also founded ‘Sisters in Support of Sisters in South Africa’. It was an organization that was established to raise concerns about women under apartheid. In 1984, Audre accepted a visiting professorship at the Free University in Berlin, Germany which was documented in a full length film- Audre Lourde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992”. Those years not only had a great impact on her health but also had an impact on Black Germans-particularly the Afro-German women whom she encountered. I spoke with film maker Dagmar Schultz about the film and her influence on the movement of Black Germans.

Zora Neale Hurston

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:16

This Cutting Edge Special looks at the life of writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.

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Madam CJ Walker: An African American Self-Made Millionaire

From Liz Humes | Part of the Wordy Birds series | 27:30

On this episode of Wordy Birds we interview Alelia Bundles on her great-great grandmothers transformation into an entrepreneur and social activist-through hair products.

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The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then -- with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women -- everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century political figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

On Her Own Ground is not only the first comprehensive biography of one of recent history's most amazing entrepreneurs and philanthropists, it is about a woman who is truly an African American icon. Drawn from more than two decades of exhaustive research, the book is enriched by the author's exclusive access to personal letters, records and never-before-seen photographs from the family collection. Bundles also showcases Walker's complex relationship with her daughter, A'Lelia Walker, a celebrated hostess of the Harlem Renaissance and renowned friend to both Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. In chapters such as "Freedom Baby," "Motherless Child," "Bold Moves" and "Black Metropolis," Bundles traces her ancestor's improbable rise to the top of an international hair care empire that would be run by four generations of Walker women until its sale in 1985. Along the way, On Her Own Ground reveals surprising insights, tells fascinating stories and dispels many misconceptions.

When Winter Come

From Chautauqua Institution | Part of the Chautauqua Literary and Science Circle series | 52:04

A sequel to the award-winning Buffalo Dance, Frank X Walker’s When Winter Come: The Ascension of York is a dramatic reimagining of Lewis and Clark’s legendary exploration of the American West. Grounded in the history of the famous trip, Walker’s vibrant account allows York — little more than a forgotten footnote in traditional narratives — to embody the full range of human ability, knowledge, emotion, and experience. Knowledge of the seasons unfolds to York “like a book,” and he “can read moss, sunsets, the moon, and a mare’s foaling time with a touch.”

As the perspectives of Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea and others in the party emerge, Walker also gives voice to York’s knife, his hunting shirt, and the river waters that have borne thousands of travelers before and after the Lewis and Clark expedition. The alternately heartbreaking and uplifting poems in When Winter Come are told from multiple perspectives and rendered in vivid detail. When Winter Come exalts the historical persona of a slave and lifts the soul of a man; York ascends out of his chains, out of oblivion, and into flight.

Walker is the poet laureate of Kentucky and serves on the English and African American and Africana Studies faculties at the University of Kentucky. Walker coined the word “Affrilachia,” signifying the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia, and is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. He is the author of Affrilachia, Black Box and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, and has been widely published and anthologized.

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All is not quiet on the Western front. For poet Frank X Walker, there are voices that still need to be heard, and he wants to bring them to life.

Walker’s book, When Winter Come: The Ascension of York , does so through poetry. Using myriad poetic points of view, Walker tells the story of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famous expedition in a new way.

Walker will discuss his book at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy for Week Five’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Roundtable.

“I’m a fan of history, so for me, it’s combining my two favorite loves — poetry and history,” Walker said.

Combining the two elements allowed him to explore different perspectives of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

“For me, the story is richer because of the point of view,” Walker said. “What happens if you read the historical account is that you get this unemotional account — you know, the facts. But with historical poetry, you have a chance to marry the facts to emotion and psychological imagery. And I hope what happens is that the reader feels more involved in the experience, and not that they’re just reading dry history.”

Walker uses a number of voices in When Winter Come . Much of the book is told through the perspective of York, an African slave owned by Clark, but Walker also introduces the perspectives of the women on the expedition such as Sacagawea and York’s different wives.

