Young Gifted and Black -  an examination of music as an expression of civil rights

Young Gifted and Black – an examination of music as an expression of civil rights

Music as a form of activism within African American culture is a phenomenon that seemingly has no parallel in human history, perhaps because never before have an oppressed people been able to speak past their oppressors and to their oppressors children. White kids in segregated communities who were raised to believe that people of color were inferior would suddenly find themselves in awe of black genius and a sound that would immediately regarded as the literal manifestation of soul.

Taken from a radio show I did for black history month, this mix takes a trip through decades of activism in black music from the black panther era to black lives matter, from sixties soul and gospel, seventies revolutionary funk, afrocentric hip-hop, and a selection of new music that carries on the tradition.

Camille Yarbrough – But It Comes Out Mad
Is It Because I’m Black
Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted, and Black
The Wild Magnolias – (Somebody Got) Soul, Soul, Soul
Southside Movement – Somebody Oughta Turn Your Head Around
Sarah Webster Fabio – Sweet Songs
Curtis Mayfield – Ghetto Child (Demo Version)
The Whatnauts – Message From a Black Man
The Last Poets – Black Is (Chant)
Frankie Cutlass – Puerto Rico/ Black People
Public Enemy – Brother’s Gonna Work It Out (Remix)
Boogie Down Productions – Stop the Violence
Big Daddy Kane – Who Am I
De La Soul – I Am I Be
Brand Nubian – Allah & Justice
Ice Cube feat Khalid Abdul Muhammad – Death
Erykah Badu – The Healer
Jamila Woods feat NoName – VRY BLK
Kendrick Lamar – untitled 04
Solange – Closing: The Chosen Ones
Thundercat – Hard Times
Mick Jenkins feat. BADBADNOTGOOD – Drowning
Houz Mon – Intro: King 28 Years Later
Sam Dees – Heritage of a Black Man
The Last Poets – When the Revolution Comes
The Emotions – Peace Be Still
Pointer Sisters – Yes We Can Can

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