Coviello: Is There God After Prince?

Coviello: Is There God After Prince?

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Damn Pete, damn. My gawd:

“But Prince isn’t cosmic, exactly, or not in the same way as Bowie, as Jones. His otherworldliness is not that of an alien, a sci-fi visitant. It is rather the otherworldliness of someone very much of this world — his filthiness, his commitment to the joy of what is lewd, forever reminds us of this — but the whole of whose being seems italicized by, given substance through, a set of animating principles quite entirely apart from the world of mortal life.”

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Yoruba Followers on the Impact of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ | Remezcla

Yoruba Followers on the Impact of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ | Remezcla

This is a well done and thoughtful look at Yoruba/Candomblé/Santería/Lucumí influences in and on Lemonade with quotes from Maximiliano Goiz and Ynanna Djehuty:

“Oshun (or Ochún) is one of many Orishas celebrated in the Yoruba tradition, which originated from Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and Afro-Latinx spiritual practices that survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This culture arrived in the Americas specifically because enslaved black people were stolen from what is now Southwest Nigeria and Benin in West Africa. Oshun is particularly popular in Brazil through the religion of Candomblé, and in Cuba through Santería. As Afro-Latinxs continue fighting for visibility and racial justice, the visual album and its inclusion of Ibeyi gives us Afro-Latinxs a sense of validation as part of the larger African diaspora. Furthermore, it reminds us of the strength of Yoruba in black culture.
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