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By PBS NewsHour
Aretha Franklin was honored recently by the National Portrait Gallery with a “Portrait of a Nation” prize, given out to some of the people who appear in its collection. Gwen Ifill spoke with the Queen of Soul about her career,…
At the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator who was killed in the church shooting in Charleston, President Obama broke from his eulogy to sing ‘Amazing Grace,’ a song that exemplifies human vulnerability and redemption. Special…
By PBS NewsHour, Jason Kane
Rhiannon Giddens has studied opera and fronted a Grammy-winning old-time string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Now her debut solo album, produced by T. Bone Burnett, showcases her range and celebrates the musical influence of American women like Odetta, Patsy…
Before we ring in 2015, we want to reflect on some of the great Art Beat stories from this past year. So who did we listen to in 2014?…
By Victoria Fleischer
By Ashira Morris
Ralph Peer popularized the genres of country, blues, jazz, gospel and Latin. His story begins in the era of the wind-up crank cylinder and ends in the age of color television and is told in the new book, "Ralph Peer…
Soul musician Curtis Harding originally wanted to be an oceanographer, but growing up in a musical family left its mark. “My mother’s a gospel singer. My sister plays piano. We all sang in the church, sang on the road,” he…
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