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Lex writes about race, pop culture, and sports. Follow him on Twitter at @tribecalledlex_ .

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Robert Glasper Has the Freedom to Take Flight

The legendary jazz pianist discusses his craft, creating during COVID, and his new LP, ‘Black Radio III’

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‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Could Have Shown a Different Side of ‘Star Wars’

The spinoff is squandering a chance to expand the thematic confines of the galaxy far, far away

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“The Songs Are Like Testimony”: An Interview With Big Boi From Outkast

The ATLien discusses his new album, ‘The Big Sleepover,’ plus his pet tiger, his favorite strip club, and his bond with André 3000

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The Deep and Twisted Roots of the American Yam

The American yam is not the food it says it is. How that came to be is a story of robbery, reinvention, and identity.

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‘The Harder They Fall’ Is Basically Like Every Other Western

Much has been made about the film’s subject matter and majority Black cast, but what’s most revolutionary about the movie is its devotion to being pure, unadulterated entertainment

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What Does the Next Era of James Bond Look Like?

‘No Time to Die’ suggests the franchise is looking toward reformation, but Bond has always been more of a distraction from society than a reflection of it

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The Eternal Beat of ‘The Low End Theory’

Thirty years ago Friday, A Tribe Called Quest released their seminal second album. It’s at once steeped in a rich tradition of Black music and like nothing else that’s come since.

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Drake Can Change. He Just Doesn’t Have to—Yet.

The hand-wringing over ‘Certified Lover Boy’ mostly has centered on one big criticism: The Boy is pulling from the same playbook he always has. What would break him out of this stasis?

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‘Candyman’ Doesn’t Have a Sharp Enough Hook

The 2021 reboot from Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele takes aim at the Hollywood industrial complex that birthed it. But intention isn’t the same thing as execution.

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Kanye West Resurrected a Retired Rap Group. Now They’re Back With a New Album.

Olskool Ice-Gre and ​​E.P Da Hellcat had put their rap careers behind them. Then fate intervened in the form of the most infamous man in popular music.