Black Music 2014: Style, Stance & Substance
Music. It influences politics, religion, social and philosophical perspectives. A universal communication found in many of our everyday rituals. Music also contributes billions of dollars to the global economy and black music is credited for a large part of those billions.
During slavery, black music provided inspiration telling folks to: “Hold On Just A Little While Longer.” In the sixties and seventies, it was sustenance to the civil rights and anti-war movements –inciting and provoking people to action. Voices raised to sing: “We Shall Overcome,” and asked “What’s Going On.” But what of its impact now? As Vocal Point celebrates Black Music month, we’ll discuss the impact of black music today and explore its relevance beyond pure entertainment.
About Our Guests
John Murph is a Washington, DC-based music and arts journalist. His writing has been published by the Washington Post, NPR Jazz, Down Beat, JazzTimes, The Root, The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington City Paper. He recently covered the 3rd Annual International Jazz Day in Osaka, Japan. Murph also DJs with a strong focus on jazz, R&B and electronica.
D.C. Native Bomani Armah is a self-proclaimed poet with a hip-hop style. Using his considerable talents, he merges his poetry, emcee skills, and music together, to create artistic and provocative lyrics and rhythms. He’s had numerous hits including his controversial songs: “Read a Book” and “Grown Ass Man.” He’s a producer and audio engineer and consults with various organizations like Words Beat & Life Inc. And, is also the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets Restaurants in the Metropolitan area.
Riskat (KAT) I. Okedeyi
Risikat I. Okedeyi is a first generation Nigerian-American with an undergraduate degree from University of Maryland-College Park, and a master's degree from The Ohio State University. A long-time lynchpin in the DC arts scene, Risikat aka Kat, shares her time between two passions: teaching and what she has coined as "cultural architecture". She is currently an associate professor in the English department at Prince George's Community College where she teaches courses in composition writing and specializes in African-American literature and also serves as the college's director for its Book Bridge Project. Risikat is also owner of LiL SoSo Productions, LLC (www.lilsoso.com) where she creates high-quality nightlife experiences, produces and directs conversations on and around progressive culture and aesthetics, and works with artists and creatives of all sorts in a variety of branding and administrative capacities.
About Vocal Point
Vocal Point is a Community Outreach Series featuring Interesting and topical shows programed with you, the Washington DC audience, in mind. With A live studio audience and panel, we will cover a variety of issues. These are your stories, your concerns, your points of view!
Vocal Point Is filmed once every month at WHUT television studios.
Howard University Television went on the air November 17, 1980 as WHMM. The station’s debut received considerable local and national attention as it was the first and only Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) member station licensed to and operated by a predominantly African-American institution, historic Howard University, Washington, DC.
The station’s signal reaches over 2 million households in the greater Washington metro area. WHUT has thousands of loyal viewers and donors who tune daily to its unique mix of PBS series such as NOVA, The American Experience, Sesame Street, and its original productions on local and national topics. Specials also highlight special events and renown speakers at Howard University, such as Cornel West, Toni Morrison and Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaever. WHUT airs more than 3,500 hours of public affairs and educational programming each year. WHUT has won 13 Emmys, and numerous other awards such as the Telly, Aurora, and Cine Golden Eagle.
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