A Time Line to Post-Soul Black Culture | The Village Voice

From ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song’ in 1971 to Spike Lee’s ‘Malcom X’ in 1992. 1971  ■ MELVIN VAN PEEBLES’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baad­asssss Song premieres in Detroit in March, signaling a new direction in African American film and culture. Directed guerrilla-style in Watts, it ridicules SIDNEY POITIER’s ultra-assimilated image, instigates Holly­wood’s blaxploitation era, and projects rebellious black heroism in visual…

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Bird | The New Yorker

The brilliance of Charlie Parker. Arista Records, a relatively new company that helps mind the avant-garde, has recently purchased the invaluable Savoy Records catalogue, and its first reissue is “Charles Christopher Parker, Jr.: Bird / The Savoy Recordings” (Savoy SJL 2201). The album includes the original masters of the thirty sides Parker recorded for Savoy between 1944 and…

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The History of Spiritual Jazz: Hear a Transcendent 12-Hour Mix Featuring John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock & More | Open Culture

Karen Chernick, Open Culture Jazz has inspired a great many things, and a great many things have inspired jazz, and more than a few of the music’s masters have found their aspiration by looking — or listening — to the divine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they subscribe to traditional religion. As befits this naturally eclectic music that grew from…

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Nick Cave: Using materials that range from twigs to crystals to rainbow-colored hair, the artist makes sculptures that, for all their beauty, are visceral and necessary critiques of racial injustice. | The New York Times

Megan O’Grady, The New York Times THE INAUGURATION OF Nick Cave’s Facility, a new multidisciplinary art space on Chicago’s Northwest Side, has the feeling of a family affair. In April, inside the yellow-brick industrial building, the classical vocalist Brenda Wimberly and the keyboardist Justin Dillard give a special performance for a group that includes local friends, curators and…

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Legacy Russell Appointed Associate Curator at Studio Museum of Harlem | The Network Journal

Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journal Golden, chief curator at the Studio Museum of Harlem, today announced the appointment of Legacy Russell to serve as assistant curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum. Her experience is in organizing exhibitions and events, writing for diverse audiences from popular to academic, and, most recently, serving as European…

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3 Films We’re Excited to See Developed From The Black List | Colorlines

Sameer Rao, Colorlines year, hundreds of Hollywood executives nominate their favorite unproduced movie screenplays to appear on The Black List. The 2018 list debuted yesterday (December 17) via a funny short, “The Last Days of TJ Scraggs”: The clip stars Paul Scheer (“The League”) as a brash entertainment agent who knocks himself unconscious in 1998…

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Tracing the Real Betty Boop back to a Notorious Bootlegger’s Club in 1920s Harlem | Messy Nessy Chic

Natalie McKane, Messy Nessy Chic 1920’s in Paris may have been roaring, but over in Harlem, they were stomping. New York’s playground was not short of an underground boozer, but there was one place in particular that dominated the scene; The Cotton Club. Patron Saint of jazz, notorious bootlegging and the home of the original…

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