Little Richard

GPB

You know James Brown, Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band. They all carried big sounds all over the world and started in the fairly small city of Macon. A new documentary highlights some of Macon's most influential musicians and performers. It's called "The Macon Sound."

The film's executive producer and narrator, Sharon Collins, gave "On Second Thought" a preview.  "The Macon Sound" premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on GPB TV .


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"Happy birthday!" to one of Georgia’s most iconic musicians. Little Richard was born in Macon on December 5, 1932. He grew up singing gospel in the Pentecostal church. His big break came in September of 1955, when he recorded “Tutti Fruitti.” His style influenced countless musicians, including Kate Pierson of the B-52s. She recently nominated “Tutti Fruitti” for our Georgia Playlist. We’ll hear why it tops her list of essential Georgia listening.

New FBI data show an uptick in reported hate crimes. Nationwide, 2016 saw more than 6,100 incidents, up by more than 270 from  the year before. Georgia reported a drop in hate crimes during that period. But a recent ProPublica investigation finds many police departments, including those in Georgia, aren’t trained to identify and investigate hate crimes. This could lead to underreporting. We talk with ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson.

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This Thursday, July 27, we take our show on the road to the historic Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon. This theater was an important space during the 20th century for African-American artists.