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Eastman is significant, not just for being an acclaimed composer with a tragic story, but for being an openly gay African-American coming up in the 1970's and 80's in America. The composer's existence, which is having a resurgence in popularity, contradicts the often presumed idea that minorities, particularly African-Americans do not have a place in the discourse and development of classical music, which is simply untrue. The talented artist is a name among many other black brilliant black composers. Such as George Walker, the African- American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1996, and William Grant nicknamed 'The Dean' of African-American composers who was the first black musician to have a composition played by a leading orchestra. Eastman's Unjust Malais, (an anagram of his name), is an assembly of truly fascinating and complex scores. His scattered approach to early minimalism is romantic at times but oppressive, jarring, dark and threatening at others. With provocative titles such as 'Evil Nigger' and 'Gay Guerrilla,' Eastman is truly a one of a kind artist who deserves to be credited for his place in music & history. Forced to deal with hostile working environments, and inspired by Malcolm X's autobiography, Eddie Conway joined the Baltimore Blank Panther Party in 1969. From there, Conway worked with other BPP members to tackle police brutality in Baltimore. Our man Thomas Barlow was lucky enough to meet up with the man himself, "Four hours flew by as we talked about the state of the world, strategies for change, building power, avoiding addiction and our respective families and backgrounds. Only as our time together was drawing to a close did we start talking about how Eddie ended up in prison in the first place." A year after Conway joined the BPP, in 1970, two police officers were shot in West Baltimore by three men, and sadly one officer passed away. A couple of blocks away from the crime scene, Officer Nolan reported chasing after someone who eventually outran him. Two days later Conway was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder, with no physical evidence against him other than Nolan's word, who claimed that he saw Conway running into an alley that night. The prosecution went on to gather more evidence against Conway by using the testimony of Charles Reynolds, Conway's cellmate. Reynolds claimed that he had heard Conway confessing to the crime, and after giving his testimony he was granted favourable recommendation to the 'Michigan Parole'. Conway went on to be sentenced to prison for 30 plus years. After spending 44 years in prison, on March the 4th 2014, Eddie was released! New evidence came out which showed that his case was one of the many that was "invalid" due to "faulty jury instructions." Even though his conviction still stands, Conway was given freedom under "arrangement with prosecutors." Since leaving prison Conway went on to describe to Barlow what life is like for him now, "In prison, they come round every morning at around that time and they grab you and wake you up. They do this across the whole prison and it takes about an hour, so you can't get back to sleep because of the rattling of the bars and the yelling. After 44 years I still can't sleep a full night." GUESTLIST 2017 / ISSUE 100 13 GUESTLIST Julius Eastman, a little-known minimalist musician, dancer and composer who died alone on 28th May 1980. His works and manuscripts appeared to have vanished with him until the 2005 record 'Unjust Malaise' and last year's 'Feminin' were released. THE FORGOTTEN BLACK COMPOSER: JULIUSEASTMAN BEATEN NOT BROKEN: THE LIFE & TIMES OF A FORMER BLACK PANTHER Born and raised in Baltimore in the 60's Conway is no stranger to the severe discrimination and prejudice many black people faced during that time.

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