Rod Lavender

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Transformers 5: The Last Knight teaser reveals cryptic message

Something wicked is coming for the Autobots. After revealing the official title and first look at the fifth <i>Transformers</i> movie, Paramount unveiled a …

The “Roots” remake is a reminder that yes, America needs more movies about slavery

When I told my friends that the <i>History Channel</i> was doing a remake of Alex Haley’s <i>Roots</i>, I heard a lot of groans. “Do we really need another film about slavery?” my friends said. In a word: yes.<p>40 years since <i>Roots</i> debuted, most of my students have never seen the groundbreaking original. I still have …

Black History

The Indistinguishable X-Men: the narrowing range of superhero emotions

Critics agree that <i>X-Men: Apocalypse</i> is a troubled film. They just don’t entirely agree on the core issue. <i>The Week</i> says it has a villain problem. <i>Indiewire</i> says it has an apocalypse problem. <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> says it has “severe traffic control problems.” All these things are true — it’s …

Comics

This Marvel Comics legend will say goodbye to the Big Apple at New York Comic Con 2016

There likely wouldn’t be a Comic Con if it weren’t for Stan Lee, the man recognized as the father of modern Marvel comics. There probably wouldn’t be …

Not Batman or Iron Man, Black Panther is the most important hero of 2016

Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster Captain America: Civil War, but Black Panther -- making his …

Never Mind ‘Batman V Superman’ Vs. ‘Civil War’: ‘Deadpool’ Had The Box Office Performance That Matters

<i>Captain America: Civil War</i> is making cash hand over fist. Some are still arguing over whether or not <i>Batman v Superman</i> was a failure, to the extent that a movie that made more than three times its $250 million budget can be considered such. But it doesn’t matter, because there’s only one superhero …

Mississippi town's schools finally ordered to desegregate

More than six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" has no place in the nation's public school system, a federal court has ordered the schools in a small Mississippi town to finally integrate.<p>Cleveland, a city halfway between Memphis and New Orleans in the Mississippi …

Middle School

“Move. Or you will be moved”: How “Captain America: Civil War” raised the bar for all superhero movies

<b>Don Cheadle as War Machine, Anthony Mackie as Falcon (Marvel)</b><p>Featuring multiple black superheroes with different perspectives lets “Civil War” go beyond surface-level diversity<p>Eli Keel<p>May 17, 2016 8:22pm (UTC)<p>Marvel’s cinematic universe has been taking baby steps toward courting a more diverse …

Mixing Engineer Point Of View - Yoad Nevo - SoundBetter

Pensado's Place #80 - Mix Engineer Chris Lord-Alge

18 Questions With 30 Under 30 Audio Engineer MixedByAli

As the in-house mixing engineer for TDE, California native MixedByAli (real name: Derek Ali) has played a crucial role in Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy glory–and is set for more as the accolades pile up for this year’s <i>To Pimp A Butterfly</i>. The latest: a spot on our 30 Under 30 Class of 2016 music</b> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Goldie Taylor—Does ‘Black Lives Matter’ Really Matter?

There has been no significant legislation passed, no federal prosecution of cops. The question now is how to turn talk into real reform.<p>WEST …

Sorry Vegans: Here's How Meat-Eating Made Us Human

Science doesn’t give a hoot about your politics. Think global warming is a hoax or that vaccines are dangerous? Doesn’t matter, you’re …

Batman v. Superman: Ben Affleck says Bruce Wayne hates Superman, inspired by Wonder Woman

Batman isn’t the loquacious type. And for the longest time, Ben Affleck stayed silent about playing him, too.<p>Just a few months after winning the Best …

The Shameful History of the KKK You Probably Never Knew

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

22 Aftermath Artists Who Have Left The Label - XXL

Dr. Dre's career has no parallel. The groundbreaking producer and MC has been a pioneer for a multitude of different styles and sub-genres within …

NBC’s ‘Heroes Reborn’ Comic-Con Trailer Features A New Crop Of ‘Enhanced Humans’

As San Diego Comic-Con wraps up its four-day weekend extravaganza, NBC used its Sunday panel to drop a new trailer for <i>Heroes Reborn</i>. This trailer is longer than the last one, and features a few more swirling CGI moments.<p>The show will bring back a few recurring characters from the original series, …

7 Extraordinary Secrets We Learned At The 'Heroes Reborn' Panel

Where are the heroes? At Comic-Con, duh.<p>Today (July 12) "Heroes Reborn," the upcoming mini-series continuation of NBC's groundbreaking 2006 TV show, …

Geraldo Rivera on Kendrick Lamar: “Hip-hop does more damage to African-Americans than racism”

The Fox News personality attacked the rapper for his “unhelpful” lyrics about police brutality<p>On Fox News' "The Five" Monday night, Geraldo Rivera criticized Kendrick Lamar's performance at the BET awards -- in which he rapped about police brutality in "Alright" -- saying that his lyrics are "not …

Geraldo Rivera: "Hip-Hop Has Done More Damage To Young African-Americans Than Racism"

<b>Geraldo Rivera</b> appeared on Fox News' program, <i>The Five</i>, last night to voice his displeasure towards <b>Kendrick Lamar</b> and his BET Awards performance of …

The Rise of Illionaire Records, the Independent Label Taking Korean Hip-Hop to the Next Level

When Korean artists tour the U.S., they usually go big—from circus lighting to pyrotechnics to branded glowsticks, no detail is left unconsidered. …

50 Cent Disses Puff Daddy, 2015 BET Awards & FOX

50 Cent was not pleased with the 2015 BET Awards. He was specifically upset at the Best Actor award, which went to Terrence Howard, star of the FOX …

50 Cent

Twenty Mastering Tips

<b>Described by many as a mysterious dark art, it’s actually just another process with a different set of considerations. Hollin Jones shows you how to</b> …

Music Production

18 Headphone Brands Ranked from Worst to First

Full-time rapper and part-time headphone brand Dr. Dre likes to say that “people aren’t hearing all the music.” A more accurate assessment: people …

Audiophile

WTF is a VCA ? - Logic Pro Expert

When the “VCA” feature was introduced in version 10.1 of Logic Pro X, it caused a lot of confusion. Experienced users who were familiar with that …