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The Uncompromising Style of CJ Run

We talk to the Nigerian-British-Midwestern rapper and songwriter on their music, their style and what it means to be queer, Nigerian and proud.

CJ Run's music spans genres and diasporas with quick witted lyrics full of charm and swagger. On songs like "The Ascent" and "Tangerine" tales of queer love meet stories about the lives of third culture kids, like CJ.

Born to West African parents in Munich, Germany, the 20-year-old rapper, singer-songwriter spent their formative years in Northampton, England before moving to North Carolina for high school. It was at the very end of high school that CJ, who uses they/them pronouns, came in to their queerness, learning more about their sexuality first and gender not long after.

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Film

'195 Lewis' is a New Series About Being Black, Queer and Polyamorous in Brooklyn

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Chanelle Aponte Pearson takes us inside her new web series, ‘195 Lewis.’

New York film history is being made tonight when 195 Lewis, a new dramedy series about a group of Black, queer and polyamorous women in Bed-Stuy, screens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The five-episode premiere will mark the first time a web series has screened at BAM’s independent theater. That tidbit aside, you need to know about 195 Lewis (“one-nine-five Lewis”) because it looks and sounds absolutely dope. It’s also incredibly necessary.

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Ghanaian Superwoman Bozoma Saint John is the Most Badass Music Exec of 2016

Bozoma Saint John named Billboard's Most Powerful Women in Music of 2016.

By now, you’ve probably heard the name Bozoma Saint John. If you haven’t, here’s a quick introduction: Boz is an absolute badass. In fact, she’s taking badass to a whole other level.

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Film

'Daughters of the Dust,' the Seminal Film That Hugely Inspired Beyoncé's Lemonade, is Back in Cinemas

Julie Dash's 1991 film ‘Daughters of the Dust’ made history in 1991 as the first wide release by a black woman filmmaker.

When Daughters of the Dust debuted in 1991 it made history as the first feature film directed by a black woman filmmaker to be distributed theatrically in the United States. 25 years after its historic release, the movie re-emerged in the pop-cultural landscape thanks in large part to Beyoncé.

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