Black Music Collective Podcast Series

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The Recording Academy and EBONY have joined forces to celebrate Black Music with a dynamic, new 6-episode Black Music Collective podcast series, presented by Procter & Gamble. The podcast will be hosted by actress, TV producer, iconic rapper, DJ and philanthropist MC Lyte interviewing various members of the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective. These top creators and business leaders will discuss their incredible impact within the community and the music industry at-large.

 

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EPISODES 

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Debra Lee
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Episode 1 – Ceiling Breaker


A Conversation with Debra Lee

Debra Lee is one of the most influential women voices in the entertainment industry with a trailblazing career spanning over three decades. Lee served as the chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally, for over 13 years and, most recently, launched The Monarchs Collective, a diversity-focused consulting firm.

MC Lyte will walk Lee through her groundbreaking journey, legacy and commitment to giving back to the community.

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Jeff Harleston
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Episode 2 – Making Change


A Conversation With Jeff Harleston​

Jeff Harleston is one of the most powerful executives in the entertainment industry and has overseen some of the biggest releases in music. He currently is working to amplify and expand programs and initiatives to support marginalized communities in the ongoing fight for equality, justice and inclusion.

MC Lyte will have an in-depth discussion with Harleston on the keys to longevity in the music industry and his bold fight to make change.

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Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
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Episode 3 – Legend Status


A Conversation With Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have won five GRAMMY Awards® and been nominated in the Producer Of The Year category 11 times, more than anyone else. They have more Billboard No. 1 hits than any other songwriting and production team in history, and have earned more than 100 gold, platinum, multi-platinum, and diamond albums for their work with such iconic artists as Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, George Michael, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, and many more.

MC Lyte will talk with the music legends to discuss their impact and the key to their long-lasting partnership.

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Ledisi
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Episode 4 – It’s a Marathon, Not a Race


A Conversation With Ledisi

Since arriving on the scene, powerhouse vocalist Ledisi has garnered three Soul Train Music Awards, a NAACP Theater Award and six NAACP Image Award nominations. After a distinguished career, Ledisi earned her first GRAMMY Award (for Best Traditional R&B Performance for her hit song, "Anything for You") this year. Previously, the powerhouse performer was nominated 12 other times.

MC Lyte will sit down with Ledisi and talk through her journey in music on a road that hasn't always been easy and how she has been able to remain true to who she is as an artist.

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Yolanda Adams
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Episode 5 – Finding Inspiration


A Conversation With Yolanda Adams

Billboard Magazine Gospel Artist of the last decade Yolanda Adams is a four-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist who believes her music heals, encourages and inspires others to trust more than themselves. She has triumphantly carried the torch for contemporary gospel and inspirational music across her impressive discography.

MC Lyte will sit down with Yolanda Adams and discuss her journey to becoming a household name in the gospel world and the power of faith.

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Estelle
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Episode 6 – The New Renaissance Woman


A Conversation with Estelle

Estelle is a British singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress from Hammersmith, West London, England. Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance.

Mc Lyte will sit down with Estelle to discuss her evolution from artist to successful entrepreneur and more.

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About the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective

 

Founded in September 2020, the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC) is a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and the music community. It is a hub for power players in Black music, across all genres, all under the GRAMMY roof, bringing together creators and business leaders to set unified goals, align on a shared agenda and build community.