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Discovering her past: Element uncovers her roots through African Ancestry DNA testing

The first decision I made was to do this. The second decision I made was to take you along with me. Why have you on my journey of self- discovery? Because I wanted to inspire. I wanted others to take their own journey into their family's past and discover who they are. One of the great things about this particular journey was that it dispels the myth about black intelligence […]

todayFebruary 6, 2023

Music

Before ‘Hrs and Hrs,’ Muni Long spent years and years working for others

This is part of a series of features from All Things Considered on first-time Grammy nominees, ahead of the February 5 awards. Read the profiles on Molly Tuttle and Omar Apollo. Muni Long takes her Grammy nominations to heart. Grace Widyatmadja/NPR To hear Muni Long tell it, the success of her hit single "Hrs & Hrs" owes much to a coincidence of timing – and one of mistaken identity on […]

todayFebruary 5, 2023

Music

Poetry finally has its own Grammy category – mostly thanks to J. Ivy, nominee

To hear the broadcast version of this story, use the audio player at the top of this page. J. Ivy, "the suave poet" from Chicago CTZN Chance/Burnculture/CTZN Chance/Burnculture For decades, the Grammys' spoken-word awards have gone to audio books, narrated by people like Barack and Michelle Obama, Carrie Fisher, Stephen Colbert and others – "Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording" is the official title for the statue. But this […]

todayFebruary 5, 2023

Music

Samara Joy’s polyphonic stardom

A few years after winning a prestigious jazz vocal competition while still a college student, 23-year-old Samara Joy is now a multiple Grammy nominee for her album Linger Awhile. Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist Samara Joy stood gently swaying, within a rare circle of calm late last year, as a Hammond organ purred in sanctified accord. It was four days before Christmas. Joy was at Ardmore Music Hall just outside […]

todayFebruary 5, 2023

News

‘Black on Black’ celebrates Black culture while exploring history and racial tension

These lines appear on the first page of Daniel Black's Black on Black: On Our Resilience and Brilliance in America: "I write because we hurt. I write because some pain can't be described. It can only be felt in the marrow of a story or the lyrics of a song." Black's new collection of essays dig deep into Blackness, history and racial tension in this country, while simultaneously serving as […]

todayFebruary 4, 2023 2

Events

HYFIN to host February “Business Breakfast” with African American Chamber of Commerce

The breakfast is an opportunity for business owners to learn more about cultivating relationships through HYFIN HYFIN, a Radio Milwaukee station, will host the “HYFIN Business Breakfast” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Radio Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point studios, 220 E Pittsburgh Ave., from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Hosted in conjunction with the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AACCWI), the breakfast will be co-emceed by Nikki Purvis, President and CEO […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

News

It’s Black History Month. Here are 3 things to know about the annual celebration

Vice President Harris (center) marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 6, 2022, in Selma, Ala., to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images February marks Black History Month, a tradition that got its start in the Jim Crow era and was officially recognized in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions that African Americans have made […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

Music

Lady Wray: Tiny Desk Concert

This year's Black History Month celebration at the Tiny Desk features a carefully crafted lineup spanning many genres, generations and walks of life. Each artist represents the best in their class and will be performing at the Tiny Desk for the first time. As Lady Wray and her band checked into NPR headquarters for their Tiny Desk concert, I overheard her talking about how the excitement to perform kept her […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

Interviews

The perfect vibe: Silas Short blends old & new school to create soulful music, art

The song "Queen of Paisley" has an old school vibe that may make it hard to believe it was written by a 24 year old artist. Silas Short, from Milwaukee, is that guy. Silas is the latest phenomenon to come out of our city. Short’s career began one night on Christmas eve when he DM’d one of his favorite artists. That DM landed him at Stones Throw Records, the same […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023

Events

Black Lens returns in Milwaukee to celebrate Black History Month through films, events

Courtesy: Milwaukee Film, Black Lens Milwaukee Film's premiere program Black Lens returns with another engaging series for Black History Month. Black Lens debuts a host of new community events and movies throughout February showcasing the beauty and intricacies of African American society and culture. The events kick off on Feb. 1 and span the gamut of networking, exploring Afrofuturism, music and Black love. "Groove Theory", the Black Lens music series, […]

todayJanuary 30, 2023

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