Nirvana’s legendary Unplugged in New York has never really had the chance to be evaluated outside of the canonization of Kurt Cobain that followed his entry into the “27 Club.” It’s admittedly hard to hear him sing lines like “I swear I don’t have a gun.” and “Don’t expect me to die,” without thinking about what would tragically follow, only four months after the performance. But on the 20th anniversary of the song set's airing, it’s worth considering the performance as a work of music, not mythology. Because as music, it’s incredible. The band run through a tense and brilliant 14-song set in one scintillating take, something unusual at the time for the popular MTV series, and the result is one of the greatest live albums ever—an unforgettable document of raw tension and artistic genius. The stripped-down MTV franchise was a big success at the start of the ‘90s. Acoustic guitars hadn’t been as popular since the folky early ‘60s. Old, established acts like Springsteen and … [Read more...] about Nirvana’s Tense, Brilliant Unplugged in New York, 20 Years Later
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THE alleged suspect accused of gunning down rookie NYPD Jason Rivera in Harlem died from his injuries on Monday, as second cop Wilbert Mora fights for his life in the hospital. LaShawn McNeil, 47, was in critical condition after being shot by a third NYPD officer during a domestic disturbance call inside his mother's Harlem apartment on Friday. McNeil died from his injuries after being shot in the right arm and head by a third cop, Sumit Sulan. Police said officer Mora, 27, is still in critical condition as of Sunday after undergoing two operations. Rivera, 22, and Mora were shot Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. The suspect's mother and another son were in the living room while McNeil was in the rear bedroom and not visible. When Rivera and Mora approached the bedroom, McNeil allegedly opened fire, striking both officers . As the suspect left the bedroom and attempted to exit the apartment, he encountered … [Read more...] about Suspect LaShawn McNeil dies after ‘killing’ NYPD Officer Jason Rivera while Wilbert Mora fights for life in hospital
CBS News and Stations on Monday unveiled its reimagined and rebranded streaming news service, it was announced by Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon, presidents and co-heads of CBS News and Stations. This enhanced direct-to-consumer streaming network brings together national and local live news along with content from CBS News' iconic programs. The new service will showcase CBS News' original reporting and exquisite storytelling, featuring some of the most well-known anchors and journalists throughout the organization, new primetime programs, and a new state-of-the-art studio in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. The CBS News Streaming Network delivers live national streams, 13 local streams – including a new CBS News Miami Streaming channel launching today – and content from programs like 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, CBS Sunday Morning, Face The Nation with Margaret Brennan, the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell , CBS Mornings, and CBS Saturday Morning. CBS News Streaming … [Read more...] about CBS News Streaming Network launches from new studio with new programming
Donald Trump ’s youngest daughter Tiffany has announced her engagement on her father’s last full day in office. A picture posted to Instagram shows Ms Trump, 27, and fiancé Michael Boulos standing in one of the White House ’s colonnades, with the caption explaining that the couple got engaged at the executive mansion. “It has been an honour to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé Michael! Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!” Ms Trump wrote. Dressed in a black dress, the outgoing president’s youngest daughter can be seen wearing an engagement ring as she stands with Boulos, described as a “billionaire heir” by Vanity Fair . In the comments under the post, Boulos expressed his love for his soon-to-be wife, writing: “Love you honey" along with heart emojis. Recommended Tiffany Trump posts ‘tone-deaf’ message … [Read more...] about Who is Tiffany Trump and who is Michael Boulos, her new fiancé?
