2022 Celebrate Black History

WPKN 89.5 FM radio celebrates Black History Month throughout February 2022 with a broad and in-depth program including music, poetry, interviews, authors, and film.  This unprecedented one-month recognition of Black history intends to develop a deeper understanding of the history of Blacks in America and celebrate their inestimable contribution to all aspects of American culture. On-air programming is FREE and in-person live and live-streaming events are low-cost for attendees. Click here to check out the full calendar of events.

Live Music Events

WPKN is proud to offer three live (and live-streaming) events in February: BRIDGEPORT-THIS IS US – A Celebration Of African-American Musicians at the Bijou; Funk Night at the Bijou! with LE MIXX, ANTHEM, and The WHAT UP FUNK BAND at the Bijou; and Deeper Than Skin Concert at the Unitarian Church of Westport. Click to learn more

On-Air Programming

Throughout the month, programmers will present interviews with African-American musicians, noted Africa-American authors, poets, with pre-recorded speeches and discussions featuring Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Cornel West, authors James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, spoken word artists Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, and the famous appearance of Paul Robeson before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956. Special Features will include Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone, a 5-hour award-winning audio documentary on the life, music, and legacy of composer and saxophonist John Coltrane, and a 10-hour Peter Tosh Celebration. We offer more than 50 programs spread throughout the month. Click to learn more

Films

In light of the current Covid situation, films will be shown as part of the Juneteenth Celebration at the Bijou Theatre including Summer of Sound (The Black Woodstock), Homecoming: The Story of African-American Farmers and I’m Not Your Negro (James Baldwin). Click to learn more

WPKN Black History Advisory Committee

We are delighted to have a committee of respected community leaders join WPKN. These volunteers are helping to direct the content of our celebrations, provide their insights and knowledge, and engage the community for a richer experience.

Leading this esteemed committee is Ebong Udoma, who is acting as Advisory Committee Chair and has been a volunteer with WPKN for forty years.

Ebong Udoma
WPKN Black History Advisory Committee Chair
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Jason A. Coombs
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Rob Fried
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Sheena Graham
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Kris Sealey, PhD.
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Christina Smith
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Dwayne Smith, PhD.
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Rev. D Stanley Lord
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Preston Tisdale, Esq.
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Richard Wenning
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Kim Bianca Williams
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WPKN Black History Month Community Events

This Is Us Black History Month

Bridgeport – This Is Us

February 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

NV23 Productions in conjunction with WPKN Presents “BRIDGEPORT - THIS IS US, A Celebration of African-American Musicians” Live and Live-Streaming with an all-star lineup!

Funk Night at the Bijou

Funk Night at the Bijou

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, Mega Bass Productions and WPKN FM present Funk Night at the Bijou! Three hot bands, ONE HOT NIGHT!

Deeper than the Skin at Voices Cafe

Reggie & Greg: Deeper than the Skin

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On Sunday, February 20th at 7:30 pm, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway bring their signature performance, Deeper Than The Skin, to Voices Café, in-person and live-streamed.

La Gringa

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

La Gringa is a theatre production. In collaboration with Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders, WPKN presents the longest-running off-broadway Spanish play by playwright Carmen Rivera about a woman born in NYC who travels to Puerto Rico for the first time to meet her family and to discover her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed and she ...

WPKN’s Luis Luna and Marisol Herrera will be MCing this concert. Peruvian singer/songwriter Ricardo Paredes will present a performance on the traditional Peruvian charango. Proyecto Cimarron Folkloric Ensemble,  Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance performance group based in New Haven, Connecticut, will follow. Our Advisory Board member Rick Reyes will close the night with ...

Mikata & Patricia from Alisa House of Salsa

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Patricia from Alisa House of Salsa will be leading salsa lessons starting at 7 pm. At 8 pm, the band Mikata will perform. Mikata’s repertoire includes new arrangements of Jazz classics, original songs and gripping folkloric-Salsa hybrids that foster a direct experience of the African-Caribbean roots of the music. Afterward, WPKN DJs will play ...