Some poems are even told by inanimate objects — York’s hunting shirt, his knife, his hatchet.

“I loved the poem in the voice of the hatchet, and the women,” said Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education. “[Walker] just seemed to have a good sense of looking at the West from all different kinds of points of view.”

Capturing those points of view — especially those of the women — was important to Walker. When Winter Come is a sequel to Walker’s earlier book of poetry, Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York . Walker said he only used York’s voice in Buffalo Dance , so he felt it was natural and more valuable to expand with the sequel. Walker said that he personally thinks that the additional voices make When Winter Come superior to Buffalo Dance.

“I think the thing that makes it more valuable to a reader is that it does give a greater voice to women and Native Americans — and Lewis and Clark,” Walker said. “The first book was only in York’s point of view. What I was trying to do in the second book was respond to people who were really curious and wanted to know, ‘What about the women? You’ve given York a voice, but what about the women?’ ”

Combining those voices into a cohesive narrative — one that presented “more of an American voice and more of a democratic experience” — was something that Walker wanted to achieve as well.

“It was important to me that it worked as a whole, that the voices came across as realistically as possible,” Walker said.

Walker also wanted the characters and their voices to be more than just vehicles for history.

“That was very important for me for that to happen,” Walker said. “I needed them to come across not like cardboard or individual cutouts; I wanted it to have all the power that you get when you read fiction. They’re complicated, they’re characters with depth. They’re not good or evil, and they have really broad emotional spectrums and experiences that they grow through over the course of the narrative.”

Creating those characters and their distinctive voices involved a lot of research for Walker. He said that when it came to writing the female voices of the story, though, he had some help.

“I would say it was easier for me because I have seven sisters,” Walker said. “I was raised by women. So it was a familiar space, and the voices and the concerns were familiar to me.”

Walker said using those different voices to retell the history of one of America’s most famous westward expeditions can help clear up some misconceptions people have about Lewis and Clark. According to the poet, most common misconception he’s come across is that it was only Lewis and Clark on the journey.

“I think that’s the biggest fallacy,” Walker said. “The second thing is that, because of that, they’re portrayed as two white male superheroes of history. And had it not been for the contributions of Native Americans and the other 40 people on the expedition, they would have never succeeded. But you don’t get that in the condensed version of their story.”

Even with the range of voices he presents in When Winter Come in an attempt to expand a familiar story, Walker thinks there is still more to tell. Walker said that there are so many different perspectives, such as those of the Sioux and Nez Percé, that would cast the story in a different light.

“I think it’s a mistake to think of all Native Americans as the same, homogeneous cultural product — I know that’s not the case,” Walker said. “I still think there’s more to say that hasn’t been said. I just don’t know that I’ll be the one to say it.”

Walker said he is excited to share his work with Chautauquans, especially with those who are unfamiliar with it.

“I’ll be looking for ways to tie the idea of exploration and discovery to all my other works,” Walker said. “I’d like to talk with them about what themes all of the works have in common.”

This will be Walker’s first visit to Chautauqua, but Babcock said that picking his book as part of this year’s CLSC selections felt natural, especially given Week Five’s theme of “The American West.”

“The whole movement west is such a big deal to the American spirit, both positively and negatively,” Babcock said. “So it’s a great match.”

Walker will only be at Chautauqua for a short time — he’s in the midst of another book tour — but he is excited to spend time on the grounds and to interact with people.

“I’ve heard great things about it,” Walker said. “My only regret is that I’m not coming for a full week  to teach classes myself.”

The Nightfly #2015.12 - Women's History Month - March 23-29, 2015

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

We'll bring you danceable anthems from Diana Ross and Donna Summer, poet Nikki Giovanni's ode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and gospel from Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker that's guaranteed to get you up on your feet. We'll also hear voices of women who made history: education pioneer Mary Mcleod Bethune and Geneva Tisdale, one of the first Black women to eat at the desegregated Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, after the historic sit-ins.

