Sing Across the Ocean

“Ranky Tanky is an ancestral funk band. Their members are variously jazz and gospel trained, but as a collective, ancestral funk is their genre. I know because they start Ranky Tanky, their first album, with horns on the three and four, but Good Time, their second one, released in July, with bass on the one.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,636 words)

Real Museums of Memphis

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. in Memphis, essayist and scholar Zandria F. Robinson wonders what has changed in the city in the intervening years and sheds a light on what hasn’t.

Published: Apr 12, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,794 words)

Border Wars

When writer and scholar Zandria F. Robinson tries to understand what makes “southernness” a distinct quality in music, food, language, or attitudes about race, she realizes that borders and categories are porous.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 21, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,191 words)