Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals Perform “Am I Wrong” On Ellen [Watch]

first_imgComedian and TV Host Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her birthday yesterday, and as a special request, one of her favorite artists performed on the program. Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals took over the stage to perform “Am I Wrong” from their 2016 hit Grammy-nominated album, Malibu, in front of a live studio audience.There was a “little” surprise thrown in, as .Paak’s 6-year old son, Soul, came out to join his father for a dance routine, then stole the show as his dad hopped behind the drum kit. Check it out below:last_img

‘The Merchant’ in Venice

first_img“We didn’t want to have a sublime ‘Merchant of Venice.’ It has to be disturbing,” he said. “Shylock is not a real historical figure person, but there’s a bit of Shylock in anyone.”The idea of appealing the guilty verdict set forth in the play got some high-profile support with Ginsburg’s willingness to participate. She played the role of chief justice along with John R. Phillips, U.S. ambassador to Italy, Richard Schneider, professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, and two Italian jurists. Greenblatt and James Shapiro, an English professor at Columbia University, had what the Harvard scholar described as a “small spear-carrying role,” leading a discussion of the play during the 20-minute deliberation.“Above all, it was thrilling to watch the way that Justice Ginsburg brilliantly probed the case, repeatedly interrupting the claims and counterclaims with remarkably penetrating questions,” said Greenblatt.The mock decision was unanimous. The jurists threw out the claim for the pound of flesh Shylock had demanded from Antonio, and instead awarded the moneylender the return of his property, money, and religious freedom.Bassi hoped both events — along with symposia held earlier this year — help elevate cultural vibrancy in the small neighborhood, which can be walked end to end in minutes. The larger goal is cultural restoration of the museum that remains alongside the neighborhood’s five synagogues.“We need a modern-generation museum where you can admire the collections, and we need a cultural center. That’s the key to the center of this place. The attention and affection for this place has been so strong that we hope this will showcase what we have,” he said. Supreme Court associate justice receives Radcliffe Medal for her career battling for individual rights Recognizing the complexity inherent in marking the 500th anniversary of the Venice ghetto, organizers created some history of their own by staging the first production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” on the city’s landmark palazzo and holding a mock trial involving U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.“You don’t celebrate the creation of the ghetto, but it’s not like marking the anniversary of Treblinka or Auschwitz,” said Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, who participated in the mock trial and who taught Shakespeare in the joint Harvard/Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Summer School. Marking the creation of one of the world’s earliest ghettos in 1516, when the ruling Venetian council ordered the Jewish population to move to a small island marked by an iron foundry (gheto in Venetian dialect), has been a complex task for the small community of 500 Jews still living there. Shaul Bassi, associate professor at Ca’ Foscari University and director of Beit Venezia, said some people view any recognition as improper, while others believe there are lessons to be learned and shared.“We are not documenting 500 years of history. We are making a statement of how this is a lived cultural space, a lived religious space,” said Bassi, who saw the staging of “The Merchant of Venice” as particularly critical to the discussion. “The ghetto was a very cosmopolitan place.”Jews back then were allowed to work in the larger city during the day, but had to return to the gated, policed ghetto at night.‘We are not documenting 500 years of history. We are making a statement of how this is a lived cultural space, a lived religious space.’ — Shaul Bassi“It was an uncomfortable arrangement, an expression of extreme ambivalence, but it probably offered some protection to those who were shut in it,” said Greenblatt. “And what happened, not unlike what happened in the Harlem Renaissance, was that the community confined in the ghetto created a vibrant artistic and intellectual culture.”Organizers said the play was the ideal vehicle through which to celebrate that rich history, given that 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Performers from Compagnia de’ Colombari, an Italian-born, New York-based theater collective, staged the play nightly in the ghetto through Aug. 1. Five actors took the stage each night to play different aspects of Shylock.“Even though he never existed in real life, Shylock is by far the most famous inhabitant of the ghetto. To ignore ‘The Merchant of Venice’ would be — in a curious way — to suppress the single thing most people associate with Venetian Jewry,” said Greenblatt. “It’s a complicated play because Shakespeare is a complicated playwright. It’s not a human rights document. It’s not a sentimental account of warm relations among different groups, but it is an incredibly interesting exploration of the roots of xenophobia.”Bassi said the director’s decision to split the role of Shylock was “audacious and bold and maybe even unsettling.” Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg Relatedlast_img read more

Ex-West Ham star warns Manuel Pellegrini about ‘having a go’ at fans

first_img“The goals they have conceded against Bournemouth were so sloppy and he doesn’t know his best team.“To start three players in the first game, and then totally leave them out of the squad for the next game is a little bit bizarre.“I think Manuel Pellegrini has got to be a little bit careful with what he says, after two games coming out and talking about the supporters. 2 gameday REVEALED smart causal ALTERED A full capacity London Stadium soon emptied as soon as the Hammers’ performance levels dropped England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won But, after being thrashed by Liverpool on the opening weekend, Hammers fans were understandably disappointed to have seen their side throw away a lead so cheaply.Ashton, who played for the club for three years until his early retirement, believes Pellegrini must be careful when criticising the supporters however – especially given the Hammer’s woeful record since moving to the problematic London Stadium.With a huge London derby against Arsenal on Saturday, the former England striker urged the new Hammers boss to be careful.West Ham have been awful defensively really,” Ashton revealed on the Weekend Sports Breakfast. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes West Ham’s new manager, Manuel Pellegrini has lost his opening two matches of the Premier League campaign. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Dean Ashton has told Manuel Pellegrini to worry about results on the pitch before ‘having a go’ at West Ham United supporters.The Chilean was irked after seeing the London Stadium practically empty before Saturday’s defeat against Bournemouth was confirmed. silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED “Well hang on a minute Manuel; did you not see some of the games they had to watch last season?“It probably felt to them similar again this season, so I think you have got to be a little bit careful coming out and having a go at the supporters.“Sort the team out on the pitch; get them playing well, get the results and the fans will be there.” possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Premier League News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 huge blow Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more