"I was in, I don't know, a depression, which I didn't recognize, but I couldn't write. And I had been in Mexico with my then-wife and kids, trying to cure myself," he told the Irish Echo in 2014. "And I came back to New York and in the second week I was back I had lunch with [local politician] Paul O'Dwyer at the Second Avenue Deli. So we order and he says, 'What are you doing? What are you writing?' And I said, 'Paul, I think I have a kind of writer's block since Bob died.' … [Read more...] about Pete Hamill, Legendary New York Newspaperman, Dies at 85
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If you’re feeling dèjà vu, it’s warranted: Neil has been threatening legal action against Trump’s camp for using his music for years now, and artists including R.E.M., Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Adele and the Rolling Stones have either issued public statements or sent cease-and-desist letters to Trump asking for their songs to stop being played at his campaign events. … [Read more...] about Can Neil Young Sue Donald Trump Into Silence?
For black pop stans like Angela, that encounter with Styles was a rare moment of visibility in a genre with a loaded history of erasure. “Pop” has long been a restrictive term that the music industry uses to exclude the black artists who have built its base, while those same black artists’ contributions are appropriated every step of the way. For decades, the overwhelming cultural image of what a fan of pop music looks like has remained the screaming white teen girl, an image based almost entirely on the de facto segregation of the early days of rock & roll. It adds up to a limiting and untrue representation of music consumption, perpetuated in part by differences in who gets access to expensive concerts and even more expensive artist meet-and-greets. … [Read more...] about For Black Pop Stans, the Bare Minimum Is No Longer Enough
At points along the way, the paychecks would have been nice. Before their mid-1990s divorce, Smollett's father, a Russian-Polish Jew who passed away a few years ago, often worked two jobs, while her mom, a Black homemaker from New Orleans, was looking after the six kids. Very little, including the children's education, was farmed out. After they split, money grew even tighter, with periods when Smollett remembers only apples and carrots in the fridge. At the ripe age of 11, she took over the family's bookkeeping, for which her only credential was an aptitude for middle school math. She recalls regularly fielding calls from bill collectors, with whom she'd have to negotiate a payment plan to prevent the family's water from being shut off. If her age was ever questioned over the phone, she'd simply explain that she had a youthful voice. … [Read more...] about Jurnee Smollett Is Ready to Own Her Power With HBO’s Buzzy ‘Lovecraft Country’: “I Don’t Apologize”
The NAACP also released a statement: "The recent racist and homophobic attack on acclaimed actor and activist Jussie Smollett is troubling. The rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump's racist and xenophobic rhetoric. It is dangerous for any society to allow a tone of divisiveness and hatred to dominate the political discourse. As this rhetoric continues to bleed into our everyday lives, dangerous behavior will continue to place many law-abiding individuals at risk. We pray for a full physical and mental recovery Jussie Smollett and many unnamed victims of this forum of hate based terrorism." … [Read more...] about ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Attacked in Possible Hate Crime