R&B legend Ron Isley says that he knows "right away when it's a special song, if you feel it's going to be a hit song." For more than half a century, Isley has been writing and performing some of the most iconic R&B music with the group the Isley Brothers and as a solo artist.
We turn now to northern Nigeria where more than 50 teachers and students have been killed in terrorist attacks just in the last month. The group known as Boko Haram, which loosely means Western education is forbidden, is allegedly responsible for these, as well as previous attacks on churches and government institutions. The leader of the extremist Islamist sect has said he fully supports the attacks and has called for more targeting of schools.
This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, the Isley Brothers scored a smash hit in 1959 with "Shout." More than 50 years later, though, Ron Isley is still going strong. He joins us to talk about his solo career and some of the bumps in that long road to becoming an R&B legend. That's in just a few minutes.
Host Michel talks about the role race played — or didn't play — in the criminal trial of George Zimmerman. She speaks with Corey Dade, contributing editor for TheRoot.com, and Roger L. Simon, founder of PJ Media.
England's Channel 4 is airing the Muslim call to prayer every morning during the month of Ramadan. It's a decision that's caused controversy among both Muslims and non-Muslims. Host Michel Martin speaks with BBC radio host Sheetal Parmar about the issue.
The new film Fruitvale Station tells the true story of a young, unarmed black man who was shot and killed by an Oakland, Calif., transit police officer early on New Year's Day 2009. The death of Oscar Grant sparked days of riots and unrest in Oakland, and lots of conversations about relationships between citizens and the police. Fruitvale Station follows the 24 hours leading up to the shooting. The film won critical acclaim at this year's Sundance Film Festival, taking home the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It opens in select theaters on July 12.