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The 70 Best Albums of 2019

From forward-looking electronic and experimental to new approaches in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and punk to rock and pop, 2019 bestowed an embarrassment of musical riches upon us.

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Jamila Woods - "ZORA" (Singles Going Steady)

A nod to the fiercely independent Zora Neale Hurston, Jamila Woods' "Zora" revels in defying "molds" and occupying a lane of your own.

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On Black Girl Magic and Georgia Anne Muldrow's Latest, 'Overload'

It's tempting to proclaim this moment in black pop as something akin to 2018's political Year of the Woman -- Year of the Sista, if you will. But today's unapologetically progressive female black pop artists stand on the shoulders of a most impressive cohort from the '90s and early '00s.

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Breaking Binary: Redefined Janelle Monáe Is Afropunk Immortal

Afropunk Festival continues to represent more than just music. Way more. And the photos here prove it.

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NPR Music 'Turning the Tables Live' at Lincoln Center

Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Jamila Woods, and Carly Rae Jepsen cycled through songs and conversation following an intro from I'm With Her.

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Jamila Woods Is a Genre-Blurring Multitasker

Woods discusses her upbringing on the South Side and the road that led to an album that encompasses her experiences as an African-American woman and her complicated relationship with her hometown.

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