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In case you missed it on social media somehow, Akon has undertaken a new philanthropic endeavor: bringing electricity to roughly 600 million people living in Africa via his Solar Academy. Read more here.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/06/15 - 10:22 AM
A variety of record labels in and around Indiana have penned an open letter against the IRFRA law. The full letter is in the replies.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jason Tate on 03/31/15 - 03:32 PM
Viet Cong have had their upcoming show at Oberlin cancelled. The promoter responsible for the cancellation has issued a statement citing the nature of the bands name, which is lifted from a Vietnamese organization that tortured and ran prison camps in the Vietnamese War. The band has previously responded to such compaints, saying in part that "Vietnamese immigrants—the Vietnamese Canadians and Vietnamese Americans—will write us an email saying that their family was tortured by the Viet Cong for five years in a prison camp. ... It's just a band name. It's just what we called ourselves." You can read the promoter's full statement in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 03/03/15 - 11:35 AM
Pretty big win for Net Neutrality today.
On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But Republicans in Congress say that it will lead to excessive regulation of the internet. They're working on legislation that would partially reverse the rules.
Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 11:27 AM
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called Beyoncé "mental poison."
While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school … and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable” in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”
Jason Tate on 01/13/15 - 01:45 PM
Head to the replies to watch Killer Mike give a heartfelt speech on the situation in Ferguson.
Lueda Alia on 11/25/14 - 07:29 AM
Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy has written an editorial for Pitchfork about the continuing one-sided conflict between Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelak and The War on Drugs.
It seems this is most people's opinion of the one-sided beef: Kozelek, a notorious curmudgeon, isn't doing anything harmful by harassing these guys. In fact, he's just doing what he's always done—being a grumpy ass who doesn't seem to care what people think of him. These same people insist that ignoring him and letting him continue to do this kind of stuff is the best option moving forward. To speak up about this kind of behavior from artists and performers is to inevitably be met with, "Lighten up, not everything has...
Ryan Dennehy on 10/08/14 - 09:33 AM
Killer Mike has spoken at length about the appalling situation in Ferguson, MO and was invited to be interviewed on CNN with Brooke Baldwin. Hit the replies to watch the full, insightful interview on militarized police and the injustice in Ferguson.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/20/14 - 04:43 PM
Workers at Guitar Center in Chicago, New York City, and Las Vegas have come together to form unions so they can negotiate for better working conditions in writing from their employers at Guitar Center and ARES/Bain Capital. They're looking for your support by signing this petition.
So we decided to come together. We're organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and we are asking the company to recognize our union and negotiate for a fair contract. With Bain Capital's track record, we need your support. Let Bain Capital know you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.

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Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 11:27 AM
Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:14 PM
A new study has found that when reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black they consistently rated the piece lower in quality and identified more errors than its identical counterpart. Evan Soltas, writing for Vox, has more:
Arin N. Revees, the president of Nextions and the author of the study, argues that the implicit racism happened because reviewers take the racial information she provided as a cue for how they should judge the work. When the author is supposed to be white, reviewers excused errors as out of haste or inexperience. They commented that the author "has potential" and was "generally a good writer but needs to work on" some skills. When the author is...
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:17 AM
Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor who has admitted to smoking crack in his office, recently attended a fundraising event for Toronto beat/electronic producers. He walked on stage to the coke-rap king Pusha-T's "Numbers On The Boards" and made a beat onstage, video of which can be found in the replies. Given the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix had produced tracks for Pusha's My Name Is My Name, I think this has to be another I'm Still Here-esque stunt.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/24/14 - 10:52 AM
Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy were more than a little irritated when they discovered that the U.S. government apparently uses their music to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay. So they sent an invoice to the Department of State to the tune of $660,000 in royalties.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/07/14 - 10:04 AM
It looks like Kony (the warlord brought to the attention of many via the Kony 2012 campaign) is reportedly "in talks" with the Central African Republic governement to possibly surrender.
US officials expressed doubt that the new talks represented a long-awaited breakthrough. The US State Department said the LRA's top commanders had used "any and every pretext to rest, regroup and rearm, ultimately returning to kidnapping, killing, displacing and otherwise abusing civilian populations".
Jason Tate on 11/22/13 - 06:42 PM
Mackelmore's commercial for the ACLU can be seen in the replies.
Jason Tate on 11/12/13 - 03:50 PM
Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the Veterans that visit our website. Thank you for everything you do.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 11:47 AM
New FAA guidelines will soon allow us to use e-books, listen to music, or watch videos on devices in "airplane mode" during take off.
Passengers can use e-book readers, play games and watch videos on devices, and can hold gadgets during both take-off and landing, or else stow them in the seatback pocket. These gadgets need to be in Airplane Mode or have cell service turned off during both landing and taxi/take-off, but you can actually use Wi-Fi during your flight and continue to use Bluetooth accessories connected to your phone.
Jason Tate on 10/31/13 - 11:39 AM
Joining Stevie Wonder's announced boycott of the Sunshine State are stars like Kanye West, Usher, and The Rolling Stones. The boycott comes in the wake of the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/23/13 - 07:16 AM
Mos Def recently was force fed like a Guantánamo Bay detainee. The Guardian was there to document it on video, it's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 07/10/13 - 11:02 AM
Lil B recently dictated an Op-Ed about the abortion debate in Texas to Rolling Stone.
Wendy Davis matters. She's a woman fighting for what's right. A lot of people aren't agreeing with her; she's doing something that's out of the norm. A lot of people who do agree are scared to speak, or they're not in a position to be heard. So I definitely respect Ms. Davis for planting new seeds for women's rights. I'm trying to do that on my level, too. I think women are going to keep excelling. We're going to have a woman president. We need more women in the workforce, way more women involved in running everything. That's our problem.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/01/13 - 09:38 AM
Minnesota has become the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage.
Drew Beringer on 05/13/13 - 04:14 PM
Beyoncé performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's second inauguration. Video in the replies.
Jason Tate on 01/21/13 - 11:22 AM
Lupe Fiasco was kicked off stage last night at the StartUp RockOn event in Washington, although he was booked as the headliner. Head to the replies to watch the video where he calls out President Obama.
Dre Okorley on 01/21/13 - 05:37 AM
Fun. will be playing at Obama's inauguration event. I'm just saying.
Jason Tate on 01/11/13 - 11:51 AM
A legal center has intervened in Colorado to allow a student to wear his Bad Religion t-shirt to school.
Jason Tate on 12/18/12 - 02:36 PM
President Barack Obama has won a second term. You can continue to discuss tonight's results in the official Election Day thread in our Politics forum.
Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 10:55 PM
Today is finally Election Day 2012. If you want to discuss today's happenings, please post in the official Election Day thread in our Politics forum. Please go vote today.
Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 10:50 AM
A group of elderly women known as the Renegade Raging Grannies have created a song in response to Congressman Todd Akin's controversial "legitimate rape" statement. You can check out their little ditty in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/24/12 - 02:08 PM
Let's add Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) to the list of musicians that doesn't like how the GOP is using their music.
Message from DeeIt was brought to the attention of the management today that Paul Ryan has been using tour client Dee Snider's composition "We're Not Gonna Take It" in his political campaign to become the Vice President of The United States of America. Dee does not support Paul Ryan. Accordingly, Dee has released this statement to Benjy Sarlin, campaign reporter for TPM in Washington, DC:

