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Black History Month Programs On WFIU


Sunday, February 2 at 6pm

Boots Riley
Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker. He spoke with Janae Cummings in an onstage interview hosted by IU Cinema.

Friday, February 7 at 8pm

The Songs of Razaf and Waller
Learn more about two of the most dynamic songwriters from the 1920s and ’30s, Andy Razaf and Fats Waller, who wrote such hits as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose.”

Night Lights
Friday, February 7 at 9pm

Black, Brown and Beige: Duke Ellington’s Historic Jazz Symphony
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.

Sunday, February 9 at 6pm

Rob Dixon
After graduating from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, saxophonist Rob Dixon moved to the top of the music scene in New York City, working with legendary and popular artists such as the Count Basie Band, Tony Bennett, and the Ellington Band, among others. Dixon returned to Indianapolis in 2003 and is the artistic director for Indy Jazz Fest. He spoke with David Brent Johnson.

Night Lights
Friday, February 14 at 9pm

The Jackie Robinson of Television: The Nat King Cole Show
Nat King Cole’s short-lived 1956-57 variety show was canceled for lack of ratings and advertisers, but it made an invaluable cultural contribution and blazed a trail for later African American TV hosts.

Sunday, February 16 at 6pm

Crystal Fleming
Crystal Fleming is a writer and sociologist who researches racism in the United States and abroad. She earned degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University and is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. She spoke with Janae Cummings.

Night Lights
Friday, February 21 at 9pm (Part 1)
Friday, February 28 at 9pm (Part 2)

Made in Detroit: Jazz from the Motor City
Bloomington native and longtime Detroit Free Press music writer Mark Stryker discusses his book Jazz from Detroit and the musicians it profiles.

Sunday, February 23 at 6pm

Dr. Tyron Cooper
Mark Chilla speaks with Dr. Tyron Cooper, three-time Emmy award winner, assistant professor in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU Bloomington, and director of IU’s Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Friday, February 28 at 8pm

Satchmo and Friends
Features duets between Louis Armstrong and some of Pops’s famous friends like Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and more.