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“They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice/I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots,” Tupac Shakur raps in his hit 1993 single, “Keep Ya Head Up.”

Phoenician Noelle Martinez touches on similar ideas in her upcoming solo exhibit. “Back in the Daze: An Exploration of Afrocentric Music of the ‘90s” covers all the greats from East Coast to West, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and Shakur among them. Martinez’s show includes vibrant paintings and installations with the goal of going beyond the surface of hip hop culture, focusing on deeper implications while bringing back memories for gallery goers. The collection is the initial installment of Willo North Gallery’s summer series, and the first presented by new Willo curator Nicole Royse.

The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Willo North Gallery, 2811 North Seventh Avenue. Free. Check out and

Sat., July 12, 7-10 p.m., 2014


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