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Helga with host Helga Davis features probing conversations with creative and performing artists who have a unique, uncompromising voice and a stake in the matter of social change. Davis is an internationally touring vocalist and performance artist with firm roots in the realities and concerns of her local community; guests are those who put themselves out on the edge of their commitment, who dare to change their art form and their world.
||ExplicitArt Maven Kimberly Drew||Kimberly Drew, also known online as @museummammy, is a unrelenting, taste-making purveyor of art, fashion and culture. Her work has appeared in Glamour and W magazines, as well as Teen Vogue and The Fader. Across her varied platforms, from social med||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Kyuman Kim||Teacher, author and speaker, David Kyuman Kim shares the concept of "radical love" in halls and on college campuses across the country as well as on his former podcast, Love-Driven Politics. In 2015, David presented a TEDx Talk on the topic at Connec||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJacqueline Woodson||Author Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming, and this past January began her two-year tenure as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature; her latest book Another Brooklyn was a New York Times best-sel||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKenneth Lonergan||Director, playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan is widely known for winning the Oscar for best original screenplay at the 89th Academy Awards for his film Manchester By the Sea, and as a co-writer on Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStudio Museum in Harlem's Thelma Golden||Thelma Golden is the director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, an appointee to President Obama's Committee for the Preservation of the White House, and the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. In this||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHilton Als||Hilton Als is an intellectual omnivore who roots his art and criticism in reality and a search for the truth. A writer, New Yorker theater critic, curator, photographer, director and professor, Als’s work gracefully slips between genres to comment o||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSarah Jones||Playwright and stage actress Sarah Jones dexterously hops from one character to the next. In her one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different class, race and gender backgrounds. Her award-winning multi-character performances cover||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulia Bullock||When soprano Julia Bullock took the stage recently to sing the legacy and history of Josephine Baker, the groundbreaking African-American singer and performer who fought in the civil rights movement, she didn’t dress it up. There was no marcelled ha||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlejandro Hernandez-Valdez||For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. That’s why he scatters his Musica Viva choir at All Souls Church on the Upper East Side througho||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlan Gilbert||Alan Gilbert believes that conducting an orchestra is a process of “letting go together.” When the energy between a conductor and an orchestra is right, he says, it’s almost impossible to tell who’s leading who. After eight seasons at the helm||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSolange||Solange is determined to express herself fully and with integrity. The musician, singer and songwriter has been writing music since she was in the fourth grade. In this episode, Solange and Helga retrace the pop-star’s journey from being a young mother in Idaho with a major-record publishing deal, to self-autonomy and accountability in the music business. The two also discuss the themes behind her recent album, "A Seat at the Table," of living authentically and of owning your voice, body and art while being black and beautiful in contemporary America. --- About the podcast: HELGA with host Helga Davis features probing conversations with artists across the creative and performing arts that have a unique, uncompromising voice and a stake in the matter of social change. Produced by Q2 Music www.q2music.org Q2 Music is WQXR, New York's multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 music stream – hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity – and surprise your imagination with a world of new sounds.||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJennifer Koh||Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had pneumonia, bronchitis and strep throat... at the same time. That drive comes through in the intensity of her live performances and the fierceness of her determination. In this con||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHenry Threadgill||Henry Threadgill wants to know how to build the house. Whether it's Moby Dick or jazz composition, the 72-year-old jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist has spent his life figuring out what goes into building the greatest works of arts. At three year||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShara Nova||After moving to Detroit from New York and separating from her husband, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden decided to change her last name to Nova. The frontwoman for the indie-rock band, singer and composer talks to Helga Davis about about her upcomin||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Sellars||From the home of the Peabody Award-winning Meet the Composer, Q2 Music is proud today to launch the first season of a 10-part podcast, Helga. Hosted by internationally acclaimed singer Helga Davis, Helga features probing conversations with creative and||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSneak Peek: New Podcast 'Helga'||Q2 Music is thrilled to offer an advance listen to Helga, a new podcast that features conversations with diverse, uncompromising and socially conscious artists across the creative and performing arts spectrum. Launching next week with two episodes —||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Driven to connect!
I've been a fan of Helga's music and stage presence for a while now. Her empathy sings out, in gestures small and large, as if from an inner anthem that we so desperately need to hear and share. Her credo is informed by openness and a recognition of the transformative magic that artists wield. So looking forward to these conversations!
The best podcast ever!!
The raw beauty...the intimacy...the vibrancy of these conversations...the deep sharing these Brilliant artists offer is truly a gift. Now more than ever I find that I need THIS/this Inspiration-this guidance-this reminder of how beautiful humanity is. THANK YOU Helga Davis. THANK YOU WQXR and all involved.
Great podcasts and enlightening conversations. love it!