Day: August 20, 2015

The Thursday Book Beat: Gondor Calls for Aid to Bring Minas Tirith Forth from Middle-earth

Amazon takes a hit from New York Times piece on its employees’ work conditions Is anyone really that surprised? The multimillion-dollar corporation has made a name for itself through tough negotiations with publishers, all in the name of “customer service.” Journalists at the Times spoke with former and current white-collar employees, many of whom described…

Straight Outta Compton. Director F. Gary Gray. O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge. 2015.

Straight Outta Compton: What Is Reality?

“Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon.” – Janelle Monáe Going into Straight Outta Compton, I brought with me the soundtrack of my youth. I never possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of hip hop as a genre. It was all background noise. It was in the veins of those around me, and pulsating through the streets….