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Maxwell: "I Like to Say 'Black Excellence Without Borders.' Black Is Black Everywhere."

In an exclusive interview with Okayplayer, Maxwell talks about visiting Nigeria, the African influences on Embrya, and shouts out Tekno & Skepta.

Maxwell recently sat down with Okayplayer's music editor Ivie Ani to talk taking risks, social media's effects on fame, politics in R&B, evolution after cutting his afro, the cost of paying homage, and finding inspiration in Africa.

You can read the full article over at Okayplayer and check out select passages below:

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Driving Forces: Rapsody's Career is Inspired by Women

We went to the MC's studio in North Carolina to see her creative process firsthand and talk about what community means to her.

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Driving Forces is a video series profiling young creative people who are empowering their communities. We've partnered with Uber to highlight the stories of influential women whose work brings underrepresented voices to the front. Read more about how Uber is supporting women in the workplace here.

For Rapsody, being a gifted lyricist is a great responsibility.

"We live in a time when words aren't as important," she says. This is something the North Carolina rapper is intent on changing. From the start her music has put wordplay front and center, beginning with an interest in poetry which became an interest in song lyrics. As a child, she would take the booklets out of CD cases to read the words inside.

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Okaymusic Is On Its Way

Okayplayer & OkayAfrica are launching the latest addition to its far-reaching brand, Okaymusic, a new digital music service.

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