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The cast of Fela! performs during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in 2010 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images

The daughters and sons of Fela in African Pop

How do elements of Fela Kuti's music get reproduced by today's pop musicians?
The Rev. Philip Dinwiddie sings to a pre-recording of mass at St. James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

How the sound of religion has changed in the pandemic

A team of scholars have been documenting the sound of worship for six years. Since the lockdown, they have heard a different form of religious expression.
Many films that address race end up lulling audiences into complacency. TriStar Pictures

How popular culture hobbles protest movements

Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.

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