The Black Experience
Code Switch: Start with The Black Table at the Big Tent
The Nod: Start with I Want that Purple Stuff
Truth Be Told: Start with Joy
Race and Racism
The Heart, “Race Traitor” series: Start with Who Taught You to Be White
The United States of Anxiety: Start with 40 Acres in Mississippi
Reveal: Start with Reproducing Racism
Scene on Radio, “Seeing White” series: Start with Turning the Lens
The Stakes: Start with White Like Me
Black History Year: Start with Is This the Blueprint for Black Liberation?
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: Start with Elie Mystal: Call it a Lynching
Afropunk Solution Sessions: Start with Racism is a Virus
Pod Save the People: Start with Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Time and Place
1619: Start with The Fight for a True Democracy
Floodlines: Start with Antediluvian
There Goes the Neighborhood: Start with Premium Elevation
Hi-Phi Nation, “Crime and Punishment” series: Start with Criminal Minds
In the Dark, Season 2: Start with July 16, 1996
Uncivil: Start with The Ring
Caught: Start with I Just Want to Come Home
Ear Hustle: Start with Bird Baths and a Lockbox
Natal: Start with Myeshia’s Story
70 Million: Start with How Bail Shackles Women of Color
It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders: Start with Not Just Another Protest
Criminal Justice Reform
Alica Keys – “How It Feels To Fly”
Bernice Johnson Reagon – “Freedom in the Air”
Bob Mould – “American Crisis”
Conway The Machine – “Front Lines” Griselda Records rapper Conway The Machine paused work on his upcoming album From King to a God to release “Front Lines” on June 1 in response to the national protests against police killings.
D Smoke and SiR – “Let Go” The song “Let Go” was written the day of George Floyd’s killing on May 25 and released on May 29.
Dre – “Captured on a iPhone” Dre, one half of production duo Cool & Dre, released his song “Captured on a iPhone” on May 30, dedicated to the black people whose police killings weren’t documented.
Dua Saleh – “body cast” Minneapolis musician, artist, and activist Dua Saleh released the song “body cast” on May 30, directing proceeds to Minnesota’s Black Visions Collective. This is terrifying for us as we mourn a member of the community. ‘body cast’ is a song about police brutality and injustice.”
Fannie Lou Hamer – “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
Gregory Porter – “Insanity”
James Brown – “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud
Mahalia Jackson – “Amazing Grace”
Miles Davis & Chaka Khan – “Human Nature”
Nina Simone – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
Papoose – “Tribute” Underground rapper Papoose remembers 27 black people beaten and killed by police officers and in acts of racism with the song “Tribute,” released in June 1. He lists victims for each letter of the alphabet, from Emmett Till to Rodney King to George Floyd, with U recognizing the unknown victims for racial violence. .
Syl Johnson – “Is It Because I’m Black”
Teejayx6 and TM88 – “BLACK LIVES MATTER” Detroit rapper Teejayx6 teamed up with Lil Uzi Vert producer TM88 for a protest song simply titled “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
The Freedom Singers – “We Shall Not Be Moved”
Toshi Reagon – “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around” We struggle in a political climate that still tolerates and actively encourages systemic discrimination. Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music.
Tupac – “A Different World”
Tupac – “Tupac: Resurrection”