Friday Film Break: Lil Buck's "Nobody Knows"

In Lil Buck's new film "Nobody Knows," the Memphis jookin' star absorbs both the beat and the lyrics of that famous gospel song straight into his body. Not only showing off the impressive footwork and liquid arm waves we've come to expect from Buck, his deeply soulful performance captures his struggle as a Black man in America. In one particularly moving moment, he freezes, arching back as the music is silenced, replaced by a protest shout of "No justice, no peace."

Buck writes in the YouTube description: "Some things have to be felt to be understood and when I was a child, there was nothing that made me FEEL more than dance or the Church Choir." Directed by David Javier and co-produced by Red Bull Dance and Javier's IMGN Films, this work combines dance with Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir's infectious version of the gospel song to produce serious feels.

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Laurieann Gibson's New Book Is the Blueprint Dancers Need to Achieve Their Dreams

Emmy-nominated choreographer, director, producer and now author Laurieann Gibson proclaims she's an "unstoppable" force, and it shows. After taking a bus to New York City as a young dancer to train at The Ailey School, Gibson climbed her way to the top of the dance, film and television industries, choreographing and directing world tours for icons like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Now, with the release of her first book, Dance Your Dance: 8 Steps to Unleash Your Passion and Live Your Dream, Gibson—a 2020 Dance Magazine Award honoree—uses her story to inspire dancers on their own journeys of harnessing their unique gifts.

To celebrate the release of Dance Your Dance, Gibson took to our Instagram for a live masterclass and Q&A with Dance Magazine editor in chief Jennifer Stahl.

February 2021