15 episodes

Black music by the decades.  Each season will deconstruct the most popular Black music of the decade, including what was happening in Black America at each moment in time.  Each episode of this audio docuseries focuses on a single song that defined a decade and changed the world. This music series explores cultural, political, and creative change one decade at a time. The first season will explore the Black music of the 80s and the sociopolitical roots of that music. Each episode looks at a single song from the era and what was happening socially at the moment that led to that song. We tell the story of each decade through music. Our host and lead writer Touré, interviews experts, cultural commentators, academics, and political thinkers, who will leave you feeling like you learned more about the music of the period.

Being Black- The '80s TheGrio Black Pod Network

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    • 4.8 • 71 Ratings

Black music by the decades.  Each season will deconstruct the most popular Black music of the decade, including what was happening in Black America at each moment in time.  Each episode of this audio docuseries focuses on a single song that defined a decade and changed the world. This music series explores cultural, political, and creative change one decade at a time. The first season will explore the Black music of the 80s and the sociopolitical roots of that music. Each episode looks at a single song from the era and what was happening socially at the moment that led to that song. We tell the story of each decade through music. Our host and lead writer Touré, interviews experts, cultural commentators, academics, and political thinkers, who will leave you feeling like you learned more about the music of the period.

    Feelin' Love from the Lovies

    Feelin' Love from the Lovies

    theGrio Black Podcast Network is proud to announce that Being Black: The '80s has received a Lovie Awards nomination. Click here to vote in the Arts, Entertainment & Sports category to help Touré bring home the win!

    • 1 min
    Vote For Being Black: The '80s

    Vote For Being Black: The '80s

    Being Black: The '80s has been nominated for a Signal Award! Help us win the People's Choice award for best Limited Series: Music, by voting here: https://tinyurl.com/bb80sSignal 

    • 22 sec
    Jay-Z Almost Bankrupted Me

    Jay-Z Almost Bankrupted Me

    Star Stories with Touré is an animated series about the unpredictable and sometimes unbelievable backstage interactions with some of the most iconic men in music of the modern era.
    These animated stories are unforgettable recollections of the larger-than-life experiences with music journalist Touré .
    To hear the podcast visit: https://pod.link/1697986415
    To watch the series visit: https://thegrio.com/starstories/
    Touré played poker with Jay-Z one night in a swanky Manhattan penthouse suite. Each hand was worth thousands of dollars. Why was Touré in the game? He’s not rich enough for a game like that. It could have bankrupted him. The answer: He’s insane. Also, he was willing to risk everything to glean the very interesting bit of psychological insight he could get from being head-to-head in a hand of poker with Jay-Z.
     
    Watch here:  https://thegrio.com/starstories/1368617/#sp=star%20stories
     
    Credits:
    The Takeover
    Writer: JAY-Z & Kanye West
    Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
    Publisher: Roc The World 
     
    The Story of OJ 
    Writer: JAY-Z, No I.D., Nina Simone, Gene Redd Jr. & Jimmy Crosby
    Label: Roc Nation
    Publisher: Carter Boys Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Virgin Records, EMI Longitude Music, New World Music, Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing Group, Filmtrax, Eleven East Music, Bucky Music, Rolls Royce Music Company, BMG, Let The Story Begin Publishing, EMI Waterford Music, BMG Monarch, Warner/Chappell, Delightful Music, Round Hill Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Carbert Music & Stephanye Music

    • 7 min
    Ice Cube x Dopeman: The Good, The Bad, & The Crazy

    Ice Cube x Dopeman: The Good, The Bad, & The Crazy

    NWA's Ice Cube talks about the influence of crack on their hit song “Dopeman” and the contradiction of how drug money destroyed the community and propelled his career. “Dopeman” Is one of the illest songs ever made because it takes you deep into the drug dealer’s perspective on selling drugs. The crack dealer was evil but we should still seek to understand what drove him and when we look into his soul we find that like the fiends he served, he too was an addict, but he was addicted to power and money. Crack dealers and their culture had a deep influence on hiphop culture and the Black community. In this ep we go into "Dopeman” with The D.O.C. from NWA and talk to several former drug dealers about how dealers changed the world around them.
     
    Guests:
    Nelson George, Filmmaker
    Royce Da 5’9, Rapper
    Biba Adams, Writer
    The D.O.C., Rapper
    Samson Styles, Journalist and Filmmaker
    Kevin Chiles, CEO Don Diva Magazine
    Jim Jones, Rapper
    Credits:
    NWA - Dope Man

    Writer: Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Sugarfoot, Junie Morrison, Marshall “Rock” Jones, Greg Webster, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, Norman Napier & Andrew Noland 
    Label: Ruthless Records
    Publisher: Ruthless Attack Muzick & Bridgeport Music 

     
    NWA - Fuck Tha Police

    Writer: The D.O.C., Ice Cube & MC Ren
    Label: Universal Music Group, Ruthless Records & Priority Records
    Publisher: Universal Music Group

     
    Notorious BIG - The Ten Crack Commandments

    Writer: The Notorious B.I.G. & DJ Premier
    Label: Bad Boy Entertainment
    Publisher: B.I.G. Poppa Music, Gifted Pearl Music, Justin Combs Music & EMI April Music

     
    Alpo Martinez, FEDS Magazine

    • 32 min
    Toure Show

    Toure Show

    • 43 sec
    Star Stories with Toure` Coming August 1st

    Star Stories with Toure` Coming August 1st

    Star Stories with Toure` is an animated series about the unpredictable and sometimes unbelievable backstage interactions with some of the most iconic men in music today.
    These animated stories are unforgettable recollections of the larger-than-life experiences with music journalist Toure` and Black celebrities.

    “I spent over two decades working in music journalism, and it left me with a wealth of awesome stories about the time I spent hanging out with many intriguing stars. I played basketball with Prince. I played poker with Jay-Z. I went jewelry shopping with Kanye. I was briefly kidnapped and threatened with torture by Suge Knight. All these stories reveal something interesting, funny, or real about these stars. There is also a contrast between the life of a star and the life of a journalist. It is centered around true stories, which are definitely for adults, not kids."     Toure`

    • 23 sec

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

dadtodat ,

VITAL CONTENT IN THE TIME OF BOOK BANNING

When you learn a profound backstory to a “pop song” you may otherwise have taken for granted you recognize the value of the podcast medium. Revealing the genius and wisdom of Stevie Wonder and other artists is why Toure’s podcast shines! When books are being banned there needs to be a multi faceted response like this podcast.

judie saunders law ,

Essential history podcast

Tell a friend, tell your kids, and share this pod with anyone and everyone who wants a snapshot of American history from the lens of black music. Great job! Well done!

PCF530 ,

Outstanding!

As a teen in the 80’s, I listened to all of the music featured in this pod and experienced directly and indirectly the cultural cataclysms of the era. This podcast is enlightening, respectful, and beautifully produced. I’d give it ten stars if I could!

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