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Post-Verdict: The Acoustics Of A Coup

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Imagining a new mode of resistance based on sound.

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On The Structure of Brightmoments

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This month, we launch a regular column by Harmony Holiday, who’ll share her thoughts on a selected recording from the Afrosonics archive. First up: how an unforgettable sample led her to saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s poetic musings — and the joyful discovery that jazz and poetry could be “one gallant being.”

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VIDEO: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Force-Fed Just Like Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

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Yasiin Bey gets force-fed under Guantanamo Bay standard procedures.

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Black Arkestry: Falling In Love On The Ark

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Our new guest contributor, Harmony Holiday, presents her Astrosonics Event Number 1: introducing us to an alive, ever-expanding archive of out-of-print and rare Diaspora poetry and writing.

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Snatching Back Joy

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How a Hawaiian-theme dinner with her ailing mom and growing daughter taught Karen M. Thomas to laugh again

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Write From The Start: My Mother, Fannie Mae Robinson

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Our lit editor @bridgettmdavis honors her mom for setting an example of a writing life

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To Sir, With Love: Chinua Achebe

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Lit editor @bridgettmdavis thanks the towering Nigerian author for his influence on her own African tales m4s0n501

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Q&A: Bryant Terry

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A Q&A with one of the country’s most influential chefs and food justice activists. How’s that for a mouthful?

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Mia McKenzie’s Open Letter to Quvenzhane Wallis

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Writer Mia McKenzie gives us a beautiful antidote to @the Onion’s vile attack on the 9-year-old girl

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GOOD READ: Rapper Kendrick Lamar & the Black Literary Tradition

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Cultural critic Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah connects the dots for us.

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