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.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
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."