Post Your Passion on the CBMR CrossTalk Blog!

Writers, artists, musicians, bloggers, journalists, interactive artists--submit your work to the CBMR blog!

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The Center for Black Music Research is looking for students interested in engaging with the subject of Black Music in all its forms, and the internationally renowned collections that are housed right here at Columbia College!
Last spring, the Center for Black Music Research launched a blog that is designed to highlight our collections and the wide-ranging community that interacts with them and works in Black music in all its forms. As a part of this blog, CBMR is pleased to introduce a section of the content called Cross Talk, a new interdisciplinary, creative blog series.
Cross Talk is a student-driven, multimedia destination dedicated to original student work that explores the sound-music continuum of the African Diaspora.
Cross Talk is accepting submissions from bloggers, creative writers, musicians, photographers, sound geeks, journalists, and any makers interested in the cultures surrounding black sound and black music. Topics and formats might include but are not limited to:
  • biographical treatments
  • histories
  • reviews
  • opinion pieces
  • sound art
  • ethnographies
  • interviews
  • photo essays
  • short videos
We seek work with a fresh point of view, a unique voice, work that evidences a deep respect for your craft, work by fanatics, and by those who want to explore the multifaceted influence of black sonic culture through the lens of their chosen field. While fresh new sounds excite us, please keep in mind that promotion in and of itself is not the focus of this series.
Your enthusiasm and passion matter to us, and so does your voice. To support the birth of your post, we have an editorial and archivist staff that can support your research, writing, and technical needs. You can come to us with a pitch, with fully realized content, or anything in between; all submissions will be reviewed by the CBMR blog team. While we can’t pay for submissions, if accepted, your work will be featured on the blog and promoted via social media. A “Best of Cross Talk” edition will be highlighted at the end of each semester.
Email completed submissions or proposals to
Subject of email should read: “crosstalk submission yourlastname”
Multimedia submissions should be formatted close to the way you hope to see it on the screen (including live links, appropriate media formats, etc). Text only submission should include an image if possible. It should measure at least:  2000 X 600 & 600 X 400 (thumbnail). If your submission contains more than one image, please identify thumbnail.

Recent Articles


  • CrossTalk: Cross Talk is a student-driven, multimedia destination dedicated to original student work that explores the sound-music continuum of the African Diaspora.
  • Depth Sounding: A platform for short-form scholarship intended for a wide audience, Depth Sounding is a space for up-to-the-minute thought in which authors can experiment with format, media, content, argument construction, and more, in ways that privilege or more fully integrate sound.
  • Free/Phase: Follow the FREE/PHASE suite of sound-based art works by artists Mendi+Keith Obadike, commissioned by the CBMR.
  • From the Stacks: Reviews and reactions to lucky “finds” and new additions within the CBMR Library and Archives–updated as serendipity leads. Contributors: staff, student workers, students, interns, patrons.
  • News: Events, notices, reviews–things that are timely.
  • Publications: All the in-house publications of the CBMR, past and present plus planned, except for the monographs and the BMRJ, which are available elsewhere. Ask us!