What black history has to do with country music
People called foul when Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” was kicked off Billboard’s country chart earlier this year. It started a national discussion about who gets to be a country artist and what race has to do with it.
Valerie June is a country singer-songwriter, among many other genres. She’s also black. June and National Museum of African American Music curator Dina Bennett talk with host Martine Powers about how their experiences and the historical roots of country music are steeped in black history. Post entertainment reporter Emily Yahr connects the dots with a look at how artists like Lil Nas X are reinventing and bringing country music home.
- Billboard said Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ wasn’t country enough. Then Billy Ray Cyrus stepped in.
- Lil Nas X and the continued segregation of country music
Black mermaids have been around long before ‘The Little Mermaid’
Controversy erupted last week after Disney announced Halle Bailey would play Ariel in a live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” But Post West Africa bureau chief Danielle Paquette says black mermaids had been around long before Hans Christian Andersen’s publication of “The Little Mermaid.”
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
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