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A Journey in music with Emmy-Award winning Pierce Freelon on his new LP

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Durham City Council Member Pierce Freelon is an accomplished Hip Hop/soul/electronic musician and Emmy-award winning producer, director, and professor from Durham, NC whose work has been featured on the 'Today" show, and at NPR, Now This, Rolling Stone, and  Parents Magazine and more. For over 16 years Pierce has traveled the world teaching Hip Hop and music production to youth in community centers. He is the co-founder of Beat Making Lab an Emmy Award-winning PBS web series, has taught in the departments of music and African American Studies at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, and is the writer, composer, and co-director of an animated series called History of  White People in America, an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Pierce is also the founder of BlackSpace, a digital maker space where he has mentored dozens of youth, teaching digital storytelling through music and film. For over a decade, he has been the frontman of critically acclaimed Jazz/Hip Hop quartet The Beast and has toured internationally and released a series of albums, EPs, and mixtapes. He is the son of famed Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and the late preeminent architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Phil Freelon. Having come of age in an incredibly creative household, Pierce was raised by a village of artists and activists, Black to the Future album has every track included in the collection is accompanied by an audio artifact, excavated from Freelon's vault of family archives. Black to the Future, the second family-focused release from Pierce Freelon, is an album inspired by Afrofuturism, featuring the voices of four generations of his magnificently creative family. His newest single "Levar Burton" is on the LP

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