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Artist Profiles - Vocalist Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson was born February 20, 1937. She is a singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer." The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. From the age of 15 until she graduated from West High School, at age 17 she was unsure of her future as an entertainer. She went on to spend time at Ohio's Central State College. (now Central State University)

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When the Academy Award nominations were announced in 2015 — and again in 2016 — there was swift backlash against the Academy for the lack of racial diversity among the nominees. Now, a new study of Best Picture nominees has revealed yet another demographic that's been chronically underrepresented in Hollywood — older people.

The human species is about to change dramatically. That's the argument Yuval Noah Harari makes in his new book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

Harari is a history professor at Hebrew University in Israel. He tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that he expects we will soon engineer our bodies and minds in the same way we now design products.


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On how we will begin to engineer bodies

Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET

A literary treasure buried for more than a century has been unearthed by Zachary Turpin, a grad student at the University of Houston.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, as anti-communist sentiment gained ground in the United States, paranoia and persecution swept through Hollywood. The House Un-American Activities (HUAC) began interrogating some of the country's most talented filmmakers and actors, accusing them of being communists or communist sympathizers.

Larry Coryell, the jazz guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion," died Sunday night at a hotel in New York City, according to his publicist. He was 73.

Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday nights, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House.

If you are a fan of sketch comedy, then you'd probably know the name Jordan Peele. He, along with Keegan Michael Key wrote and performed in the acclaimed Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele. The show, which ran for five seasons, earned a Peabody Award and two Primetime Emmys for its hilarious and deeply pointed take on race and culture.

A popular feature among the sketches on Key & Peele was the way it sometimes mixed humor and horror, for example, the zombies who refused to eat black people.

Clyde Stubblefield, the funk drummer whose work with James Brown made him one of the most sampled musicians in history, died Saturday morning in Madison, Wis., his publicist confirmed. Stubblefield was 73; his publicist did not provide a cause of death.

Walter "Junie" Morrison, a member of the funk group The Ohio Players, died February 16. Morrison joined the band in the early 70's as a keyboardist, producer and singer. He was involved in some of The Ohio Players' major hits and the albums “Pain,” “Pleasure,” and “Ecstasy.” He was largely responsible for writing and arranging the band's 1974 hit single, "Funky Worm.”

In the recent film, Moonlight, Mahershala Ali plays an unlikely father figure to a quiet young African-American boy named Chiron. At school, Chiron is bullied. At home, he is neglected by a mother who is addicted to crack. Ali's character, Juan, is a drug dealer who takes Chiron under his wing in an attempt to provide him with some stability.

Ali, whose performance earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he knew men like Juan growing up.

"It is not an accident that there is a blackout on the Black man's contributions in America."
Dr. Melvin Chapman (1928-2015), educator, Detroit, Mich.

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU Salutes Black History Month

February is Black History Month and Jazzy 88.9 WCSU is paying tribute to African-Americans who have made a difference in the Miami Valley. Today we salute jazz flutist, Norris Turney.

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Trent Darby now brings you upbeat jazz to energize your morning at 8 AM.

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU Presents

Listen to Jazzy 88.9 WCSU on Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM for this historical special. This program offers music from the works of Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson and more.
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