Podcast

Jamael Dean: On Black Music, Art Education, & Spirituality

A conversation with Jamael Dean, a 21-year-old jazz pianist, composer, producer, and rapper. Jamael and I speak about his musical origins and influences; the role of art education in Black community and life throughout history; how his spiritual practices inform his life, compositions, and creations; and much more.

Columbia’s Anti-Black History (feat. Rosalyn Huff & Colby King)

Rosalyn Huff and Colby King -- board members of Columbia University's Black Students Organizations -- talk about their recent report about the University's long history of anti-black violence and policing.

Radical Black Music (feat. Marc Hannaford)

Marc Hannaford -- a musician, PhD candidate in music theory, and course instructor at Columbia University -- joins me for a wide-ranging conversation centered around radical Black music and musicians.

Black Students and Liberation (feat. Professor Stefan Bradley)

Professor Stefan Bradley, author of "Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League" joins me to talk about Black students' role in liberation movements and the importance of their contributions throughout history.

Columbia University Divest (feat. Naye Idriss & Sophie Edelhart)

Naye and Sophie, organizers with Columbia University Students for Justice in Palestine, join me to discuss their activism, Palestinian liberation, and demands for Columbia's divestment from Israeli Apartheid.

Basquiat’s Defacement (feat. Chaedria LaBouvier)

Chaedria LaBouvier, a scholar and curator, joins me to talk about Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1983 "Defacement" piece, his career, and his identity.

State of our Schools (feat. Educator Jose Vilson)

Jose Vilson, a New York City-based educator, writer, blogger, and activist joins the show to talk about education, schooling, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and much more.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline (feat. Harold Jordan of the ACLU)

Harold Jordan, an advocate at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about punishment in American schools and the school to prison pipeline.

On Serena Williams’ Identity in Tennis

Today, I talk about Serena Williams. How does her identity as a black woman contradict the sport she excels at?

The Black Role in Literature (feat. Writer Camryn Garrett)

Camryn Garrett -- a teenage author, filmmaker, and creator -- joined me to talk about the way Black people participate and are portrayed in modern literature and writing.