Even After 40 Years, Maze and Frankie Beverly Play On

For 40 years, North California soul band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has drawn crowds of devoted fans to its live shows without mainstream radio play. Bruce Britt offers a thrilling account of the band’s rise.

Source: The Undefeated
Published: Jul 12, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

How New Edition Avoided ‘Heart Break’

“The reality is, and will always be, we were in a moment. Nobody—I don’t think—really understood the history that was being made.” The members of New Edition give an oral history of the making of Heart Break, their quadruple platinum album, originally released in 1988.

Source: The Undefeated
Published: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,194 words)

The Waco Horror

Jesse Washington shares the name of the victim of one of the most infamous lynchings in America. In Waco, Texas, he traces the history of the 1916 lynching, hears the stories of families and residents who haven’t forgotten, and confronts his own past and the story behind his name.

Source: The Undefeated
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,003 words)