Some WPKN Hosts With Special Programming

In celebration of Black History Month, many of our hosts have special programming they would like to share. So save the date and listen in for amazing music, special spoken word presentations, and interviews. These are just a featured sample, please see the full calendar below.

Michael Dunham
Real Music, Real Talk
February 3, 1 PM

Real Music Real Talk is a combination of music and conversation. The music I play is a combination of old school R&B, classic funk, old school ballads, smooth and traditional jazz, and my tendency is to concentrate on songs and artists that are underplayed, great tunes that are rarely heard some well known but some unknown. The talk portion of the program is very diverse I speak to a lot of different people from different walks of life we talk about music social justice as well as other issues. Check out the Live Performance at the Bijou on Friday: Bridgeport: This Is Us!

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Alec Cumming
Snap, Crackle, POP!
February 3, 4 PM

This upcoming episode of “Snap Crackle POP!” is a tribute entitled “Magic In The Air: The Big, Orchestral Pop Sound of Black America”. Starting with The Drifters’ “There Goes My Baby” in 1959, we’ll examine and salute the use of strings and elaborate production values in black pop music – focusing on Motown, the Brill Building and the ‘Philadelphia Sound’.

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Herman Olivera III
Rehumanize Yourself Radio
February 4, 2 AM

I intend to honor black artists who have shaped modern music and added color to our world. We wouldn’t have MUSIC today if it wasn’t for the original architects of sound.

Join me as we span across multiple genres from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Prince, Bad Brains, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Sade, Miles Davis and more.

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Emma Speer
Emuse
February 4 & 18, 9 AM – 12 PM

Both shows this month will explore Erykah Badu’s albums New Amerykah Part I (4th World War) and New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh). The albums, released in 2003, post-9-11 and Hurricane Katrina, consider the black experience in America throughout history.

Feb 4: The first Emuse will explore Part I, which hones in on the struggles of the black community.

Feb 18: The second show will explore Part II, which exalts in black joy. We’ll learn about the inspirations, musical components, history, and later sampling’s of each song. As Erykah says, “When I get off my knees, I might recall I’m twenty feet tall.”

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Bob Anderson
A Little Bit of Everything
February 5 & 11 4 PM

Feb 5: A Tribute to Texas Blues, Swing and Cool Jazz Artists including Slim Galliard, Percy Mayfield, Mary Lou Williams, T-Bone Walker, Etta James, Nina Simone, Floyd Dixon and many more…

Feb 11: A Tribute to Sweet Soul Music Part II featuring Icons of Rhythm & Blues and Soul Music with The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Tina Turner, James Brown and more greats.

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ICON
Soca & Calypso
February 5, 8 PM

Soca & Calypso: An interview with Dr Julius Garvey, the Son of Marcus Garvey. Marcus Mosiah Garvey Sr. ONH was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, through which he declared himself Provisional President of Africa.

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Garnett Ankle
Fill In for Mikki’s Room
February 5, 10 PM

1. Bob Marley, whose birthday starts during my last two hours of the show and needs no introduction.

2. Dennis Brown, a Jamaican singer who is referred to as the Crown Prince of reggae music. Brown was born February 1, 1957 and passed away July 1, 1999. In fact, I was on the air at another radio station hosting a show the day Brown passed away.

3. William Alexander Clarke, better known as Bunny Rugs was born February 6, 1948 and left us on February 2, 2014. Bunny Rugs was for many, many years the lead singer of the reggae band called Third World. He was widely respected all over the world, including the band which continues to play with another outstanding lead singer, in A.J. Brown.

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Al Bell
Cool Blues and Records Show
February 6, 7 PM

The history of Black vocal groups, from the first recordings in the 1890s through the golden age of vocal groups in the 1950s. Plus poetry from black poet Antoinette Brim-Bell.

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Rick Petrone
The Jazz Sound
February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 1 PM

Featuring the award-winning Tell My How Long Trane’s Been Gone , a 5-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of John Coltrane by producer Steve Rowland. (Parts 1-5 over several shows).