I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song "Were Not Gonna Take It" as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except...
Jason Tate on 08/22/12 - 11:45 AM
Rage Against The Machine have commented back upon finding out that budding Vice-President, Paul Ryan, says that they're his favorite band.
Tom MorelloPaul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine

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Keagan Ilvonen on 08/17/12 - 12:15 PM
Jay-Z has voiced his support for gay marriage.
From the Article"I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back," the rapper said. "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."
Jason Tate on 05/16/12 - 09:34 AM
Jeff Fitzgerald, candidate for U.S. Senate and current Speaker of the Assembly of Wisconsin, used the Dropkick Murphys/Woody Guthrie anthem "Shipping Up To Boston" as his intro at the state’s Republican Party Convention. The band was less than pleased.
From the BandThe stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate – and crony of anti-Union Gov. Scott Walker – using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap! Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!! We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in...
Jason Tate on 05/14/12 - 01:17 PM
President Obama has announced his support for same-sex marriage.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/09/12 - 12:33 PM
President Obama was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Together with The Roots, they "slow jammed" the news. Check the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/25/12 - 10:21 AM
In a follow-up to a previous post about how Iraqi teenagers were being stoned to death for "emo" haircuts, a new article has been posted that goes into more depth about the Iraqi government's role in these activities.
From the ArticleThe new Iraq is full of contradictions. On the one hand, it has allowed space for kids to listen to Western music, and dress in new styles, because families now have the internet, are exposed to a plethora of media outlets, and have access to satellites and new televisions, which were limited in the past, because of international sanctions. At the same time, various Islamist groups have taken power, and their followers in the government and security...
Jason Tate on 03/20/12 - 10:34 AM
I was just passed this article from a friend: Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts.
From the ArticleAt least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said. Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend. "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible...
Jason Tate on 03/09/12 - 02:41 PM
A new study says that listening to rock music for a few minutes "is enough to make white students focus on the interests of other whites at the expense of black people and latinos."
From the ArticleThe researchers, who tested 138 students with different genres, say the finding shows that because rock is associated with white people, people unconsciously favour their own race after listening. Students were told they were taking part in a study of how funds should be distributed in college - and offered a range of ethnic-based groups to share money between. After listening to Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes, the students handed most of the money to white people.

Update: In...
Jason Tate on 03/09/12 - 10:41 AM
Jack Antonoff (fun., Steel Train) has posted an op-ed titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities" at The Huffington Post. If you've got some time today, check it out, please share it - and all that.
From the ArticleA large part of being an ally is establishing ourselves within our social and professional circles as people who will not tolerate homophobia in any form or under any circumstance. This is also, in many ways, the hardest part. It goes without saying that bringing up weighty issues can be awkward in social situations -- even more so, standing up to a colleague or a friend. My experience has led me to believe that people are excessively uncomfortable and...
Jason Tate on 02/17/12 - 12:05 PM
Even the President of the United States has joined Spotify. Check out his playlist.
Jason Tate on 02/09/12 - 05:32 PM
The website has been turned black today to draw attention to SOPA and PIPA. Please take a moment to educate yourself, and your friends and family, about these topics.
Jason Tate on 01/17/12 - 11:11 PM
It's being reported that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il has died.
Lueda Alia on 12/18/11 - 08:27 PM
There are a lot of websites talking about the two nebulously named bills (PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act) going up for vote soon, but Tumblr has put together one of the easiest to understand. So, with that - I am directing people to this page. Please take some time to get to know what's going on - and take action. This is very important.
Jason Tate on 11/16/11 - 12:34 PM
Spinner has put together an Occupy Wall Street-inspired playlist. Because you can't fight the man without a spring in your step and a tune in your heart.
Blake Solomon on 10/13/11 - 10:03 AM
After 17 years, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been repealed.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/19/10 - 02:03 AM
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