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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee's 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," died of cancer on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

The first major acting role for Nunn, son of a well-known professional football scout, was in "School Daze" (1988), written and directed by Lee. The next year brought "Do the Right Thing," in which he played the iconic Radio Raheem, who carries a boombox blaring Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" through the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn on the hottest day of summer.

Radio Raheem sits at the moral heart of the film, delivering a soliloquy directly to the camera on the ceaseless contest between love and hate, symbolized by the four-finger rings he wears on each hand. The character's choking death at the hands of police officers in front of a crowd of his neighbors incites the film's wrenching final scenes.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Do you have $10,000 to spare? If so, one of the infamous nude Trump sculptures that street art collective INDECLINE recently planted across the country could be yours to keep and hand down as a historic, horrific family keepsake. On October 22, mere weeks before the presidential election, the life-size statue that appeared in LA as part of "The Emperor Has No Balls" series, will go up for bidding as part of a street art sale.

The work's estimate is set at $10,000–$20,000 based on its medium and size, "but we suspect it will likely be selling well above this price, in the $50,000–100,000 range, with the potential of breaking six figures," Michael Doyle of Julien's Auctions told Hyperallergic. He added that several parties had already made serious offers to purchase the wrinkly Trump for amounts well above the estimate, but the statue is destined for the auction block.

U.S. intel officials are asking whether Carter Page, an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials -- including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.

Questions about Page come amid mounting concerns within the U.S. intelligence community about Russian cyberattacks on the DNC and state election databases in AZ and IL. Former undersecretary of defense for intelligence Mike Vickers said Russian cyberattacks constituted meddling in the U.S. election and were "beyond the pale." This week, two senior Democrats -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff, of the House Intelligence Committee -- released a joint statement that went further then what U.S. officials had publicly said about the matter.

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A singer has apologised for belly dancing in front of a mosque in Tatarstan, one of Russia's largest Muslim regions, after criticism from religious leaders.

Rezeda Ganiullina filmed a music video in front of the White Mosque in the town of Bolgar, performing her song My Soul while clad in a bejewelled, midriff-baring outfit. That didn't please the Mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil-khazrat Samigullin. "A mosque is not a place for dancing," he's quoted as saying on the local Evening Kazan website, adding that Bolgar is particularly significant as "the Islamic traditions of the Tatars originate from there".

An imam at another mosque described the dance as a "desecration of the house of Allah" and called for the video to be removed, while the region's deputy mufti Rustam Batrov said: "Unfortunately, some representatives of Tatar pop culture have heads full of confusion. They do not understand what a mosque is and Islam in general." read more

Imagine explaining to your kids after President Trump encourages supporters to go out and murder his opponents that, hey, you didn't see much of a difference in the candidates.

There's a world of difference. One candidate is flawed. Even deeply flawed, if you prefer. The other is psychotic.


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