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Black History Month: Jazz, Podcasts and Media

The purpose of this guide to celebrate and recognize Black History Month

Black Musicians

Films

Netflix Black Stories

If you have a Netflix account, check out the following films that are based on a true story

 

Jazz

National Museum of American History, The Growth of Jazz

Jazz developed in the United States in the very early part of the 20th century. New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, played a key role in this development. The city's population was more diverse than anywhere else in the South, and people of African, French, Caribbean, Italian, German, Mexican, and American Indian, as well as English, descent interacted with one another. African-American musical traditions mixed with others and gradually jazz emerged from a blend of ragtime, marches, blues, and other kinds of music. At first jazz was mostly for dancing. (In later years, people would sit and listen to it.) After the first recordings of jazz were made in 1917, the music spread widely and developed rapidly. The evolution of jazz was led by a series of brilliant musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington (listen to Ellington in Duke's Music Class), Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. Jazz developed a series of different styles including traditional jazz, swing (listen, for example, to Benny Carter, who got his start in swing music, in Benny's Music Class) bebop, cool jazz, and jazz rock, among others. At the same time, jazz spread from the United States to many parts of the world, and today jazz musicians--and jazz festivals--can be found in dozens of nations. Jazz is one of the United States's greatest exports to the world.

Podcasts

Black Girl Podcast

The Black Girl Podcast is a new audio series created by Scottie Beam (@scottiebeam on twitter/IG), Gia Peppers (@giapeppers), Sapphira (@sapphiraem), Bex (@BexxFrancois), and Alysha P (@AlyshaP819/@AlyshaP). After the five media phenoms met and became friends at hip hop's most iconic station, Hot 97, they decided to make their hilarious conversations about life issues, sisterhood, pop culture, love, growth, and the pursuit of their dreams to the public. Listen every week as their differing opinions and life experiences lead them to understand themselves, and the world around them, a little bit better. Hopefully, you'll laugh, argue, and learn something about yourselves, too. Follow us on Twitter and IG @blackgirlpod.

Black History Year

Learning your history makes you - and your people - stronger. As Black people, we know we're left out of the history books. That we need access to experts, information and ideas so we can advance our people. Black History Year connects you to the history, thinkers, and activists that are left out of the mainstream conversations. You may not agree with everything you hear, but we're always working toward one goal: uniting for the best interest of Black people worldwide. BHY is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company.

Code Switch

What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.

Black Entrepreneur Podcast

Black Entrepreneur Blueprint was created to help educate and inspire Black entrepreneurs to Launch, Build, and Grow successful businesses. Our podcast is designed for Black entrepreneurs by Black entrepreneurs. Our podcast consist of in depth interviews with successful Black entrepreneurs. The interviews not only focus on the entrepreneurs successes, but also the failures and the lessons learned that each of these business owners have experienced.

Hella Black The Podcast

Hella Black Podcast is brought to you by Delency Parham and Abbas Muntaqim. With each episode we hope to educate and inform our listeners on all things related to Blackness. You can follow us on Twitter and IG @HellaBlackPod and support us on www.patreon.com/HellaBlackPod. We hope you all enjoy the show!

The Black & Raww Podcast

A podcast that is creating a space and dialogue for black men to be authentically themselves. With interviews from different black men doing great things and topic-specific episodes that can bring value to an understanding of black masculinity.

Videos