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Chaka Khan Brings the R&B and Funk to NPR’s Tiny Desk | WATCH

*NPR got a dose of R&B and Funk royalty, courtesy of Chaka Khan. The still youthful-looking and iconic 71-year-old singer performed an intimate concert that’s part of the NPR Tiny Desk Series. Classic material unleashed by Khan included hits such as Tell Me Something Good,” “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me,” “Stay,” “Sweet Thing,” “Through […]

The Isley Brothers Did NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert from their St. Louis Studio! (Watch)

Isley Bros

*Those footsteps in the dark you hear are indeed the Isley Bros performing for NPR Music’s latest Tiny Desk (home) concert. (It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space). Not only did Ronald and his brother Ernie stand front and center performing “Footsteps in the Dark,” they kicked […]

VIDEO: Young Thug Blossoms in Foliage-Filled NPR Tiny Desk Performance

Young Thug

*Young Thug was the latest artist to perform as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk series, which has moved from the cramped office set in NPR’s office to remote “home” locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recorded at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles, the rapper performed four new songs — “Die Slow,” “Droppin Jewels,” “Hate […]

Hubert Davis is Proud of His White Wife: The Journal of Steffanie Rivers / WATCH

*Too many Black men have been overlooked for head coaching positions in pro and college sports. So when Hubert Davis was asked about the significance of becoming the first Black head basketball coach at UNC-Chapel Hill, Davis downplayed it. Then Davis said he is most proud of his White wife and bi-racial children! Why do […]

Jhené Aiko Performs at Home for NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ Concert Series (Watch)

*Jhené Aiko kicks off NPR Music’s Tiny Desk “home” concerts, which is “bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It’s the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.” Per NPR: Aiko coasts through an eight-song medley that plays like the ultimate nod to her legions of […]

Wale Makes His Debut On NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ (Watch)

At long last… Wale traveled 20 minutes from his house to fulfill one of his longtime dreams – a performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. The DMV rapper said he sought advice from friend and Tiny Desk alum J. Cole about fitting his usual presentation to the cramped office space. “He told me to […]

Erykah Badu Takes the ‘Stage’ for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert (Watch)

*Erykah Badu is the latest artist to cram into a room for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, which features artists performing an intimate, acoustic set in a cramped office. The singer wove stories into the delivery of her tracks “Rimshot” from her 1997 album “Baduizum,” and “Green Eyes” from 2000’s “Mama’s Gun.” Sporting dreads and colorful […]

He’s Still Got It: Watch Big Daddy Kane Rock NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

[videowaywire video_id=”180EEC3B6531A583″] *NPR got a dose of old school hip hop courtesy of Big Daddy Kane. The smooth operator came through Monday with a brief performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, which features sets performed in one of the building’s cramped, cluttered offices. Backed by four musicians — a drummer, saxophonist, pianist, and a guitar […]

Ex-‘Apprentice’ Producer Confirms Donald Trump Made Racist Comments Behind the Scenes

*A former producer of “The Apprentice” said Thursday that President Trump repeatedly made racist comments about African-Americans and Jewish people behind the scenes of his former NBC show. On an episode of NPR’s podcast “Embedded,” Bill Pruitt said the former reality TV host made the disparaging comments, particularly when discussing who to “fire” from the […]

T-Pain Announces Acoustic Tour Inspired by his Viral 2014 ‘Tiny Desk’ Concert

*T-Pain will leave the auto-tune at home when he hits the road this fall for his first-ever acoustic tour. The singer, whose digitally enhanced vocals have powered such hits as “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin),” “Bartender” and “Can’t Believe It,” took only his God-given vocals and an acoustic guitar to NPR’s Tiny Desk concert […]

Anita Hill Suggests Fox News ‘Take Back’ Roger Ailes’ $40M Severance Package

*In an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, Anita Hill, the attorney who became a household name 25 years ago after accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, shared her thoughts on the similar scandal surrounding former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes has left the cable news network he co-founded, but Hill thinks […]