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Rapper delivers Everythang's Corrupt's George Clinton homage and talks Big3 and film projects
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Race/Related is a weekly newsletter focused on identity and culture, with provocative stories from around The Times.
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"The roots and the bottoms of the utility poles are just kind of swimming," Cal Fire spokesman Rick Carhart said on Thursday. Rescue teams worked to save motorists stranded on flooded roads.
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Kristof continually locates “the roots of violence, like poverty, in isolated pathological cultures." This article was originally published by Filter, a magazine covering drug use, drug policy and human rights. Follow Filter on Facebook or Twitter.New York Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof has issued an invitation to university students to apply for his “2019 win-a-trip contest.” The winner will get to go along with Kristof on a “reporting trip to cover global poverty and social justice issues.”Kristof writes that he’s “not sure just where we’ll travel, and I’m not even sure that it’ll be abroad. One possibility is India or Bangladesh, another is American Indian reservations in the United States, or perhaps somewhere else entirely like Haiti.”How fun! A free trip with a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.But as a new book reminds us, Kristof is pretty much the last person anyone should be listening to when it comes to poverty or cultures o...
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The Roots drummer created “The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy,” a 300-song list playlist that serves as the soundtrack for the former first lady's book tour.
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Alt-righters hope to “expose the media’s anti-white bias through their reaction to a harmless flyer.” The grammatically incorrect phrase “Its OK 2 B White” was recently spray painted on a wall in Long Beach, California.The Long Beach Post traced the roots of the graffiti, noting that the seemingly innocuous message has been strategically weaponized by white supremacists to spur media overreaction and convert people to their cause.“The crux is that, while it’s OK to be white, it’s not OK to be racist; that’s where the beginnings of this simple message start to show their complex inner workings—and Long Beach should not take the message lightly,” writes Long Beach Post columnist Brian Addison.The phrase was spread in fliers passed out on Halloween in Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington, and other places. Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson also gave the sentiment momentum with a segment on his show.The meme started on 4chan...
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Let's cook vegetables that look and taste like what they are, rather than like a carcass. As the days get short and we dig in for the holidays, I find myself pondering the Tofurky, and how we got here. Tofurky was designed to resemble a baked stuffed turkey with gravy, and it would, if a stuffed turkey resembled a plant-based cheese combo.Most vegetarians I know are confident enough in their vegetarianism that they don’t feel the need to go through the motions of ritually eating the roast beast to fit in. Like the kid in high school who wore a varsity jacket yet didn’t play sports, public displays of faux carnivory announce your sense of inadequacy to the world.In my experience, the vegetarians and vegans are often the best cooks in the room. If the cook is allowed to use bacon and butter, anything can taste good, but to satisfy an omnivorous body with herbivorous cooking is a trickier feat. That the meal resembles a dead animal is not a goal my vegetarians tend to shar...
November 6th, 2018
Here's how groups like Black Voters Matter drove Georgia voters to polling sites as Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp faced off for governor.
November 4th, 2018
The promoter of Saturday’s salute to early rockabilly sibling duo Lorrie and Larry Collins found a canny way to make the case that the reverence the act holds within the roots-rock community isn’t due to mere nostalgia or romanticized mythology. That became clear even before the live music began...
November 3rd, 2018
There is no one day we can mark on the calendar to unequivocally signify: This is where it all went bad. No exact instant we can stamp as the beginning of the demise of the Giants’ offense. If we want to specify a time and place, a precise moment to start the clock on the...
November 2nd, 2018
"The roots lie in what has happened to the general population over the past 40 years." Linguist and long-time political gadfly Noam Chomsky argued in an interview Friday that President Donald Trump's poisonous and violent rhetoric fueling hatred in the United States has a deep lineage in the country — and also accentuates the country's role in an "alliance of reactionary and repressive states" worldwide.Asked by Democracy Now's Amy Goodman to reflect on the recent anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh at which 11 Jewish people were killed by a gunman, Chomsky, who was born in Philadelphia, noted that the hatred reflected what he saw in his youth — though it is less severe now."When I was a child, the threat that fascism might take over much of the world was not remote," he said. "That’s much worse than what we’re facing now. My own locality happened to be very anti-Semitic."He continued: "What we’re now seeing is a revival of hate, anger, fear, much of it encour...
October 31st, 2018
In a letter publicly released by Social Capital, Palihapitiya divulges the VC industry's biggest problems.
October 30th, 2018
Singer-songwriter enlists the Roots and Jimmy Fallon for kazoo accompaniment during 'Tonight Show' performance
October 28th, 2018
An appalling week of mail bombs, Trump tweets and Megyn Kelly overload should remind us: Politics won’t fix America As we approach the agonizing final week before the midterm elections, both political parties are in a state of high anxiety. Professional tea-leaf readers of the media class have numerous narratives to offer: Some are mysterious, others are glaringly obvious, none are necessarily consistent or coherent.Beto O’Rourke’s Lone Star insurgency may be fading away, and with it Democrats’ chances of winning the Senate. Republicans fear they may lose both the governorship and the Senate race in Florida, a potential Waterloo moment for President Trump in a purple state that has played a key role in every recent presidential election. Journalists like New York Times columnist David Leonhardt have begun to aggressively hedge their bets on the “blue wave,” in anticipation of saying “I told you so” on Nov. 7 if Trump’s electoral elixir — equal parts paranoia,...
