WHAT’S NEXT WITH BAKARI KITWANA

For the second installment of “What’s Next,” Amanda D. King’s column on what’s next in arts, culture, media, and politics, King spoke to Bakari Kitwana, cultural critic, writer, and pioneering voice in both the scholarship of hip-hop, as well as hip-hop political engagement. In the conversation, Kitwana breaks down hip-hop as the first major generational impulse that came into existence […]

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Thirty Years After The Perfect Moment

Dennis Barrie was director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center when he and the museum became the first in the US to face obscenity charges over the art they exhibited a retrospective exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s provocative photos, titled The Perfect Moment. He went on to serve as executive director of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, […]

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THE YELLOWHAMMER’S CROSS: MICHAEL LODERSTEDT, GROWING UP ON NORTH CAROLINA’S EMERALD ISLE

The yellowhammer is a bird a little bigger than a robin, protected (like many other song birds) by international treaty as it migrates down the Atlantic coast. When printmaker and photographer Michael Loderstedt was growing up in North Carolina, on the southernmost dot in the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, yellowhammers were a familiar sight. In […]

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BUCKLE UP AND EVOLVE

We were not much more than halfway through the year when the horrors of 2020—so extreme, so numerous–became a kind of prompt for generating poetry. Across platforms, people would recite the litany of wildfires and floods, and police violence against People of Color, and one failure after the next to hold police accountable; they’d note the COVID pandemic, and the […]

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