Lola’s Culture Club: My Top 10 Art Exhibitions & Artists of 2018

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Really enjoyed this art (and these artists) this year too. 1) @tpstudio – I first caught Thomas J Price’s sculptures in London at the excellent @shonibarestudio “Talisman in the Age of Difference” exhibition. Thomas’ sculptures depict black male subjects and explore the relationship between representation and perception. Really cool and interesting stuff. 2 and 3) Lisa Brice – a South African artist who spent a lot of time working in Trinidad. She has a great use of colour and v much enjoyed her depiction of the female body. 4) Hilma Af Klint (her Paintings for The Future exhibition is still on at the @guggenheim in NY until April 23rd 2019), a Swedish artist (1862-1944) whose abstract work was well ahead of its time, mystical and fascinating. Defo a must see. 5) Sculptures by Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), also at @guggenheim (in its permanent collection) – really interesting to see the African influences in these sculptures. 6 and 7) @fireleibaez’s Joy Out of Fire exhibition at @schomburgcenter was a sight of wonder dedicated to reimaginings of Black women. Now finished but check her out elsewhere. 8) Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai-Violet Hwami’s “Sam in Mother’s Factory”. If in the UK, you can see more of her work at London’s @tyburngallery 9) “Queens No. 2” by @jeremiahquarshie (born in Ghana, lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria). #blackart #blackartists #hilmaafklint #femaleartist #soulfood

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In conversation with singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Arrow Benjmain (writer of Beyonce’s Freedom)

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Interviewing interesting people who have something to say is one of my fave things!! I recently sat down with hit singer-songwriter @arrowbenjamin (He’s the one behind Beyoncé’s song Freedom) for a good chat about his creative process, using art and entertainment for social good, the Global Goals and being South Londoners. Full interview to come soon! Enjoy the clip in the meantime! #Repost @stoopidjamz ・・・ Hit songwriter @arrowbenjamin in an intimate conversation on the #stoop with journalist @lolaadesioye inspirational much?🤩 full interview coming soon‼️⭐️📡 • • • #stoopidjamz #harlem125recs #harlem #livemusic #newshow #interview #beyonce #awardwinning #wisdom #humility #stoop #nyc #smallestamphitheater #singer #vocals #artist #najlepiej #🎥 @wewantzungy

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My BBC3 Classical Fix playlist, created by Clemency Burton-Hill

Interviewing writer Joan Morgan, author of She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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Tomorrow evening. Dumbo House. Me, having an intimate chat with the amazing @joanmorgan, one of the original writers at VIBE magazine (a magazine I read religiously for many years) and author of “She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Joan is the original hip hop feminist (yes, you can now even get a PhD in hip hop feminism!) and her analyses and insight are just beyond on point. (Peep her first book: “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down”) BTW – “She Begat This…” is an excellent read on so many levels. For what this album means in terms of its aesthetics, sounds, its impact on the culture, its sensibilities and what it really did for the time and beyond…! If you also know me, you’ll know I was an original Fugees fan before they had any mainstream success and a die hard Lauryn Hill lover…. so, it’s fascinating for me to read this book. If you love music in general though you will enjoy it. And I’m loving curating the playlist for the event! So much goodness from the 90s!! I can’t wait!! 🙌🏾❤️

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Should the UK and Europe return stolen artefacts to Africa?