Watch Topaz Jones’s Don’t Go Tellin Your Mama short film

Watch Topaz Jones’s Don’t Go Tellin Your Mama short film
The project was co-directed by Jones and creative collective rubberband, and won the ”Short Film Jury Award: Nonfiction” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

By Jordan Darville

September 14, 2021

Back in April, New Jersey rapper Topaz Jones shared his album Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Mama, an LP that came with a very well-received short film of the same name. The film, co-directed Jones and rubberband, went on to win a Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. I’ve been curious about it since it was first announced, and today the film was released in full via The New York Times.

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The vivid short incorporates an updated version of the “Black ABCs,” flashcards developed by Chicago teachers in the ’70s in an attempt to counteract anti-Blackness in the education system, as Variety reported yesterday. Watch the film above, and read Jones’s statement on it below via Variety.

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“At the heart of Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma is a desire for preservation. We found joy in uncovering new creative ways to archive moments in a single life that could speak to the spirit of many lives. We’re honored to partner with an historic institution like The Times to present this raw, unconventional exploration of thought and memory as a record of Black Americans’ complex relationship to identity in the early aughts. May it inspire and make others feel seen in their own self discovery for generations to come.”

anaiis shares debut album this is no longer a dream

anaiis shares debut album this is no longer a dream
The release is accompanied by the new Chronixx-assisted single, “cry in your sleep.”

By Sajae Elder

September 10, 2021

anaiis. Alexandra Waespi.

 

After sharing soul-baring singles like “juno,” “reverie,” and the Topaz Jones-assisted “chuu,” French-Senegalese artist anaiis has shared her 12-track debut album, ‘this is no longer a dream’. The project sees her reflecting on the emotional turmoil of the last few years of her career, inviting listeners to the tortured thoughts of an artist on the path to self-healing.

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“I want to share with others a very vulnerable experience that can inspire them to indulge in a process of introspection that will allow them to reconnect with their intuition,” she explained about the album in a press release. The album is a surreal, ethereal, and conceptual journey through a range of deep and complex emotions.

Boasting features from Chronixx, who appears on the single “cry in your sleep” which also dropped today, Topaz Jones, Sjava, Jay Prince, CKTRL, Onyx Collective, Jesse & Forever, and Azekel, creating the project was a deeply cathartic experience for anaiis as she made her way through the hardships of leaving her previous record label, launching her own imprint Dream Sequence Recordings, and finding herself homeless in the middle of a pandemic.

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“It’s a sign that healing is never linear. I had to externalize my thoughts and emotions to process and let go of them. Essentially I was spewing out the poison invading my body,” she continued. “In any hurtful situation we find ourselves in, there’s a way we can interpret things in hindsight– How can I change my perspective and shift to an empowering and enlightening meaning? … It’s about finally realizing you are good enough. Be free, you don’t need to justify yourself. Let yourself transcend. Let go.”

Stream the album below.

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anaiis shares the visuals for the Topaz Jones-assisted “chuu”

anaiis shares the visuals for the Topaz Jones-assisted “chuu”
The video follows the release of previous singles “juno” and “reverie” from earlier this year.

By Sajae Elder

July 30, 2021

After dropping the track last week, London-based singer-songwriter anaiis shared the trippy visuals for her latest single “chuu” alongside Topaz Jones on Friday. Directed by Jenny Brough, the dream-like clip finds both artists on an Alice in Wonderland-esque journey through a number of surreal scenes.

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“We decided to visualize them through a dream sequence film. It was in part inspired by the magical-realist set designs of Alejandro Jodorowski and was created to ridicule the absurdities often witnessed in the music industry, which reflected some of my own challenges within it,” Brough said of the video.

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Watch the video for “chuu” above.

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