Beyoncé performs onstage at Coachella on April 14, 2018.
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April 22, 2019 On Wednesday, Beyoncé released two major projects. On Netflix, a new documentary captures the process of putting on headlining appearances at last year's Coachella Music Festival. She also surprise-released a double-length live album that contains just some of the highlights from Beyoncé's two ambitious Coachella performances. Both projects are called Homecoming, and they help immortalize a huge stage show full of dancers and drum lines and impeccable choreography and songs that reach across Beyoncé's career.
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Beyoncé performs at Coachella in 2018.
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October 12, 2018 Through her career, Bey has shown that there are more levels to her artistry than we could have imagined. And she's using those levels to delve further into her personalized elevation of black women.
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor star in the Netflix adaptation of the young adult novel To All The Boys I've Loved Before.
September 5, 2018 The Netflix young adult romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of a high school pair who may or may not — but come on, they will — end up together. You've probably seen it on your Twitter feed, and today we assemble a very special panel to talk about it.
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SiR's album Seven Sundays deserved more love in 2016.
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December 17, 2016 While you were watching Frank Ocean build a staircase, NPR Music contributors Bobby Carter and Kiana Fitzgerald were listening to these records.
Saba's Bucket List Project should have been on more lists.
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December 17, 2016 Chance the Rapper and A Tribe Called Quest received deserved accolades, but there were many more rap records worthy of celebration this year.
Isaiah Rashad greets fans outside a signing in downtown Los Angeles this fall. His new album, The Sun's Tirade, is out now.
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September 27, 2016 Depression and addiction stymied the rapper after a promising debut on the same label that launched Kendrick Lamar. On The Sun's Tirade, he sounds like a new man, refreshed and self-aware.
People participate in the annual Afropunk Music festival on August 27, 2016 in New York City.
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August 28, 2016 This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.
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Sango (left) and Dave B's new album, Tomorrow, comes out July 22.
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July 15, 2016 The two — one the face of a new-age quiet storm entity and the other a low-key rapper making small, but steady, waves at home — are convincing. Seattle has something to say.
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July 1, 2016 With an assist from producer Sly5thave, the R&B-adjacent duo transitions from a precipitous moment into a stone-cold jam session with a lustfully bubbly mood.
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A still from IGBO's "ThunderLove" video.
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June 13, 2016 We could all use a little extra light, with just a hint of cheesiness. That's exactly what the Brooklyn duo offers in its new video.
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Alexis Roberts and her love interest in a scene from her video, 'Play House.'
June 10, 2016 Seemingly banal at surface level, the visuals for the Atlanta singer-songwriter's only song to date represent the impossibility of meeting in the middle once a relationship is beyond repair.
June 10, 2016 The powerhouse singer and her army of beautifully diverse women turn out a post-apocalyptic land.
Tunji Ige in a scene from his new video for the song "War."
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June 7, 2016 The Philadelphia rapper continues to set himself apart visually with a surrealist twist in this video for the standout track from his Missed Calls EP.
Kitty Cash's new mixtape, Love The Free Vol. 3, comes out June 10.
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June 6, 2016 The Brooklyn DJ's final installment of her curated mixtape series is a patient journey toward personal excellence, crafted with a steady hand and a discerning ear fixed to the streets.
Chance The Rapper performs in October 2015, in New York City.
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May 15, 2016 The Chicago rapper's new mixtape, Coloring Book, walks a line between the secular and the religious, bringing gospel sounds to listeners who may not have darkened the doors of a church in a while.
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