We Stand With The Black Community
The news has been traumatic lately, especially for Black, Brown and Indigenous Americans. Not only is COVID-19 hitting these communities at a disproportionately higher rate than white Americans, they are also contending with lynchings and police brutality. There have been protests following George Floyd’s death, in all 50 states. At 91.3 WYEP, we stand against racism and seek to honor the immeasurable contributions Black American artists have made to the musical landscape of the United States, including right here in Pittsburgh. From the 1920s, when the Hill District was a hub for jazz greats to today as we watch artists such as Inez and Sierra Sellers make their marks, the voices of Black musicians are integral to our community.
While it’s certainly important to be supporting our Black community members now, we know that it is through continual learning that we, as a station with a predominately white staff, can build the empathy necessary to fight back the evils of racism.
In that spirit, we’re highlighting some of our previous coverage that celebrates the Black voices, artists and musicians we are honored to learn from.
Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul
Hosted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, the four-hour documentary features in-depth interviews with artists and dozens of songs that illuminate the profound impact that gospel music has made on popular music.
Black History Month Playlists
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman's playlist:
Pittsburgh musician Clara Kent's playlist:
President and CEO of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center Janis Burley Wilson's playlist:
Remembering Stephen Chatman, founder of The Soul Show, which aired for 14 years on WYEP.
WYEP Studio Session with Trombone Shorty.
Live & Direct with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Live & Direct with Michael Kiwanuka:
Live & Direct with Valerie June:
Local 913 with Pittsburgh artist Benji.
You can also check out Benji.'s conversation with The Confluence on our sister station WESA about his album "Smile, You're Alive!"