Volume 1 covers the years 1996-2000. Here’s just some of what’s included:
- Interviews: Meshell NdegeOcello (one in 1996, another in 1999) / Bjork / Warren Beatty / Queen Latifah / Rachid / Les Nubian / Ambersunshower / a round-table session with Black women directors Kasi Lemmons (director-writer of Eve’s Bayou); Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer-director of Love & Basketball, director of HBO’s Disappearing Acts); Zeinabu Irene Davis, whose feature Compensation played Sundance; Cauleen Smith, whose feature Drylongso also played Sundance. (My friend and former editor, Manohla Dargis, now chief film critic for the New York Times, was part of that round-table discussion.)
- Music reviews/essays: Outkast, Tricky, Aretha/Chaka/Lauryn, PM Dawn, TLC, Mos Def, Armand Van Helden, Byron Stingily, D’Angelo, Tupac, Erykah Badu, Sade.
- Film reviews/essays: Love Jones, La Promesse, The Delta, Nenette et Boni, Family Name, the Keeper, Mother and Son, High Art, Hav Plenty, Velvet Goldmine, Following, Ghost Dog, Before Night Falls, Urbania, Human Resources.
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