Angélika Beener: A Confluence of Music, Writing, and Activism

About Angélika Beener

Angélika Beener is a New York City native, award-winning journalist, DJ, host, and producer who has made significant contributions to the worlds of writing, music, and activism.

Career in the Music Industry

With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, she has worked at record labels and radio stations, including ASCAP, The Hit Factory, Blue Note Records, and Newark Public Radio-WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, gaining valuable insights and knowledge along the way.

Her dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion has led her to be involved in several notable jazz projects, including Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Lab, Marcus Strickand’s People Of the Sun, and legendary bassist Ron Carter’s Dear Miles.

Writing and Journalism

Her passion for writing began at a young age when she won a storytelling contest in fourth grade with her imaginative tales. This early recognition fueled her love for storytelling and set her on a path toward a successful career in journalism and broadcasting.

She has contributed her work to various media outlets and organizations, the likes of Downbeat, TIDAL, The Huffington Post, NPR Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Public Radio, and Nextbop, using her platform to shed light on important issues and advocate for gender and racial equity in the arts.


In 2021, Angélika launched a podcast series called MILESTONES, where she and special guests thoughtfully examine a curated selection of landmark albums celebrating milestone anniversaries.

Through this platform, she delves deeper into important topics related to art, culture, and personal growth.

The podcast has become a beacon of inspiration and empowerment for its listeners, offering invaluable insights and guidance on their personal and artistic journeys.

Digging For Weldon Irvine

Beener’s standout project, “Digging For Weldon Irvine,” is a documentary that dives deep into the impactful world of jazz musician and composer Weldon Irvine.

The film underscores Irvine’s monumental contributions to jazz and his profound activism through music.

Through this project, Beener’s deep respect for Irvine’s legacy shines brightly, offering a tribute to this musical maestro and spotlighting the significance of acknowledging and lauding the work of overlooked artists.

Ultimately, the film emphasizes music’s potent role in catalyzing social change.

Awards and Recognition

Throughout her career, Angélika has been recognized for her contributions to public broadcasting and journalism and was awarded the “My Source Community Impact Award” from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


In conclusion, Angélika Beener is a multifaceted individual who has significantly contributed to various fields.

Her love for writing, music, and activism has driven her to create impactful work that resonates with audiences worldwide.

She has become a respected figure in the industry through her dedication to promoting diversity and empowering others.

As she continues to push boundaries and break barriers, it is clear that Angélika Beener’s influence will only continue to grow.

Also, check out our list of the Best Jazz Albums of All Time!

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