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Update: Also, a live chat with Emma Watson focusing on HeForShe and gender equality can be found, joined and viewed here.

Today is International Women's Day 2015 and everyone should take the time to celebrate, appreciate and love. For more information, news and events surrounding today feel free to visit here and of course join the HeForShe movement. "Celebrate women's achievements. Celebrate equality. Make it happen."
Kyle Huntington on 03/08/15 - 09:47 AM
Viet Cong have had their upcoming show at Oberlin cancelled. The promoter responsible for the cancellation has issued a statement citing the nature of the bands name, which is lifted from a Vietnamese organization that tortured and ran prison camps in the Vietnamese War. The band has previously responded to such compaints, saying in part that "Vietnamese immigrants—the Vietnamese Canadians and Vietnamese Americans—will write us an email saying that their family was tortured by the Viet Cong for five years in a prison camp. ... It's just a band name. It's just what we called ourselves." You can read the promoter's full statement in the replies.
Ryan Dennehy on 03/03/15 - 11:35 AM
Pretty big win for Net Neutrality today.
On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But Republicans in Congress say that it will lead to excessive regulation of the internet. They're working on legislation that would partially reverse the rules.
Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 11:27 AM
Fireworks asked Bill Clinton to play saxophone on their last album. He declined because his schedule is "quite full."
The email, from Jenna Daley, read: "Thank you for inviting President Clinton to play his saxophone as part of your band's album in September of 2013. As I'm sure you can imagine, his calender is shaping up to be quite full and due to prior constraints on his schedule, he is unable to join. I want to thank you again for your outreach, and wish you the best with your ongoing album recording."

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Jason Tate on 01/27/15 - 11:31 AM
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called Beyoncé "mental poison."
While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school … and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable” in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”
Jason Tate on 01/13/15 - 01:45 PM
Head to the replies to watch Killer Mike give a heartfelt speech on the situation in Ferguson.
Lueda Alia on 11/25/14 - 07:29 AM
Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy has written an editorial for Pitchfork about the continuing one-sided conflict between Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelak and The War on Drugs.
It seems this is most people's opinion of the one-sided beef: Kozelek, a notorious curmudgeon, isn't doing anything harmful by harassing these guys. In fact, he's just doing what he's always done—being a grumpy ass who doesn't seem to care what people think of him. These same people insist that ignoring him and letting him continue to do this kind of stuff is the best option moving forward. To speak up about this kind of behavior from artists and performers is to inevitably be met with, "Lighten up, not everything has...
Ryan Dennehy on 10/08/14 - 09:33 AM
I hope everyone has a great Labor Day. Stay safe and enjoy (hopefully) the day off.
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other...
Jason Tate on 09/01/14 - 10:49 AM
Killer Mike has spoken at length about the appalling situation in Ferguson, MO and was invited to be interviewed on CNN with Brooke Baldwin. Hit the replies to watch the full, insightful interview on militarized police and the injustice in Ferguson.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/20/14 - 04:43 PM
Workers at Guitar Center in Chicago, New York City, and Las Vegas have come together to form unions so they can negotiate for better working conditions in writing from their employers at Guitar Center and ARES/Bain Capital. They're looking for your support by signing this petition.
So we decided to come together. We're organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and we are asking the company to recognize our union and negotiate for a fair contract. With Bain Capital's track record, we need your support. Let Bain Capital know you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.