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Jim Motavalli
February 8, 9 PM

Jim Motavalli discusses black cowboys with Don Flemons and Allan Harris

A discussion of unheralded black cowboys with two experts—Allan Harris, a jazz singer whose stage show Cross That River explores the lives of the black cowboys he encountered as a child; and Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who made the Black Cowboys album for Smithsonian Folkways. It’s all tied in his book The Real Dirt on America’s Frontier Legends and The Real Dirt on America’s Frontier Outlaws, which have quite a bit on black cowboys.

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Mark Naftalin
The Mark Naftalin Show
February 9, 4 PM

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mark Naftalin spins “Blues & Soul 45’s”

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Martha Lewis
The Flux Capacitor
February 10 & 24, 10 AM

Feb 10: A celebration of the rich musical history of women of color. From Big Mama Thornton to Janelle Monae we groove to songs and sounds exploring the dazzling depth and variety of talent in a whirlwind ride to jump-start your morning…

Feb 24: A high-octane dance party in celebration of Black History Month! This show will offer a time-traveling mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Soul, Funk and beyond. Expect a bit of Prince, Joan Armatrading, Ruth Brown, Ronnie Spector and Stevie Wonder to name a few…

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Joseph Celli
My Other Music
February 14 & 28, 9 AM

Feb 14: Speeches by Martin Luther King, interviews with writers Toni Morrison and James Baldwin and spoken word artists Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters with early jazz by Scott Joplin and Louis Armstrong.

Feb 28: Early American jazz with Fletcher Henderson, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Buddy Bolden and speeches by Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey and poetry by Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and others.

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Michelle Morgan
Love and Communication
February 18, 10 PM

Featuring black and queer black musicians working in the indie/punk genres including Mykki Blanco, Gravy Train, serpentwithfeet, Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Pleasure Venom, The Tuts, Blood Orange, Shamir, Nova Twins, and more.

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Amy “The Night Nurse” Wachtel
Rockers Arena with the Night Nurse
February 26, 4 PM

Organized by Icon, WPKN will be paying tribute to Reggae Legend, Steppin Razor, Original Wailer and Activist PETER TOSH on Saturday, Feb 26th from 1pm-12M. Station DJs Ebong, Garnett Ankle, Icon and myself, the Night Nurse, will be hosting . My shift will be 4-7pm, and I’ll feature the interview I did with him on WBAU-FM in September 1986, play some live concert footage from the Dominion Theatre in London 1983 and Live from My Father’s Place in Roslyn, NY from 1978. Call-ins from Eppy of MFP and others who worked with the Mystic Man will be included.

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FULL WPKN BLACK HISTORY MONTH CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FEB. 1: TUE

7 – 9am, Steve DiCostanzo: Radio Base Camp – Under the Radar Black Bands, Vocalists, and Musicians

1 – 4pm, Lisa Sahulka/Afternoon Jazz: Focus on the work of Black women in jazz

8:30 – 9:30pm, Richard Hill: First Tuesday Rainy Day Radio 8:30 pm: Bishop John Selders, co-founder of Moral Mondays CT and Assistant Dean and Coordinator of Student Standards at Trinity College, will discuss issues of race and class with a focus on the toxic political climate that now prevails in the US. 9:30 pm: Prof. Gerald Horn, teacher of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, will discuss the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War and will also focus on the question of reparations to African Americans.

FEB. 2: WED

7 – 9am, Ebong Udoma Global Beat: Contemporary Music From Africa

1 – 4pm, Bob Johnson: BHM Music

11:05pm – 12am, Cheryl Magoveny: My Soul From Me To You: Dedicating my show to Mary-Lou Williams

FEB. 3: THU

12 – 2am, Cheryl Magoveny: My Soul From Me To You: Dedicating my show to Mary-Lou Williams

10am – 12pm, Hold for special BHM programming

1 – 4pm, Michael Dunham: Real Music Real Talk is a combination of music and conversation. The music I play is a combination of old school R&B, classic funk, old school ballads, smooth and traditional jazz, and my tendency is to concentrate on songs and artists that are underplayed, great tunes that are rarely heard some well known but some unknown. The talk portion of the program is very diverse I speak to a lot of different people from different walks of life we talk about music social justice as well as other issues. (and prelude to Feb. 4 concert)

