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Mourning [A] BLKstar's 'The Cycle' Is Secular Gospel for Healing a Damaged Nation

Mourning [A] BLKstar's The Cycle is necessary, secular gospel for the healing of a truly damaged nation. Their music somehow sounds like salvation.

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In Appreciation of Camille Billops and Her Films

Camille Billops moved beyond predictable and well-tread ground to open up space for new narratives in her films—about Black families, Black women, and Black middle-class life—that pulled on her distinctive and unapologetic worldview.

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'She Would Be King', an Afrofuturist Novel of Nation-Making in Liberia

Wayétu Moore's She Would Be King is an important exploration of power, identity, and belonging at a major historical junction in African diasporic and Liberian history.

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'Black Lives Matter and Music': From a Movement That's Only Beginning to Find Its Voice

Scholars share their initial thoughts on the musical reactions to the burgeoning social movement, Black Lives Matter, in this anthology from Indiana University Press.

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Sci-Fi Goes Hi-Fi: 10 Artists' Foray into Hip-Hop Futurism

A host of artists have carved out a niche in the interplanetary margins that now rest in hip-hop culture. Some call it an expansion on Afrofuturist philosophies; others simply a long-time propensity for the science-fiction genre.

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Sudan Archives Takes an Afrofuturist Approach on New EP 'Sink'

New EP Sink reinforces violinist Sudan Archives' cosmic creative vision.

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'Chocolate Cities' Draws New Maps of Black American Life

A classic Parliament track inspires a new look at how black Americans moved, made connections, and created a nation-within-a-nation.

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'Black Panther' Is Its Own Kind of Animal

Marvel Studios scores another major success, and taps the zeitgeist, by allowing Ryan Coogler free reign to make the most thoughtful, socially conscious superhero film to date.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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Golden Dawn Arkestra: Stargazer

There's a Ra connection here in more than name. And there's a legend surrounding one of the key players and his relationship to the Great One. True or untrue, that story only adds to the mystery behind this good-time release.

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Power Up: Janelle Monáe, Afrofuturism, and Plurality

While most pop singers bounce from one marketable persona to another, Janelle Monáe stands her ground in this Afrofuturist vision she's been creating for about a decade. Other pop artists are tourists; she's building a city.

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Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid

Welcome to Metropolis, folks. The year is 2719. It's funky and fantastic, futuristic but retro.

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