November 19, 2013 |
Trying to decode rap lyrics, as rich as they often are in regional slang and obscure references, can be like watching a foreign-language movie without subtitles. For instance, on "A Queens Story," what does Nas mean when he raps, "You be starving in Kew Gardens/Bolognas and milk from a small carton"? That's where the Rap Genius website comes in. Users of the site not only have transcribed and uploaded thousands of raps, they annotated them with explanations. For instance, three Rap Genius contributors explained that Kew Gardens is the site of the Queens Criminal Court, and bologna sandwiches with a carton of milk is a typical meal served in jail.
November 8, 2013 |
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
October 27, 2013 |
The gig: William D. Fay is group vice president and general manager for the Toyota division of Toyota Motor Sales USA. That puts the 57-year-old in charge of overseeing all sales, marketing and consumer support for the regional sales offices and distributors for both Toyota and its sub-brand Scion. Driving to the basket : Fay didn't think much about cars growing up in West Orange, N.J. He was "more of a sports kid," he said. He played basketball in high school and for Monmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in business administration in 1978.
October 27, 2013 |
Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to require minimum three-year prison sentences for unlawful possession of loaded weapons. If the proposal sounds both familiar and ominous, it should: California has been down this road, and in fact is on it still. It's a road paved with fear and desperation, and it leads to a shocking diversion of public resources, prison overcrowding, unconstitutional treatment of inmates, federal court oversight and orders to suspend state laws and release felons before their full time is served.
October 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden rolled out the welcome mat to returning Environmental Protection Agency workers furloughed during the 16-day shutdown, offering muffins and his hope that Washington can avoid a repeat of the budget battle in three months. "There's no guarantees of anything,” Biden said. “What you saw last night is Democrats and a significant number of responsible Republicans saying, 'Enough.' There was no economic rationale for any of this.” Biden, during a brief break from shaking hands and offering hugs to dozens of EPA employees, said he hopes both parties learn lessons from the shutdown and that “we can regain the trust of the American people.” “Economically we are the indispensable nation.
October 4, 2013 |
The gig: John Rogovin, 52, is executive vice president and general counsel for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. As the top legal eagle for the storied movie and television studio, Rogovin oversees a staff of more than 160 lawyers and is involved in such matters as structuring production deals, copyright issues, contract disputes with talent and fights over intellectual property. Beltway insider: Born and raised in Washington, Rogovin was a Capitol Hill insider before he could crawl.