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Mulatu Astatke review – rousing borderless jazz vision from Ethiopia

Nobody fuses the sounds and rhythms of African, American and European music the way Mulatu Astatke does. The Ethiopian multi-instrumentalist balances a songwriter’s seductiveness with a borderless vision and a relaxed faith in left-field improvisers. Much of this Roundhouse gig sounded off the …

Drums

Lost lion population discovered in remote Ethiopia park

<b>(CNN) —</b> A previously undiscovered population of lions has been found in a remote national park in Ethiopia.<p>Following an exploratory expedition, wildlife conservationists from Oxford University in England were able to confirm anecdotal stories from park staff and locals of lions living in the …

Wildlife

King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia by Asfa-Wossen Asserate – review

Haile Selassie is one of the most bizarre and misunderstood figures in 20th-century history, alternately worshipped and mocked, idolised and marginalised. This magnificent biography by the German-Ethiopian historian Asfa-Wossen Asserate (a distant relation of Selassie), and translated by Peter …

Africa

When Black Artists Declare Their Autonomy

Kanye West mirrors Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom were derided following audacious, confrontational live performances.<p>When Nina Simone walked onstage at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976, her eyes widened by the applause of an audience who hadn’t seen her in eight years, …

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Here’s what it sounds like when Generation X runs for president

Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Listing off favorite Clinton-era episodes of The Simpsons. A romantic epiphany that involved a foam party and a pay phone.<p>It could all be late-night chatter in a mid-1990s dorm room – or the recent musings of Republican men vying to be the …

Government

The Invisible Democratic Majority

A new study finds broad support for the party among the general public in 2014, even as it was resoundingly defeated at the polls.<p>In 2002, two pundits prophesied an <i>Emerging Democratic Majority</i>, built on America's increasing ethnic diversity. After the GOP triumph in the 2014 elections, one of them …

DNA records effects of conquest, slave trade in the Americas

The Internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.<p>Historians now can sort through ship manifests once …

Anthropology

Once easily recognized, signs of measles now elude young doctors

It was spring of 2014. Dr. Julia Shaklee Sammons looked around and saw trouble.<p>An infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she had read the headlines about new<p>measlescases — including outbreaks in California and Ohio — and decided it was time to speak out.<p>Writing in the …

Public Health

What It Takes to Get Into New York City's Best Public Colleges

An increasing emphasis on SAT scores is making it harder for black and Latino students to go to CUNY's top five schools.<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.</i><i>*</i><p>Since it went through an aggressive, system-wide …

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did

As Derek Thompson writes in this month's issue, the music industry has learned how to use data from apps like Spotify and Shazam to predict new hits. However, just a glimpse at the Billboard charts will tell you that today's pop music is more homogenous that it has been in decades. Why? Because we …

LeBron James Is Basically A Player-Coach — And It's Getting Awkward For The Cavs

We saw it when he went to Miami and doubled the value of the franchise. We saw it this summer, when he single-handedly halted free agency until he was good and ready to announce which team he wanted to play for. We saw it when he convinced Kevin Love to come to Cleveland. We saw it when he signed …

Basketball

Rumors of Mitch McConnell's Political Genius Are Premature

The next Senate Majority Leader has proved himself a master at winning elections. But will those victories translate into any real accomplishments?<p>This is Mitch McConnell's moment. Thanks in large part to the obstructionist electoral strategy that he honed and implemented as soon as President Obama …

What If Black America Were a Country?

The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.<p><i>Update: An earlier version of this post included a chart that compared black America's incarceration rate with those of other countries. The chart incorrectly listed black Americans' incarceration rate in 2010 as 4,347 per 100,000 Americans.</i> …

'Words With Friends' Addicts Asked Zynga What It Knew About Them And Got More Than Expected

My mom and I play a lot of Words With Friends. We’ve been knocking words back and forth across state lines for years now thanks to Zynga, the gaming behemoth behind WWF and a host of other addictive games such as Farmville, Zynga Poker, and Zombie Smash. In August, when Zynga changed its privacy …

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study

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Science