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Catch Lola on Marlie, a new cultural and political online show

We talked about the new Kanye album, the passing of John Witherspoon, riding the subway while black and more!

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

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

View this post on Instagram Happy Music Friday! Here’s the track listing for the #classicalfix playlist @clemencybh created for me. Sharing with you for your listening delight! Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!! 🎶 🎵 🎼 #classicalfix #classicalmusic #musicfriday A post shared by LOLA (@lolaadesioye) on Dec 7, 2018 at 7:00am PST

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In Conversation with writer Joan Morgan at Dumbo House – “She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”

View this post on Instagram Such a fabulous evening of intimate, intelligent, thought provoking and stimulating conversation (aided by good wine and some v wonderful food) with @joanmorgan at @dumbohousebrooklyn, about Joan’s book “She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” interviewed by yours truly. Joan talked about hip hop, feminism (and […]

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

View this post on Instagram 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 […]

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How Hit Show Insecure Teaches You To Get What You Want in Life

View this post on Instagram I spoke to The Wall Street Journal’s “Moneyish” (alongside the show’s showrunner @the_a_prentice) about the hit show @insecurehbo and what it’s showing /teaching black women about getting what we want (and deserve) in life and in our careers. The gender pay gap is real, and even more so for Black […]

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Farewell Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul

View this post on Instagram 🙏🏾 A post shared by LOLA (@lolaadesioye) on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:58pm PDT

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Street Art in Harlem

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An investigation into London clubs and racism: “The West End is a hostile environment”

On a recent trip to London, my friend, the Guardian columnist and author (of the book “Brit(ish”) Afua Hirsch, and I went undercover in London’s West End to investigate racism in London’s West End club scene. The responses we’ve received from this article have been fascinating – it’s quite clear that a number of black […]

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Video: Should Britain and the West return stolen African treasures?

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Beychella and Beyonce’s Homage to Black Culture

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View this post on Instagram Hamilton!!!!!! A post shared by LOLA (@lolaadesioye) on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:32pm PST

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In conversation with AirBnb & Etsy: Talking diversity, inclusion and creating more human workplaces

I had the honour of hosting and facilitating a fascinating conversation between AirBnb’s Mark Levy (Global Head of Employee Experience) and Etsy’s Carissa Menendez (VP of People and Workplace) at LiveGrey’s Life@Work conference. The title of this conversation was “Your culture is your brand”; both Etsy and AirBnB are well known for having built brands […]

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How Alice Neel’s Sharp, Compassionate Eye Painted Harlem

[Originally published in The Atlantic] The artist’s portraits of neighbors, icons, and strangers show a keen and democratic attention to detail. A detail from “Mercedes Arroyo,” 1952DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY When, in 1938, Alice Neel decided to relocate from Greenwich Village to Spanish Harlem with José Negrón, a musician and her then-boyfriend, she was making a […]

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Growing old stylishly

After watching Michelle Obama’s compelling speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, I began to think some more about how I’ll be and what I’ll look like when I get to 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 (and hopefully older). Michelle Obama, with her poise, elegance, self-confidence and grace, is a great example of a […]

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Great Woody Allen interview in the WSJ

I really enjoyed reading this interview – Older, Mellower, But Still Woody Allen – with Woody Allen in the Wall Street Journal recently. I think he gives some very thought provoking answers. There are a few things in it that I found particularly interesting: 1) Allen claims that he has never sent an email. I wonder how […]