black history month

Heath Johnston

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 2/5/21. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Ella Fitzgerald, 'First Lady of Song'

Feb 21, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Her voice is instantly recognizable. Her youthful exuberance, pure sound and positive energy just make you feel good. Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but when she sang, she radiated a joy consistent with her own character both on and off the bandstand. 

Produced by: NPR Music

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Langston Hughes - I Too Sing America

Feb 10, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

Produced by: WQXR

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Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

In 1943, Duke Ellington debuted a landmark 43-minute musical portrayal of the African-American experience at Carnegie Hall. We'll hear music from it as well as commentary from Wynton Marsalis, Ellington biographer Harvey Cohen, and Ellington himself.

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Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth

Jan 29, 2020

Broadcast: Feb. 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. 

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.