“Jazz Boston: April 22 – May 1st” (WGBH, 5.2.2016)

New York City, New Orleans, and Kansas City are cities that have jazz in their DNA. Separating the music from those cities would be stripping them of their identity. Boston is a city known for many things, but jazz is not one of them. Boston Jazz week - April 22nd to May 1st-  is trying

May 2nd, 2016|

“All Revved Up: Did Larry Wilmore Go Too Far?” (WGBH, 5.2.2016)

Following President Obama’s mic-drop at his last White House Correspondents Dinner, comedian Larry Wilmore took to the stage, saying, "Welcome to Negro Night here in Washington — or as Fox News will report, Two Thugs Disrupt Elegant Dinner in D.C." The former Daily Show Senior Black Correspondent tackled race, President Obama’s legacy, and candidates from

May 2nd, 2016|

“Restoring Voting Rights To Felons In Virginia Is A “Form Of Reparations” (WGBH, 4.25.2016)

Last Friday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of over 200,000 convicted felons who had finished serving their jail time. "I see it as a form of reparations, I really do," said Reverend Irene Monroe, a syndicated religious columnist. "We know how our judicial system disproportionately put men of

April 25th, 2016|

Basic Black After The Broadcast: “Players, Protests & Politics, Pt. 2” (WGBH-TV, 4.22.2016)

After the broadcast, the conversation continued: as role models and celebrities in the spotlight, do professional athletes have a responsibility to let the world know that they think Black Lives Matter? We’ll look at the tradition of athlete activism from Jackie Robinson, to Muhammad Ali, to LeBron James. Joining Callie Crosley and Phillip Martin this

April 22nd, 2016|

Basic Black: “Players, Protests and Politics” (WGBH-TV, 4.22.2016)

This week we'll kick off the show remembering the impact of the musical icon Prince. And later in the show, as role models and celebrities in the spotlight, do professional athletes have a responsibility to let the world know that they think Black Lives Matter? We’ll look at the tradition of athlete activism from Jackie

April 22nd, 2016|

“JazzBoston celebrates a decade of advocacy” (Boston Globe, 4.21.2016)

Thinking about jazz, certain cities come to mind instantly: New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago, maybe Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Boston, too, deserves a spot on the list, having nurtured legendary artists, bustling clubs, thriving schools, and storied personalities. Still, even admirers can have a hard time putting together all the pieces,

April 21st, 2016|

Singing the Sermon: Where Musicology Meets Homiletics

From the beginning of the Christian Church, singing and preaching have served as major tools of communication. In fact, they remain the most utilized methods of articulating and explicating personal and communal theologies across the diverse and expansive expressions of Christianity. More...

April 20th, 2016|

“Jazz Speaks for Life” (JazzBoston Blog, 4.18.2016)

In the foreword to the playbill of the famed 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. passionately affirmed that, “Jazz speaks for life.” He proclaimed, “Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage

April 18th, 2016|

“The 1994 Crime Bill May Come Back To Hurt Clintons (WGBH, 4.18.2016)

At a recent rally, protesters chastised Bill and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the 1994 crime bill. The bill is thought to be responsible for raising the incarceration numbers of black and Hispanics by increasing police patrol of inner cities. The outspoken disapproval for this bill also shines a spotlight on the generational gap in the

April 18th, 2016|

“Best Contemporary Worship Music You May Not Know” (Calvin Institute for Christian Worship, 1.28.2016)

In the age of the internet, we all have access to hundreds of thousands of songs. Hundreds more are written each week. There are dozens of remarkable songs written that are biblically faithful, musically excellent, theologically robust, liturgically fitting, and singable by ordinary people—but they can be hard to find! By: David M. Bailey, Bruce Benedict,

January 28th, 2016|