Connecting MLK’s death to Hip Hop, and reading on Black identity and sound

Today as the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity worldwide to reflect on Black identity in music and BIPOC and marginalized roles in music generally. Here’s some reading, including the sometimes challenging relationship between Hip Hop and King.

At Black-led Willie Mae camp, music tech exploration starts at age 5 – interview

Black-led, female-led, New York-based Willie Mae Rock Camp is providing inspiration to female and gender nonbinary musicians. Executive director LaFrae Sci talks to us about how it works – and it begins with breathing with a drum machine.

Peter Kirn - December 31, 2022

The Daily Show takes on the Black and gay origins of house music

“You’ve never heard me say – surprise, it’s Caucasians!” The always-on-point Roy Wood Jr. tackles the origins of house music for general audiences on The Daily Show. And while you likely know that history, this one is well worth a watch.

Peter Kirn - August 8, 2022

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