Since the spring of 2020, more than $20 million has been spent on the acquisition of DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) programs for America's public schools, one educational nonprofit claims. "It's bigger than they can even show—all the different firms will make your head spin." That's how one parent well versed in the world of DEI described the industry, which is full of consultants and contractors. It's an endeavor—and now, a multimillion-dollar business—that, simply put, sets out to reform how teachers instruct students in the ways they think about, learn and view the broad topic of fairness and justice. The current total amount spent on programs under the DEI umbrella is $21,812,007, according to Parents Defending Education. The nonprofit, which describes itself as "a national grassroots organization working to reclaim schools from activists imposing harmful agendas," began keeping track when it launched in spring 2021. "The amount of money put into social justice … [Read more...] about Public schools have spent $21M on diversity inclusion programs since George Floyd’s death
An unflattering article about a notorious film director mysteriously disappeared from the defunct publication's online record—but now it's back Spy Magazine A month ago in this space , we noted that the archives of Spy magazine were being put up, free for the perusal, on Google Books . Spy, whose heyday was from 1986 to about 1991, specialized in well-reported satirical assaults on the wealthy, the corrupt, and the buffoonish, all under the joint editorship of Kurt Andersen and Graydon Carter. But as we mentioned at the time, we noticed something mysterious about the Google Books Spy archive: A famously skanky Spy profile by Vincenza Demetz about the film director James Toback—who is known for having written the screenplay for Warren Beatty's Bugsy and for having directed Exposed and The Pickup Artist —was missing. The issue was up on Google Books (and can be seen here .) But in a sort of digital parallel to the terrestrial cliché of a few pages … [Read more...] about ‘The Pickup Artist’ Comes Back to Life in Spy Magazine Archives
Time certainly flies, and classic celebrities from the 1990s like Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Lucy Lawless, and more are a stark reminder of just that. These notable faces from way back when will have you doing a double-take and take you back to yesteryear. Jonathan Taylor Thomas Quite the heartthrob in the '90s, Jonathan is best known for his role in the long-running sitcom Home Improvement, as well as classic films from the decade including Man of the House, Wild America, and Tom and Huck. The actor was also the voice of young Simba in the iconic 1994 animated film The Lion King. Jonathan, who will turn 40 years old this September, was recently photographed in public for the first time in eight years. Lucy Lawless For six seasons Lucy kicked butt on the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. However, while the show wrapped up in 2001, Lucy has still appeared in numerous roles, including quite the memorable performance in 2004's EuroTrip. Lucy, who recently … [Read more...] about Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Lucy Lawless, Lara Flynn Boyle and more ’90s stars look completely unrecognizable in new photos
A woman dubbed as a ‘real-life Rapunzel’ has shared how she’s embraced her grey locks by growing them five feet long. However Anna Shepherd, from Hungary, recalls how things were tough for her as a child – as she was bullied by other kids when she started going grey at 13. The 30-year-old stresses that she was often called names such as ‘Cruella’ – echoing the white and black-haired villain in Disney ’s 101 Dalmatians. Anna, who now works as a farmer, said: ‘I begged my mother to let me dye my hair when I began going grey. I was so sad and worried that I would look old. ‘I felt extremely self-conscious all the time. People would stare at my strands of grey hair and I would get remarks about it. ‘I remember this incident when a boy called me Cruella and it did hurt my feelings.’ But, over time, Anna learned to love her hair and says it has now become ‘an extension of herself.’ Now, she’s embracing her greys and – taking inspiration from folklore – is continuing … [Read more...] about ‘Real-life Rapunzel’ reveals what it was like going grey at 13
New Orleans has the potential to create thousands of new bioscience and health care jobs over the next 10 years. Our region’s research institutions, hospitals, and entrepreneurs are poised to respond to new federal investments following the COVID-19 pandemic to create scientific discoveries and new medical advances. We have a unique opportunity to improve our quality of life for the entire city. At the center of this opportunity is the BioDistrict , an organization established to make New Orleans a leader in health research, innovation, and treatment. The district includes downtown as well as the medical research programs and campuses of Delgado Community College, Louisiana State University, Tulane University and Xavier University. The VA Medical Center, LCMC Health and Ochsner Health System have thousands of employees in the district. There’s great synergy but a lack of strategic investment in helping these anchors become greater than the sum of their parts. With the right focus … [Read more...] about Guest column: New Orleans BioDistrict promises good jobs for all
A new book says we're wallowing in our memories more than ever—and that cultural innovation is stagnating Katy Perry goes '80s for her "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" video Nickelodeon recently decided to start catering to adults. Noticing that its 1990s programming was popular enough to spur Facebook groups, blog posts, and YouTube clips devoted to shows like “Clarissa Explains it All” and “All That,” the kid-centric cable network began rebroadcasting the content from midnight to 4 a.m.—and brought in spectacular ratings for doing so . The New York Times seemed somewhat surprised that the 18-34 demographic is old enough to be nostalgic, but the Awl’s Dave Bry countered that “nostalgia is not new”—and that he remembers when, in the dawn of the ‘90s , he was invited to his first “‘80s party,” complete with Flashdance sweaters and “Relax” booming from the CD player. In that piece, Bry traces the cycle back through Generation X’s fixation on their ‘80s childhoods, and even … [Read more...] about ‘Retromania’: Why Is Pop Culture Addicted to Its Own Past?