How Rhiannon Giddens Reconstructs Black Pain With The Banjo

Rhiannon talks about how she plans to create a theatrical treatment of the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 by help of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, colloquially known as a “genius” grant, she received in a recent interview with Michel Martin.

‘”We want to focus on the violence!’ — but I’m actually more interested in focusing on the culture that existed before. Because this is what we don’t hear about. We don’t hear about where this actually was working. And that’s all to the good of the people who destroyed it. That’s what they wanted, you know? They erased it from history. They changed the terminology. Words matter.”-NPR

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