Meshell Ndegeocello

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Dance Is Back at the Kennedy Center with Vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, Tap Star Michelle Dorrance, and a Week of Black Ballet

If you’re desperate to see dance beyond watching TikTok, the Kennedy Center has just the thing: live performances. It recently announced the 2021-2022 season with exciting debuts (classical Indian dance company Akram Khan), big-name collaborators (Meshell Ndegeocello), and some reliable favorites (Alvin Ailey, The Nutcracker). Looking ahead to next summer, the lineup also features a special week dedicated to Black artists within ballet, called “Reframing the Narrative.”
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From The Soul: Meshell Ndegeocello

“Me’shell Un-censored, Un-fettered” by Val C. Phoenix delivers a portrait of a 24-year-old trailblazer who came out when she was 16 despite homophobia in the Black community; who riffed on her identity in a way that thrilled the reader — she was variously “a female homo sapien”; “a femme in a butch body”; and “gay.”
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Robert Glasper and Meshell Ndegeocello team up to talk about the BRIC JazzFest [Interview]

Next week kicks off the 2021 annual BRIC JazzFest. The 3-day festival begins Thursday, April 8th and will run through Saturday, April 11th at 7 P.M EST. at To celebrate the blueprint of music, the virtual festival will include performances from trumpeter and activist Keyon Harrold, Phony Ppl, Nikara presents Black Wall Street, and many more. In addition to a heavy roster of fresh and talented artists, multi-Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artist, Robert Glasper, and multi-Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello join the lineup alongside Roy Ayers. In honor of this festival, Glasper and Ndegeocello caught up with EARMILK to talk about the event and the beauty of jazz.

Meshell Ndegeocello Plays ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’

Meshell Ndegeocello delivered an NPR Music Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The acclaimed singer-songwriter and bassist performed a career-spanning set as part of NPR Music’s celebration of Black History Month. Ndegeocello’s Tiny Desk performance is framed by the influence of the late great writer and activist James Baldwin. “He deserves flowers...


MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO appearing at MCGLOHON THEATER in CHARLOTTE. There are albums dedicated to personal pain, or political protest, love, death, nostalgia, rage. There are those that are simply fun, glossy, the soundtrack to a good time. Some are exploratory, a musical journey, shapeshifting soundmaking, a new way to do an old thing. An artist can make a choice about concept and content, or heed a vision, follow their muse or their manager. But in times so extreme and overwhelming, when there is no known expression for the feeling, no satisfactory direction for art or action, then they might take refuge in a process, a ritual, something familiar, the shape and sound of which recall another time altogether, so that they can weather the present long enough to call it the past. Some albums are testimony, some confessions, and some are escape. “Ventriloquism”, the latest album from MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, is a place, like its process, to take refuge from one storm too many.