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Liberating ‘Black Radio’: The Robert Glasper Experiment

Liberating ‘Black Radio’: The Robert Glasper Experiment by Mark Anthony Neal | NewBlackMan Asa medium, Black Radio was historically critical to the Black freedomstruggle. The infusion of Blackthought and musical expression onto the radio airwaves, particularly afterMemphis’s WDIA, broke the color barrier and began programming Black music 24-7.In this sense Black Radio literally helped shape decades of American cultureand politics, whether it was Robert Williams, in exile, programming his “Radio Free Dixie” show from Havana, Cuba in the early1960s, young White kids consuming Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, or LittleWillie John as if it was contraband, or Black owned radio stations opening upits studios to the Civil Rights movement.
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