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Sonic Nigeria

8 years ago by Siran Babayan
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Black November Unearths Corruption in Nigeria

4 years ago by Amy Nicholson
Nigerian director Jeta Amata's Black November is at once passionate and cynical, a smash-up of tones that fits its story about a politicized, American-schooled 21-year-old girl from the Niger Delta who returns home to head a local uprising — and soon is sentenced to hang. Ebiere (Mbong Amata, the filmmaker's...
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My Favorite Album: Fiona Grey

26 days ago by Brett Callwood
"My Favorite Album" is a new weekly column, which will see us ask a musician exactly what the title suggests — to name their favorite album of all time. This week, it's pop songstress Fiona Grey.
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The 12 Best Shows in L.A. This Week

Los Angeles is a hotbed of live music, and L.A. Weekly is here to help you navigate this embarrassment of riches. From weekend festivals celebrating garage rock and hair metal to p-funk originator George Clinton, up-and-comer Teyana Taylor and vets Killing Joke, here are the 12 best shows in L.A. this week!
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The 12 Best Shows in L.A. This Week

7 months ago by LA Weekly
Los Angeles is a hotbed of live music, and L.A. Weekly is here to help you navigate this embarrassment of riches. From a music festival organized by Southern California's own The Growlers to a rapper hailing from New York, a power-pop/rock doubleheader not to be missed and a titan of country music, and an Afrobeat scion, here are the 12 local shows you should see this week!
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Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dance Floor 1974-1979

11 years ago by Jeff Weiss
Let's be real for a moment--I don't know much about the sound of the underground Lagos Dance Floor during the years 1974-1979. The truth is those years were a blur for me, what with the fall-out from Watergate, the quaalude abuse and my unseemly fixation with disco, Suzanne Somers, and...
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BET Awards and BETX Celebrate Black Royalty

8 months ago by Darralynn Hutson
Expecting life-changing experiences from the BET Awards in 2018 is like expecting Kanye West to make sense. It’s just not that kind of party. Unlike other recent award shows that screamed solidarity between performers and attendees, this year's Black Entertainment Network Awards and its three-day festival, BETX, displayed the unabashed culture of celebrity and wealth obsession. That said, black royalty in Hollywood is worth celebrating, and this was its big night.
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What We Learned From Charles Gaines and Njideka Akunyili Crosby at the Broad Stage

9 months ago by Shana Nys Dambrot
Monday night in Santa Monica the Broad Stage hosted a true who’s-who of the L.A. fine art community, as a cross-section of artists, impresarios and students showed up for a conversation. Ninety minutes flew by as artists Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Charles Gaines spoke with each other and with Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood about who they are, what they do and why they do it.
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Coachella 2018: Jacob Banks Loves to Tell Stories

10 months ago by Shirley Ju
Whether he’s singing or songwriting, Birmingham, England–born artist Jacob Banks lets his art speak for itself, proving he’s a force to reckon with in the music game. Attached to the smooth sounds of R&B, EDM and soul is an African influence, stemming from his roots in Nigeria. This year, Banks...
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3 Gold Medal–Worthy Bars to Watch the Winter Olympics With Great Food and a Shot or Two

1 year ago by Michele Stueven
The 2018 Winter games are exciting this year and we’ve got some fun places to watch with a crowd: Brack Shop Tavern downtown, Biergarten in Koreatown and STK in Westwood.

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