Claudine Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric is a profound meditation on race. Her form (poetry that investigates like essay interspersed with striking images/typeset) is as incredible as her content (scenes and dialogue from her life that evoke the fear, ignorance, woe, and rage of our wounded selves). Her grace shines through as she navigates indignities and insults, insights and inspiration.
Ibeyi is the Yoruba word for twins and the name of a Cuban/Venezuelan–French music duo (twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz). Singing in Yoruba and English, the pair combine the rhythms and sounds of their many cultures (African, Cuban, jazz, hip–hop) into a fusion of ancient and modern sounds.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is at the Brooklyn Museum until May 24th. If you live in NYC and have not yet seen it, close this NOW and GO. These images challenge our ideas about the representation and perception of black bodies — especially black men — and utilize classical European styles to reconnect the subjects to the innate divinity and nobility so often denied them.