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Portland’s Jahdi Levvi: Making a Change

While his music has taken a backseat to actively protesting against racism in Portland, Levvi recorded a song for the NPR Music series "Songs for Change"

Announcing the winner of the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

This year's Tiny Desk Contest was truly like no other. Our winner stood out from the over 6,000 entries with a song about slowing down and enjoying life that captivated our judges.

Beyonce’s visual ode, ‘Black Is King,’ arrives

Beyoncé‘s highly anticipated new project, “Black Is King” has arrived on Disney+. Deemed “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” in a press release, “Black Is King” includes a cast of notable and familiar faces, such Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, and moves across the world — New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium — to capture the performances of actors and dancers as they appear in varied tableaus.

Let’s talk about Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’

Three critics dive into a new album full of surprises — released on a day's notice, co-produced by The National's Aaron Dessner — and ask how it fits into an arguably unprecedented career.