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KBCS Black History Month – 2024

Celebrating Black History Month, I am excited to schedule some feature programming for broadcast on Saturday mornings before Gospel Highway starting this weekend February 3rd.  Listener contributions assist KBCS in supporting many producers, studios and program resources.  Links in this message go direct to the audio if you miss the live broadcast or access to the audio archives. 

Thank you so much for your support.
Here is the line up of featured programs for Saturday’s this month:  

Feb 3rd:
4am – The Takeway – MLK – Activism and the Arts
Feb 10th: 
4-6am – Black Radio Tell it Like it Was – 6 part Series 
4am – Part 1 –  “In the Beginning” and “Pride & Enlightenment”
5am – Part 2 – “Jack Cooper & Al Beson” and “WDIA, The Goodwill Station”
Feb 17th:
4-6am – Black Radio Tell it Like it Was – 6 part Series 
4am – Part 3: “Rappers & Rhymers” and “Sounding Black”
5am – Part 4: “A Woman’s Touch” and “In Control”
Feb 24th:
4-6am – Black Radio Tell it Like it Was – 6 part Series 
4am – Part 5:  “Civil Rights” and “Let’s Have Church”
5am – Part 6:  “Music” and “More Music and Less Talk”
6am – Sound Opinion: Mavis Staples
I hope these featured programs add to your education of our collective history and the celebration of Black History Month.  Please continue to share beyond this month.  KBCS strives to do more to represent more communities. 
Thank you again for your support.
Sincerely – Gregory D’Elia, KBCS Operations Manager
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Kehinde Wiley

African American artist, Kehinde Wiley, captivates audiences with his work. He’s a seasoned artist but many are meeting him for the first time through his exhibit, A New Republic, on display at the Seattle Art Museum. The Seattle Art Museum was intentional in choosing to open Wiley’s exhibit during Black History Month. They were also intentional about choosing partners to create relevant programming for the exhibit. Sonya Green spoke with SAM’s Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs, Regan Pro and with Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Arts Education Manager Lara Davis. Lara works with Creative Advantage, one of SAM’s community partners.

Celebrating Black Love Through the Eyes of Art

One of Seattle’s biggest Black History Month celebrations happens at EMP Museum called, “Through the Eyes of Art”. The creator of the annual event, Seattle rapper, Draze, stopped by the KBCS studios with more details about this year’s theme of Black Love. It includes an exhibit featuring local black artists, a relationship panel and the presentation of Servant of the People awards honoring Gregg Alex  and wife Dora Krasucki-Alex of the Matt Talbot Center and gospel singer, Rev. Patrinell “Pat” Wright.

Listen to our interview below.

Check out the video of “Seattle Sweeties” by Draze.  Download the “Seattle Sweeties” song for free, here.