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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‘The ghetto is the gallery’ – Black Power and the Artists Who Captured the Soul of the Struggle

What part did black artists play in America’s civil rights struggle? They reinvented Superman and took a seven-mile artwork through Harlem. As this exhibit tackles this tumultuous era with Soul of a Nation, we meet the show’s star attractions

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John Singleton – ‘The crack epidemic gave me something to write about – but I had to survive it first’

The Boyz N the Hood director is back – with Snowfall, a TV show about America’s drug epidemic. Over a lunch of fried catfish in South Central LA, John Singleton reveals all about his ‘ghetto Game of Thrones’

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Bill Cosby – The Downfall of ‘America’s dad’

As a new documentary on the funnyman’s rise and fall airs, we speak to two of his accusers to examine how that public persona may yet lead to his ruin

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