1619: Pleasure and pain in the history of Black music in American popular culture (3)

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Episode three of 1619 with Nikole Hannah-Jones is narrated by Wesley Morris. Morris starts cutting vegetables in his friend’s kitchen and listening to a “Yacht Rock” playlist. He says that these songs are often framed as inconsequential soft rock, but that what he “…is hearing in all of these songs is Blackness.”

From the pleasure of laughing at Kenny Loggins “scraping the pan,” to the pain of dehumanizing blackface minstrel shows, to finding the “fully human Black self” in Muddy Waters this podcast will have you thinking differently about a lot more than your cooking playlist.

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