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Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

From famous novelists to budding entrepreneurs, an extraordinarily diverse collection of people can be found at work in the British Library. But what are they up to? We asked some of them…<p>My favourite place to work in London, my private club and second home, was once described by Prince Charles as …

Humanities

Here's Why Everyone Should Keep A Journal

"The great thing about writing is it's never too late."<p>There's something special about the way Saul Williams weaves his words together to create prolific poetry. The artist was recently commissioned to write a book of poems about America, which he titled <i>US (a.),</i> and much like his other …

California Love: Meet the 30-Piece Orchestra Dedicated to the Music of Dr. Dre

Tonight in LA, the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr. Dre will occur. Meet the people behind it.<p>From an early age, Tarek Kandil gravitated towards music. Growing up in Amman, Jordan, in the 1980s, and with little else to occupy his time, the young Kandil began an informal internship at a …

Lupe Fiasco Released One of 2015's Finest Rap Records, so Why Are People Nervous to Talk About It?

Through missteps and flops, the Chicago artist was reduced from hip-hop's most gifted to a corny rap sideshow. But Tetsuo & Youth showed it's time that was reversed.<p>It’s a cold night in January and my friend is perched excitedly on the edge of the sofa. “You need to hear the new Lupe Fiasco album,” …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How One Hip-Hop Video Punctured the US Prison System

It might seem like just another viral clip, but the WorldStar video filmed inside a cell tells us a lot about the incarceration of black men in America.<p>With five percent of the world's population, the US incarcerates 25 percent of the world's prisoners. In a report by the Sentencing Project on …

nicki minaj slays maya angelou’s still i rise

The rap royalty did the late laureate serious poetic justice at a concert special.<p>"Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise/ That I dance like I've got diamonds/ At the meeting of my thighs?" It's not a verse lifted from one of Nicki Minaj's empowering rap records, but lines Dr. Maya …

Meet the Japanese MCs Who Do Insane Covers of UK Grime

Yomeiriland like grime "because grime artists rap about ordinary life and are dissatisfied and whining just like us."<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>Last week, a group of Japanese MCs called Yomeiriland started to gain some sudden UK attention for one particular track they had posted …

Another word for suicide | Health

Astrid Olsen used to feel a stab of anxiety whenever she opened her curtains on a weekend morning. She dreaded seeing the flags outside her window flying at half-mast again, indicating that yet another death had occurred in the small Greenlandic town of Ilulissat.<p>Suicides often happened on the …

Deadly suicide attack rocks northern Cameroon

At least four civilians and four suicide bombers have been killed in two separate explosions near the Nigerian border in Cameroon's Far North Region, security sources have said.<p>Dozens more were wounded in Saturday's bombing in the village of Nigue, a suburb of Fotokol town, in an attack carried out …

Mali attack explainer: Who, why and what's next? | Mali

Malian security forces were hunting on Saturday for at least three at-large suspects involved in the brazen attack on a five-star hotel that killed 21 people in the heart of the capital, Bamako.<p>A breakaway al-Qaeda faction from the country's troubled north, al-Mourabitoun, claimed responsibility …

Gunmen abduct 'ethnic Hazara' in southern Afghanistan

A witness and the manager of the transport company confirmed that the kidnappers asked for Hazara among the passengers before kidnapping them.<p>"They entered the bus pointing guns and asked if there were Shia Hazaras among us. When the driver replied saying 'no', they went around checking everyone's …

Manhunt under way after four Israelis stabbed

Four Israelis have been stabbed and wounded in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, prompting a search for at least one alleged attacker who was said to have fled the scene.<p>The incident that took place near a football stadium in the city centre was labelled as a "confirmed terrorist attack" by Micky …

Bamako hotel attack: Mali's security challenges | War & Conflict

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has declared a 10-day state of emergency after the attack on a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako.<p>Gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel early in the morning and took at least 170 people hostage.<p>After a nine-hour standoff with Malian and UN soldiers, most of …

Russian air strikes 'killed over 400 Syrian civilians'

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed over 400 civilians since September this year, monitoring groups say.<p>The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the death toll from September 30 - when the strikes were launched - until November 20 stood at 403 civilians, a figure that …