Here and Now with Sandra Bookman 10/22/23: ‘The Life and Times of Malcolm X’ opera, Black American Music Association

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By Dan Sears

NEW YORK (WABC) — On this half-hour edition of “Here and Now” we talk to an opera conductor and the founder of the Black American Music Association

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“X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” is a new opera coming to the Met in November. Kazem Abdullah, who will be conducting the groundbreaking opera, sat down with Sandra to discuss the show.

There is no understating the impact that Black Americans have had on culture, especially when it comes to music.

As such, the Black American Music Association is on a mission to preserve and protect that legacy and move it forward. Michael Maulden is the founder of the association. For more than half a century, Maulden has been instrumental in discovering and nurturing music legends like Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross. Maulden talks to Sandra to talk about his personal legacy and that of the artists he has mentored.

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