How Music Could Help Solve Architecture’s Diversity Problem
Only 4% of registered architects in the US identify as black or African-American. Wisconsin-based Mike Ford of BrandNu Design believes that the (as yet largely unexplored) connection between hip-hop and architecture can act as a means for a new generation to get interested and involved in the field. At Co.Design, he talks with Diana Budds about his work on the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx.
Sharing Music Across the U.S.-Mexico Border’s Metal Fence
Fandango Fronterizo is an annual musical event bringing Mexican and American citizens together, in spite of the thick border fence that separates Tijuana from San Diego. For nine years now, the sonic fiesta has become a time to unite nations through song and celebration, while recognizing the sadness and pain inherent in the divide.
Meklit’s Music Takes Off on an Odyssey From Africa
This weekend--May 19th through May 22nd--singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero will perform This Was Made Here: A Disaporic Odyssey at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The performances will feature new songs which embody a variety of styles and cultural influences, absorbed from her formative experiences in Ethiopia, as well as her work touring with the Nile Project, which follows musicians along the world's longest river.
Nina Simone Was Very Black
A new biopic chronicling a late period in the life of iconic singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone is facing controversy over its casting of Zoe Saldana–who had to wear dark makeup and a prosthetic nose–in the title role of an woman who unapologetically owned her identity and features. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib discusses his introduction to Simone’s […]
Saul Williams: ‘Let’s Go Further And Further Out’
The multi-faceted poet just released the musical component to MartyrLoserKing, a multimedia concept album he's been planning for nearly three years about an eponymous hacker who lives in Burundi, Central Africa--with a graphic novel and another record coming out in about a year.
A Love Supreme: A Visit to Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church
The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church is a religious haven in San Francisco's Western Addition, a neighborhood that was once known, thanks to its rich cultural history, as the "Harlem of the West." Kayle Barnes writes about her experience at a powerful service that attracted locals of all kinds.