Later, the mood darkened as she came out in a black latex bodysuit with matching thigh-high boots and jacket, heralding the rock’n’roll moment of the show – think Prince performing Purple Rain or Michael Jackson’s Bad. Don’t Hurt Yourself, co-produced by Jack White, had Malcolm X’s words ring out at the end: “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” This segued into I Care, a power ballad with an 80s feel with impressive rock vocals, synth sounds, dancers in zebra-print two pieces and a guitar solo: an epic throwback to another period in black musical excellence. … [Read more...] about Beyoncé, Coachella 2018: a rich tapestry of black cultural excellence
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London: UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a 1.57-billion pounds rescue package of emergency grants and cheap loans for arts, culture and heritage industries to help them weather the impact of coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access the funding boost put in place on Sunday night. "Our world-renowned galleries, museums, heritage sites, music venues and independent cinemas are not only critical to keeping our economy thriving, employing more than 700,000 people, they're the lifeblood of British culture," said Sunak. "That's why we're giving them the vital cash they need to safeguard their survival, helping to protect jobs and ensuring that they can continue to provide the sights and sounds that Britain is famous for," he said. The Indian-origin finance minister indicated that many … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak unveils 1.57 billion pounds arts, culture COVID-19 rescue package
The plan was announced at a meeting on July 5 of the association’s executive committee. Under the event, the association will join the Bulgarian Embassy and Hanoi administration to hold an event at the Ly Thai To Monument in downtown Hanoi from November 20-22 to mark the 70-year Vietnam-Bulgaria diplomatic ties. The event will include a meeting, numerous cultural and art activities and a fair with many booths. The association will also debut a book named Memory of Bulgaria, which is a collection of poems, essays and photos of Bulgaria by its members. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the association to postpone several major events, such as a ceremony to mark the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties and celebrations of the Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day (May 24). … [Read more...] about Activities planned to mark 70 years of Vietnam-Bulgaria diplomatic ties
The cause for hope is that we know how to fix policing. The cause for inspiration is the multiracial army marching across the nation demanding that black lives matter. The protesters have served notice that the consent of the governed for predatory policing and industrialized racial injustice has been revoked. As the sign held by a little girl with long blond hair marching in Chicago put it, “Shut the Whole Damned System Down.” … [Read more...] about Op-Ed: The LAPD won’t stop traumatizing black Angelenos until it abandons its ‘warrior culture’
If the 70s provide the strongest recent evidence for the flames-and-tulips theory, the great counter-example is the 90s: a decade of relative peace and prosperity in the west. At one end, it gave us acid house, alternative rock and a revolution in independent cinema; at the other, a milestone year for movies and the dawn of the golden age of TV. It may not have been a great vintage for social realism or protest songs but the 90s didn’t want for creativity. … [Read more...] about Solved: do uncertain political times always result in great art?