hip-hop http://wamc.org en "Buck: A Memoir" By MK Asante http://wamc.org/post/buck-memoir-mk-asante <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mkasante.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">MK Asante</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia.</span></p><p><em>Buck</em> is a powerful memoir of how a precocious kid educated himself through the most unconventional teachers—outlaws and eccentrics, rappers and mystic strangers, ghetto philosophers and strippers, and, eventually, an alternative school that transformed his life with a single blank sheet of paper.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72773 at http://wamc.org "Buck: A Memoir" By MK Asante Best of Music 2013 With Will Hermes http://wamc.org/post/best-music-2013-will-hermes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Best of" lists start popping up in November. To ensure that we're sharing the best of the entire year, we've saved our music list for the very last morning of the year.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.willhermes.com/">Will Hermes</a> is a Senior Critic for <em>Rolling Stone</em>, a contributor to NPR's <em>All Things Considered</em>, and the author of <em>Loves Goes To Buildings on Fire</em>.</p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 80893 at http://wamc.org Best of Music 2013 With Will Hermes Lin-Manuel Miranda on Working at the Pleasure of the "President" - and the First Treasury Secretary http://wamc.org/post/lin-manuel-miranda-working-pleasure-president-and-first-treasury-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 2008, the musical <a href="http://www.broadway.com/shows/in-the-heights/"><em>In The Heights</em></a> was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won Best New Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, and Score. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it introduced the world at large to the diverse and impressive talents of its writer, composer, lyricist, and star,<a href="http://www.linmanuel.com"> Lin-Manuel Miranda</a>.</p><p>The writer, composer, actor worked with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents on the 2009 Broadway revival of <em>West Side Story</em> - specifically swapping out English lyrics for Spanish in portions of songs sung by the Puerto Rican characters; he performed in the City Center Encores presentation of <em>Merrily We Roll Along</em> in 2012; and he co-wrote the music and lyrics for <em>Bring it On: The Musical</em> - which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Musical this past Broadway season.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:05:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 70064 at http://wamc.org Lin-Manuel Miranda on Working at the Pleasure of the "President" - and the First Treasury Secretary