4 – 6:50pm, Alec Cumming – Snap, Crackle, Pop: “Magic Is in the Air,” Big Orchestral Pop Sound of Black America

FEB. 4: FRI

2 – 6am, Herman Olivera: Rehumanize Yourself, Honoring black artists who have shaped modern music and added color to our world

9am – 12pm, Emma Speer: EMuse, Focus on Erykah Badu’s albums New Amerykah Part I (4th World War)

8 – 10pm, BRIDGEPORT-THIS IS US – A Celebration Of African-American Musicians (Live at the Bijou & Live Stream)

FEB. 5: SAT

4 – 7pm, Bob Anderson: A Little Bit of Everything Celebrates Black History with a Tribute to Texas Blues, Swing and Cool Jazz Artists including Slim Galliard, Percy Mayfield, Mary Lou Williams, T-Bone Walker, Etta James, Nina Simone, Floyd Dixon and many more…

8 – 10pm, ICON: Soca & Calypso An interview with Dr Julius Garvey, the Son of Marcus Garvey. Marcus Mosiah Garvey Sr. ONH was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League, through which he declared himself Provisional President of Africa.

10pm – 12am, Garnett Ankle: Black History Month Reggae special for Mikki’s Room

FEB. 6: SUN

12 – 2am, Garnett Ankle: Black History Month Reggae special for Mikki’s Room

5:30pm – 6pm, Joseph Celli: Mic Check, Black History Guest, TBA

7pm – 10pm, Al Bell – Cool Blues And Rare Records Show: History of Black vocal groups, from the first recordings in the 1890s through the golden age of vocal groups in the 1950s. Plus poetry from African-American poet Antoinette Brim-Bell

FEB. 7: MON

2am – 6am, Sam Hopkins: The A-List celebrates the impact reggae artists like Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Peter Tosh have made through music and interviews.

7am – 9am Mark Mushin: One Step Ahead of the Blues featuring early blues up to today.

9am – 12pm, Johnny Be Good features Legends of African-American Music including Paul Robison, the Staple Singers, Big Mama Thornton, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Ray Charles and more.

1 – 4pm, Rick Petrone: The Jazz Sound featuring the award-winning Tell My How Long Trane’s Been Gone (PT 1), a 5-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of John Coltrane by producer Steve Rowland

4 – 7pm, Kevin Gallagher: Digging in the Dirt: My guests will be Hector Gerado and Liz Guerra owners of Seamarron Farmstead in Danbury CT. They are community and union organizers and they are BIPOC NYers transplanted from the Bronx turned #homesteaders #hempfarmers #beekeepers and Hosts of the bluedreamradio_ podcast Liz is also a Full spectrum doula/birth worker. BIPOC Farmers are Independent farmers and ranchers who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (immigrants and US-born) who operate small to midsize farms and utilize ecological farming and ranching practices, and fair labor practices.

8 – 10pm, Scott Harris: CounterPoint TBD

FEB. 8: TUE

7 – 9am, Steve DiCostanzo: Radio Base Camp – Out of Africa: Black Music in Africa from the 1960s & 1970s

1 – 4pm, Lisa Sahulka/Afternoon Jazz: Focus on the work of Black Women In Jazz

4 – 7pm, Netta Walker: Black History Month Special

8 – 11pm, Jim Motavalli discusses Black cowboys with Don Clemons and Allan Harris

FEB. 9: WED

7 – 9am, Ebong Udoma Global Beat: Contemporary Music From Africa

9am – 12pm, I Messiah: Mirror Ya Vibes with Reggae

4 – 7pm, The Mark Naftalin Show: Blues & Soul 45’s with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Charles Brown & many more

FEB. 10: THU

10am – 12pm, Martha Willette Lewis: The Flux Capacitor, The rich musical history of women of color, from Big Mama Thornton to Janelle Monae

1 – 4pm, BHM Programming TBA

FEB. 11: FRI

9am – 12pm, Nikea Pierre-Louise: Zanj Radio with a focus on Haitian culture

1 – 4pm, Rocker’s Arena with Night Nurse: Reggae programming

4 – 7pm, Bob Anderson: A Little Bit of Everything, A Tribute to Sweet Soul Music Part II featuring Icons of Rhythm & Blues and Soul Music with The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Irma Thomas, Johnny Adams, Tina Turner, James Brown and more greats.

