Yoncé on Her Knees

Yoncé on Her Knees

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The politics of pleasure as a public performance, delivered in the middle of the night, by a complete boss. Beyoncé's ...

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Things I Lost In the Fire

Things I Lost In the Fire

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In 1976, my mother and stepfather moved from our two-family flat on Eastlawn and Kercheval, an increasingly dangerous ...

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Real Niggaz Do Die

Real Niggaz Do Die

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Village Voice, 1996 Wild is the wind. Under Nina Simone’s spell those four words are an ululation. Tupac liked to ...

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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

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Smithsonian, 2012 Esperanza Spalding, the 28-year-old bassist, composer and vocalist, is shushing her audience - man...

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Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude

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Life and Times, 2011 The standout star of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s 2011 “New Photography Series” wa...

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Thank You, Frank Ocean

Thank You, Frank Ocean

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Life and Times, 2012 Thank you, Frank Ocean. It’s true, we are a lot alike… “spinning on blackness. All wan...

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Ice, Ice Baby

Ice, Ice Baby

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Village Voice, 1996 Introducing my newborn to hip-hop has been a real struggle. Mostly it makes her cry a lot. Which...

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Octavia E. Butler: Parable of the Writer

Octavia E. Butler: Parable of the Writer

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Village Voice, 2006 Octavia E. Butler, science fiction visionary, 1947–2006 There are those among us who worshi...

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Beyonce: Portrait of a Lady

Beyonce: Portrait of a Lady

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Giant Magazine, 2008 She Is…A World-Class Entertainer “You have to understand,” Jay-Z told me in 2003, befo...

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Free The Girls

Free The Girls

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Vibe Divas (2001) Throwdown I remember getting jumped at the skating rink, by like, eight girls. It started on th...

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Jagged Edges

Jagged Edges

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My love for him is wide. My soul reached out and chose him. It holds on even when I want to be free. When we come tog...

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