Albertina_walker_small We'll bring you danceable anthems from Diana Ross and Donna Summer, poet Nikki Giovanni's ode to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and gospel from Shirley Caesar and Albertina Walker that's guaranteed to get you up on your feet. We'll also hear voices of women who made history: education pioneer Mary Mcleod Bethune and Geneva Tisdale, one of the first Black women to eat at the desegregated Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC, after the historic sit-ins.

Nightfly #2015.12 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night"
 Mavis Staples "I Like The Things About Me"
 Rahsaan Roland Kirk "Mary Mcleod Bethune"
 Dorothy Donegan "Lift Every Voice And Sing"
 Cassandra Wilson "Waters of March"
 Diana Ross "I'm Coming Out"
 Grace Jones "Walking In The Rain"
 Geneva Tisdale "The Day of the Sit Ins"
 Donna Summer "She Works Hard For The Money"
 Nona Hendryx "Winning"
 The Kids, Susan (Loretta Long) "Someday, Little Children"
 Carla Thomas "Move On, Drifter"
 Nikki Giovanni "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (Poem for Aretha)"
 Aretha Franklin "God Bless the Child"
 Barbara Lewis "Think A Little Sugar"
 Lil Hardin Armstrong and Her Orchestra "Clip Joint"
 Bobbi Humphrey "Blacks and Blues"
 Shirley Caesar "Soul Salvation"
 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Now I See"
 Albertina Walker "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around"
 Joan Armatrading "Tall In The Saddle"
 Abbey Lincoln "Throw It Away"
 Laura Mvula "Sing to the Moon"
 Lauryn Hill "Every Ghetto Every City"
 Anhayla "If I Was"
 Beyonce "Run The World (Girls)"
 Amina Claudine Myers "African Blues"
 Dee Dee Bridgewater "Red Earth"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party"

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UpFront Soul #2020.29-July 20-26

From WERU | Part of the UpFront Soul (formerly The Nightfly with Sanguine Fromage) series | 01:57:59

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We'll travel to Jamaica with Jackie Opel, South Africa with Miriam Makeba, and Nigeria with Fred Fisher Atalobhor, plus we'll serve up plenty of stateside funk, soul, & jazz.


UpFront Soul #2020.29 Playlist
Hour 1
 Joan Armatrading "Back to the Night" from "Back to the Night"
 Joe Tex "Chicken Crazy" from "The Funk Collection: Vol. 2"
 Jimmy Reed "Funky Funky Soul" from "I Need It Bad"
 Leon Bridges "Brown Skin Girl" from "Coming Home"
 Allen Stone "American Privilege" from "Radius"
 Oliver Nelson "Skull Session" from "Soul Goes Psychedelic"
 Redbone "Motivation" from "Already Here (Bonus Track Version)"
 Cassandra Wilson "Don't Explain" from "Coming Forth by Day"
 Ahmad Jamal "Sugar Load At Twilight" from "Macanudo"
 Miriam Makeba "Maobe Guinee (Original single 1970)" from "Maobe Guinee / Teya Teya"
 The Glories "Don't Dial My Number" from "Soul Legend"
 Richard "Groove" Holmes "Blues for Big Fred" from "Welcome Home! Soul Jazz Masters"
 Jackie Opel "Cry Me a River" from "The Best of Super Rare Soul"
 Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band "Say the Truth" from "International Funk"
Hour 2
 Original Five Blind Boys "My Robe Will Fit Me" from "Screaming Gospel Holy Rollers Vol.1"
 Aretha Franklin "Love Is The Only Thing" from "Aretha"
 Sam Cooke/The Soul Stirrers "The Last Mile of the Way" from "Specialty Profiles Disc 1"
 Charles Bradley (feat. Menahan Street Band); "Heart of Gold" from "Heart of Gold"
 Mickey & The Soul Generation "Chocolate" from "Iron Leg"
 Geraldo Pino "Let Them Talk" from "Heavy Heavy"
 Gary U.S. Bonds "Funky Lies" from "Funky Lies"
 King Curtis "Tanya" from "Tanya"
 Alice & the Soul Sensations "I Found a Love" from "I Found a Love"
 Eskew Reeder "10-4 (Calling All Cars)" from "Eskew Reeder's How Long"
 JC Davis "Circleville" from "A New Day! The Complete Mus-I-Col Recordings of JC Davis"
 Prof. Alex Bradford & the Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" from "Shakin' The Rafters: Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir Under The Direction of Professor Alex Bradford"
 Curtis Mayfield "Pusherman [Alternate Take}" from "Superfly Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition"
 Rebirth Brass Band "Caledonia-Flip,Flop, & Fly-Ragg Mopp" from "Rollin'"
 The Meters "Yeah, You're Right" from "Look Ka Py Py"
 Sam Cooke "Havin' a Party" from "Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963"

