When you hail from a family as big and talented as that of New Yorkers Howell and Elvira Wayans – with 10 children – you have to work to get noticed. For Shawn and younger brother Marlon, the necessary attention was gained through making people laugh, and now they are arguably two of the most recognisable members of their clan.
WAY TO THE BLUE: THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE Various (Southbound) Tribute albums are always bound to be bittersweet affairs. Anyone who has had an affinity with the artist – in this case English folkie Nick Drake – is likely to be disinterested unless they are zealous completists and those unfamiliar in the first place aren’t likely to care about the re-visitation.
HARDCOURAGE FaltyDL (Border) Luscious electronica from a New Yorker whose dalliances into the varied worlds of house and techno may have won him the ears of luminaries such as Thom Yorke and a reputation for off-kilter skills but whose scattergun output, until now, has been tough to pin down.
Correction Appended: April 16, 2009 For the past several years, I’ve been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, need to find an appropriately high-minded approach to life’s exit ramp
PHYSICIST Sir Isaac Newton is usually seen as the enemy of athletes.
History’s most famous suicide happened more than 2,000 years ago: rather than surrender to the Romans who had captured her Egypt, the lovelorn Queen Cleopatra succumbed to the venomous bite of an asp. Ancient historians chronicled the act, Shakespeare dramatized it, and HBO even added its own to spin to the tragedy with the lavish TV series “Rome.” Yet while we may know how Cleopatra died of snake poison, after her consort Mark Antony fell on his sword, archaeologists have yet to pin down where the legendary couple was laid to rest.
On May 17, 1980, all hell broke loose in Liberty City, Fla. A Tampa jury acquitted four white policemen in the beating death of a black insurance agent, and the heart of Miami’s black community burst into violence
With a runoff presidential election in Afghanistan appearing likely, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN on Friday that she expects the current president, Hamid Karzai, to win. “It is likely that they will find that President Karzai got very close to the 50-plus-1” in August’s balloting, she said in an exclusive CNN interview, referring to the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker’s partnership continued to flourish as they helped the United States take a 6.5 – 5.5 lead at the end of the second day of the Presidents Cup on Friday. World number one Woods and Stricker defeated international pairing of Australian Geoff Ogilvy and Argentinean Angel Cabrera decisively by 5 and 3 in San Francisco.
Yes he can win the Nobel Peace Prize.