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With Paint And A Camera, She's Forging A New Artistic Vision Of Africa

Many images of Africa in Western media focus on war, famine or other crises that trouble the continent.<p>But Ethiopian artist Aïda Muluneh wants to help people understand that there's more to her country than what they typically see in the news.<p>Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Muluneh spent much of her …

Art

Nothing Compares 2 U: the secrets of Prince's original recording, unheard until today

Who is the song about, why did Prince give it to the Family to record as an album track, and what did he really think of Sinéad O’Connor’s smash hit single?<p>Thirty four years ago, when Paul “St Paul” Peterson was the singer in the Family, a band Prince had assembled, he was sitting in his mother’s …

Top 10

How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice

On a hot December afternoon, the sky hazy from wildfires that raged just beyond the Los Angeles city limits, a handful of people gathered outside a nondescript Super 8 motel off Sunset Boulevard. Nearly all were dressed head to toe in black: elegant crepe shirts, fitted leather pants, wide-brimmed …

Sexual Harassment

We Now Have Prince's Original Version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and It Slaps

Get ready to belt it out.<p>Prince’s estate has been slowly releasing songs and demos from the artist’s massive archives, and today the spirit of the Purple One is blessing us with the original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” one of the greatest breakup songs of all time. And it’s complete with a …

Coats

Statue of ‘father of gynecology,’ who experimented on enslaved women, removed from Central Park

The first patient to endure James Marion Sims’s experimental surgery in 1845 was named Lucy. Lucy, an enslaved black woman in Alabama, remained on her hands and knees on top of a table for more than an hour as Sims sought to repair a hole between her bladder and vagina without giving her any …

New York City

Carl Kasell, NPR Newsman Who Discovered Laughs, Dies at 84

Carl Kasell, an NPR newscaster who, late in his career, cast off his anchorman gravitas once a week and for years became an absurdist comedian on the popular satirical quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” died on Tuesday in Potomac, Md. He was 84.<p>His wife, Mary Ann Foster, said the cause was …

Tom Hanks

NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and …

Vietnam War

Harry Anderson, 65, ‘Night Court’ Actor Who Bottled Magic Onscreen and Off, Dies

Harry Anderson, who starred as the kindhearted, zany Judge Harry Stone on the long-running NBC comedy “Night Court,” was found dead early Monday at his home in Asheville, N.C. He was 65.<p>The Asheville Police Department, which confirmed the death, did not specify the cause but said foul play was not …

Entertainment

R.I.P. Harry Anderson, actor, magician, and star of Night Court 

Harry Anderson, the actor and magician best known for his eight-year run as Judge Harry Stone on the NBC sitcom <i>Night Court</i>, has died. No cause of …

David Letterman

Stanley Kubrick’s little-known life as a still photographer

Most of us know Stanley Kubrick as the legendary director of some of cinema’s most significant, landmark films. When we see his name, we think of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” or “The Shining.” What most of us …

Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones

There’s an interesting new documentary about performer Grace Jones out this weekend. The title, <i>Bloodlight and Bami,</i> is taken from Jamaican slang for …

France

The (almost) unknown art of Miles Davis

Although his art would adorn one of his record releases from time to time, Miles Davis didn’t begin to draw and paint in earnest until he was in his …

Art

From Billie to Basie

Legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan takes her time in getting ready in her dressing room.<p>Jazz great Nat King Cole stops for a photograph with …

Trumpeter

Dreams of hip-hop stardom from rural Louisiana: 2018 Alexia Foundation student photography grant winner

“In East Feliciana Parish, La., and the surrounding countryside there happens to be one of the richest and most soulful wells of hip-hop talent in the United States, evoking a bygone golden age of local Southern rap. Bootleg CD salesmen stand outside seafood shacks and hawk the newest mix tapes by …

Baton Rouge

Lizz Wright review – spellbinding jazz of soulful intimacy

Lizz Wright, the serenely radiant Georgia-born singer, often still exhibits the jazz-honed cool that spurred comparisons to Norah Jones early in her career – but the songs on last year’s album Grace marked an unequivocal return to her southern roots, simmering with midnight heat and the cadences of …

Inflammation

SNL Figures Out Who Gets to Say "Wakanda Forever"

Chadwick Boseman turns out to be surprisingly funny.<p><i>Black Panther</i>'s winning streak hasn't slowed down in the almost two months that it's been out. It's overcome <i>Titanic</i> and and become the third highest grossing movie ever in the U.S. box office, and is even making waves in Saudi Arabia.<p>But the …

Comics

Life After ‘17 to Life’

STOCKTON, Calif. — In California, known for decades as one of the nation’s most avid jailers, the trajectory of law and order is shifting. Through litigation, legislation and a series of ballot initiatives, the state’s prison population has dropped 25 percent over the past decade.<p>The photographer …

Jerry Brown

New “Mr. Soul!” Documentary Explores How Ellis Haizlip’s PBS Show “Soul!” Brought Black Culture to Talk Show TV

by Sameer Rao via colorlines.com Ellis Haizlip broke the talk show and public television color barrier when he introduced “SOUL!,”…

Black Culture

The World of Cecil Taylor

RIP.<p>The trio with Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille is widely held to be one of the great groups of all time. Video has surfaced of an extraordinary gig …

Pablo Picasso

Q-Tip Joins NYU Clive Davis Institute Faculty, Co-Teaches Course Exploring Connections Between Jazz and Hip-Hop

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Whitney Houston

14 Reasons Grace Jones Is Cooler Than You’ll Ever Be

A visual tribute to a true style icon.<p>1. She surrounded herself with artists and appeared in their work<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>3. She shattered perceptions of …

Debbie Harry

Mary Halvorson Re-Engineered Jazz Guitar. Now, She's Hacking Her Own Code

There's a telling admission about a minute and a half into <i>Code Girl</i>, the riveting new double album by Mary Halvorson. It arrives after she sets a mood on guitar, using pedal effects to loop her lines into a web — a tactic you'll recognize if you know her heralded work as an improviser.<p>"It is not …

Andy Warhol

25 Powerful Photos Of America After MLK's Assassination

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered while standing on his hotel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. These pictures show the emotional days following his assassination.

Black History
New Hampshire

Arlene Gottfried’s New York, Through the Eyes of Her Brother Gilbert Gottfried

From the nineteen-seventies until her death last August, at the age of sixty-six, the photographer Arlene Gottfried combed New York City’s streets, parks, beaches, subways, and night clubs, in search of the shock of recognition one sometimes finds in perfect strangers. She understood the fractions …

New York City

The Day Herbie Hancock Met the Electric Piano

On the third and final day of recording Miles Davis’ transitional album <i>Miles in the Sky</i>, Herbie Hancock walked into Columbia Studio B on East 52nd …

Piano

When Jazz Ruled The World: The Rise And Reign Of America’s One True Art

Nowadays, in the second decade of the 21st Century, jazz may seem to many a marginalised music. Of course, it goes without saying that there are …

Universal Music

Steven Bochco, Innovative Co-Creator of ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 74

Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” helped define the modern TV drama, has died. He …

Entertainment

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81. She was a prominent anti-apartheid activist and former wife of Nelson Mandela.

At the time of her death, long after her divorce from the country’s first democratically elected president, Madikizela-Mandela was still called the Mother of the Nation. And in many ways, she epitomized the “new” South Africa far more than her idealized former husband.<p>She was a political insider …

Marvin Gaye Shot To Death By His Father: April 1, 1984

Marvin Gaye was a superstar, simply put. He was a soul singer, songwriter and consummate performer, his presence onstage electrifying fans around the …

Soul Music