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Paris is a Continent N°11

Sage poet Zoxea & Busta Flex battle it out in ‘C’est nous les reustas': Youssoupha (a name you must be familiar with by now), Indila and Skalpovich Dreamin':

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Paris a Continent … the Nike edition

I like the tone and aesthetic of this commercial. It makes Paris look like parts of Brooklyn. We’ll leave the close reading for another day (the relationship between identity politics…..

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Paris is a Continent N°10

Less than two months before France’s presidential elections, this ‘Letter to the Republic’ couldn’t come more timely. And it blew up accordingly. Kery James has some thoughts on France’s history…..

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Paris is a Continent N°9

Watching French incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech in Marseille Sunday night (his second speech since announcing he’s seeking a second term last week), I was hoping for a reference to…..

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Paris is a Continent N°7

My friends and the musicians we listen to–we’re mostly the children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean–prefer Francois Hollande and the Socialists over Sarkozy, but know Hollande won’t win.

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Paris is a Continent, N°6

I thought I’d continue my focus on French women singers. First up is Kayna Samet: great voice, from Algeria. This song named “Yema” (mother in Arabic) is about the love…..

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Paris is a Continent, N°5

Not sure what it says about France that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (he is portrayed as a victim of a conspiracy) and David Beckham (a 36-year-old player is entrusted with bringing back gloss to French…..

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Paris is a Continent, N°4

It’s the return of one of the best R&B artists in French. K-Reen is back with a new track called “Like Before” featuring rapper Youssoupha. Her album of  should be…..

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Paris is a Continent, N°3

Number three in this series. On “Avec le sourire” (off his new album C’est Correct”–out November 14th) and over a sweet rhythm L’Algerino (you get his name) calls out far…..