John Lennon had a long history of violence against women, going clear back to when he lived in Liverpool. His first wife Cynthia and his second wife Yoko both suffered beatings at his hands. He was also emotionally abusive to his son, Julian, frequently berating and screaming at the boy until he was reduced to tears. Julian later stated that Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than John Lennon ever was.
John Lennon was definitely not the gentle icon of peace and love that the hippies make him out to be. He was a man with severe psychological problems who was prone to lashing out in rage to those around him.

Italian prisoners will get their sentences reduced by three days for every book they read while in jail

Although this has many criticisms in the comments section, one cannot ignore the importance of the implications this proposal brings.

In the US, the major impetus for recidivism rates is  that it’s nearly impossible for ex-offenders to get jobs. So, the solution potentially lies in gotta figuring out anything that makes a job market more easily accessible to these people.  Further, a salient criminogenic factor in many urbanized and westernized societies is the low rate of education amongst incarcerated people. Insofar as literacy plays an enormous role in how successful your education will be, so if reading a few books in jail increases rates of literacy, then this incentive is worthy in implementing. 

This is a fantastic alternative to the traditional retributive justice system (anything but traditional justice). Restorative Justice FTW. 

Read the article here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2623518/Turning-new-leaf-Italian-prisoners-sentences-reduced-three-days-book-read-jail.html

humansofnewyork:

"Nobody came to my tenth birthday party. I have a very vivid memory of helping my mother set the table, then watching through the window as the sun slowly set, before finally realizing that nobody was coming. That moment pretty much set the themes for the rest of my life."

humansofnewyork:

"Nobody came to my tenth birthday party. I have a very vivid memory of helping my mother set the table, then watching through the window as the sun slowly set, before finally realizing that nobody was coming. That moment pretty much set the themes for the rest of my life."

what more can I say? I wouldn’t be here today if the old school didn’t pave the way. 

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Kanye Fantasy

 I lost all my music back in 2012 when a then co-worker stole my “old school” iPod. SInce then, I have been reluctant to reinstate my music library. I finally reached the halfway mark in 2013, and boom, my laptop died. So now, I am left with a barren Itunes library and little to no hope. 

However, one day, I managed to garner enough mental energy to download some songs. All I managed to download is the entire Kanye discography. As a result, that is all I have been listening to when I listen to music my iphone, if it’s not a third party music app. 

So, this blog post is dedicated to one of my top 5 favourite artists. As a side note, to those that are Kanye haters, I encourage you to listen to the Songza playlist “Pink Polo Kanye” to get a flavour for his work pre-media blitz. He has produced for the likes of Jay-Z, Cam’ron, Mos Def, Common, Talib, Scarface, etc. Check him out.

"people talk so much shit about me in Barber shops, they forget to get their hair cut" 

Here are my current top 5 Kanye songs for the month of May (in no particular order)

  1.  Addiction off Late Registration, released 2005 - Samples “My Funny Valentine” - Etta James 
  2. Gone off Late Registration, released 2005 (Bonus, Featuring Cam’ron and Consequence)  - cover of Otis Redding’s “Too Late” "Damn Ye it’d be stupid to diss youEven your superficial raps is super-official”
  3.  Monster - off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasty - 2010 - Featuring Bon Iver, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj & Rick RossThis song turned me into a Nicki fan, her verse kills it. Female ODB!
  4. Everything I am - Graduation- 2007Cuts by DJ Premier The cuts and scratches make this song. Absolutely amazing to slowdown a work out. Samples of “If We Can’t Be Lovers” by Prince Phillip Mitchell and “Bring the Noise” by Public Enemy.
  5. Runaway - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - 2010Featuring Pusha T 

 

honorary mentions: Get em High & Last Call 

Craig and Betty Sibongile Dlamini from Indiana University explore the role of language, music, and dance in southern African mines and the positivity that emerged from hardships endured by miners. The history and origins of South African gumboot dancing are explained in this week’s episode.