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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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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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Africa Britain Culture

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

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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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Culture Film

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 […]