Aired: February 6, 2016

Rock n’ Roll in Black and White

  • Rock and Roll in Black and White (18 min.)

    With: Jack Hamilton (University of Virginia)

    Rock and Roll started out as an interracial forum, but Slate’s pop critic says rock turned into a predominantly white music genre, and he’s piecing together why.

  • Baseball: A Paradox of Race Relations (10 min.)

    With: Johnny Moore (Radford University)

    The history of the great American game of baseball represents all the paradoxes of race relations in our country. Johnny Moore studies the surprising shift from the 1920’s, when baseball held an important place within the black community, to today, where that place lies in the NBA.

  • Julian Bond and Black Leaders (15 min.)

    With: Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia)

    The late Julian Bond conducted 51 extensive interviews with prominent black leaders in America. Phyllis Leffler led the project with Bond, and has written a book on the series that offers insights into the intractable disparities of race in America.

  • Autobiography of an African Princess (9 min.)

    With: Arthur Abraham (Virginia State University)

    In the 1940s Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. Arthur Abraham is one of three editors of The Autobiography of an African Princess, which traces Fatima’s life from her youth in Africa to her later years in America.

  • How Rock Got So White

    These days, rock and roll is dominated by white musicians but Slate’s pop critic Jack Hamilton says that many early rock stars were black. Allison Quantz reports on how black artists have been left out of the classic rock canon.

  • Like a Rolling Stone

    Watch Jimi Hendrix interpret Bob Dylan’s classic Like a Rolling Stone.



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