Art, Music, & Pop Culture: watch-listen

The role of artists in society has always been important. Artists raise awareness about social issues and are often the register of the times. They can reinforce the status quo or they can serve as a catalyst for change. Popular Culture often illuminates where we are all are as a people and a species. We invite critical essays and thinking on art of all types today in the US and abroad.

A Conversation With Poet Nikky Finney

Listen to a conversation between Nikky Finney and Ross Gay that touches on topics such as mentorship, Finney’s writing process, her childhood, and more. Listen here.

Tom Morello on Music for a Movement

“In this 2012 Moyers Moment from Moyers & Company, songwriter Tom Morello — known as the guitarist for the band Rage Against the Machine, and more recently as a solo performer under the name “The Nightwatchman” — discusses the role … Continue reading

A Young Poet from The Bronx

Haydil Henriquez, a young Latina poet growing up in the Bronx, talks about how poetry continues to shape her life and reads from her poem, Bronx.  

Why is We Americans

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Amiri Baraka in Season 1, Episode 4 of Def Poetry Jam.

Wynton Marsalis on 60 Minutes

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Wynton Marsalis takes his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra around the world. Morley Safer tags along as Marsalis and his musicians make the scene in London and then go to Havana for a Afro-Cuban musical treat. )

Left of Black with Quincy T. Mills


Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Professor Quincy T. Mills who discusses his book, “Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America.” )

Reel Bad Arabs

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This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei, Without Fear or Favor

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Architect, photographer, curator and blogger, Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. Alan Yentob explores the story of Ai Weiwei’s life and art, and reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight … Continue reading

Migration is Beautiful

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Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and … Continue reading

Affrilachian Visual Artist Showcase

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Presentation by Marie T. Cochran at the Symposium on Affrilachia at the University of Kentucky, Lexington on March 9, 2011, of artwork by the artists included in the exhibition “Common Ground Affrilachia! Where I’m From” at the August Wilson Center … Continue reading