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Sean Hannity

Hannity Outdoes Himself — Compares Jay Z’s Music to the Confederate Flag

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Sean Hannity — in case you didn’t remember — is someone they let appear on a national cable news channel. This is a cold hard fact (and one that, despite the Fox News Channel being a lowly place, still surprises at times), despite the other cold, hard fact that last night, he said that if we’re banning the Confederate flag, we should also ban Jay Z, Beyoncé and Prince essentially equating a symbol fraught with America’s history of hate with some of the most important black musicians and icons. 
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chance-social-experiment

Chance The Rapper Aims for Prince-Level Collaborative Power With The Social Experiment’s ‘Surf’

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If you’ve never taken the plunge into the wonderful world of 1970s rock album credits, you’re likely unaware of the full extent of the incestuous linkages between some of the period’s best-known artists. Take Harry Nilsson, for instance, with records like Son of Schmilsson and Pussy Cats on which former Beatle Ringo Starr plays drums (pseudonymously, as Richie Snare, in the case of the former). Produced by John Lennon, that latter record from 1974 also features contributions from The Who’s Keith Moon, whose own solo outing the following year — Two Sides of the Moon — includes performances from Nilsson and Starr along with David Bowie, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, and several more. Follow these multiplying threads and the confluences continue in seemingly infinite directions.
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Chris Rock and Prince

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Rock

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“The culture’s changing, and I’m not a part of it. This shit is getting hip. This shit is getting blacker. This shit is getting fucking rappier. SNL is still a pretty white show. When I got hired I was the first black guy in like eight years — and In Living Color was just hip. The shit was hot. I wanted to be in an environment where I didn’t have to translate the comedy I wanted to do,” this week’s SNL host Chris Rock told Marc Maron in 2011 about leaving Saturday Night Live to work on the Fox series created by the Wayans brothers.

“[Playing] a Ubangi tribesman or whatever… to where, not that I thought they were racist… [but I] was the only black face that was going to be seen for an hour and a half… It feels racist. It’s not racist. But it just feels like it when that’s all you see… If you’re on In Living Color and you’re a Ubangi tribesman there was a black thing before that and one right after it. There’s a context.”

SNL has faced a number of diversity issues, but the hiring of cast members Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones (who also has a seat in the writer’s room with newcomer LaKendra Tookes) took steps in the right direction, offering guests a more inclusive environment to thrive in. And seeing five African-American actors in a sketch last night, with no caricatures involved, demonstrated why this is essential.

Prince makes a nine-minute appearance in last night’s episode for three numbers (“Clouds,” “Marz,” “Another Love”), with the backing of his band 3rdeyegirl. He wears a pair of appropriate three-eyed sunglasses (and rocks a full-on cat eye when the shades come off) — something us peons couldn’t pull off if we tried. It’s an electrifying performance that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but confirms Prince still has it. After a tepid showing from Iggy Azalea last week, this is the jolt we needed.
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