Sounds of Freedom: The Music of Black Liberation (CBFS)

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Join a conversation with three authors on the history and politics of Black popular music.

About this Event

Black music has been a powerful force, expressing joy, pain, and speaking truths to a global audience. In this program, we will look more deeply into the history and politics of Black music through examining the career of singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson, discussing the music of the Black Power movement, and by exploring the trajectory of the iconic 1990’s hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.

The discussion features authors Hanif Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest), Shana Redmond (Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson), and Ricky Vincent (Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers’ Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music).

The talk is part of the Schomburg Center’s Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series.

GET THE BOOKS | Copies of the authors’ books will be available at The Schomburg Shop.

This program will be streamed on Zoom. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Amy Geduldig at

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies is supported in part by the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.