Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAnemona Hartocollis, Amy Harmon and Mitch Smith July 29, 2018 He had perfect scores — on his SAT, on three SAT subject tests and on nine Advanced Placement exams — and was ranked first in his high school class of 592. An admissions officer who reviewed his application to Harvard called him “the proverbial picket fence,” the embodiment of the American dream, saying, “Someone we’ll fight over w/ Princeton, I’d guess.” But in the end, the student was wait-listed and did not get in. Generations of high school students have applied to Harvard thinking that if they checked all the right boxes, they would be admitted. But behind the curtain, Harvard’s much-feared admissions officers have a whole other set of boxes that few ambitious high school students … [Read more...] about ‘Lopping,’ ‘Tips’ and the ‘Z-List’: Bias Lawsuit Explores Harvard’s Admissions Secrets
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Music Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJon Caramanica July 12, 2018 Hip-hop has long been about superheroes, and there are few things more jarring than watching a superhero’s powers begin to fade. The superstars of earlier hip-hop generations typically lived their post-peak careers just out of the limelight. If they were grappling with diminished influence it rarely showed or shaped their public narrative. They disappeared into the executive suite (Dr. Dre), or they became actors (LL Cool J, Ice-T), or they settled in to a comfortable late-career plateau that mostly sated old fans while not really striving for new ones (Snoop Dogg). But then hip-hop started growing exponentially: It minted more durable, truly multigenerational stars with greater staying power at the same time it was revving up the engine on the lower end, welcoming more and more … [Read more...] about Hip-Hop Is Evolving. Just Ask Its Superstars.
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Three days in Wyoming as the hip-hop firebrand tends to his scars. Credit Julian Berman for The New York Times Supported by ByJon Caramanica June 25, 2018 JACKSON, Wyo. — One afternoon early last year, Kanye West walked into the living room of his California home and found Tony Robbins — the Hulk-sized, concrete-grinned motivational speaker — waiting for him. It had been just a few months since the rapper, producer, fashion designer and cultural fire starter had gone through one of the most taxing periods of his public life: His wife was robbed at gunpoint, and a series of erratic concert appearances followed, culminating in a nine-day stint in the U.C.L.A. Medical Center. He was in a state of shambles, and it showed. “He could look at me and you know, I don’t know why he mentioned suicide, but he could tell that I was very low,” … [Read more...] about Into the Wild With Kanye West
Got a ticket to see a show and have questions about the venue? L.A. Weekly is here to help with an incredibly comprehensive guide to clubs, concert halls, stadiums, arenas and everything in between. You'll find parking information, contact details and handy "know before you go" tips in our alphabetical list. Now get out there and catch a show! (You'll find a summer's worth here.) L.A.'s first fully permitted all-ages warehouse venue features the highest quality sound/lighting production of any venue this size in L.A. (750 capacity).Parking: Free street parking. Uber & Lyft recommended. Valet for special events only. Know Before You Go: Two full bars with top-shelf liquor and premium cocktail options. Full restaurant (executive chef Felix Barron of Resident). Outdoor smoking/drinking area. Wheelchair accessible. EXPAND The Theatre at Ace Hotel used to be the United Artists movie palace. Levan TK THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; (213) … [Read more...] about L.A. Weekly’s Guide to SoCal Music Venues
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Feature The cult indie rapper smuggled his radical anticapitalism into his biting new film ‘Sorry to Bother You.’ Boots Riley at Little Bistro in Oakland, Calif., in April Credit Ilona Szwarc for The New York Times Supported by ByJonah Weiner May 22, 2018 When Boots Riley was done writing the screenplay for his comedy, he figured he needed several name actors and a budget of a few million dollars to actually get it made. He spent decades working as a community organizer, activist and as the frontman of a leftist hip-hop group called the Coup. Riley knew a killer pitch would be necessary: “Trying to get somebody to read your script and you’re a musician?” he asked. “That’s the last person whose script you’re gonna read!” So he honed a spiel consisting of “various levels.” Level 1 was 23 words long, and on a … [Read more...] about How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood