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I went to the Navy Yard looking for an artist community and couldn’t find one—at least not the way I normally think of a community. Sure, there are artists, but they’re not all sitting around talking about abstract expressionism and plotting the next big trend that’s going to take the art world by storm. They’re alone, working—sometimes spending eight or ten hours without interacting with another human. From outside, you wouldn’t know where to...
Cecilia Grant is not used to this. Ten years ago, when issues arose in her family, she made plans to relocate to Florida. Today, she considers that relocation one of the biggest mistakes of her life. When she returned to New York in the winter of 2013, rising rent prices and an unfriendly market made it difficult for her to secure a long-term lease. By December she was pushed into the city’s frayed network...
Back in May, D.R.A.M. appeared on Chance the Rapper’s third mixtape, Coloring Book, on a track called “D.R.A.M. Sings Special.” An interlude of sorts, it fit perfectly with the rest of the album in a thematically, providing an interesting direction on an album that was outstanding for a number of reasons. D.R.A.M., in his titular guest track, was given his own spotlight, much in the same way that Chance was given the spotlight on the opening track of...
In Swing Time, Zadie Smith describes a home video uploaded to the Internet and gone viral. “Can children exploit themselves? Is it anything more than a couple of girls messing around, simply two girls dancing—two brown girls dancing like adults—copying adult moves innocently, but skillfully, as brown girls often can? And if you think it’s more than that, then who has the problem, exactly, the girls in the film—or you?” Swing Time, the British...

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