‘I’m not sorry I said it’ – Erykah Badu on Music, Motherhood and Wildly Unpopular Opinions

The neo-soul star has sold millions, raised three kids and embodied wokeness before the word was even coined. But can her reputation survive January’s ‘I saw something good in Hitler’ comment?

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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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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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Spike Lee – ‘Black men are still viewed as predators’

Twenty-five years after the LA riots, Spike Lee has made a film about Rodney King, whose beating by the police triggered the uprising. Does he think things have improved in the US? ‘Race is always going to be an issue in this country’

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The Fire This Time – The Legacy of James Baldwin

His work fell foul of civil-rights-era binary racial and sexual politics but, as a new film shows, now Baldwin’s ideas are used to explain everything from Trump to Black Lives Matter

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