Submitted by drumboydrum
Jason Tate on 06/04/14 - 11:27 AM
I just wanted to take a moment to remember all of the men and women who fought and died in the armed forces.
Jason Tate on 05/26/14 - 11:10 AM
Things are not looking good on the net neutrality front. According to several sources the FCC is set to propose new net neutrality rules "that would allow broadband providers to charge companies a premium for access to their fastest lanes." Or, as Tim Wu in The New Yorker so eloquently put it: "It threatens to make the Internet just like everything else in American society: unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 02:14 PM
A new study has found that when reviewers were told the author of a legal brief was black they consistently rated the piece lower in quality and identified more errors than its identical counterpart. Evan Soltas, writing for Vox, has more:
Arin N. Revees, the president of Nextions and the author of the study, argues that the implicit racism happened because reviewers take the racial information she provided as a cue for how they should judge the work. When the author is supposed to be white, reviewers excused errors as out of haste or inexperience. They commented that the author "has potential" and was "generally a good writer but needs to work on" some skills. When the author is...
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:17 AM
Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have launched a non-governmental organization aiming to protect the rights of prisoners.
Jason Tate on 03/17/14 - 10:22 AM
Jump to the replies to watch Ariana Grande do a stellar cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" for President Obama and more at the White House for the "Women of Soul" concert put on by the First Lady.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/07/14 - 11:31 AM
Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor who has admitted to smoking crack in his office, recently attended a fundraising event for Toronto beat/electronic producers. He walked on stage to the coke-rap king Pusha-T's "Numbers On The Boards" and made a beat onstage, video of which can be found in the replies. Given the rumors that Joaquin Phoenix had produced tracks for Pusha's My Name Is My Name, I think this has to be another I'm Still Here-esque stunt.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/24/14 - 10:52 AM
Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy were more than a little irritated when they discovered that the U.S. government apparently uses their music to torture detainees at Guantanamo Bay. So they sent an invoice to the Department of State to the tune of $660,000 in royalties.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/07/14 - 10:04 AM
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 10:55 AM
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

Submitted by mbao
Jason Tate on 12/11/13 - 11:46 AM
The XX have taken to Facebook to speak out about a Croatian political organization using their song "Intro" in an advertisement against same-sex marriage.
It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation "U ime obitelji". We wish to state that we didn't, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality.
Jason Tate on 11/27/13 - 02:00 PM
It looks like Kony (the warlord brought to the attention of many via the Kony 2012 campaign) is reportedly "in talks" with the Central African Republic governement to possibly surrender.
US officials expressed doubt that the new talks represented a long-awaited breakthrough. The US State Department said the LRA's top commanders had used "any and every pretext to rest, regroup and rearm, ultimately returning to kidnapping, killing, displacing and otherwise abusing civilian populations".
Jason Tate on 11/22/13 - 06:42 PM
Mackelmore's commercial for the ACLU can be seen in the replies.
Jason Tate on 11/12/13 - 03:50 PM
Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the Veterans that visit our website. Thank you for everything you do.
Jason Tate on 11/11/13 - 11:47 AM
Katy Perry's new album Prism has been declared a biohazard in Australia. Seriously.
The deluxe version of the singer's new album Prism has been the subject of international security concerns, because the artwork contains a seed paper that fans are encouraged to plant and "spread the light". Australian officials have been told to inspect any copies of the CD from overseas, since the international versions of the album include seeds that are not locally sourced.

