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Black History Month Interviews

Focusing on the Amazing Things We've Done: Olivia Thomas – aka LIV† – on Black History Month

Seattle songwriter Olivia Thomas, who performs under the name LIV†, shares the importance of taking pride in the accomplishments of black people, encouraging black female artists, and feeling represented by artists like Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill.


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Yirim Seck on Black Economics and Early Influences for Black History Month

Bridging the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle’s Central District and his family’s rich Senegalese heritage, "wordsmith MC" Yirim Seck brings a unique insight to Black History Month and Black Future.


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Whitney Mongé Talks About the Importance of Representation During Black History Month

Whitney Mongé is a Seattle musician, who plays what she calls “Alternative Soul”, a blend of the R&B and ‘90s rock music that inspired her. In celebration of Black History Month, she shares influences and talks about how it's "pretty cool to be a brown person playing music."


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La Tanya Horace of Sistas Rock the Arts on Community and Black History Month

Sistas Rock the Arts is a collective that presents weekly open mic and jam sessions at Rumba Notes in Columbia City. Co-founder La Tanya Horace, aka SistahLuv, talks to KEXP about creating community and black future.


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Celebrating Black Her-story: Om Johari Spotlights the Matriarchs on Black History Month

Om Johari is a Seattle based Afro-Punk Musician and Feminist Activist who has sung in Bad Brains and AC/DC cover bands. She has a unique and interesting perspective on Black History Month and why artist Nina Simone matters.


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Black History Month All Year Round: Gifted Gab Discusses Ohio Players, Chaka Khan, and the Ubiquity of Music

Seattle rapper Gifted Gab talks about celebrating black history all your round, getting her musical education from her mom, and offers inspiring words to other minority artists trying to make their own way.


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Sassyblack Discusses the Vastness of Blackness and Her Musical Heroes

SassyBlack talks about Quincy Jones, debunking the myth that there's a lack of women producers, and how vast blackness really is.


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Jimmy James Talks About the Common Language of Music for Black History Month

Guitarist Jimmy James of the True Loves and Delvon Lamarr Trio talks about his musical influences, and how music breaks through the language barrier and brings people together.


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Ayron Jones Reflects on Black History Month and Recognizing Progress

Ayron Jones reflects on the Catch 22 of Black History Month, the spectrum of black artists that have inspired him, and furthering progress through recognition in the arts and technology.


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Shana Cleveland of La Luz Shines a Light on the Upcoming New Album, Floating Features

KEXP catches up with Shana Cleveland of La Luz about their telenovela-style new music video, their recent Australian tour, and their upcoming third full-length Floating Features out May 11 via Hardly Art Records.


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Education and Emotion: Industrial Revelation’s D'Vonne Lewis Talks About Black History Month

D'Vonne Lewis of Industrial Revelation shares his thoughts on Black History Month in the classroom, and remembers his grandfather, the late-great local legend, Dave Lewis.


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Gabriel Teodros Explains Black August, an Addition to Black History Month

Seattle based hip-hop artist and KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros, who is of Ethiopian and Scottish descent, tells us about Black August and shared insight into an artist who was very influential in inspiring his 2014 album Children of the Dragon.


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