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Friday Notes: Stacey Abrams, Odunsi and more

Friday Notes: Stacey Abrams, Odunsi and more

Festivals Are a Form of Defiance for West African Cities Facing Terror

Virtually every other year since 1969, Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has put on a film festival, culminating in an award ceremony sometimes described as Africa’s own Oscars. Not even war has stood in its way.

Despite a surge in jihadist attacks that has displaced about 2 million people in the West African country the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, better known as Fespaco, took place this year in the dusty capital at the southern fringe of the Sahara Desert, drawing more than 15,000 filmmakers, movie stars, artists and industry players.

Festivals Are a Form of Defiance for West African Cities Facing Terror
In a region where culture is central to identity, organizers have continued with festivals like Fespaco in Burkina Faso despite the security risks.

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to join faculty at Howard University

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams will join the faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the next step in her reemergence after the Democrat lost her second bid to be governor of Georgia last year to Republican Brian Kemp.

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to join faculty at Howard University - New York Amsterdam News
Georgia’s Stacey Abrams will join the faculty at Howard University in Washington, D.C., the next step in her reemergence after the Democrat lost her second bid to be governor of Georgia last year to Republican Brian Kemp.

Met premieres Blanchard’s `Champion,’ an `opera in jazz’

When Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” proved a sell-out hit at the Metropolitan Opera in 2021, general manager Peter Gelb wasted no time lining up the composer’s other opera for the current season.

And that set the clock ticking for Blanchard and his collaborators to adapt a relatively small-scale work to the vast resources of the nation’s premiere opera house.

“We knew we had only a year and a half, so we immediately went to work,” recalled Michael Cristofer, who wrote the libretto. “We had an opportunity to enhance and expand not just story points but also certain scenes. And you want to use all of what the Met is capable of. We were a bit like kids in a candy shop.”

Met premieres Blanchard’s `Champion,′ an `opera in jazz’ - New York Amsterdam News
When Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” proved a sell-out hit at the Metropolitan Opera in 2021, general manager Peter Gelb wasted no time lining up the composer’s other opera for the current season.

Odunsi (The Engine) To Curate ‘The Delivery’ Concert in Lagos

Odunsi (The Engine)‘s ‘The Delivery’ Concert Is Coming To Lagos | The NATIVE
This Easter weekend

Music: Meet LONDON, Nigerian Producer Behind Rema and Selena Gomez’s Inescapable Hit, ‘Calm Down’

Producer LONDON is keeping busy. At just 23, the Nigerian-British music maker, born Michael Hunter, is scoring hits with artists like Rema, Wizkid, Ayra Starr, Black Sherif, and Tiwa Savage — including the global smash “Calm Down,” which he co-produced with Andre Vibez.

Meet LONDON, Nigerian Producer Behind Rema and Selena Gomez’s Inescapable Hit, ‘Calm Down’
The 23-year-old buzzing producer has already worked with African popstars Wizkid and Tiwa Savage and exciting newcomers like Ayra Star and Rema.

‘Still’ Trailer: Michael J. Fox Reveals How His Parkinson’s Diagnosis Made Him a ‘Tough Son of a Bitch’ in New Documentary

‘Still’ Trailer: Michael J. Fox Reveals How His Parkinson’s Diagnosis Made Him a ‘Tough Son of a Bitch’ in New Documentary
Apple has released the official trailer for its highly anticipated documentary, “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie,” which is set to premiere on May 12. “Still” follows Fox, the…

Sports: LSU women accepting White House invitation

LSU's national champion women's basketball team will accept an invitation from President Joe Biden to visit the White House, a school spokesman said on Thursday.

LSU women accepting White House invitation
LSU’s national champion women’s basketball team will accept an invitation from President Joe Biden to visit the White House, a school spokesman said on Thursday.

For The Atlantic, Chimamanda Adichie Writes Open Letter to President Biden, About “Nigeria’s Hollow Democracy”

For The Atlantic, Chimamanda Adichie Writes Open Letter to President Biden, About “Nigeria’s Hollow Democracy”
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AV Club: ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ Explores Indigenous Stories Through Short Films

In 2021, Netflix and UNESCO partnered to launch a short film competition on African folktales to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. The six winners were trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films alongside also receiving $25,000 each. The result of that competition is the six-part short film anthology ‘African Folktales, Reimagined.’

‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ is the brainchild of six African film directors, which include Korede Azeez from Nigeria, Loukman Ali from Uganda, Voline Ogutu from Kenya, Gcobisa Yako from South Africa, Walt Mzengi Corey from Tanzania and Mohamed Echkouna from Mauritania. In tandem with the theme of the competition, all six directors take an old tale unique to their country and spin them into modern yet inventive interpretations for new audiences. These short films also incorporate indigenous African languages, English, and French for their dialogues.

