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Artist Profiles - Drummer Art Blakey

Before co-founding the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver, Art Blakey was backing jazz greats Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk...Nicknamed the "Tiger Of Jazz" he was known for his aggressive swing style and was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming.. Members of the Jazz Messengers is like a who's who in jazz with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Terence Blanchard & Wynton Marsalis to...

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Right on the cover, Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell's horror comic Infidel lays out a bold goal. Campbell's powerful illustration — a woman in a headscarf menaced by an exaggerated, spiky hand — signals that this book will delve into the real-world theme of racism while simultaneously embracing the phantasmal devices of horror.

Alice Walker has a new collection of poems about issues of the world, and those in her own backyard.

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of the The Color Purple, The Temple of my Familiar and many other beloved works has now issued Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart. The book gathers 69 of her poems in both English and Spanish, the latter courtesy of translator Manuel García Verdecia.

She spoke to NPR about her adopted homes, the root of her poetry and human imperfection.

With great power comes great irresponsibility. It's been 29 summers since Prince's "Batdance" heralded the release of Tim Burton's Batman, and longer than that since a comic book screen spin-off featured an original song with lyrics explicitly describing the title character. Even Joss Whedon, a musical-theater guy who made two Avengers movies, and re-wrote and re-shot a hefty chunk of last year's Justice League, failed to supply this very basic, spins-a-web, any-size, catches-thieves-just-like-flies need in his three at-bats.

Walk into the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. right now and you will find a painting that has been ripped to shreds.

Another one, nearby, hangs half-loose from its stretcher, rumpled. It's a portrait of Thomas Jefferson; behind it, you glimpse a seated black woman.

They are works by the artist Titus Kaphar. He takes familiar images and remakes them. Maybe he pulls a hidden figure to the front.

His work often confronts the history of slavery and racism in the United States.

Anderson .Paak is in album mode. Yes, lawd!

Atlanta is changing the names of three streets that echo the city's Civil War past.

Confederate Avenue will become United Avenue, East Confederate Avenue will become United Avenue S.E. and Confederate Court will become Trestletree Court on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Ambrose Akinmusire offers a litany of the dead as the penultimate track of Origami Harvest, his audacious, politically exigent, altogether astounding new album. The track is titled "Free, White and 21," and its lyrics consist of the names of African-American men and women (and, it must be said, boys) slain in recent years by members of law enforcement or the neighborhood watch.

Fall is often the most intense movie season of all. Awards contenders begin to come into focus after the Toronto International Film Festival, while comedies and thrillers continue to hit screens. We got to see a lot of upcoming films at TIFF — below you'll find write-ups of 15 movies we really enjoyed and a heads-up about nearly 40 notable releases.

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU presents Jazz And Funk Music On The Lawn

Jazz And Funk Music On The Lawn will be held Saturday, October 13 at 3 PM on the campus of Central State University. Featured perfomers include Kiddle Mack.

Thursdays at Noon

Café Jazz is a mix of original vinyl recordings with contemporary jazz releases on CD with host Richard (Gene) Knight. 

Thursdays at 5:30 PM

New Inspiration For The Nation

Host George Kilpatrick brings you some of the country's most inspiring conversations, in a fun, accessible style.

Thursdays at 6 PM

My Favorite Things

Hosted by Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti AKA "Moraks," the program will feature music from all over the world in different languages. Listeners will hear Afro jazz, Afro beat, Calypso, Classical & more.

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