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Video: The Prodigy

Two days in the extraordinary life of the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina

September 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Shahmaran

The Shahmaran is a mythical creature, half snake and half woman. The first human she encounters is a young man named Camasb who gets stuck in her cave after he tries to steal honey.

August 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Red Right Hand

Past the square, past the bridge
Past the mills, past the stacks
On a gathering storm
Comes a tall handsome man
In a dusty black coat with
A red right hand

July 23, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: state of America (a visual expression)

This visceral piece dedicated to John Singleton unfolds the journey of a black youth moving through the chaotic American landscape into his manhood.

July 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Chico Marx Plays Beer Barrel Polka (from A Night in Casablanca, 1946)

Leonard Joseph “Chico” Marx (1887 – 1961) was an American comedian, actor and pianist. He was the oldest brother in the Marx Brothers comedy troupe, alongside his familial brothers Adolph (“Harpo”), Julius (“Groucho”), Milton (“Gummo”) and Herbert (“Zeppo”). His persona in the act … Continue reading

July 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: While I Yet Live

A trip to Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where masterpieces hang from clotheslines.

June 5, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Truth | Kamasi Washington

Directed by AG Rojas, the music video features a series of scenes that appear to have one foot rooted in everyday life, and another reaching for something beyond it.

April 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Odetta | Waterboy

Martin Luther King Jr. called Odetta “The Queen of American Folk Music.”

April 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Norman Solomon: Bob Dylan and the Ukraine Crisis

I’ve learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight

February 23, 2022 · 7 Comments

Video: Bob Marley | Redemption Song

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?

January 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Patricia Spears Jones: The Devil’s Wife Explains Broken “45s”

The devil hates Black genius. Made him work harder than hard to render
it witless and dope stung.

January 17, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Starlight & Other Sounds| The music of Alexina Louie

This short sensory film explores the internal process of the artist, whose unique sound has established her as one of Canada’s most performed and highly regarded composers.

December 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: “Hope” by Emily Dickinson | A Film by Robert Isenberg

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

November 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Martha Redbone sings ‘Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright’ by William Blake

In an enchanting lyrical rendition of William Blake’s poem “Sleep Sleep Beauty Bright,” singer Martha Redbone blends rhythm, blues and soul with traditional Native American music.

October 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

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