October 26th, 2018
“The Sky Is Falling,” by the pop culture historian Peter Biskind, traces the roots of our polarized political climates to Hollywood, television and Marvel Comics.
October 19th, 2018
"The Vikings Begin," the story of the roots of this fascinating people, is told through artifacts and archaeological discoveries assembled by a Swedish museum and being exhibited at Seattle's newly renovated Nordic Museum.
October 19th, 2018
We're not just talking about football's skewed financial model here, writes Jonathan Liew, but that of the country as a whole: the relationship between the public sphere and private enterprise, between capital and the consumer, between a society and its citizens
October 17th, 2018
The Crossing, Escovedo's latest album with Don Antonio, showcases the roots prowess the musician's known for, but also pushes in directions that you might not expect.
October 13th, 2018
2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the drug LSD, which was criminalized after becoming synonymous with the burgeoning American counterculture of the 1960s.
October 12th, 2018
The Concourse Pennsylvania Gov. Candidate: “I’m Going To Stomp All Over Your Face In Golf Spikes” | Splinter Tucker Carlson Tries to Take Down The View and Fails Miserably | Jezebel Ryan Adams Apologizes For His Rude Mandy Moore Tweets | The Root The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Celebrity Edition | The A.V. Club 6 of our…Read more...
October 10th, 2018
Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, the Roots' Black Thought and more booked to play Barclays Center gig to support criminal justice reform organizations
October 9th, 2018
This isn't a long post, but damn it's an important one. The Root's got the lowdown on the voter registration deadline for every state. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you'll find the deadlines for doing so, here. Read the rest
October 9th, 2018
“Good and Mad” Rebecca Traister explains why it's okay for women to be angry. After all the protesting, crying, calling and suffering in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford testifying that Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, had sexually assaulted her, the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the court anyway over the weekend. The rage levels of feminist women, which had already been explosive after the election of the pussy-grabber himself, reached nuclear levels in wake of yet another reminder that, in the eyes of Republicans anyway, women have no value outside of objects to be used and discardedThe time couldn’t be more perfect for Rebecca Traister’s book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.” In it, the New York magazine journalist explores the history and continuing power that women’s anger can have to cause change — which is why men are so afraid of it.For those feeling helpless in the wake of another instance of...
October 9th, 2018
Jimmy Fallon's classroom instrument covers are the stuff of legend, with the likes of the Backstreet Boys and Ed Sheeran giving those mini-xylophones a good tapping. Joining the fray on Monday night was Shawn Mendes, whose 2016 hit "Treat You Better" just had to be covered by The Roots and Fallon in another edition of the segment. Mendes, lucky for him, only needs his incredible voice and a set of silver spoons to deliver his performance. He makes it look so dang easy. Read more... More about Entertainment, Music, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon, and Shawn Mendes
October 7th, 2018
For starters, they get tax breaks. It’s helpful, in the midst of any conversation about this country’s Confederate monuments, to understand who put these things up, which also offers a clue as to why. In large part, the answer to the first question is the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a white Southern women’s “heritage” group founded in 1894. Starting 30 years after the Civil War, as historian Karen Cox notes in her 2003 book “Dixie’s Daughters,” “UDC members aspired to transform military defeat into a political and cultural victory, where states’ rights and white supremacy remained intact.” In other words, when the Civil War gave them lemons, the UDC made lemonade. Horribly bitter, super racist lemonade.This article was produced by Make It Right, a project of the Independent Media Institute.Though the UDC didn’t invent the Lost Cause ideology, they were deeply involved in spreading the myth, which simultaneously contends the Confederacy wasn’t...
October 5th, 2018
The seasoned sideman to everyone from Joss Stone to the Roots steps into the spotlight at the helm of an A-list jazz quintet
October 4th, 2018
A set of foreign Sheldon Adelsons have opened their deep, oil-rich pockets and put American politicians of all sorts in them. It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately for them, despite mounting evidence that the U.S.-backed, supplied, and fueled air campaign in Yemen was targeting civilians, the Saudi government turned out to have just the weapon needed to keep those bombs and other kinds of aid coming their way: an army of lobbyists.That year, their forces in Washington included members of more than two dozen lobbying and public relations firms. Key among them was Marc Lampkin, managing partner of the Washington office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (BHFS), a company that wou...
September 30th, 2018
Contents: University of N. Florida and Pentagon cut ties with China's Confucius Institutes; Confucius and the roots of China's imperialism; The Sayings and Aphorisms of Confucius
September 26th, 2018
<img style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" src=";w=100&amp;h=80&amp;scale=crop&amp;site=espnfc" />When news of Ahmed Musa's move to Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr broke, a case could have been made that the move represented a regression and should have marked the end of his international career. There was no need to dig deep to reach the roots of their indignation; Musa was leaving a club in the Premier League, the most prestigious league in the world. Not only that, he had seemingly sneezed at offers to stay in Europe. Failing to win, let alone tie down a regular place at mid-level Leicester City...
August 21st, 2018
A Russian artist is going back to the roots of photography, creating eye-catching wooden cameras based on the basic principles of the artform and attracting buyers from around the world.
March 26th, 2018
Across a seven-part series, The Independent will be exploring the deeply misunderstood and complex world of grassroots football
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