The Gospel Truth: The Sam Cooke Story

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 03:49:20

This is award-winning musical documentary is about the life of Sam Cooke- from his days in Gospel music to his triumph in R&B to his untimely demise.

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On Dec. 14th, 1964, the death of Sam Cooke was broken across the world. Some saw his death as the wrath of God- and an omen- for  crossing the line between gospel and R&B music. Others saw his death as a needless tragedy. Still others saw Sam’s death as an end of the road  towards self-reliance and musical independence. Today, Sam Cooke remains one of America’s most influential singer-songwriters, having been inducted into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame. "The Gospel Truth: The Sam Cooke Story" looks at the life of Sam Cooke through the eyes and voices who knew him well- his father and brother, the Rev. Charles and L.C. Cooke, Soul Stirrers member Leroy Crume, biographer Peter Guralnick and others. Mixed by Peter Bochan.

"Does Black Media Matter?'

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 01:00:01

A panel of distinguished Black journalists discuss the state of Black media and it's importance

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The 'Left Forum' held it’s annual event at John Jay College in New York City. A panel of distinguished Black journalists discuss the state of Black media and it's importance. Tonight The Cutting Edge brings you excerpts from a panel- hosted by myself and journalists Nyaba Arinde, editor of the Amsterdam News,  Devorah Hill, an editor and media consultant, writer/author Herb Boyd and Milron Allimadi, editor and publisher of Black Star News. The panel was entitled “Does Black Media Matter”. Milton Allimadi.

"Alexis Cole: Out There On Her Own"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 59:50

The Cutting Edge presents one of jazz's hidden jewels, Alexis Cole. She’s been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day and has performed with the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. Her nine recordings, have received high praise in the jazz press and are played on radio, world-wide. In addition to her many performances on great stages, Alexis can be seen at top jazz venues like Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, in Tokyo. Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and was a winner of the NY Jazz mobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions, and a finalist of the Sarah Vaughan Competition. Alexis studied voice and piano at the University of Miami and William Paterson University, and holds a Masters of Music from Queens College. She has also trained in Indian Classical singing at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Mumbai. Currently, she heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase and also teaches privately and at City College. She performs and conducts master classes around the world.

Alexis_out_there_small The Cutting Edge presents one of jazz's  hidden jewels, Alexis Cole. She’s been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day and has   performed with the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. Her nine recordings, have received high praise in the jazz press and are played on radio, world-wide. In addition to her many performances on great stages, Alexis can be seen at top jazz venues like Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, in Tokyo.  Cole is the recipient of a Swing Journal Gold Disk award, and was a winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions, and a finalist of the Sarah Vaughan Competition.  Alexis studied voice and piano at the University of Miami and William Paterson University, and holds a Masters of Music from Queens College. She has also trained in Indian Classical singing at the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Mumbai.  Currently, she heads the Jazz Voice Program at SUNY Purchase and also teaches privately and at City College. She  performs and conducts master classes around the world.

