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To change culture for the better, those of us with the power to curate new canons must be as critical of our own histories and perspectives as we are of others'. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Women Are Not One Thing': The 2018 Turning The Tables List Shines With Diversity

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Turning The Tables 2018 Shows The 'Change Within Tradition'

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs at Coachella in 2015. Alabama Shakes' song "Hold On" is on our Turning the Tables: 21st Century Edition list. Christopher Polk/Getty Images hide caption

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Kali Uchis performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2018 in Indio, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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