• 02:11

    Ragtime, 1981

    in Movies

    A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City

    Director: Milos Forman


    James Cagney - New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
    Howard E. Rollins Jr. - Coalhouse Walker Jr.
    Brad Dourif - Younger Brother
    Elizabeth McGovern - Evelyn Nesbit
    Debbie Allen - Sarah
    Robert Joy - Henry Thaw
    Norman Mailer - Stanford White
    James Olson - Father
    Mary Steenburgen - Mother

  • 00:31

    The legendary ragtime pioneer John William Boone

    in Politics Conservative


    October 4, 1927 - John William “Blind” Boone, pianist and ragtime music composer, died. Boone was born May 17, 1864 near Miami, Missouri. When he was six months old, doctors removed his eyes in an attempt to cure his brain fever. Boone’s musical talents were recognized early and in 1872 he was sent to the St. Louis School for the Blind to study piano. In 1880, his professional career was launched after he played in a concert with the famous pianist, Blind Tom. After that, Boone played thousands of concerts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. During his lifetime, Boone was a committed philanthropist who supported local causes and opened his home to the community. He donated generously to several churches and gave his time and talent to local youth. Boone’s home in Columbia, Missouri is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The John William Boone Heritage Foundation was founded to preserve the history of Blind Boone and Blind Boone Park in Warrensburg, Missouri is named in his honor. His biography, “Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer,” was published in 1998.

  • 00:10

    Ragtime, Scott Joplin reaching back into our History!

    in Music

    Ragtime, Scott Joplin reaching back into our History!

    Our American modern experience and music has been made on a rich and long track back from everything we listen to today.

    ACC  in its next Spring episodes can be heard in these Essays of Notes, music and culture programs. We will share perspectives on the music of the past that has brought us though until today.

    This week, Ragtime Music, and Scott Joplin. This music provided us with most of the elements we understand to be the roots of current popular music culture. today.  WE hope you enjoy!

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  • 00:27

    The Phantom of The Opera Star ANNE KANENGEISER (Madame Giry)

    in Education

    The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Anne Kanengeiser.  She will discuss her role in the hit Broadway Series The Phantom of The Opera.

    ANNE KANENGEISER (Madame Giry). Broadway: Ragtime; Little Women. National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); The Phantom Of The Opera (Mme. Giry); Little Women. Helen Hayes Awards for Eleanor: An American Love Story (Eleanor Roosevelt, Ford’s Theater); Passion (Fosca, Signature Theatre). Regional: Fiddler On The Roof (Golde, Penn. Shakespeare); Carousel (Nettie, Goodspeed). TV: L&O: SVU; Guiding Light. Recordings: Ragtime; Eleanor: An American Love Story.

    In Pittsburgh, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will play Wednesday, February 18 through Sunday, March 1, 2015,  To purchase tickets, visit www.TrustArts.org, call 412-456-4800 or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue.  Ticket prices start at $40.

  • 00:26

    We have Mr Hinton Battle 3 time Tony Awards Winner #RRMG

    in Music


    Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.

    He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades, starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s“Antwan Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts. Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film.

  • 00:59

    Alive To Thrive with Brenda Fraser

    in Music

    ALIVE TO THRIVE WITH BRENDA FRASER airs every Friday at 12 Noon Central time.  Join Brenda and her guests as they investigate trending topics and timely observations that hit the mark with what today's folks want to know!

    Do you remember the music of the 40s, 50s, 60s?  If you like tapping your foot to ragtime, swing, and broadway tunes, you will love meeting Gracie and Lacy of Swing St. Louis, a sister-duo whose Branson-style act brings to life another time, another place. Saluting the Greatest Generation, their stunning vintage costumes, tight harmonies, and high energy performances are always memorable. learn more:  http://www.swingstlouis.com

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  • 00:30

    A Conversation With Sam Beman

    in Comedy

    Sam Beman is an Alabama-based Actor/Comedian/Talk Show Host. His acting (theatre) credits include The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Annie, Macbeth, Singing in the Rain, A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Camelot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Member of the Wedding, Footloose, Inherit the Wind, Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, 9 to 5 the Musical, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and A Christmas Carol. His film acting credits include -The Way Home (2010, starring Dean Cain); -Beyond the Mask (2012, starring John Rhys-Davies); -Hamlet's Ghost (2012, independent); and -The Homesman (2013, Tommy Lee Jones).

    His talk show, Light Talk With Sam Beman, out of Phenix City, AL, is a Christian comedic talk show, featuring
    sketch comedy and interviews with guests from around the country, like: Kirk Cameron, Tim Hawkins, Stephen and Alex Kendrick of Sherwood Pictures. It is produced for the internet but also airs on Cable TV of East Alabama. The show reaches ages as young as seven and as old as seventy-seven.



