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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
is often laying in the cut, informing most of it all. Lots to discuss. Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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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.
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.
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.
Shame Director Steve McQueen On Sex And Secrets

Shame Director Steve McQueen On Sex And Secrets

Steve McQueen, one of the most provocative artists of his generation, keeps it real and raw in his latest film, Shame, a dark tale about sexual addiction.
WATCH: JR, French Photographer's TED Wish — The Inside Out Project

WATCH: JR, French Photographer’s TED Wish — The Inside Out Project

At this TED talk, JR shares not only his career trajectory but also how his perception of art's power evolved and expanded with every project he completed.
WATCH: The Dears, "Omega Dog" — Video

WATCH: The Dears, “Omega Dog” — Video

Here's hoping Murray Lightburn, the group's frontman who's often called the black Morrissey, sounds less mopey on their new CD, Degeneration Street, which drops Feb. 15.
WATCH: The Interrupters Trailer — Sundance Documentary

WATCH: The Interrupters Trailer — Sundance Documentary

In this new doc, cameras follow a few former convicts who now work as "interrupters" and attempt to prevent Chicago gang members from hurting others.
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