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Memory and Ritual: An Interview with Doreen Garner by Forrest Muelrath
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Confronting the legacy of J. Marion Sims. 

Ghosts of History: An Interview with Jesmyn Ward by Louis Elliott
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Congratulations to Ward on winning the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Studio Visit: Nina Chanel Abney by Osman Can Yerebakan
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“Everything is equally treated.” 

The Language of Duress: Speech/Acts at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia by Amber Rose Johnson
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Experimental black poetry and visual art.

Harmony Holiday by Farid Matuk
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“I don’t want the kind of career where everything is sensible and safe; I’d rather suffer through the anxiety of wondering where I’m going next than suffer the boredom of dancing in the same safe square.”

James Little by LeRonn P. Brooks
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“The reward is getting through the tough stuff. And that’s what’s perplexing about the art thing. When I was going to school there were kids that could draw their asses off. There were kids that were better draftsman than me, for certain. But no one was more determined than me.”

Steffani Jemison by Ben Lerner
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Early film, nineteenth-century science fiction, and experimental musical languages serve a young artist’s explorations of race and our political present.

Portfolio by Azikiwe Mohammed
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Potential Futures / Black Receipts

Peter Bradley by Steve Cannon, Quincy Troupe & Cannon Hersey
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“I don’t want to mention names, but there are several black artists that would like to shoot me today because they weren’t in that show. Some of them are dead, but the ones that aren’t dead still give me a lot of bullshit every time I see them.”

Portfolio by Adam Pendleton
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Black Dada, System of Display

Okwui Okpokwasili by Jenn Joy
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The celebrated choreographer of Bronx Gothic explores the embodiment of psychic space, the nature of memory, and who gets to write history.

Simone Leigh’s The Waiting Room by Terence Trouillot
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For her residency at the New Museum, Leigh looks at the act of healing through the lens of black female caregivers, educators, and intellectuals.

Vince Staples by Simone White
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“Life has a soundtrack. And certain music is a soundtrack to a certain type of identity or feeling. 50 Cent, the Game, and those kinds of guys—they made us feel like our lives were worth nothing, basically.”

Eldzier Cortor by Terry Carbone
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“I’m fighting between control and letting nature take its course.”

Visible Men by Paul Devlin
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“A thousand clinics could not cure the sense of unreality that haunts Harlem as Harlem haunts the world.”

Gerald Jackson by Stanley Whitney
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“It turns out making art was the best idea [for me]. My mother’s idea was good because it got me started. She said, ‘Look, you are skinny; you are little. You can’t hang out with your daddy and them big guys.’”

Susan E. Cahan’s Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Terence Trouillot
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A 1971 photograph by Jan van Raay shows artist Cliff Joseph leading a group of artist-activists—members of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC)—in the dead of winter protesting the Whitney Museum’s controversial exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America (months before its opening on April 7, 1971).

M. Lamar by Risa Puleo
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“I am an artist. I am a NEGROGOTHIC, devil-worshipping, free black man in the blues tradition. Those are the things I am now.”

Portfolio by Cy Gavin
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“How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word.

Tonya Foster & John Keene
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Foster and Keene discuss the strategies for black resistance in their respective new books—the poetry volume A Swarm of Bees in High Court and Counternarratives, a collection of short fictions.

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