10pm – 12am, Mystery Girl: Shut Up & Listen – Black Voices Matter – Black Artists, old & new, independent & mainstream

FEB. 12: SAT

12am – 2am, Mystery Girl: Shut Up & Listen – Black Voices Matter – Black Artists, old & new, independent & mainstream

10 am, Richard Hill and Scott Harris: The Resistance Roundtable interview with author Prof. Gerald Horne who teaches African American History at the U. of Houston discussing the nationwide campaign to ban any books on the history of slavery and issues of race and gender

1pm – 4pm, Bob Johnson: Second Saturday Magazine – An interview with civil rights leader Charles Cobb about his book ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

FEB. 13: SUN

7 – 9am, Garnett Ankle: Solidarity – Culture from the Black Diaspora

9 – 10am, Garnett Ankle: What’s Your Point – A discussion of issues facing the black community

5:30 – 6pm, Richard Hill: Mic Check, interview with Anthony Pahnke and Jim Gordon, farmers and small farm advocates, will discuss their recent Counterpunch article: “Billions for Farmers of color isn’t racist; it’s smart and long overdue.”

FEB. 14: MON

2am – 6am, Sam Hopkins: The A-List celebrates the life and message of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who was assassinated at 21 years old by the Chicago Police Department in 1969.

9am – 12pm, Joseph Celli: My Other Music (MOM) celebrates Black History Month with speeches by Martin Luther King, interviews with writers Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, and spoken word artists Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka, and early jazz with Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong among others.

1 – 4pm, Rick Petrone: The Jazz Sound, featuring the award-winning Tell My How Long Trane’s Been Gone (PT 2), a 5-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of John Coltrane by producer Steve Rowland

8 – 10pm, Scott Harris: Counterpoint – Judge Angela C. Robinson (Ret.) Visiting Professor, Waring and Carmen Partridge Faculty Fellow Quinnipiac University discuss President Biden’s opportunity to appoint the first black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, your views on the current SCOTUS conservative majority – and recent state laws prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory.

FEB. 15: TUE

7 – 9am, Steve DiCostanzo: Radio Base Camp – Special Guest DJ: Dr. Dwayne Smith, Pres. of Housatonic Community College – “Old Soul Reimagined.”

11pm – 2am, Mark Mushin: One Step Ahead of the Blues featuring black rock history up to the present.

1 – 4pm, Lisa Sahulka/Afternoon Jazz: Focus on the work of Black Women In Jazz

8 – 11pm, Chris Ruggiero: Preservation Sound, featuring clips from Black radio stations in the 1970s

FEB. 16: WED

7 – 9am, Ebong Udoma Global Beat: Contemporary Music From Africa

1 – 4pm, Bob Johnson: BHM Music

FEB. 17: THU

2 – 6am, Kevin Patrick, So Many Records So Little Time will exclusively feature music from the black-owned and black artist-centric labels of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, including Vee Jay, Stax, Sugarhill, Chess, Loma, Excello, Okeh, Verve, Sue, Fire/Fury and Prestige. Listener requests are welcome. Send along your music suggestions please: [email protected]

10am – 12pm, Joseph Celli: My Other Music (MOM) interviews Jeff Baldwin of Mega Bass Prod about the upcoming Funk Night and musicians Reggie & Greg for the Deeper Than Skin Concert and finally Pastor Anthony Bennett from Mt. Aery Baptist Church.

11pm – 12am, Simon Hunter: Another Girl Another Planet: “Black, British and Proud” An eclectic exploration of the impact of Black British artists on popular culture, from Jimmy Cliff to Stormzy, via Two Tone, Rock Against Racism and the Guns of Brixton!

FEB. 18: FRI

12am – 2am, Simon Hunter: Another Girl Another Planet: “Black, British and Proud” An eclectic exploration of the impact of Black British artists on popular culture, from Jimmy Cliff to Stormzy, via Two Tone, Rock Against Racism and the Guns of Brixton!

