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NYC: Congo in Harlem Oct. 16-23

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"Congo in Harlem" is the annual week-long series of film screenings, musical performances, panel discussions, and more taking place in Harlem Oct. 16-23. The program will be a great space to engage in dialogue about pressing issues in the Congo, in particular the upcoming presidential elections in late November. All proceeds go to a fund for emerging Congolese filmmakers.

We're excited about the screening for Blood in the Mobile, (trailer above) a documentary film that explores the illegal mines in Eastern Congo where the minerals in our cell phones are extracted (we've written about it before). The filmmaker even makes his way into Nokia's corporate offices to confront executives about their mineral supply chain. We're also looking forward to the special appearance by Djo Munga, acclaimed director of the narrative film, Viva Riva! For the full program of events click here.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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