FROM Jay Caspian Kang
Social Media Activism Once again, the police shooting of an unarmed man is making news -- this time, in Los Angeles. The LAPD has scheduled a community meeting in Venice tonight to answer questions about the shooting of Brandon Glenn, a homeless man in Venice. Glenn was black, and so is the officer who allegedly shot him. But in the past year, thousands of activists around the country have taken to the streets to protest police shootings of unarmed African-American men. One of the remarkable aspects of the protests is how they’ve spread through social media.
Time for Kendrick Lamar The number one album in America today is also one of the best-reviewed of 2015. To Pimp a Butterfly is rapper Kendrick Lamar’s second major-label release. And Compton-born Lamar is on track to sell more than 100,00 copies this week. For his new album, Lamar turns inward and examines what it means to carry the expectations of your family, your city, your fans… and yourself.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”