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Singing the Truth of Black Men in America

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 3, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 21:05

Guest: Lawrence Brownlee, Opera Tenor, Artistic Advisor at Opera Philadelphia Protests continue in Sacramento over the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark. Officers were responding to a complaint of someone breaking into vehicles when they encountered Clark – a 22-year-old black man – in his grandmother’s back yard. An independent autopsy requested by Clark’s family found the he was shot eight times, with most of the bullets hitting him in the back. This is the environment into which acclaimed operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee begins a national tour of a songs about what it means to be a black man in America. The music is inspired by those who’ve come before Stephon Clark: Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling.