Ernest Withers, 1968. Photo by © Ernest C. Withers Trust, courtesy Decaneas Archive, Boston, Mass.

Every Sunday look for Very Artistical‘s roundup of links to some of the week’s most interesting stories. These news items made the rounds during the week ending September 19, 2010. Check them out.

  • “The Commercial Appeal” in Memphis revealed the shocking news that the late Ernest Withers, a renowned photographer of the Civil Rights movement, was actually a paid FBI informant. Read here.
  • Ntozake Shange and her sister Ifa Bayeza releases “Some Sing, Some Cry, a nearly 600-page collaborative fiction effort that is 15 years in the making. Read here. Seems like perfect timing since the film adaptation of Shange’s 1975 play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf” gets set to hit theaters in November with Tyler Perry’s version “For Colored Girls.” Watch trailer here.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was included as one of “20 Under 40” fiction authors to watch in “The New Yorker.” A Q&A ran in June. Read here. “Birdsong” is one of her short stories. Read here. In the magazine’s podcast series, she reads Jamaica Kincaid’s “Figures in the Distance,” a short story that later became a chapter in Kincaid’s 1985 novel “Annie John.” Listen here.
  • “Texas Monthly” magazine publishes an engrossing 20-page story about the case of Anthony Graves, who in 1994 was convicted and sentenced to death for six murders despite statements that Graves had no involvement from the man who eventually was executed for the crimes. Read here.
  • World’s largest graffiti piece is in Brazil. See here.
  • Al-Jazeera reports on Chinese immigrants in Senegal. Watch here.
  • New music: “Lord, Lord, Lord” by Kanye West featuring Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and Charlie Wilson. Click this link to download it.
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