In this piece from NPR Music, rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart earlier this year, visits Brian Mooney's class at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J.
Satchmo Summer Fest, the annual summer festival honoring the late, great Louis Armstrong, is happening from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2. Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands.
Essence Fest is returning to New Orleans this weekend, Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5, with some of the top names in regional, national and international black entertainment today. This year, locals Mystikal, Dumpstaphunk, Tank & the Bangas, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be performing in the official festival.