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The 1619 Project: Music, A Screening and Conversation


Black Music is American Music.

To celebrate the culmination of The 1619 Project Read Along, One World and Hulu are proud to present a screening of The 1619 Project Hulu Original docuseries episode, “Music,” followed by a talkback between creator and executive producer Nikole Hannah-Jones and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and contributor Wesley Morris. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, “Music” delves into the unique legacy of Black music in United States, from Motown’s wide popularity to funk’s rebellious independence to today’s genre-breaking musicians. One of six episodes that brings a chapter of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story to vibrant life, the “Music” episode celebrates the “uncapturable spirit” of Black music and maintains that Black music IS American Music.

The 1619 Project is The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning reframing of American history that placed slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. The project, which was initially launched in August of 2019, offered a revealing new origin story for the United States, one that helped explain not only the persistence of anti-Black racism and inequality in American life today, but also the roots of so much of what makes our country unique.

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Free tickets will be available on Monday, March 13th at noon EDT.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University. In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared toward increasing the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones is the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she has founded the Center for Journalism and Democracy. In 2021, she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.

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Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large at the New York Times and a staff writer at the New York Times magazine, where he writes about popular culture and hosts the podcast “Still Processing” with J. Wortham. He’s written essays and reviews for Grantland and the Boston Globe, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. In 2021, he was awarded a second Pulitzer in criticism for his writing at the Times.