After a few missteps, The Recording Academy is reassuring its members that it is not lagging behind the music industry when it comes to female representation.In a letter sent to voting and non-voting members Thursday, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the academy offers statistics to show that women had a larger presence at the Grammy Awards compared to the industry standard.The letter to academy members comes weeks after a University of Southern California study analyzed gender and race in music over the last six years, including Grammy nominees.Between 2012 and 2017, USC said 90.7 percent of the nominees were male and 9.3 percent were female. The numbers come from five awards: album of the year, record of the year, song of the year, best new artist, and non-classical producer of the year — an award where female nominees is a rarity.However, in looking at the same six years at all of 84 Grammy categories, the academy said that 17 percent of its nominees were … [Read more...] about Recording Academy Defends Female Representation at Grammys
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Safe spaces. The bane of conservatives everywhere.I first started hearing about this anxiety back in the days when I watched Bill Maher’s show, and he mentioned an article in The Atlantic about how students on campuses are being coddled by not wanting to hear or see things that might “trigger” them. The article argued that professors feel frightened in this environment, trying to educate students when they could be accused of being sexist or racist based on what works they teach. That the problem is that students want campus life to be a “safe space.”Now, as someone who went to college in upstate New York, where I was the token black student in most of my classes throughout my four years, I can speak to how important it was for my own mental health to create spaces for myself where I wasn’t always “the black student.” Even when educators have the best intentions, it is hard to always be asked to have opinions on “black … [Read more...] about Can Conservatives Stop Crying About Safe Spaces?
Music fans tuning into the Grammy Awards got to see all of the action live from Madison Square Garden starting at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday night (Jan. 28), but the day started long before that for many of the night's nominees. With the Premiere Ceremony taking place before the show, several awards started being handed out as early as 3 p.m. ET -- 75, to be exact -- and Billboard was there to catch it all from the start.From red carpet interactions to press room commentary, Grammys given out early to behind-the-scenes moments inside the official show, here's a glimpse of what doesn't get caught on camera on music's biggest night.3:19 p.m. ET Ten minutes after the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony kicks off, the first Grammy of 2018 is awarded to LCD Soundsystem for their song “Tonite,” marking the dance-rock band’s first win after five previous nominations. Paul Schaffer gives the LCD Soundsystem ballot to the model on the side of the stage and says “Take this,” … [Read more...] about Grammys: 41 Things You Didn’t See on TV
With yet another, and perhaps final, collapse of Republican efforts to finally fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare, it seems like a good time to examine the root problem which no one seems to want to admit publicly. This is a war that was lost in 2012, it’s just that there was never a formal surrender ceremony because no one had any political incentive to accept this obvious reality.In 2012, Barack Obama was running for reelection. His party had suffered massive losses in Congress after having instituted “Obamacare” without a single Republican vote of any kind. Had he been defeated, the repeal of Obamacare would have been very possible both politically and logistically. Once Obama won, however, the chances of doing so became effectively non-existent.It should also be noted that this reality was well known in 2012. In fact, it was a rallying cry for Mitt Romney’s campaign. As anyone with a young child knows, you only get one good opportunity to claim … [Read more...] about Here’s What Republicans Don’t Want to Admit about Why Obamacare Can’t Be Repealed
July 3 Hollywood studio announces boot camp to nurture female directors The Guardian New platform lets Exeter cinema-goers pick which film they want to watch on the big screen Exeter Express & Echo Film academy sues over Oscar auction BBC News Soccer Film Festival to be held at CAC The New Indian Express July 2Brosnan keen to do Expendables 4Actor Pierce Brosnan has confirmed he wants to join the next Expendables movie. Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/brosnan-keen-to-do-expendables-4-30401228.htmlAlex Turner and Miles Kane writing superhero movieAlex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane are teaming-up to write a superhero movie, Kane has revealed. MTV UK http://www.mtv.co.uk/arctic-monkeys/news/alex-turner-and-miles-kane-writing-superhero-movieFilm fest brings Israel up-close for city buffsCine buffs get to see the best of art, life and even Indians up close through Israeli films in Bangalore this month. The Hindu … [Read more...] about The Web Today (Oct 2013 – June 2014)