  • 00:33

    Author Chat Taking Control of Your Destiny Show

    in Books

    My guest on Friday, Feb. 28 is author Eric Bronson. Eric will be stopping by on his VBT cafe book tour to chat with me about his new book, King of Rags, about the birth of ragtime music.

    About the book:

    When music publisher John Stark first heard Scott Joplin play his piano, he knew that ragtime was the music of hope for a new America.
    But Joplin would never be content with popularity and fame. Joplin committed himself to racial justice in the early 1900s. He was inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa. But due to this earnest pursuit, he was ignored by the masses for writing the music of Civil Rights fifty years before America was ready to listen.

    King of Rags, by Professor Eric Bronson, is a historical fiction account of the quest for racial equality at the turn of the 20th Century. Dr. Bronson takes a fresh and invigorating look at the tragic life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians as they frantically transformed the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America’s most vibrant cities home.

    About the author:

    Eric Bronson is a visiting professor in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy (2011), Poker and Philosophy (2006), Baseball and Philosophy (2004), and co-editor of The Hobbit and Philosophy (2012), and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003). He was producer and co-editor for the film, My Lazy White Friends, winning Best Documentary awards at the Hermosa Beach Film Festival, Atlantic City Film Festival, Newport Beach International Film Festival, Saguaro Film Festival and an Audience Award winner at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

  • 01:25

    SPOKEN WORD POETRY: The Queens Roundtable 2014

    in Poetry

    THE QUEEN'S ROUNDTABLE | WOMEN OF HIP HOP, PHOTOGRAPHY, NEO-RAGTIME and, of course, POETRY feat. Queen of The Unknown Poet & Queen, Dessy DiLauro, Farrah Burns, and our co-host Suite Franchon. Moderated by Jacqueline Taylor-Adams, Q-A with You! CALL IN (646) 716-7994 or lay in the cut in the chat room.

    Come around the QUEEN'S ROUNDTABLE, have your intellect ignited, soul filled and heart humbled as five phenomenal women from across the country share the triumphs, challenges, and opportunities for women in the arts. 2014 Women's History Month Celebration. 

    For Radio Play Consideration: Submit spoken word, conscious hip hop, and great music to talk2us@mastergriotradio.com

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  • 01:00


    in Entertainment

    Award-winning actress Montego Glover is currently recurring on the hit Fox show “The Following,” as well as “Hostages” (CBS). Glover last starred on Broadway as Felicia Farrell in the Broadway musical, “Memphis” (Tony winner Best Musical) for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance.

    A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theater, Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in the roles of Celie and Nettie in “The Color Purple.” She has been privileged to travel around the country performing at the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre, The Huntington Theater and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many others. Favorite roles include Sarah in “Ragtime,” Lorrell in “Dreamgirls,” Hermia in “A Midsummer's Night Dream,” Aida in “Aida,” for which she won an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical and TiMoune in “Once on this Island,” for which she received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination. Ms. Glover has also enjoyed concert work around the country and in New York. Her credits include: the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the prestigious Smith Center in Las Vegas. She has appeared on television in: “The Following,” “Hostages,” “Smash,” “Golden Boy,” “The Good Wife,” “Hostages,” “NYC 22,” “Law and Order,” and “Made in Jersey.” Commercial Campaigns include: Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, Nickelodeon and McDonald’s.

  • 00:42

    Oscar Williams Jr. on the NiACOM Expressions Platform @ 8pm CST tonight!

    in Entertainment

    Oscar Williams Jr. is a classically trained pianist with a degree for the University of MO - St. Louis and currently obtaining his Master in Music Composition from the Southern Methodist University. He has served in several roles of the music industry as music director, conductor or song writer for such organizations as: St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Unity Ensemble, Saint Louis University Theater Department, Golden Gospel Singers of Harlem, NY, Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters and many others.

    As a well accomplished and decorated pianist with styles ranging from Classical music, Jazz, Gospel, Ragtime and Broadway, he holds many prestigious awards and honors and has performed before vast audiences including Pope John Paul II, performances at the White House and continuous demand performances in Europe. He has toured extensively throughout Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and Austria performing his own music and also serving as vocal coach and contractor for European pop singer Elisa. He has shared the stage with such artist as; Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Lauren Hill, Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Clifton Davis and many more.

    Oscar Williams was selected as 1 of 10 bands from around the country to serve in a program called Rhythm Road, a program sponsored by the US States Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This program is designed to send the best musicians over as representatives of American-based music, to teach, perform and promote their genre while also helping US relationships with these countries. This tour took him to Cyprus, Lebanon, Poland and Romania performing for the US Embassies and the Ambassadors and also master classes and ecumenical services. Oscar will also be giving concerts at the National Geographic Center in Washington, DC.

    We welcome this incredibly talented national recording artist to the NiACOM Platform, "Expressions".

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