The Spacebomb Sound with Matthew E. White

Artist Roundtable on Social Justice

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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.

00:35

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.

04:24

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.

23:05

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

48:00

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

52:20

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.

1:30:22

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

1:38:00

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

1:53:38

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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