February is Black History Month
This month reminds us and allows us to highlight all the great contributions that black people have made to our society in the past and present. This year at NPR, we’re celebrating with NPR Music, NPR Podcasts, NPR Extra and our member stations.
Check out the NPRs 2022 Black History Month Special Series for stories, musical performances, podcasts and other content that highlights this year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness.
Small office gigs:
2/4: El Debarge Tiny Desk
2/10: Small Office Playlist: Alexis Nelson
2/11: Catherine Russell small office
2/16: Too small desk too short
2/18: Patti Labelle
2/24: Little Office Reading List: Kirk Franklin
2/25: Pastor Shirley Caesar Tiny Desk
“In celebration of Black History Month this year, we’re digging deeper into the true history of music and culture. Each of our five Tiny Desk home concerts features an artist who has helped define music. black as we know it today,” NPR Music said. Bobby Carter, which produces the month of concerts. “We have unique pairings for our limited video series to discuss relevant topics in the black community like food justice and black hair. Lara Downes, Alexis Nikole Nelson and our star of the celebration last year, the great Kirk Franklin, will be curating special playlists for us. Jazz night in America has always been part of his mission to elevate black music and social justice. In February, they continue that mission, wrapping up the month with an all-new episode featuring Damien Sneed. Set your reminders for everything we have in store this month!”
See more details here.
From the Top features the stunning performances and compelling personal stories of extraordinary young classically trained musicians from across the country.
February 21, 2022: A new Highlights Show will celebrate exceptional performances by young black musicians selected from among From the toparchives.
This radio show from WXPN celebrates the profound and under-recognized influence of black gospel music on early rock and soul.
From NPR and WGBO, Jazz Night In America’s radio program is a rich presentation of the uniquely American art form that strives to invigorate public media jazz programming for today’s audience. Check out some of the show’s upcoming plans throughout February.
February 3, 2022: The movement revisited [Re-run]
Former All Things Considered host Audie Cornish presents this week’s Jazz Night in America episode. The tables turn as JNIA host Christian McBride – Grammy-winning bassist and composer – speaks and performs his sequel, The Movement Revisited, inspired by lyrics by Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. The performance was captured live at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, McBride’s hometown.
February 10, 2022: Samora Pinderhughes: the rest of the transformations [Re-run]
Samora Pinderhughes says jazz has the power to reflect “radical imagination”. For the Bay Area-born pianist and composer, that means challenging the status quo with his multi-movement “Transformations Suite.” The sequel combines theatre, music and poetry to examine and explore the history of African American protest movements. Jazz Night travels to Berkeley, California to present the “Transformations Suite” and explore Samora’s journey in shaping her musical life around activism from her parents to her peers, students and mentors.
February 17, 2022: Jazzmeia Horn [Re-run]
Perhaps you heard of Jazzmeia Horn when she won first prize in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Maybe you were hooked when her debut album, A Social Call, came out in 2017. Or maybe it’s the first time you’ve heard of Jazzmeia, which means you have something to look forward to. impatiently. A singer of unfailing ability, creative dynamism and irrepressible panache, she has established herself as the new talent for escape in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition. This is his moment, and Jazz Night in America has his story.
February 24, 2022: Damien Sneed
Jazz Night goes to church. Pianist and gospel singer Damien Sneed leads our services this week. We hear her live at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center with her trio and special guest vocalist Anitra McKinney. We visit Harlem’s legendary Abyssinian Church and learn about Sneed’s upbringing in Augusta, Georgia to work with the legendary Aretha Franklin.
Jazz Night Video Series: Concerts – (Jazz Night Video dates are still being set, pending concert footage.) Past video episodes and show features can be found here.
February 1: Jazz Night “On the List” playlist – the best new jazz released in January.
February 3: Concert by Emmanuel Wilkins. (the following are 60 second mini-docs)
February 16: Exploring Jazz Nicknames
February 23: Attica Blues Album
March 2: Hazel Scott
This radio series produced by WXPN explores and investigates the historical and current connections between the Haitian nation and the city of New Orleans with a focus on music that connects places and people.
From West Virginia Public Radio and NPR, mountain scene offers its listeners the best seats in the house for performances captured in front of a live audience by established stars and emerging artists. The show features seasoned legends and up-and-coming stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, pop, world music, alternative and beyond.
The show compiled digital and video tracks from black musicians that were featured:
Serving up a mix of blues, rock, world, folk and alternative country, live performances and intimate interviews, this WXPN program has several plans to feature black musicians and art throughout the month of February. Check the schedule here.
Sam speaks with the musician and director quest love on the manufacture of soul summer. They discuss how black history is remembered – or forgotten – in the archives.
Faces of NPR: HBCU Edition
Historically, black colleges/universities are essential to the black community. They provide us with a place of education, community, and growth in a time when we were often sidetracked from these necessities. HBCUs have always elevated excellence among their students, for example Oprah, Kamala Harris, Thurgood Marshall, Stokley Carmichael and Martin Luther King. The responsibility does not end with them. Here are some HBCU alumni to NPR who bring their creativity, intelligence, and authenticity to the table every day:
Anaïs Laurent – Senior Marketing Manager
Sommer Hill – Social Media Associate
Taylor Ash – Recruitment and Employment Branding Coordinator
Kia Miakka Natisse – Host, Invsibilia
Ayesha Rascoe – White House Correspondent
Whitney Maddox – Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nikki Jones – Vice President, Change Management and Transformation
HBCU member stations
Did you know that many NPR member stations are licensed for HBCUs? You can check out the wide variety of programs they offer, such as jazz and gospel music, current affairs, and how they serve their communities as a whole:
WSNC-FM Winston-Salem State University
WSSB-FM South Carolina State University
WPRL-FM Alcorn State University
WCSU-FM Central State University
WNCU-FM Central University of North Carolina
WEAA-FM Morgan State University
WVA-FM Alabama State University
KPVU-FM Prairie View A&M University
WJAB-FM Alabama A&M University
WURC-FM Rust College, Inc.
WRVS-FM Elizabeth City State University
WCLK-FM Clark University of Atlanta
WJSU-FM Jackson State University
WESM-FM University of Maryland – Eastern Shore