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By now, the tragic and avoidable events that transpired at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston have gained widespread attention across the country. A deadly combination of limited space, inadequate staffing and equipment, a rambunctious deluge of fans and an insatiable artist who ignored all the red flags became the recipe for a staggering nine fatalities (at least) and several hundred injuries. Many viral videos and written accounts of those who attended reflect a faint yet persistent fear for concert-goers that became a disturbing reality.
Every expert in a field of study, a skilled craft, or yes, weight training, started somewhere. It’s foolish to pretend, as a beginner, that you have it all figured out. Even those with a lot of experience have room to learn and grow. So, being skittish at the start of your journey is nothing to be ashamed of. To assist in jumpstarting your weightlifting journey, here are eight tips for beginners in the gym:
Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, collectively known as Rage Against the Machine, burst onto the scene in 1992 with an explosive self-titled debut that was equal parts political, personal and wise beyond their years. It helped shape the future of rock music to come during an era that was very much defined by the grunge acts that stole the national spotlight, and Rage didn’t compromise either its message or overwhelming passion in the process.
Many of us can relate to the upbringing of suburban Pennsylvania native, Russell Dennison. He was raised by two small business owners, watched cartoons like G.I. Joe and regularly attended church. What many of us can’t relate to is moving to Syria in the midst of a brutal civil war and joining ISIS in the aspiration of establishing an Islamic Caliphate.
On Aug. 31, Ohio University announced that all on-campus students and staff, including those at branch locations, will be required to receive full vaccination against COVID-19 by Nov. 15. Coming to the decision exactly a week after Ohio State University announced its vaccine mandate, the news was met with both relief and exasperation. I was rooting heavily for a vaccine mandate and am glad that it has arrived in some form.
Shershaah (2021) is an Indian full-length feature film streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime, directed by Bollywood filmmaker Vishnuvardhan and starring Sidharth Malhotra as Captain Vikram Batra. Spoken almost entirely in Hindi, the film chronicles the life and military service of Batra, highlighting his exceptional gallantry during the Kargil War in the summer of 1999. The Indian Army claimed victory in major part due to his heroics, the film asserts. Since then, Batra has become immortalized as a symbol of bravery and patriotism in Indian culture.
Baltimore beatsmith and wordsmith JPEGMAFIA has kept his fanbase well-fed during a dismal 2020, dropping a series of single tracks throughout the year that has culminated into a 9-track EP. Boringly titled EP!, the music covers a wide range of experiments and sonic palettes, reflecting much more creativity than the title would suggest. It carries the loose vibes of a short, informal project, but even when Peggy isn’t producing his magnum opus, his penchant for clever lines, cohesive sounds and ear-grabbing samples shines through.
In the label’s early years, ScHoolboy Q was often pegged as a secondary member on Top Dawg Entertainment’s roster. The independent label was fraught with new and exciting voices such as Ab-Soul, who released Control System to critical acclaim, and Kendrick Lamar, whose first two commercial projects, especially Good Kid, m.A.A.d city, were considered roaring successes.
Right-wing, fear-mongering tactics and conspiracy thought was a thing long before Q ever entered the spotlight.
Rap music in the South has constantly been regarded as an afterthought in terms of regional hip hop supremacy. When landmark acts like OutKast and UGK emerged in the mid-1990s, it was a breath of fresh air and nothing short of a revolution for artists in that area. They were finally offered a national platform that had been disproportionately given to the petty feuds between the East and West coast rap cliques, which overshadowed even the groundbreaking music coming out of those regions at the time.
If you know someone who drives for Uber or Lyft or delivers for DoorDash or Instacart, labeling them as an “employee” who is subordinate to an “employer” would technically be incorrect. Under current policy, these transportation and delivery gig companies designate these positions as independent contractors, arguing that liberties such as adjusting one’s own work schedule gives them more power than the typical worker. While this may seem like a minor technicality, it actually results in a massive discrepancy between what these workers are entitled to in terms of overtime pay, wages, insurance and protections.
The hip-hop genre has long been an expression of the unheard, and an artform that is rooted in Black Americans’ experiences. The reverberations of these original ideas are still felt today as after nearly 40 years of hip hop’s entrance into popular music, artists remain outspoken about the enduring injustices in our society.
The MLB playoffs are upon us, and for most baseball fans, it will mean determining the champion of a season that breezed by. Sure, passionate fans are still indelibly supportive of their team and wanted to see baseball return this year, but there’s something deeply unsatisfying about a 60-game season that lasted just over two months.
Conway the Machine is a Buffalo rapper and founding member of Griselda Records along with his frequent collaborators and family members Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher. His latest project From King to a God is considered his debut studio effort, although it follows a prolific run of albums and mixtapes since he signed to Shady Records in 2017.
DatPiff, founded in 2005, is an online music sharing and downloading platform. Up to this point in time, the relevance of free mixtapes was minor in comparison to labels, radio clout and industry tycoons who governed hip-hop music. Gaining attention for one’s art required tireless adherence to an industry standard: audition for labels and hope that one of them is impressed enough to sign him/her.
In a summer when a vicious pandemic has swept through much of the world and issues of racial and socioeconomic struggles have taken hold of America’s collective consciousness, music hasn’t been the primary focus. The immensely fun escapism that great music provides was harder to access in 2020, but many artists still managed to put out essential material amid the chaos. Sure, lots of media hype was lobbed at the posthumous releases of Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke, and rightfully so. Future and Drake both dropped projects, but there’s never a circumstance where their work goes unnoticed. These are the albums worth your ear time that may have flown under your radar this summer:
One of the greatest uncertainties spawned by the current pandemic comes in the form of medical malpractice litigation. Hospitals and medical clinics over the past four months have been ambushed with hundreds – in some cases, thousands – of patients a day, plagued with a virus that remains an enigma even to the most prestigious medical minds. The deadliness of the virus, combined with the lack of medical ammunition – such as ventilators and endotracheal tubes – and the sheer volume of patients has resulted in many deaths and permanent debilitations to patients. Despite all of these factors that logically would relieve hospitals and staff from liability in the case of a death, bereaved loved ones around the world are sure to still file medical malpractice claims in seeking compensation for a wrongful death. The way these claims are handled vary from country to country, and the systems in place could very well evolve and shift completely in light of the pandemic’s crushing blow.