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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.

Nina Simone

Rule Britannia and the shameful arrogance of right-wing class politics
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 26 August 2020 14:31

Rule Britannia and the shameful arrogance of right-wing class politics

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Stuart Cartland criticises the jingoistic response to the BBC's decisions about Rule Britannia. Image above: Aboriginal prisoners, Australia If as a nation we are to be serious about addressing racism and legacies of oppression then the recent furore about the possibility of dropping Rule Britannia from the BBC's Last Night…
Singing new forms of escape: Paul Robeson's afterlife in a U.S. prison
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 03 August 2020 16:12

Singing new forms of escape: Paul Robeson's afterlife in a U.S. prison

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Shana L. Redmond writes about Paul Robeson’s afterlife in a U.S. Prison “I have begun to undertake the task of trying to establish a Paul Robeson month here at Marion Federal Penitentiary,” wrote Bil Brown-El. An incarcerated person in the medium security prison in rural Illinois, USA, Brown-El addressed his…
Nina Simone: An Artist's Duty Is to Reflect the Times
Monday, 02 December 2019 10:34

Nina Simone: An Artist's Duty Is to Reflect the Times

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Chris Guiton discusses Nina Simone's Mississippi Goddam Every now and then a song comes along that defines an epoch. “Mississippi Goddam” by jazz and blues singer-songwriter Nina Simone was one such song. The song was Simone’s impassioned response to the racist murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Jackson,…
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