Kendrick Lamar drops a new single and we’re digging it

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As much as we’ve loved listening to songs from “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” using our Brown/Kendrick translation guide, and playing “Swimming Pools Mad Libs,”  it’s almost time to add some more Kendrick into our repertoire. Earlier today, Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated single “i,” which will be featured on his next LP (release date unannounced).

The single starts off with a man passionately exclaiming “he [Kendrick] is not a rapper, he’s a writer, he’s an author” and “if you read between the lines” of this song, “we’ll learn how to love one another.” The man closes by saying that we cannot accomplish this state of love “without loving yourself first.” At the end of the speech, the song abruptly transitions into a sample of The Isley Brothers’ 1973 hit “That Lady,” (read: that song from the Swiffer commercial). This is Lamar’s first solo single in almost two years, and it’s fair to say it’s a refreshingly new sound for Kendrick. Did we mention that the song is four minutes and twenty seconds long?

Dangeroo Kipawaa, CEO of Lamar’s record label Top Dawg Ent, tweeted:

 

If this song is for all men phes, prepare to start blasting this song on your walk to class, at the gym, or while you’re cranking out that paper so that you can celebrate your nearing Brown 250+ weekend right.

Also #tbt to that time that Kendrick Lamar came to Brown on April 20th, 2013. Remember??

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PollerBears: What part of the 250th Fall Celebration are you most excited for?

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This weekend, the University has planned a series of events to continue the celebration of its 250th birthday. Football and fireworks and Binder, oh my! What part of the Fall celebration are you most excited about?!

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What we’re reading

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu...

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu…

We’ll start off with an article that’ll make you feel better about your debauchery (or Netflix use) this weekend: Laurence Steinberg of the New York Times’ “The Case for Delayed Adulthood,” which, for a change, defends millennials and our stunted growth spurts.

For the linguist: Slate‘s “Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat?” an excerpt of Dan Jurafsky’s newly released book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, which questions whether or not our names for food items are arbitrary or actually sound like they taste.

The New York Times released a beautiful series of photographs devoted to exploring “Children of Immigrants” in America.

Then, there’s Emma Watson putting her Brown University education to work (she actually said that gender was a spectrum) at the United Nations:

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Live Blog: Student Panel on Palestine and Israel

 

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Note: The student panelists participating in this event asked that their names be withheld from this post. The following live blog will not include any names, but we have assigned a number to each panelist to make the discourse a little easier to follow. 

 

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Things We’ve Seen at A Better World by Design, part 2

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Though I am still regretting the fact that I wasn’t there to witness that glorious display of pigeon-esque artistry (that almost killed one of our staff members, NBD) during Day 1 of the A Better World by Design conference, the second two days certainly did not fall short! Here are some testimonials and highlights from the last two days of ABWxD.

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“It’s important to plan ahead- there’s lots happening! People try to do everything, but it’s impossible. You just have to find your way, and remember to make friends! Meeting all these new people, that’s actually the best part. Especially if you’re a RISD student and don’t get to interact frequently with Brown students”

-Tate, RISD ’15

“All the students add a lot of energy, and it’s nice to see that the conference doesn’t take itself too seriously. Try to meet as many new people as you can, and remember that social networking is crucial!”

-Ansley, Moderator

“I’m an environmental studies concentrator so this is right up my alley. This trumps SW, and it’s my favorite thing here.”

 

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Brown students flood New York for People’s Climate March

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Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in New York to demand that the United Nations, whose General Assembly is meeting this week, take action to stop climate change. Among the throngs of activists, faith groups, front-line community members, and students was a large crowd of Brown students, myself included. Over 150 students traveled to New York through 350.org’s official buses alone, so it’s likely that the grand total of members of the Brown community who were present is much higher.

Though some traveled to New York on Saturday to attend a very engaging Youth Convergence conference at a Manhattan high school, the main event began Sunday at 10:30 AM, when the Rhode Island contingent, including U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, convened at 71st street and Central Park West. At first, there was very little marching to be done. With over 310,000 400,000 (!!) people clogging up about a mile and a half of a New York City avenue, it took a while for there to be any empty space available for one to move into. The waiting did, however, provide ample time for judging the very creative costumes and signs near us. The clear winner was an older man holding a poster that read, “I couldn’t buy a politician, so I bought this sign.” He got a picture with Senator Whitehouse.

Anything to protest in front of a Trump property.

Anything to protest in front of a Trump property.

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