After historic mid-term election results (and a frenetic press conference)... where does the US go from here?
In the space of one week, the United States has witnessed historic mid-term election results, a frenetic press conference in which Donald Trump clashed with a CNN White House correspondent – (followed by the President’s Press Secretary tweeting a doctored video alleging that the reporter sexually assaulted a female intern) – and the potentially unconstitutional firing of the Attorney General in an apparent attempt to undermine investigations into supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump didn’t stop the controversy there: he also blamed Barack Obama for America’s lack of safety, claimed that not enough was being done to tackle Californian wildfires even though he reduced funds for forest management, and he failed to turn up to one of the memorial services in Paris commemorating the centenary of World War I because it was raining.
Discussing the direction of the United States from here on…
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator warns that if there is no solution for the Irish border, then 0% of Brexit is completed
British Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs that 95% of the terms of Brexit have been agreed with the EU... but the issue of the Irish border is still a "considerable sticking point".
The issue of the Irish border is a complicated one - with the Republic of Ireland on one side of the border being in the EU, but Northern Ireland (as part of the UK) leaving the EU, it could make trade and transport difficult if there is a "hard border". Beyond that, before the Good Friday agreement in 1998, the border was riddled with violence and tension over the way the two Ireland's would work together.
The EU Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, issued a stark warning last week to Theresa May, saying that if there is no solution for the Irish border, then zero percent of Brexit is completed.
NOT 97 is a home for discovering new music from talented, under-the-radar artists around the world. This is NOT 97.
This is NOT 97, a home for discovering new music from talented, under-the-radar artists around the world.
On each episode, three hosts and a guest meet around a table at Only NY to discuss fresh music found in the depths of the Internet. They present two tracks each, released in the last six to eight months from artists with under ten thousand followers. Discourse and context round out each show, as the team breaks down what they hear and what each sound means to them.
Mike Herard is a product of New York's music scene. Herard is an A&R at Shady Records, the founder of Beat Hustle, and a manager for The Last Artful, Dodgr as well as a number of up-and-coming artists. But since coming up in the early 90s in Queens, Herard has been an integral part of New York's hip hop scene.
James Gilmore interviewed Amandla Stenberg about The Hate U Give, what she looks for in roles and Sabrina Carpenter’s role in the film.
When it comes to choosing her acting roles, Amandla Stenberg doesn’t take the choice lightly.
In her most recent roles – as the lead characters in 2017’s Everything, Everything (where her portrayal of Maddy Whittier got her nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress) and 2018’s The Darkest Minds and The Hate U Give – there are two things that are very clearly in common:
Firstly, all of the characters that Amandla play showcase characterisations of black women that don’t fall into stereotypes.
Secondly, they all also portray young people as being strong and with the ability to truly change the world.
And Amandla isn’t quiet about that fact that this is very much her intention – not just for these roles either, but also in featuring in the music video for Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ and as Rue in The Hunger Games in 2012.