“The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois was published in 1903 as a celebration of black people. It was also an assessment of race and structural racism in America through an assemblage of essays, poetry, music and conversations. The book offered a kaleidoscopic and nuanced excavation of black identity and culture some 50 years after emancipation, at which time Du Bois famously declared, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.”
Join Rebecca Carroll for Black Folks, a WNYC Studios podcast pilot that draws on the work of Carroll and that of DuBois. A curated mosaic of black expression, Black Folks features a wide array of guests who will be thoughtful and provocative, at a time in history when black people must still assert that Black Lives Matter.
On the show: Eve Ewing, writer and sociologist of race and education; singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin; The New Yorker‘s Alexis Okeowo; Jay Smooth host of WBAI’s “Underground Railroad” and the Ill Doctrine videoblog; and filmmaker/performance artist Jamal Lewis.
→ Video Webcast
You can watch a live video stream of the show here
About Rebecca Carroll
As a cultural commentator, journalist and editor of special projects at WNYC, Carroll has in many ways been following in the Du Bois footsteps over the past two years with her own work at WNYC, including How I Got Over, Dear President: What You Need to Know About Race and The Newark Riots at 50, series that combine interviews, conversation and performance.
This is a demo, a rough draft, a sample. Monday nights in The Greene Space we swap studio postproduction for real-time ruckus with tapings of your favorite podcasts, sneaky peeks of unreleased pilots and works-in-progress, conversations with the people who make great tape, and audio experiments of all kinds. Take the earbuds out, grab a drink, and get live with your fellow listeners.