The Spacebomb Sound with Matthew E. White

Artist Roundtable on Social Justice

120 minsFirst aired 14 Dec 2016
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Matthew E. White guides a thoughtful conversation on race, place and politics with artists and activists from Richmond’s community, celebrating songs of protest throughout.

In the turbulent wake of a fraught election, intensifying racial tensions around the world and recent local events, Matthew E. White and the Spacebomb Sound brought together members of Richmond, Virginia’s community for a discussion about what it means to be black in America. Dig deep into a complex, sobering and at times hilarious back-and-forth between Tiffany Jana, co-founder and CEO of TMI Consulting, co-chair of the transition team for Richmond’s Mayor-Elect Levar Stoney and author of a number of books and articles; Reggie Pace, trombonist and percussionist for Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and co-founder of the No BS Brass Band; Kelli Strawbridge, drummer for the Microwaves and singer for KINGS and the Big Payback; multi-instrumentalist and producer Devonne Harris AKA DJ Harrison; and Cameron Ralston, touring bassist for Foxygen and Matthew’s bassist of choice.


Keep it locked for this very special episode of the Spacebomb Sound – you’ll probably laugh, you may cry and you might even be inspired to take action.


Tiffany Jana has a fan in Virginia Senator (and former VP candidate) Tim Kaine, who has praised her book Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships across Differences.


In addition to the original, Curtis Mayfield recorded three other versions of “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue.”


Learn more about avant-garde jazz composer Philip Cohran in the RBMA Daily.


Watch Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, the songwriter behind “Yes We Can,” perform the track live at Tulane’s commencement ceremony. Keep your eyes peeled for a surprise appearance by none other than the Dalai Lama.


Take a look inside the White Houses Library for a special edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert featuring Common.


A guiding light of the soul and funk revivalist movement, Sharon Jones stars in this 2016 documentary released shortly before her untimely death.


Listen to this episode of NPR’s All Things Considered about Sam Cooke’s civil rights anthem “A Change is Gonna Come.”

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