9am – 12pm, Emma Speer: EMuse, Focus on Erykah Badu’s albums New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh)

1 – 4pm, Howard Thompson: PURE, Black Beauty: All Black Female Soul/R&B/Funk Vocalists

10pm – 12am, Michelle Morgan: Love & Communication – presents black queer and female artists/black artists who play in genres outside of the usual blues/jazz/r&b

FEB. 19: SAT

12am – 2am, Michelle Morgan: Love & Communication – presents black queer and female artists/black artists who play in genres outside of the usual blues/jazz/r&b

7 – 9:30pm, WPKN & Mega Bass Prod. Present Black History Funk Night with What Up Funk Band, Le Mixx & Anthem Reggae Band, Bijou Theatre

FEB. 20: SUN

5:30 – 6pm, Mike Merli: Mic Check, Black History Guest

7:30 – 9:30pm, Voices Cafe & WPKN presents Deeper than the Skin Concert, Unitarian Church of Westport

FEB. 21: MON

2am – 6am, Sam Hopkins: On the anniversary of his assassination, The A-List celebrates Malcolm X featuring many of his most memorable speeches and music dedicated to his life.

7 – 9am, Mark Mushin: One Step Ahead of the Blues featuring black history of the blues

9am – 12pm, Johnny Be Good: Legends of African-American Music including Paul Robison, the Staple Singers, Big Mama Thornton, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Ray Charles and many more.

12 – 1pm, Steve di Costanzo: GM Report to the Listeners, Interview with the Executive Director of the Mary & Elizabeth Freeman Center in Bridgeport and Board Chair Bernicestine McLeod Bailey

1 – 4pm, Rick Petrone: The Jazz Sound featuring the award-winning Tell My How Long Trane’s Been Gone (PT 3), a 5-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of John Coltrane by producer Steve Rowland

4 – 8pm, Kevin Gallagher: Digging in the Dirt – Kevin’s guest is Leah Penniman, a Farmer and Co -Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire farm in upstate New York, and author of the new book “Farming While Black.” It’s a comprehensive “how-to” guide that is specifically aimed at African-heritage growers seeking healthy food independence and reclaiming their place in American Agriculture. Karen Washington, the founder of the Garden of Happiness in the Bronx and the national organization of Black Urban Growers, says, “‘Farming while Black’ encourages us to reach for the greatest and settle for nothing less. Know your history. Share and tell our stories. Pay respect and honor our elders. Pass on the gift of knowledge and fortitude to our youth. Find strength in family and community, but above all love one another, love the Earth, and be true to one’s self.”

8 – 10pm, Scott Harris: Counterpoint – Longtime Bridgeport resident Warren Cooper reflects on the many changes in Connecticut’s largest city over the past 50 years, with a focus on Bridgeport’s many challenges related to poverty, education, crime, racial injustice and opportunities for young people coming of age in the 21st century.

FEB. 22: TUE

7 – 9am, Steve DiCostanzo: Radio Base Camp – From Biloxi to Bijou Square – All vinyl blues show

1 – 4pm, Lisa Sahulka/Afternoon Jazz: Focus on the work of Black Women In Jazz

4 – 6pm, Valerie Richardson: Radio Something – Interview with Erin Riley, editor of “Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South,” by the late New Haven artist Winfred Rembert

6 – 6:30pm, East End Ink Special – Dr. Patricia Sullivan, professor of history and Afro-American Studies at the University of South Carolina, speaks about her book “Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement”. The book was published in 2009 by The New Press on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Also we hear East Hampton architect Bill Chaleff reading Langston Hughes’ poem ‘Freedom’s Plow’ from 1943.

FEB. 23: WED

7 – 9am, Ebong Udoma Global Beat: Contemporary Music From Africa

9am – 12pm, I Messiah: Mirror Ya Vibes with Reggae

4 – 6:50pm, Harry Minot – Harry has invited three brilliant African American women to commandeer his program. They’ll say what they want and they’ll choose the music. Dr. Joy Cox is the author of “Fat Girls in Black Bodies” and the host of the podcast “Fresh Out the Cocoon.” Saucye West is a plus model, fat fashion influencer, and fat activist. Her #fightforinclusivity campaign challenges the plus industry to make clothing beyond 4X. Tigress Osborn is the Board Chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). She has energized NAAFA toward greater inclusivity and activism. Harry will act as the facilitator for this good-time discussion on opposing anti-fat bigotry.

