Lola’s Soundtrack: My top 10 albums of 2018

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10 albums I’ve had on repeat! (I’ve listened to tons of music but defo these albums had consistently good tracks, as well as being from artists who have been doing work I admire…some v 🔥 debut albums on here too. And v glad to see the UK repping strong!!). Don’t let anybody tell you there’s no good music around! Tell me what I’ve missed! (Don’t tell me about Kanye tho please….🙉!) 1. @iamcardib – Invasion of Privacy 2. @macygrayday – Ruby 3. Prince – Piano and a Microphone 1983 (you should defo listen to this if you’re a Prince fan) 4. @ellamai – Ella Mai 5. @janellemonae – Dirty Computer 6. @phonyppl – Mozaic 7. @tommisch – Geography 8. @theinternet – Hive Mind 9. @bunb – Return of the Trill 10. @champagnepapi – Scorpion #goodmusic

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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

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

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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 of course hip-hop feminism), intersectionality, the commodification of artistry, mental health, her own creative process, writing in general, and the topic of black female genius (in response to a great question on that subject by @michaelaangelad). Thanks to everyone who came out. Hope you all enjoyed! I definitely did! Thanks @joanmorgan and thanks @dumbohousebrooklyn (thank you Omar!) for a magical evening ❤️ #shebegatthis #joanmorgan #laurynhillweloveyou #ilovemusic #politicsandpopculture

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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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My Guest appearance on BBC3’s Classical Fix

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Totally loved appearing as the featured guest on the BBC3 Classical Fix podcast! Classical Fix is all about breaking down prejudices, stereotypes and myths about classical music – who makes it and performs it, as well as who listens to it. I’ve always been a big classical music fan, and I find myself going back to it more and more as I get older. I find it helps me relax as well as think more clearly! Such a great interview by the host Clemency Burton-Hill (@clemencybh) who is so inspiring and knowledgeable as well as a fellow music loving obsessive! I will treasure her custom made playlist, which featured a piece by Florence Beatrice Price (a female African American composer from Little Rock, Arkansas who you should know if you don’t already), Bach, Beethoven, Lili Boulanger (a French woman composer) to Gershwin. We had a great chat about our love of music, as well as culture, history, feminism, Harlem and life in general. Podcast is out in the UK on Sunday; available on BBC iplayer in the US on Monday. I’ll make sure to post a link. Can’t wait for you to hear it! 🎶 Oh!! And the dope Africa sweater (which I get comments on all the time) is by @omomii_ ❤️❤️❤️ #classicalfix #loveclassicalmusic #classicalmusicisforeveryone #defystereotypes

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