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The New Yorker Festival 2017 Spotlight: The Reverend William J. Barber II | The New Yorker
Jelani Cobb announces that the Reverend William J. Barber II will appear at the 2017 New Yorker Festival, on October 8th.
progressivism  race  culture 
2 hours ago by dougleigh
American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter - The New York Times
American adults continue to put on the pounds. New data shows that nearly 40 percent of them were obese in 2015 and 2016, a sharp increase from a decade earlier, federal health officials reported Friday.

The data — gathered in a large-scale federal survey that is considered the gold standard for health data — measured trends in obesity from 2015 and 2016 back to 2007 and 2008, when 5.7 percent of American adults were severely obese and 33.7 percent were obese. The survey counted people with a body mass index of 30 or more as obese, and those with a B.M.I. of 40 or more as severely obese.
fatlogic  culture  weight  health 
2 hours ago by ramitsethi
Globalization and Japanese creativity: adaptations of Japanese language to rap | Noriko Manabe
Paper which opens with the following lovely quote:

Hip-hop is like a dandelion. It was born in New York, but the wind blew it to other places. It got nourished by different soil, warmed by a different sun, and watered by different rain. It grew into something changed from its origins, and the greater the distance and the longer
the time from those origins, the greater the change. Hip-hop in Los Angeles, Canada and Mexico is different from the New York version. It's different again in Japan: hip-hop here is unique.
-- Gaku MC of East End
japan  rap  music  culture 
7 hours ago by PeterErwin

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