AV Club: ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ Is Rich In Innovative Imagery | The NATIVE
rich in storytelling & feminist viewpoints

Release Day: Drake, Daniel Caeser, and more

Release Day: Drake, Daniel Caeser, and more
Single: Drake releases Search and Rescue Drake releases “Search and Rescue”UristocratUristocrat Album: Curren$y, Jermaine Dupri “For Motivational Use Only, Vol. 1” Curren$y, Jermaine Dupri “For Motivational Use Only, Vol. 1”UristocratUristocrat Album: Rae Sremmurd “Sremm 4 Life” Rae Sremmur…

NBA CBA questions: Explaining the games minimum, free-agency changes & more

NBA CBA questions: Explaining the games minimum, free-agency changes & more
We don’t know all the rules and provisions in the recently reached agreement, but some things are already worth discussing.

2024 Sneaker Releases

May
24
Friday Notes for May 24th, 2024

Friday Notes for May 24th, 2024

This is an edition of Uristocrat Notes, a newsletter that explores the most significant cultural stories of the day. Sports
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May
23

Thursday Notes for May 23rd, 2024

This is an edition of Uristocrat Notes, a newsletter that explores the most significant cultural stories of the day. Culture
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May
22
Jordan Spizike Low and Jordan Stadium 90 "Dongdan"-Themed Colorways

Jordan Spizike Low and Jordan Stadium 90 "Dongdan"-Themed Colorways

The Jordan Brand has unveiled new "Dongdan"-themed colorways for the Jordan Spizike Low and Jordan Stadium 90, set to
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May
22
Wednesday Notes for May 22nd, 2024

Wednesday Notes for May 22nd, 2024

This is an edition of Uristocrat Notes, a newsletter that explores the most significant cultural stories of the day. Culture
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May
21
Tuesday Notes for May 21st, 2024

Tuesday Notes for May 21st, 2024

This is an edition of Uristocrat Notes, a newsletter that explores the most significant cultural stories of the day. Sports
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May
21
Tyshawn Jones and His New Adidas Tyshawn II Sneaker

Tyshawn Jones and His New Adidas Tyshawn II Sneaker

Key Takeaways * Tyshawn Jones has launched his second signature sneaker with Adidas, the Tyshawn Low. * The sneaker is designed to
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May
20
Monday Notes for May 20th, 2024

Monday Notes for May 20th, 2024

This is an edition of Uristocrat Notes, a newsletter that explores the most significant cultural stories of the day. Culture
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Apr
08
adidas Sambas x Lionel Messi x Inter Miami

adidas Sambas x Lionel Messi x Inter Miami

Lionel Messi's collaboration with Adidas Sambas, inspired by his time with Inter Miami, presents a captivating blend of style, performance,
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Apr
08
Bode x Nike Astro Grabber

Bode x Nike Astro Grabber

The latest collaboration between Bode and Nike centered around the re-release of the Astro Grabber, a shoe with a rich
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Feb
08
Bodega x Saucony "Jaunt Woven"

Bodega x Saucony "Jaunt Woven"

The Bodega x Saucony Jaunt Woven is a testament to the fusion of aesthetic appeal and functional design. It's a
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Jan
29
Travis Scott x Jordan Jumpman Jack "University Red" and "Sail"

Travis Scott x Jordan Jumpman Jack "University Red" and "Sail"

The Travis Scott x Jordan Jumpman Jack "University Red" and "Sail" colorways are slated for release in the Spring and
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Jan
25
Air Jordan 5 "Black Cat" 2024 Release: A Coveted Release for Sneaker Enthusiasts

Air Jordan 5 "Black Cat" 2024 Release: A Coveted Release for Sneaker Enthusiasts

View this post on Instagram A post shared by zSneakerHeadz (@zsneakerheadz) Sneaker culture is excited as the iconic Air Jordan
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Jan
22
Air Jordan 5 SE "Sail"

Air Jordan 5 SE "Sail"

The Air Jordan 5 SE "Sail," set to release in April 2024, is a highly anticipated addition to the Jordan Brand's Special Edition (SE) range.
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Apr
25
Air Jordan 5 ‘Olive’ Returning Spring 2024

Air Jordan 5 ‘Olive’ Returning Spring 2024

2024 will feature the release of the Air Jordan 5 "Olive" in of Army Olive, Solar Orange, and Black. Air
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