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Midday Culture Connection: Neo Soul, the Music and the Movement

Apr 3, 2018

Neo Soul is a musical genre -- and a cultural movement.
Credit Photo courtesy PodOMatic

It’s Midday Culture Connection, with our regular guest, Dr. Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland.  Today, a conversation about the Neo Soul movement

In the 1980s and the early 90s, musical artists like Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, India Arie and others came to define a musical genre.  

But Neo Soul has evolved into something much more than music.  Today, the term Neo Soul suggests a lifestyle that's premised on spirituality, self-care, and diet, and that favors beauty-care products made with natural ingredients.

Dr. Sheri Parks is on the faculty of the University of Maryland College Park, and the author of Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine to the Strong Black Woman

Joining Sheri and Tom in Studio A is the singer, producer, holistic-wellness practitioner and arts activist, Navasha Daya. We hear also from Jamyla Bennu, the co-founder and creator with her husband Pierre of Oyin HandmadeTheir Baltimore-based company markets an Africa-inspired line of natural beauty and hair-and-skin care products that embody many aspects of the Neo Soul lifstyle.  Bennu's conversation with Tom was recorded earlier.