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“Very Artistical” is a blog that features the cool and complicated stuff in progressive culture. We’ll touch on music, art, photography, film, books, and even how race
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Jamaa Fanaka, 'Welcome Home Brother Charles' Director, Dead At 69

Jamaa Fanaka, ‘Welcome Home Brother Charles’ Director, Dead At 69

Jamaa Fanaka, film director of '70s era black classics 'Penitentiary' and 'Welcome Home, Brother Charles,' died Sunday in his South LA apartment. He was 69.
MUST-SEE: 'Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

MUST-SEE: ‘Keith Haring: 1978—1982’ — Brooklyn Museum Exhibit

Opening March 16 at the Brooklyn Museum, 'Keith Haring: 1978–1982' is the "first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century."
WATCH: 'Color Outside The Lines' — New Trailer For Documentary About Black Tattoo Artists

WATCH: ‘Color Outside The Lines’ — New Trailer For Documentary About Black Tattoo Artists

Watch this new trailer for 'Color Outside the Lines,' a promising documentary about the "history, struggles and triumphs" of African-American tattoo artists.
JR's "The Wrinkles Of The City" Project Continues In Los Angeles

JR’s “The Wrinkles Of The City” Project Continues In Los Angeles

JR is currently hitting Los Angeles, pasting his massive photographs around the city as part of "The Wrinkles of the City" project that he began last year.
LISTEN, WATCH: "Film The Police" Rapper B. Dolan On Using Cameras To Shoot Cops

LISTEN, WATCH: “Film The Police” Rapper B. Dolan On Using Cameras To Shoot Cops

B. Dolan's timely "Film the Police" updates N.W.A's classic "Fuck tha Police" for the Social Media age. He explains here how he hopes it makes a difference.
Mr. Chow On The Perfect Symphony Of Chinese Cuisine

Mr. Chow On The Perfect Symphony Of Chinese Cuisine

Filmmaker Alison Chernick follows restauranteur Michael Chow who says the secret of great food, or high achievement in any field for that matter, lies in perfecting the details.
TIME 'Person Of The Year' Covers: The Winner And The Reject

TIME ‘Person Of The Year’ Covers: The Winner And The Reject

Shepard Fairey is the artist behind TIME's "Person Of The Year" cover. But there was another option by James Victore too. Which design would you have chosen?
This Year's Most Essential Story About The Roots' 'undun' LP

This Year’s Most Essential Story About The Roots’ ‘undun’ LP

Capital New York writer Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah unpacks a powerful profile of the Roots that's part personal essay, part sociological study, part history lesson.
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