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Jason Tate on 11/07/13 - 12:33 PM
New FAA guidelines will soon allow us to use e-books, listen to music, or watch videos on devices in "airplane mode" during take off.
Passengers can use e-book readers, play games and watch videos on devices, and can hold gadgets during both take-off and landing, or else stow them in the seatback pocket. These gadgets need to be in Airplane Mode or have cell service turned off during both landing and taxi/take-off, but you can actually use Wi-Fi during your flight and continue to use Bluetooth accessories connected to your phone.
Jason Tate on 10/31/13 - 11:39 AM
Joining Stevie Wonder's announced boycott of the Sunshine State are stars like Kanye West, Usher, and The Rolling Stones. The boycott comes in the wake of the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/23/13 - 07:16 AM
Lil B recently dictated an Op-Ed about the abortion debate in Texas to Rolling Stone.
Wendy Davis matters. She's a woman fighting for what's right. A lot of people aren't agreeing with her; she's doing something that's out of the norm. A lot of people who do agree are scared to speak, or they're not in a position to be heard. So I definitely respect Ms. Davis for planting new seeds for women's rights. I'm trying to do that on my level, too. I think women are going to keep excelling. We're going to have a woman president. We need more women in the workforce, way more women involved in running everything. That's our problem.
Ryan Dennehy on 07/01/13 - 09:38 AM
Minnesota has become the 12th state to legalize same sex marriage.
Drew Beringer on 05/13/13 - 04:14 PM
Carly Rae Jepsen and Train have pulled out of their headlining slots at this year's Boy Scout Jamboree due to the organization's opposition of homosexual members.
Alex DiVincenzo on 03/05/13 - 02:02 PM
Russian president Vladimir Putin has hired Boyz II Men in an effort to increase the country's birth rate.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/02/13 - 09:55 AM
Rocketown issued a brief statement regarding the recent Hostage Calm controversy.
StatementRocketown does not comment on personnel issues, but, generally speaking, an employee would not be fired for expressing opinions on marriage. At Rocketown we are welcoming and accepting of all youth. We reach out to all kids, are inclusive and very much care about acceptance of youth from different ethnicities, sexual orientations, financial backgrounds and religions. Our mission is to provide a safe and drug-free environment where kids are welcomed, accepted and loved.
Alex DiVincenzo on 01/23/13 - 09:53 AM
Beyonce got caught for lip-syncing her rendition of "The National Anthem" from yesterday's performance at President Obama's inauguration. It's also worth noting that Kelly Clarkson DID perform when she sang "My Country Tis' of Thee."
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/22/13 - 02:29 PM
An employee of the Nashville venue Rocketown was recently fired after 7 years of employment for wearing a Hostage Calm "I Support Same-Sex Marriage" shirt.
From the BandToday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a longtime supporter of Hostage Calm and marriage equality was fired from his job at the Nashville music venue, Rocketown, for wearing his “I Support Same-Sex Marriage” shirt to work. A friend from Nashville contacted me about the situation and told me of Wes Breedwell, this seven-year employee of Rocketown who now finds himself the victim of discrimination. We called this brave man to hear his story, demonstrate our support, and figure out how we can help.

What I heard from him...
Alex DiVincenzo on 01/21/13 - 02:39 PM
Beyoncé performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's second inauguration. Video in the replies.
Jason Tate on 01/21/13 - 11:22 AM
Lupe Fiasco was kicked off stage last night at the StartUp RockOn event in Washington, although he was booked as the headliner. Head to the replies to watch the video where he calls out President Obama.
Dre Okorley on 01/21/13 - 05:37 AM
A legal center has intervened in Colorado to allow a student to wear his Bad Religion t-shirt to school.
Jason Tate on 12/18/12 - 02:36 PM
President Barack Obama has won a second term. You can continue to discuss tonight's results in the official Election Day thread in our Politics forum.
Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 10:55 PM
Today is finally Election Day 2012. If you want to discuss today's happenings, please post in the official Election Day thread in our Politics forum. Please go vote today.
Drew Beringer on 11/06/12 - 10:50 AM
The National will be opening for Barack Obama at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 1st.
Drew Beringer on 08/27/12 - 10:31 AM
Two members of Pussy Riot have fled Russia to recruit foreign feminists.

Submitted by Liciakasher
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/27/12 - 09:44 AM
A group of elderly women known as the Renegade Raging Grannies have created a song in response to Congressman Todd Akin's controversial "legitimate rape" statement. You can check out their little ditty in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/24/12 - 02:08 PM
Let's add Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) to the list of musicians that doesn't like how the GOP is using their music.
Message from DeeIt was brought to the attention of the management today that Paul Ryan has been using tour client Dee Snider's composition "We're Not Gonna Take It" in his political campaign to become the Vice President of The United States of America. Dee does not support Paul Ryan. Accordingly, Dee has released this statement to Benjy Sarlin, campaign reporter for TPM in Washington, DC:

I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song "Were Not Gonna Take It" as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except...
Jason Tate on 08/22/12 - 11:45 AM
Rage Against The Machine have commented back upon finding out that budding Vice-President, Paul Ryan, says that they're his favorite band.
Tom MorelloPaul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine

Submitted by Uncalled Four
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/17/12 - 12:15 PM
Silversun Pickups are stopping Mitt Romney from using their song at his campaign events.
Statement From The BandWe don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign," Silversun Pickups lead singer Brian Aubert said in the statement. "We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends.

Submitted by Jesse061890
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/17/12 - 11:50 AM
President Obama has announced his support for same-sex marriage.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/09/12 - 12:33 PM
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