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A French illustrator’s images of black women are controversial in Paris, but adored on Instagram | Quartz Africa

Lynsey Chutel, Quartz Africa Photo: Jersean Golatt, Featured Image meet-and-greet with illustrator Nicholle Kobi is titled A Parisian Instant, yet at home the French illustrator is overlooked. This, even as her work spreads from Instagram to communities of black women around the world, this week in Johannesburg. Kobi’s work has become something of a cultural phenomenon among women in the African diaspora. The popularity of her illustrations of black women in all their variations is a testament to the power of representation in our visually-driven online culture. In much the same way many of her fans came to discover her […]

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Esperanza Spalding Appointed to Harvard’s Music Department Faculty | Harvard University, Music Department

Harvard University, Harvard University, Music Department Photo: Jersean Golatt, Featured Image 24, 2017: We are pleased to report that Esperanza Spalding has joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Harvard University as Professor of the Practice, with an appointment beginning July 2017. Spalding will teach a range of courses in songwriting, arranging, improvisation and performance, while also bringing her commitment to music as a voice for social justice. Four-time Grammy award-winner, jazz bassist, singer-songwriter, lyricist, humanitarian activist, and educator, Spalding has five acclaimed solo albums and numerous music videos to her name. She is recognized internationally for her […]

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Dig, If You Will, Some Never-Before-Seen Pictures Of Prince In ‘A Private View’ | NPR Afshin Shahidi misses Prince. "Nothing seemed impossible, everything was possible for him," he says. "And that's just the way he lived his life and the way he communicated and wanted us to live our life."

Afshin Shahidi misses Prince. “Nothing seemed impossible, everything was possible for him,” he says. “And that’s just the way he lived his life and the way he communicated and wanted us to live our life.”

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