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Listening For The Future During Black History Month

We're joined by The New Yorker's Music Editor Briana Younger, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's bandleader Jon Batiste and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael. They shine a spotlight on some of the black creators who are shaping the future of music. We discuss how artists like Masego and Braxton Cook represent a resurgence of black instrumentalists, how storytellers like Saba use personal tales to illuminate systemic issues, and how artists like Tierra Whack may be innovating so quickly that the industry can't keep up with their genius. And we talk about the double burden placed on black artists, who are both marginalized by the system and often expected to do the work of speaking out against it; and the damaging assumption that music created by black artists is always a reaction to whiteness. We celebrate the brilliant bright future of black creators and listen to some amazing new music.

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