"Shout, Sister, Shout: The Sister Rosetta Tharpe Story

From Dred-Scott Keyes | Part of the The Cutting Edge series | 02:26:14

An interview/music mix with Gayle Wald, author of "Shout, Sister, Shout. The story of Rock and Roll trailblazer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe"

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Shout, Sister, Shout! tells the story of "Sister" Rosetta Tharpe, a vocalist and guitarist of the Sanctified church and one of the most remarkable-yet largely forgotten-musicians of the twentieth century. Beginning in the 1930s, she commenced a colorful career as gospel's original crossover artist, its first national superstar, and the most thrilling and celebrated guitarist of the music's Golden Age An iconoclastic and electrifying performer, Rosetta Tharpe influenced scores of musicians, from Little Richard and Ruth Brown to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Isaac Hayes.

Be My Valentine!

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 50:54

This show is a VALENTINES DAY variety music special featuring romantic Jazz, R&B & Blues classics.

This will be a wonderful addition to your special VALENTINES DAY holiday programming.

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Be My Valentine! Love is in the air, and Cupid is busy spreading love. On this Valentines Day as you and your true love sit down to a candle light romantic dinner, listen to these romantic melodies by Miles Davis, Norman Connors, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Sam Cooke and others.

May the love you share be as timeless as the tides and as deep as the sea.
-Anonymous

A Jazz Christmas Holiday

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 58:32

A Jazz Christmas Holiday is special programming for a public radio station during the Christmas / winter break holiday season. The one hour program contains breaks and is divided into three segments.

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Add this program to your on air schedule this holiday season. Your listeners will appreciate classic Jazz from many of the masters as they interpret holiday and Christmas favorites. The play-list includes music from Ella Fitzgerald , Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrell, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Ahmad Jamal, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, Paul Bley, Charles Mingus & Art Blakey , Jimmy Smith , Count Basie, Vince Guaraldi Trio, The Swingle Singers, Hank Crawford, Don Patterson, Chet Baker Quartet, Carmen McRae, Roland Kirk along with your host Howard Burchette .

 

Mother's Day (A Love Celebration)

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 01:01:26

Nice Jazz, R&B and Pop music to make Mothers day a wonderful day for your listening audience.

Imageedit_1_7080141156_small Mother's Day (A Celebration) Is a one hour program dedicated to honoring all mothers on MOTHERS DAY. This broadcast incudes wonderful music from Ray Charles, Gregory Porter , Bill Withers , The Spinners , The Intruders, Boys II Men , Michael Jackson (and the Jackson Five ), Nina Simone , Louis Armstrong and others.

Treat the mothers in your listening area to "Mother's Day (A Love Celebration)"

Summer Soul, Summer Funk! (with a dash of Jazz)

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 58:58

Its "Hot Fun In The Summetime" when you air this show. During this summer break, It summer madness with Sly Stone, Kool & the Gang, James Brown, WAR, Barry White, The Temptations plus many others.

Its is a Soul Summer with a taste of Funk!

Summer_soul_summer_funk_small Your listeners will enjoy this hour of summer fun. Play it during your fund raising week. Let them know that their donations to your station allows you to broadcast unique programs like this.

"Summer Soul Summer Funk" contains two instrumentals from two of the best orchestras MFSB and Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra . raw soul from James Brown, The Temptations , and Blue Magic and all that Funk from War, Sly & the Family Stone, the Isley Brothers, Kool & the Gang , and George Clinton's P-Funk All-stars . The dash of Jazz is provided by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones .

As one song says "Its Summer Come on Out and Dance", you will enjoy "Summer Soul Summer Funk."

A Funk Show Christmas

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 57:07

This year lets have a FUNKY FUNKY Christmas. You can deck the halls, have a sleight ride with The Jackson 5, James brown, Bootsy Collins and others. Now, that is a Funk Show Christmas.

Prx_christmas_002_small Its soulful, its funky its FUNK SHOW CHRISTMAS ! enjoy your holiday with a little funk in your stocking with The Ohio Players, Bootsy Collins, James Brown, The Temptations, The Chairmen of the Board, Freda Payne, Rufus Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and others.

Have a funky good time at the FUNK SHOW CHRISTMAS!

This program is divided into three seperate segments leaving rrom for radio announcements, breaks, and station IDs.