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Black Music Month is like a second birthday celebration. It is a wonderful reminder of the role that music has played not just in my own development, but as a vehicle for expression and success for my entire family.

Forgive me if I seem a little sassier than usual on the air this week. I’ve been inspired by Dee Rees’ amazing new HBO biopic BESSIE, starring Queen Latifah. It’s time for me to reclaim some of my artsy edge.

The 31st annual Celebration of Black Writing (CBW), one of the most prominent African-American literary events in the nation, puts the spotlight on black literary, visual and performing arts. Takes place the entire month of May!

I can barely imagine being alive for 50 years, yet Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been professional colleagues and personal buddies since the 1960s.

Looking for details on the next WURD event — or activities around the region? Look no further than the events calendar right here at 900amwurd.com! It’s easy — just click the word “Events” in the menu bar.

Host Stephanie Renée chats with Philadelphia-area and global music luminaries involved in the making of Jeff Bradshaw’s first live CD recording, HOME. WURD presents some of the highlights of this historic event in our WURD Backstage series. This installment features media maven Dyana Williams and soulful crooner Will Downing.

Stephanie Renée chats with Philadelphia-area and global music luminaries involved in the making of Jeff Bradshaw’s first live CD recording, HOME. WURD presents some of the highlights of this historic event in our WURD Backstage series. In this installment, we get a quick word from crooner Will Downing.

De La Soul is my favorite hiphop group of all time. And as they near their 30th anniversary in the music business, they are rethinking their relationship with the creativity they love and seeking new collaborations and forms of expression to extend their storied career. I am watching and learning.

In life, as it is in music, “getting free” still requires some level of structure. A beginning. A theme. An ending. No matter how innovative we think we are.


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