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Why the incarceration of Lil Wayne may be worth more than his freedom

Lil Wayne is bound for Rikers Island to serve a 12-month sentence for weapons possession. (Photo: Terry Richardson)

On Tuesday, New Orleans rap phenom Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Carter) will report to New York‚Äôs Rikers Island prison to begin serving a 12-month sentence for weapons possession. The sentence begins just one week after the release of Rebirth, the rapper‚Äôs oft-delayed/much-anticipated new album. Wayne, who originally pleaded not guilty to weapons possession, changed his plea to guilty back in October 2009 in exchange for a reduced sentence. The felony charge stems from a July 2007 arrest in New York City, when police found a .40-caliber handgun in his tour bus. Read More »

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Video Vault: “Black Mags” by The Cool Kids

This morning’s Video Vault pick is The Cool Kids’ “Black Mags.” In Internet years, this video’s ancient, stretching all the way back to the summer of 2007. Remember way back when? George W. Bush was still crackin’ skulls; Tiger Woods was still secretly sexin’ up cocktail waitresses; and Zelda Rubinstein still had air in her lungs. Some might call it the golden age. But that would be dumb, because it wasn’t. Anyhow, for old timers like me, 2007 still feels like yesterday.

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Rest in peace: Howard Zinn, 1922-2010

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Howard Zinn died today, he was 87 years old. An activist, professor, and author of the seminal revisionist history text, A People‚Äôs History of The United States, Zinn’s teachings and writings asked as, us Americans, to question the established vantage point of history, among myriad other ideas. I am, however, by no means a scholar of Zinn’s work. If anything, I am an admirer — an especially light reader considering the volume of work he produced. But the way in which he viewed history as a complex narrative told from the perspective of everyday people — not just the wealthy or powerful — was an inspiration when I discovered it. The Boston Globe has an elegant obituary. Here is a quote from Mr. Zinn that I love: Read More »

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David Patrick Kelly, What A Creep

Luther was a creep. And what’s worse, an annoying creep. This scene from The Warriors, played brilliantly by character actor David Patrick Kelly, was lodged in my brain for weeks after I first discovered the film in the early 1990s. The Warriors is both hysterical and fascinating. The bottles-on-Luther’s-fingers scene remains so memorable because Kelly plays a great creep, a role he has reprised in many film and television appearances throughout his career. Another favorite of mine, is Kelly’s portrayal of Sully in Commando, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finest film moments. After dropping Sully to his death from a cliff high up in the Hollywood Hills, Schwarzenegger returns to his car, where co-star Rae Dawn Chong is seated, and blurts out a great one liner: “What’d you do with Sully?” she asks. “I let him go.” Video here.