7:30 – 8pm, East End Ink: The annual read-in of Afro-American writers produced by Canios Cultural Cafe, Sag Harbor’s John Jermaine Library and the Eastville Historical Society.

FEB. 24: THU

10am – 12pm, Martha Willette Lewis: The Flux Capacitor – A high-octane dance party in celebration of Black History

1 – 4pm, BHM programming, TBA

8 – 11pm, Colette Rossignol – Blues for Bob and You: Focus on Black Blues artists, Muddy Waters, etc.

FEB. 25: FRI

9am – 12pm, Nikea Pierre-Louise: Zanj Radio, Focus on Haitian Culture

1 – 4pm, Night Nurse: Rockers Arena with Reggae

FEB. 26: SAT

12pm – 1 pm, What A Story with Ina Chadwick: THE BIG SHOT – A short play by Jim Gordon At two AM on bitter cold February morning, a Black man, on his way home from work finds a well-dressed, ailing older white man sitting on bench outside his family’s apartment in a mostly Black neighborhood. The older man rebuffs medical help. He has come to this bench to die. Then, A Dramatic Monologue of Mistaken Identity in the Segregated South When a little white girl is seen in Colored Town in the small Southern town where Lillian E. Smith grew up in the early 1900s, the concerned townsfolk pluck her out from the wrong environment and deliver her to a more appropriate household; Lillian Smith’s boisterous, and loving liberal, kind family. The little girl, Janie, takes to her new surroundings with some confusion, yet happily turning to Lillian’s sister-like affection. Writer/Actress Susan Jacobson crafted a monologue from Lillian Smith’s memoir. Smith wrote gently yet decisively of her privileged life in the late 1800s through the 1920s. Smith’s outspoken advocacy in support of the civil rights struggle made her a target for segregationists. In the winter of 1955, two young white boys burned down her house, destroying her correspondence, manuscripts, and works in progress.

1pm – 1am, Ebong Udoma, Sam Hopkins, Icon & Night Nurse, Amy Wachtel: A Celebration of Peter Tosh, Marathon Tribute to reggae great Peter Tosh with special guests including members of the Tosh family and reggae historians

FEB. 27: SUN

7 – 9am, Solidarity with Garnett Ankle: Culture from the Black Diaspora

9 – 10am, Garnett Ankle: What’s Your Point, A discussion of issues facing the black community

FEB. 28: MON

2am – 6am, Sam Hopkins: The final installment of The A-List’s Black History Month celebration, we will take a listen to voices from the Civil Rights Movement of the past and the present with the politically conscious music of Black Activist Artists.

7am – 9am,  Rob Silber: Rock Therapy “Music From Black Rock” – Great black musicians who have made some important contributions to Rock & Roll including Jimi Hendrix, Living Color, Bad Brains, Tom Morello and some of Rock’s founding fathers Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddly.

9am – 12pm, Joseph Celli: My Other Music (MOM) celebrates Black History Month with speeches by Martin Luther King, interviews with writers Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, and spoken word artists Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka, and early jazz with Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong among others.

1 – 4pm, Rick Petrone: The Jazz Sound featuring the award-winning Tell My How Long Trane’s Been Gone (PT 4 & 5), a 5-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of John Coltrane by producer Steve Rowland

4 – 7pm, Pete Stewart: Steam of Consciousness – Focus on Black Artists

8 – 10pm, Scott Harris: Counterpoint – Jeannette Huezo, Executive Director and Richard Lindayen, National Communications Director with the group United for a Fair Economy, talk about their 2022 “Color of Wealth Report and MLK’S Dream,” that documents the growing racial and economic divide in the U.S., which is the result of hundreds of years of laws, practices and policies created to sustain white supremacy and protect white wealth.

WPKN Black History Month Movies!

Due to Covid-19, WPKN is working to find new dates for movies to help ensure the health and safety of our audiences. Please check back often for further details.