‘I want you to feel that empowerment’ – How Cardi B Went From Stripper to Star

The Bronx rapper went from Instagram skits to dislodging Taylor Swift from the top of the US charts with one of 2017’s best tracks. But after two Grammy nominations, she’s feeling the pressure of fame

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Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Laureate of Black Lives

Coates’s eloquent polemics on the black experience in America brought him fame and the admiration of Barack Obama. Here he talks about the rise of white supremacy – and why Trump was a logical conclusion

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Pavement – Kyle Abraham on His Boyz N the Hood Dance -Video

His political fury and upbeat moves make Kyle Abraham one of America’s most original choreographers. He talks about systemic racism, his wrecked home town of Pittsburgh, creating an African opera and playing Obama’s speeches backwards

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Mark Bradford – The Ex-Hairdresser Turned Artist Forcing America to Face Ugly Truths About Itself

He caused a sensation at the Venice Biennale by turning the US pavilion into a comment on slavery, Trump and police brutality. The outspoken painter talks about feeding off rejection, muscling into Monet territory – and what he’d like to do to middle-class lawns

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Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, a New Civil Rights Leader Takes Center Stage

Guardian reporter Oliver Laughland travels with the Rev Dr William Barber, who is taking his Poor People’s Campaign on a 14-state tour across America

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