Since January 1st , there have been 160 shootings in which four or more people were injured or killed. In the same period to start 2020, there were just 90. This rate is almost double the beginning-of-the-year average since 2014. The stretch from March 16th to April 15th was especially gruesome , seeing 45 mass shootings, starting with the eight people killed at three Atlanta-area spas and ending with the eight people killed (and several others injured) at an Indianapolis FedEx facility. The epidemic of gun violence in this country continues unabated. While President Biden has taken modest steps to address what he calls the “international embarrassment” of gun violence in this country, and Congress does nothing because of Republican intransigence and the Senate filibuster, this week the Supreme Court stepped into the fray. But rather than do anything to limit further gun violence, the conservative court took a major step in the opposite direction — one that will lead to … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court Is Set to Make America’s Gun Death Epidemic Worse
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Netflix has now unveiled our first peek at the incredible-looking animated movie, America: The Motion Picture , an R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country, which features 21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum in the lead as a chainsaw-wielding George Washington. Just read those last few words back and ask yourself if this is not Netflix's greatest achievement thus far. America: The Motion Picture has amassed quite the talent behind it, and is directed by Archer executive producer Matt Thompson working from a script by Wonder Woman and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings scribe Dave Callaham. If that were not already enough to entice you, The Lego Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as producers alongside Will Allegra at Lord Miller and Channing Tatum with his Free Association partners Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin. You can see the first footage in the Netflix summer sizzle reel included below. America: The Motion … [Read more...] about Channing Tatum Is a Chainsaw-Wielding George Washington in Netflix’s America: The Motion Picture
“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?