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  1. ‘We’re A Winner’ Married Black Pride To An Irresistible Beat: NPR American Anthems Series

    From its first few bars, filled with funky drums, a percolating guitar line and the glorious noise of people laughing and enjoying themselves, "We’re a Winner" — written by Curtis Mayfield and performed by his group The Impressions — unfolds like a soundtrack to the coolest party in town. But the song’s lyrics, a direct message about black pride rarely heard on the radio in 1967, were as serious as death and taxes.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

  2. Till Victory Is Won: The Staying Power Of ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’: NPR’s American Anthems Series

    This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem.

    "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is a song many African-Americans know from school or church. But if you didn’t hear it there, you may know it from one of a few landmark performances.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

  3. Studio 360 American Icons: Shaft

    t’s been 46 years since Richard Roundtree stepped out of a subway entrance to the Oscar-winning sounds of Isaac Hayes — and changed American movie-making. The box-office success of “Shaft,” about a fiercely independent, courageous, and sexy private eye, led to an explosion of black action B-movies, and crystallized a version of black macho cool that hadn’t been shown on the big screen before. And it was all put together by one of the most important American photographers of the mid-20th century, Gordon Parks. The story of Shaft is told by those that made the movie, and those they inspired.

    —Huffduffed by smokler

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