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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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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Lola’s Book Club: Top 10 Non-Fiction of 2018

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10 non-fiction books I’ve enjoyed this year! Would love to hear your book recommendations! What have you read and enjoyed this year? 1) Ta-Nehisi Coates: We Were Eight Years in Power 2) @thejohndennen: Joshua: The Unauthorized Biography 3) Nelson Mandela: The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela 4) Michael Wolff: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House 5) Brittney C Cooper: Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower 6) @joanmorgan: She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 7) @michaelericdyson: What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F Kennedy, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America 8) Eugenia Chang: The Art of Logic in an Illogical World 9) @donnabrazile, @ycaraway, @leahdaughtry, @minyonmoore, @vvchambers: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics 10) John C Maxwell: Talent is Never Enough #goodreads #goodbooks #goodbookstoread #smartissexy

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Christmas comes to an end…